First time builder here, what do you think of my possible cheap build?

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  1. that looks good, but im a bit new to this type of stuff to. i like your CPU, RAM, and hard drive. i would not choose a GIGABYTE mobo, but thats personal preference. i recommend an ASRock or something. i dont really know much about GPUs but i am pretty sure that is a decent one.

    you dont have a PSU listed, what are your thoughts on that?
  2. gommer556 said:
    that looks good, but im a bit new to this type of stuff to. i like your CPU, RAM, and hard drive. i would not choose a GIGABYTE mobo, but thats personal preference. i recommend an ASRock or something. i dont really know much about GPUs but i am pretty sure that is a decent one.

    you dont have a PSU listed, what are your thoughts on that?

    What's wrong with Gigabyte motherboards? They are great.
  3. gommer556 said:
    that looks good, but im a bit new to this type of stuff to. i like your CPU, RAM, and hard drive. i would not choose a GIGABYTE mobo, but thats personal preference. i recommend an ASRock or something. i dont really know much about GPUs but i am pretty sure that is a decent one.

    you dont have a PSU listed, what are your thoughts on that?
    It has one :lol:

    Here's the link in case it isn't showing up
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  4. It is OK.
    You have properly spent your budget more on the graphics card than the cpu.
    The 7870 is a fine card. It is somewhat comparable to a GTX660ti if you prefer Nvidia.

    The X4-955 was a nice cpu in it's day, but for gaming, the faster cores of Intel are preferred at most price points.
    Most games will use 1-2 cores.
    Read this article on <$200 gaming cpu's.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-9.html

    I think I would use a G870 for $89,
    Or better yet a ivy bridge i3-3220 for $120:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775
    Add an inexpensive B75 motherboard for $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157335

    If you live near a microcenter, they have great deals on cpu's if you can walk in.

    You should be able to fine a quality case for <$50 such as the Antec 100.

    Can you fit a SSD into your budget? It will make everything feel so much faster.
    A 120gb Intel 330 or samsung 830 for <$100 would be good.
    That will hold the os and half a dozen games. You could defer the hard drive and add one later.
  5. geofelt said:
    It is OK.
    You have properly spent your budget more on the graphics card than the cpu.
    The 7870 is a fine card. It is somewhat comparable to a GTX660ti if you prefer Nvidia.

    The X4-955 was a nice cpu in it's day, but for gaming, the faster cores of Intel are preferred at most price points.
    Most games will use 1-2 cores.
    Read this article on <$200 gaming cpu's.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-9.html

    I think I would use a G870 for $89,
    Or better yet a ivy bridge i3-3220 for $120:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775
    Add an inexpensive B75 motherboard for $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157335

    If you live near a microcenter, they have great deals on cpu's if you can walk in.

    You should be able to fine a quality case for <$50 such as the Antec 100.

    Can you fit a SSD into your budget? It will make everything feel so much faster.
    A 120gb Intel 330 or samsung 830 for <$100 would be good.
    That will hold the os and half a dozen games. You could defer the hard drive and add one later.

    Thanks for the help, out of the three gpus here which would you reccomend?
  6. Tracheal said:
    Thanks for the help, out of the three gpus here which would you reccomend?


    Take your pick.
    From a performance point of view, they are essentially the same.
    Check out the support forums for each.
    If you should ever have a problem, you want a vendor with good support.
  7. Tracheal said:
    I'm liking the msi one, thanks!

    The MSI one is really good, Twin Frozr cards are excellent.
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