My very first build. I need some advice.

Im trying to start my very first build and have been trying to fit it all into a budget of $600. So far i have everything i need...i think except one thing the PSU, i honestly have no idea what watt i need, what brand, and generally have no clue what a good psu is, thats where i need you're help. I would prefer it to be around $60 but I know the importance(or at least think i do) of having a good quality PSU and would spend more on it if need be.

Here is my list:
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower and DVD burner($61)

MSI 760GM-P34($55)

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti($115)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition($100)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB($38)

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB($65)

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM($80)


Approximate Purchase Date: 3 weeks

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, browsing internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, after I buy this.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Location: Wilkes-Barre, Pa, USA

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (In the future if i plan to i will buy a new mobo, unless there is one that can do it and is around the same price range as the one above, and is compatible)

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Also if there is something you think i should change/not get or add, let me know please.

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  1. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $590.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-28 07:55 EST-0500)
  2. If you can swing the extra $40 i would go with the fx 6300

    Using pcpartpicker is a good tool to not only check compatibility but it also lists the amount of power needed for your system. So a good gauge to use in knowing the size needed for your system then buying just a bit more then you need for future gpu upgrades is a good thing to do.
  3. Thanks for the help guys! And wow I just learned that a PCI 3.0 Video card is able to be used on a 2.0... (facepalm)
  4. Yeah lol a good rule of thumb for power supplies is to make sure they are certified 80+ meaning that the power supply has been tested to deliver at least 80% of its max almost constantly.


    Those are the order of the psu from least expensive to most expensive but they are also in the order of quality. Before buying a psu i would check a review on it to ensure that its a decent quality. Even some top quality psus have been duds. And some psus are not 80+ certified but yet deliver 80+ but were not certified for one reason or another i know at least 1 psu is like that the antec 450 which i myself have and use

    review on it
  5. ugh now i cant decide on a GPU...

    A good read and at the end is a gpu hierarchy for a quick comparison.
  7. I think your best bet on the gpu is between the 650/Ti or 7770 id personally go with the 650 Ti if u can dish out the extra 20$
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