Building a gaming desktop

hey everyone, i am planning on building a pretty decent gaming desktop, i have narrowed down my choices to these posted here, any feedback on the choices i have made or other parts that would be better for gaming would be greatly appreciated

ps. just wondering if the APU comes with its own radeon 6550 video card, is that enough or should i invest in a better video card?
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  1. The APU has the graphical capability of a 6650, not that it comes with a 6650 card. Its very powerful as integrated graphics go, but against a newer dedicated graphics card it doesn't compare.

    Though APU's are generally for HTPC builds, not gaming. Whats your budget, may be able to figure out a machine thats more gaming oriented.
  2. around $800 sounds good, im thinking i want to hook it up to my tv since ill be using it for movies as well but mostly gaming, what do u think?
  3. hey buddy, check out my signature builds.
  4. $800 is enough to get an entry level gaming machine. Heres what I think you should get.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965. $110

    Mobo: AsRock 970 Pro3 AM3+. $90

    RAM: G.Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB), 1600mhz CL9 1.5v. $44

    PSU: XFX Core edition 650W, 80+ Bronze. $86

    GPU: Sapphire HD7850. $200

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM. $90

    Case: Zalman Z9+. $76

    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM. $105

    Optical: Sony Black 18X. $19
    If you have an old SATA optical, just use that.

    Total: $830

    That should game fairly well, and give decent performance outside of games.
  5. that looks pretty solid thanks a lot, one quick question, can i use my tv on this build? and if so will windows 7 look nice on a 40"tv because i have read that if u want to display on a bigger tv, win8 is better,
  6. Get this over the Seagate and save yourself some money:
  7. You should be able to to use the PC on any kind of display provided it has the right video input ports (HDMI is the most common, and is supported by the HD7850).

    There should be no difference as to visual quality between different OS' on a TV. All TV's are just blown up monitors, to the PC there is no difference.
    Also the physical size of the display has no bearing to the performance from the machine, its all in the number of pixels (Resolution) it has to push.
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