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Is this decent for gaming? (1st timer)

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November 7, 2012 4:33:33 AM

Hi this is my first attempt at building a PC. I've tried doing my research but i still get kind of confused with everything.


-ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
-AMD FX-8320 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor
-GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
-(x2)Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory
-SAMSUNG Black Single: 18X Dual: 8X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive
-Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler (+Thermal Paste)
-(x2) COOL MASTER 80mm Case Fans
-IN WIN GreenMe 650 650W ATX 12V V2.31& EPS 12V 2.92 Version SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
-TOPOWER TP-4106BB Black SGCC 0.4mm ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Total: $700


Was wondering if that is a decent setup for that price to game on. Also i was wondering if it would be fine if i use my old 500GB hard drive instead of buying a new one as it would save a few bucks. Thoughts and opinions please.

November 7, 2012 4:39:16 AM

No it isn't. That case is junk and there's no point in purchasing the extra case fans, or a 550TI anymore.

For $650 - $700 you can do way better. I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($190.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 7, 2012 4:43:55 AM

You will game better with an FX 6300 , and spending the money you save on a stronger graphics card

I do not know the case you are getting but if it only has spaces for 80 mm fans its not going to cool well . My favorite budget case is the Antec One , but there are others as good for around $50 You'd also need a power supply .

RAM needs to be rated for 1.5 volts or less . Buy a kit


I would use the standard cpu cooler and use that money you save on a better graphics card too . Probably a Radeon 7850
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November 7, 2012 4:48:34 AM

g-unit1111 said:
No it isn't. That case is junk and there's no point in purchasing the extra case fans, or a 550TI anymore.

For $650 - $700 you can do way better. I'd suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($190.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


I approve!!! ^^^
Nice build g-unit
you can easily play BF3 on ultra
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November 7, 2012 4:58:17 AM

Ok sweet. I should have just asked what i should buy in the first place lol. Thanks i appreciate the help!
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