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My first build for Christmas

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November 19, 2012 3:51:27 PM

Hello, i try to build my own budget PC and i need some help and advices.

Here we go:

Approximate Purchase Date: Next month

Budget Range: 400-500 € (500-650 $) including taxes, shipping, etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing, Movies, etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website for Parts: Only from

Location: Germany

Parts Preferences: AMD/Intel CPU, Nvidia GPU and i want only SSD for storage (60-100 GB are enough)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768

Additional Comments: I just want a normal gaming PC, I don't usually play games on mega-ultra quality, if the game looks good at medium-high quality i just play it so, i also play sometimes MMO's (e.g. AION, GW2, WOW, etc.). I don't need peripherals.

I've done some research in the last week and i think this build would suit my needs, feel free to replace/suggest me better/cheaper parts.

The list:


Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE

RAM: 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 4 GB DDR3 1333 RAM

Optical drive: LG GH22NS30 DVD-RAM

Storage: SSD OCZ Agility 3 | 120 GB | 2,5" | AGT3-25SAT3-120G | SATA 3

PSU: Corsair VX450W - 450 W (hope it's enough)

GPU: (I haven't decided between these two)


2: CAPTIVA GeForce GTX 550Ti PCIe 2,0 x16 1GB GDDR5 2 xDVI, HDMI, active cooler

Thank you a lot and sorry for my poor english. :whistle: 

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November 19, 2012 5:03:10 PM

For that kind of budget I think I would dump that whole build. The 550TI is not a good GPU anymore, and that case is junk. I would also scrap the SSD in favor of a 500GB mechanical HD.

I'd try this:

Case: Antec One - 52,00 €
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 - 53,99 €
Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 4 - 85,04 €
CPU: 3.4GHz AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition - 86,51 €
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ares PC 12800 1600MHz 1.5V - 47,19 €
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - 59,00 €
Optical: LiteOn iHAS124-04 schwarz SATA - 19,01 €
Video Card: XFX DD Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition - 109,65 €

Total: 512,39 €

That will be a far better use for that budget - better case, better PSU, better motherboard, way better video card.
November 20, 2012 12:25:55 PM

Thanks for your reply.

The build is nice but the case is a bit too expensive and isn't 8GB of RAM and 500W PSU too much, i'm just asking. :) 

I wait for more recommendations.
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November 20, 2012 4:03:33 PM

trepik said:
Thanks for your reply.

The build is nice but the case is a bit too expensive and isn't 8GB of RAM and 500W PSU too much, i'm just asking. :) 

I wait for more recommendations.

Yes but you don't want to trust your new components to a case that will fall apart easily.

8GB is all you need for RAM. The 500W PSU is the minimum requirement from manufacturers for any decent GPU.
November 24, 2012 5:00:18 AM

November 25, 2012 5:54:02 AM

bump ^
November 26, 2012 5:15:44 AM

bump ^^
November 26, 2012 5:25:10 AM

Hi, I would wait until December 15 to make a build. Next month prices would have changed a lot and most of the time, you would get something cheaper with each passing month.
January 11, 2013 6:48:35 AM

Ok, i decided to buy my build the next week so who can help me please?
January 11, 2013 7:44:40 AM

January 11, 2013 7:56:19 AM

At least can anyone tell me if the following build is good enough for me and the parts are compatible with each other. Thank you!

SSD: Samsung 64gb 830 series
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit 1600 CL9
GPU: XFX AMD HD 7770, DD Edition, 1024MB DDR5
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AM3+

All costs around 490€ including case, optical drive, mouse and keyboard.
January 11, 2013 1:30:38 PM

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January 14, 2013 6:49:15 AM

bump +
January 14, 2013 7:07:45 PM

January 15, 2013 6:49:17 AM

January 15, 2013 7:15:57 PM

Come on i just need to know if they're compatible that's all...
January 16, 2013 6:26:20 AM

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January 16, 2013 12:25:09 PM

January 16, 2013 12:39:11 PM

Stop bumping your thread.

Yes it's compatible as far as I can tell.

Look into XFX 500 and 550W PSUs, they'll be better quality than the CX series you're using.

What case do you have? Look at the HAF 912 - a cheap case (around $50 in the US) that is very solidly build with lots of room and great cooling.
January 16, 2013 3:02:51 PM

Thank you!