Budget build $550

im having issues with my other account so i brought it here......
im not so good at desktop builds, i plan to build a $550 dollar gaming rig which is capable of playing most games at max or high settings around 45-70 frames for the next 2years or so...

I would usually be gaming at resolutions of 1440x900.

im completely stuck on which CPU & graphics card should i get, a pentium g860,i3-2120,amd fx4300 or am i better off with the amd phenom ii x4 955.
for graphics card,i plan to get either the gtx 650 or the hd7770 (or can i get better for around $150?)
the rest i plan to get are:
mobo:
for the intel: Asus P8Z77-M $109.00, /// For the AMD build: Asus M5A78L-M-LX $56.00
PSU: cooler master extreme series 550w, $56.90
RAM: kingson hyper X 1600mhz , $49
Casing: Cooler master Elite 342 , $32

so guys i really need you help,i be getting this parts probably next week,all opinions are welcome,thanks...=D
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $536.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 13:45 EST-0500)

    7870 and should play anything you want on high settings.

    You could go i3 and 7850 if you prefer intel, but this is what I would do.
  3. woah....thats an awesome build,the card might go out of my budget......what about teh hd7770?, or maybe another card perhaps???
  4. im living in malaysia that card is like $250 usd here..T.T
  5. tiny voices said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $536.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 13:45 EST-0500)

    7870 and should play anything you want on high settings.

    You could go i3 and 7850 if you prefer intel, but this is what I would do.


    i dnt mine intel or amd its just that the card here in malaysia is overpriced,and if i were to overclock the phenom,is that PSU sufficient? thanks alot =D
  6. Stick with that build but get a 7850 or 7770 if its in budget
  7. tiny voices said:
    Stick with that build but get a 7850 or 7770 if its in budget


    oh yea in terms of price/performance/longevity,which cpu should do me better? i3 2120 or the phenomii x4 965be? thanks
  8. get the i3 because it has a better upgrade path.
  9. thanks guys!
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