Gaming build $900....help please

I am new to building computers and was wondering if this build would do everything I needed it to do. Also, I would like to know if this is a decent build at all. This computer would be used strictly for gaming and I would like it to run things like Diablo 3, SWTOR, as well as any other demanding titles like COD, and future titles. Keep in mind that this is a budget build but I am open to any recommendations as they are greatly appreciated.



Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970/SB950 AM3+

CPU: AMD FX-6100

RAM: Crucial 4GB (DDR3 1333 Mhz)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1 Gb)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1Tb

Optical Drive: Lite-On Internal DVD writer

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700 Watt

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Also any recommendations regarding monitors would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all who respond for taking the time to answer this.
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  1. Your total must be way lower than $900 for those parts . On Newegg those parts would be more like $550 or $600 .

    I believe the best budget gaming set up right now is something like

    FX 6300 $140
    Asrock 970 Extreme4 $105
    2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz RAM rated for 1.5 volts or less $40
    hard drive $90
    dvd burner $17
    radeon 7850 $180
    Antec ONE case $55 [ even has front USB 3 ports ]
    Corsair CX 600 watt psu $50 [ after rebate ]
    win 7 [ or 8 ] 64 bit $100

    $777


    If you are going to spend all of the $900 you can have a more powerful computer with an Intel i5 chip , but gaming performance wont improve as fast as you spend money
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($81.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $865.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  3. I apologize I should have been more specific I would really like to stay under $700 for a quality gaming computer that can handle the latest and upcoming games. The price $900 is an absolute maximum I can go right now.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $850.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    remade a parts a bit to fit OS into budget.
  5. Thank you this build looks awesome. Just one quick question since I am sort of new to everything. Why 2 storages for the computer?
  6. 1 is an SSD, currently it is highly priced but it increases the speed by a lot.

    the other is a storage drive to put all the extra stuff inside pretty much.
  7. The 8320 wont game better than the 6300 .

    Sometimes its worse
  8. Outlander_04 said:
    The 8320 wont game better than the 6300 .

    Sometimes its worse


    you are right, i forgot that this build would be strictly for gaming and the 6300 performs just as good as the 8320.
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