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First Gaming Tower Build

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November 20, 2012 2:35:18 AM

Hello All,

Just wanted to post my ideas for my gaming pc build. Probably won't happen until later this year or early next year, but I am getting ideas right now. My knowledge is limited. My friend just built a bomb ass one for around $1100 and my budget is the same. He went with Intel so naturally, even though I realize Intel is the top of the line, Im gonna try an AMD build. That includes a monitor and so will mine. I am using Newegg and right now my build is around $1400, but that includes a mouse, speakers, cpu cooler, some fans, and a keyboard; roughly $200-$250 in stuff I could go without. My friend got a hybrid drive too rather than a combo of the SSD and the HDD. Also what do you think as far as fans and cooling? Are HDD coolers, CPU coolers, and chipset coolers all necessary? Lemme know what you guys think I could use some suggestions on the good and bad of my build. Not really flexible on my case either I just think its the sleekest case out there it is so awesome looking! Thanks in advance guys.

PS: Maybe you guys could help: Id love to build mine with a color scheme in mind, but it seems difficult. Id really like either a green or yellow color scheme if you have any ideas


Processor: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
$190 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$110 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video/Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GV-R787OC-2GD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$240 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
$72 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
$19 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 with Window Titanium Grey Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
$120 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0554 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
$62 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 20, 2012 2:45:09 AM

The FX-8150(or any Bulldozer line) absolutely sucks for gaming purposes. If you really want an AMD build, best CPU to get is the FX-8320.

Aftermarket CPU coolers are only ever necessary if and when you are going to overclock. HDD coolers, no; the case fans should be enough. GPU coolers aren't necessary either since custom coolers from good brands are quite great.

You don't need 16gb of RAM for gaming, 8gb is more than enough - even that you won't max out.

That Fractal's a great casing. Really quiet.

There's a Seagate Barracuda 1TB right now on Shell Shocker. I believe it's the one with a 32mb cache size; only $49.99 so go grab it.
November 23, 2012 2:50:09 AM

Ok thanks for the advice. I have since been debating going intel since just about everyone I know says go intel. Newegg has some killer deals for thanksgiving so who knows that may change my build a bit
November 23, 2012 2:50:22 AM

Ok thanks for the advice. I have since been debating going intel since just about everyone I know says go intel. Newegg has some killer deals for thanksgiving so who knows that may change my build a bit
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