Hey guys I'm new to computer building, need a little help!

So I decided I've decided to build my first gaming computer and I'm pretty excited. I have a budget of around $800 ish and for the past week I've been doing a lot of research and review reading to find something that will last and play some decent games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim -like games. I think the setup that I'm looking at getting is somewhat ok but I was hoping that I might some experts on here to that would be kind enough to see if everything looks good and maybe find someone with the same setup to tell me how it will run? Ill add a link on here to show you guys everything but in case it doesn't work ill list everything below. Also any opinions on using SSD as the boot drive? I heard its extremely fast and pretty worth it. Sorry if I sound very noobish about all this. This is my first build.


-AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition AM3
-Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB)
-Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid-Tower Black Case - 5 Exterior 5.25" Drive Bay, 1 Exposed 3.5" Drive Bay, 5 Interior 3.5" Drive Bay. "Supports Nvidia GTX 480"
-ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, AMD FX, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready
-OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 700-Watt, Modular, Dual +12V Rails, SATA, 80Plus
-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium GFC-02050 Operating System Software - 64bit, DVD
-OCZ Vertex 4 VTX4-25SAT3-128G 128GB Solid State Drive - SATA III 6Gbp/s, Up to 120,000 Maximum IOPS, 2.5"
-XFX FX-775A-CGFV AMD Radeon HD 7750 Core Edition Video Card - 1GB, DDR3, PCI Express 3.0, Display Port, Dual-link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, CrossFire, DirectX 11
-Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM)
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  1. I don't recommend that at all to be honest.

    There really isn't anything in there that goes "Wow, nice"

    For $800 you could build your own thats much better frankly.

    I really can't stress this enough. Don't buy that system. You're literally purchasing an immediately dated system with an underpowered graphics card and a medicore PSU.
  2. Would this setup really be that bad? :/ Any suggestions on a better setup for $800-900??
  3. Yes it would. Being that I worked 14 hours today, and I have to be at work in 7 hours I don't have time to put a build together for you. But someone should be along shortly to help.

    Just PLEASE do not purchase this build. Wait 24-48 hours and see what others suggest.
  4. Oh ok thank you very much for your help, phew... and i was about to buy it all... :) Ill be sure to check around later!
  5. Well I see no one came along. How comfortable are you with building your own?
  6. Hey dude, thanks fro checking back up. Kinda sorta lol. I've rounded up a bunch of info from all these other forums and this is the build i came up with, I've checked with another guy and he said it was ok. But the more people that give criticism the better. So here's the new build, my budget was $800-900 but i hit $1100 which is ok, it'll just take me a couple more weeks than planned to get the money.

    Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2

    MoBo: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    GCU: XFX Double D FX-787A-CDBC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition Black Edition 2GB

    PSU: Rosewill LIGHTNING Series LIGHTNING-800 800W ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD

    Processor: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3

    HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB

    CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

    ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner

    The only thing that I'm very uncertain of is the motherboard, I heard asus and gigabyte are really good mobo's but I don't know which one to go with, or which is better.
  7. I'd recommend going with an Intel processor. An i5-3570k would be what I'd recommend but if you want to go a bit cheaper, you can grab an i5-2500k if you plan on overclocking. Your graphics card looks good. For your PSU, I doubt you need 800 watts unless you're planning on adding another graphics card to your PC later. If not, I'd go with a 620W if you plan on overclocking or a 500W if you don't.
  8. Yeah i was thinking incase I wanna upgrade later on I'd be safe powerwise, and I am planning on overclocking. And wouldn't the AMD FX 6300 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) be faster than the i5-3570k? Ive heard some good things about the AMD.
  9. Here's some benchmarks first of all:

    Second of all, you can take a look at this thread:

    Pretty much everywhere you go, you're going to see that the i5 is better.
  10. i5 for sure especially for gaming. That amd would be nice CPU if u do intense rendering and editing, but I recommend the i5 3570k
  11. Best answer
    you could change the 660ti to a 7950. but get a ssd they are worth it. you will regret not getting one. if you don't need windows save $90.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($273.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1093.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 21:49 EST-0500)
  12. Wow... Big difference... Ok in that case I'll go with the i5-3570k. But what kind of motherboard should i get? Will the graphics card I'm getting go good with this CPU? Or will it be the bottleneck of my system?
  13. sorry i actually didn't mean to put that case. but you can pick your own case thats half the fun. everything else is fine.
  14. @jonjonjon I wanted to buy an SSD but after looking at countless reviews all over different sites i wanna say 40% of peoples SSD's fail in a year, and I was a little worried about that. Another thing, is 550W enough for that setup? Otherwise that setup looks pretty legit lol
  15. Hahah I was just gonna ask that about the case. But ok yeah I'll be sticking to my case.
  16. yea 550 is plenty. if you click the first pcpartpicker link it tells you "Estimated Wattage: 341W" so you got plenty to spare.

    also ssd's have come a long way. there is no reason to worry about them. ocz mad some garbage drives which made ssd's look bad. you can look at the article below where they talk about samsungs tlc nand. the kingston has MLC nand so if you used 10GB's a day it would take you 30 years to use all the writes.

    sorry fixed the link.
  17. Would you recommend using that SSD as the boot drive then?
    And question of the day how good of games would this system run? And at what quality? Thank you so much for the help by the way!
  18. yea install the os and programs on the ssd. use the 1TB for large files and depending how many games you have they might also have to go on the hdd. you should be able to run most games at or close to max on 1080p.

    even though its a 7950 review you can look through the games to see the 660ti fps.
  19. Wow that is pretty awesome! Thanks! Last question early you said I can change it to the 7950, if I wanted to could you post a link to which one to get on newegg?? Just incase. The 660ti looks sick enough.
  20. it will cost you more if you buy it from newegg.

    the sapphire is another option but i would go with the gigabyte.
  21. Best answer selected by Olaugh.
  22. Sweet thank you for your help :D
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