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Hey everyone! I'm going to be building a new gaming pc for as cheap as I could go while still having decent quality hardware.

Please let me know what you think, and also tell me if one part doesn't work with another part so that I can change it.

Lets get started :D

Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-D3
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/236088/GA-970A-D3/Gigabyte/


CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 (Quad core)
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/223993/HDZ955FBGMBOX/AMD/


RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (Dual channel memory)
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233676/CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B/CORSAIR/


GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7750 OC
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241013/GV-R775OC-1GI/Gigabyte/


PSU: (Please let me know if 550 watts is enough for this build)
Antec Basiq BP550 Plus 550W 80plus Modular Active PFC
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/219003/BP-550%20Plus/ANTEC/


Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM Sata 3
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/236756/ST500DM002/Seagate/


Case: Zalman Z9 Plus Mid ATX case *UPDATED*
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/232532/Z9%20Plus/ZALMAN%20TECH/


DVD Writer: ASUS DRW
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241391/DRW-24B3ST%2FBLK%2FG%2FAS%20%28Retail%29/ASUS/

My only questions are:
Will everything work properly?
Is my 550 watt psu enough for this build?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Best answer
    Everything is compatible, it looks like a very well balanced build. The 550W power supply is certainly enough for this build, I've seen pre-built HP desktops with 400W power supplies and HD 7770's installed.

    I would suggest you buy a decent CPU cooler, this would allow you to get higher overclocks later on. You can't really go wrong with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237385/RR-212E-20PK-R2/COOLERMASTER/
    You could probably bring your CPU up to 4GHz with this cooler, it's one of the more popular ones.

    Other than that, good luck!
  2. Best answer selected by mrc390.
  3. sonicers said:
    Everything is compatible, it looks like a very well balanced build. The 550W power supply is certainly enough for this build, I've seen pre-built HP desktops with 400W power supplies and HD 7770's installed.

    I would suggest you buy a decent CPU cooler, this would allow you to get higher overclocks later on. You can't really go wrong with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.
    http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/237385/RR-212E-20PK-R2/COOLERMASTER/
    You could probably bring your CPU up to 4GHz with this cooler, it's one of the more popular ones.

    Other than that, good luck!


    thanks :D cant wait to build it! I'll definitely pick up a 212 EVO.
  4. 550W is overkill for your system. Drop down to 430-450W and use the difference to get a Radeon 7770 & CPU Cooler. The same thing can be said for the case.
  5. You picked some quality components. Like sonicers said, you should probably get an EVO 212. You can also get away with a smaller PSU, but I wouldn't go any lower than 500 watts if you are gonna overclock your CPU and possibly your GPU. Look at some of these alternatives.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
    This CPU is only $10 more and it overclocks better.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
    This is required if you want to overclock. The stock fans on the phenom series are terrible and are really loud and inefficient.

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.82 @ Amazon Canada)
    This HDD is basically the same price, and it has more capacity and a larger cache.

    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ NCIX)
    This is an obviously superior graphics card and it is cheaper after the rebate!

    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Cases are purely what you want and they are hard to recommend on an individual basis, I included this one because it comes with more case fans for a better ventilation system.

    Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ Canada Computers)
    You picked a quality PSU and there is nothing wrong with it. I included this one because it is sufficient for what you want, and its $10 less.

    Total: $358.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you have any questions, just ask.
  6. zared619 said:
    You picked some quality components. Like sonicers said, you should probably get an EVO 212. You can also get away with a smaller PSU, but I wouldn't go any lower than 500 watts if you are gonna overclock your CPU and possibly your GPU. Look at some of these alternatives.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
    This CPU is only $10 more and it overclocks better.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
    This is required if you want to overclock. The stock fans on the phenom series are terrible and are really loud and inefficient.

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.82 @ Amazon Canada)
    This HDD is basically the same price, and it has more capacity and a larger cache.

    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ NCIX)
    This is an obviously superior graphics card and it is cheaper after the rebate!

    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Cases are purely what you want and they are hard to recommend on an individual basis, I included this one because it comes with more case fans for a better ventilation system.

    Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ Canada Computers)
    You picked a quality PSU and there is nothing wrong with it. I included this one because it is sufficient for what you want, and its $10 less.

    Total: $358.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you have any questions, just ask.


    You forgot a motherboard. I'm not harping, I'd fill it in but I'm not up to date with AMD's motherboards.
  7. zared619 said:
    You picked some quality components. Like sonicers said, you should probably get an EVO 212. You can also get away with a smaller PSU, but I wouldn't go any lower than 500 watts if you are gonna overclock your CPU and possibly your GPU. Look at some of these alternatives.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/mm42/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.79 @ DirectCanada)
    This CPU is only $10 more and it overclocks better.

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.91 @ DirectCanada)
    This is required if you want to overclock. The stock fans on the phenom series are terrible and are really loud and inefficient.

    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.82 @ Amazon Canada)
    This HDD is basically the same price, and it has more capacity and a larger cache.

    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ NCIX)
    This is an obviously superior graphics card and it is cheaper after the rebate!

    Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Cases are purely what you want and they are hard to recommend on an individual basis, I included this one because it comes with more case fans for a better ventilation system.

    Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ Canada Computers)
    You picked a quality PSU and there is nothing wrong with it. I included this one because it is sufficient for what you want, and its $10 less.

    Total: $358.49
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    If you have any questions, just ask.


    To be honest, I prefer buying from one site, not multiple. I already know of directcanada however I decided not to buy from then since they have a very LIMITED selection on am3-am3+ mobos, and the ones that i found were overpriced.
  8. I decided to switch to a Zalman Z9 plus case, and I'll stick to my 550watt power supply. I think this build is great for the price :D
  9. Sounds good. I didn't include a mobo because the OP already had a good one chosen.
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