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August 28, 2012 9:44:59 AM

Hello, this is my first build ever, just seeing if this will be a good build for gaming or not.

Approximate Purchase Date: around September 30th

Budget Range: $450 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Walla walla, WA, US.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: cpu has to be amd, graphics can be nvidia or ati

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

Currently selected parts

CPU: AMD phenom ii x4 965 black edition

Motherboard: Foxconn A9DA AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU: Radeon 7770

RAM: 8 gigs

Storage: 320 gig SSD + 1 terabyte external hard drive

All other imprtant parts are coming out of spare pc's i have. Is this going to be good enough to run most games at mid range settings? if not please suggest better parts for me. Thanks in advance!
August 28, 2012 2:40:04 PM

yup.. should be good.
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August 28, 2012 2:46:35 PM

Yeah it should be ok for that resolution
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August 28, 2012 2:48:47 PM

The HD7770 is not a bad card, by any means, but, even at your resolution, would be limited in some games. You don't give any prices, so I don't know what, if any, spare you have in budget. If you have a little spare, something like a GTX 560, or a HD 6850 would give a better performance, worth a little additional cost (of course, depends what actual prices you can get).
Are you planning to overclock CPU? Don't forget aftermarket cooler, if you are.
Not familiar with Foxconn mobo (in UK), so can't comment on that.
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August 28, 2012 3:35:37 PM

320gb ssd? If you don't already have that part, I don't know of any way that will fit in your budget. A ssd of that capacity tends to run at *least* $225 by itself.

If you do end up purchasing around sept. 30, you could save a bit by going with the fx-4100 instead of the 965. The 965 is ever-so-slightly-faster, but the price on the 4100 will be dropping by $10 due to the 4130 launch yesterday.

Other than that, the 7770 will handle 1366x768 easily.

good luck!
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August 28, 2012 6:20:47 PM

Alright! thanks, and yes i already have the 320 gig ssd since my step dad is buying a gaming computer and giving me his old one.
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August 28, 2012 6:21:05 PM

Best answer selected by lakitu213.
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