Need advice on gaming pc build before I pull the trigger

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably this Sunday

Budget Range: 650$-ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly just gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Sacramento, California

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Some questions:
*Is the motherboard good? Or am I bottlenecking something?
*What's the lowest wattage I can go with a PSU? I might be able to shave off some extra cost.
*Will everything explode into a huge fiery ball of my own tears when I turn it on? :(

Here's the list of parts I picked.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($252.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $624.98
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-10 19:36 EDT-0400)
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  1. Cant you save a bit more money?? really...no ofense but that build sucks!

    if you could at least replace that crappy CPU with a i3-2120 and a decent H61 motherboard your overall performance in gaming will greatly increase.
  2. Well I picked the CPU because it was one of the recommended cpus from here

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106.html

    What would be considered a decent motherboard for the i3?
  3. a i3 2120 with a ASRock H77M will be ok.
  4. Get ready for the fanboy assault. Get the FX 4170, its sufficient and the ASUS M5A97. Solid all rounder.
  5. Smeg45 said:
    Get ready for the fanboy assault. Get the FX 4170, its sufficient and the ASUS M5A97. Solid all rounder.


    shut up if dont know what you are talking about, i am not a fanboy or intel, i simply give advises based on benchmarks and a 80$ intel G850 beats the 200$ AMD Flagship´FX 8150 in games, bulldozer is a complete failure.
  6. aqualipt said:
    shut up if dont know what you are talking about, i am not a fanboy or intel, i simply give advises based on benchmarks and a 80$ intel G850 beats the 200$ AMD Flagship´FX 8150 in games, bulldozer is a complete failure.


    Rubbish. Not in every benchmark and that pansy 850 would die as newer games out that need a quad. You should shut your own piehole first.
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