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December 29, 2012 12:57:24 PM

Hello, I am wanting to build a computer mainly used for gaming. This is my first time doing so and I just want to make sure all the parts would work together properly.

At the moment, I am using an Alienware M14x R1 laptop for gaming, everything stock except for an upgrade to the RAM. So it would be preferable if this new build is somewhat better, I don't want to downgrade.

I plan on playing on a resolution of 1920x1080, I would like the computer to play modern games from medium to high settings.

I would rather not overclock, as I have never done so before, but I am willing to try it if its worth it.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz ($100)


CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G


GPU: XFX Double D FX-777A-ZDF4 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB


PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS Certified


Case: APEVIA X-PLORER2 Series X-PLORER2-RD


RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


(I already have this hard drive, was being used in external enclosure)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB


DVD drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner


OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

I am able to get all of this for $610, including shipping, if something needs to be changed, I would like to keep it under $700.

Thank you

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a b 4 Gaming
December 29, 2012 1:48:39 PM

No. Use an Intel build like this:

Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 $89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $44
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 29, 2012 2:07:18 PM

You build is fine but for the OS , you might want to get the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for just $15 USD. People have done it on fresh install which means you dont need a previous OS and just install it onto a new drive. After you install it , you will have problem activating the windows, but just refresh the Windows 8 and activation will be fixed. There you go , having a new OS for just $15.

As for the RAM you should get 8GB instead of 6GB since most sticks are usually 4GB each so 2 sticks will be enough.

The rest of the component looks fine and your good to go.

Note that Windows home premium can hold a max of 16GB RAM while Windows 8 Pro can hold max of 512GB RAM. Though its almost impossible to get 512GB RAM for your computer , but you can upgrade in the future if you ever want like 32GB RAM or 64GB RAM lol. No harm getting Windows 8 Pro over Windows 7 , some people even fixed the start button for Windows 8 and its really a good OS.
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December 29, 2012 2:07:35 PM

Ok, I will use those parts in the build instead. A concern I forgot to mention is if the case will have enough room inside for all the parts and if the PSU is good enough to safely power everything. Is there anything else you would suggest to change?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 29, 2012 2:11:21 PM

Your case will be fine and I would stay with Windows 7; I understand that Windows 8 has issues.
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December 29, 2012 3:09:20 PM

Best answer selected by Stormed360.nnThanks avenseth12 and muppetlol for the help
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