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November 3, 2012 1:46:20 PM

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/Gig...


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


RAM: Corsair Vengeance Blue 8GB (Dual channel memory)
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/233676/CMZ8GX3M2A1600...


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


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/...


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


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



DVD Writer: ASUS DRW
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/241391/DRW-24B3ST%2FB...

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

Thanks in advance!

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November 3, 2012 2:00:03 PM

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-R...
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!
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November 3, 2012 2:17:15 PM

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November 3, 2012 2:18:06 PM

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-R...
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.
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November 3, 2012 2:21:24 PM

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.
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November 3, 2012 2:22:54 PM

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.
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November 3, 2012 2:47:59 PM

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.
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November 3, 2012 2:56:54 PM

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.
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November 3, 2012 3:07:29 PM

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 
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November 3, 2012 3:46:35 PM

Sounds good. I didn't include a mobo because the OP already had a good one chosen.
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