Gaming build under 500 - total noob -

I haven't built my own pc ever so i don't know much about it at all. I've been researching graphics cards to upgrade my old desktop, but now i realize that the PSU is not powerful enough, and the motherboard probably wont work well with it. The processor is a 3 year old AMD phenom ii 820 x4 or something like that 2.8ghz i think.
I want my new computer to be able to run TF2 at ultra max settings with maxed out MSAA, and all of the games i'll get in the future (HL2 maybe, BF3, portal 2, assassins creed 3) in high or medium settings. What is a good build to get?

I was thinking the GTX560 looks pretty good for ~$160 or maybe i'd go with AMD with the 6870 or whatever. What about power supplies and motherboards? I know nothing about this, also ram i kind of want 1600mhz since its faster i guess, but i don't know.

There are tons of threads on this i think. Do I have to put it in a certain format? Sorry if i didn't.
Also i might not have put it in the right category. Mods can move it if its not in the right place.
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  1. EDIT: I'll be doing editing with Adobe After Effects CS6, Premiere Pro CS6, photoshop, etc. I think the CUDA support in the NVIDIA cards will help with the mercury engine thing, but maybe the openCL support of the AMD cards will make up for that. I know nothing about processors too, so maybe should i get a intel i5 or amd x6 phenom or whatever? WHat about the AMD 8 core piledriver thing? That sounds awesome.

    I think i want quad core for rendering stuff, and like 16gb of ram probably.
  2. I'm living in boston, under $500, I have a monitor, and I need an OS (windows 7 obv.)

    Will play modern games at medium/ high settings
  4. I already have a couple of Windows computers in my house, I think i might be able to install windows 7 into this new one without a key thing, but I don't know. Do all pcs come with the key to install it on other computers? I'd rather not spend an extre $100 on it.
    damn that 50 dollar 16gb ram and 1tb 7200rpm hdd $50. What motherboard/gpu would i get if i wanted to go nvidia (like the GTX560 SE or SC for $160)

    Also if anyone else has other ideas pls comment a build here
  5. BTW that HD7770 seems to be pretty bad looking. It preforms much worse than the GTX560 and I'd rather have the NVIDIA CUDA support. What mobo/cpu shud i get with it? The x4 955 black looks sick for only 90 bucks.
    The 7770 is only 128 bit and the GTX560 is 256 bit i think. The newer GTX 650 ti is supposed to be at the same level or worse than the GTX 560. IDK though. Is the 7770 really much better than the 560? :O
  7. ^No the 7700 is not faster than the 560, however the 560 is overpriced when you can get the 7850 1gb for around the same price.(which destroys the 560)
  8. the 7850 is ~$200, the GTX560 is $160, what is the best for like $150
  9. The logic is weird. $150=stuck in the middle. so +$10 (thats easy) and you have a 560. But then +$20 (still easy) and you have a 7850.
  10. Why get the 650 when you could get a better preforming 560 for the same price? I think i'll get the GTX 560 superclocked but idk about chipset or mobo or whatever other things you need. The 955 looks really good/cheap/good value. What mobo shud i get to put on 16gb ram and the gtx560 sc?
  11. K i've decided on the 560 SC but what other components do i need?
  12. Hey dude if you're willing to go a little over 500 bucks do what I'm doing for my build.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: GeIL Pristine 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $541.91

    People told me that this can play high-end games on medium - high settings so it should easily handle TF2 on max settings.
    The monitor and operating system isn't including in this build though
  13. Thanks, that x4 phenom 955 seems like a pretty popular processor. Could someone tell me something about motherboards for the GTX560 superclocked? The AM3+ mobos apparently go iwth the 955, but will it be good for the nvidia graphics card?
  14. Boston has a micro center which is also very good :)
  15. so what motherboard and power supply and all should i get with the 955 x4 phenom and the gtx560 sc?
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