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January 23, 2013 12:02:46 AM

Hello,

This is my first time posting on Tom's Hardware and my first time building a computer.

I am fourteen years old and have been wanting to build a gaming computer for a while. I finally saved up around $400 for my first build. I plan for this build to be purely for gaming and MAYBE video editing.

I would like to know if these parts are compatible and if not what parts i should get that are within my budget.

- CPU: Intel Pentium 640 - already had this from old computer.

- Mobo: MSI H61M-P31/W8 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- GPU: SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Hard Drive: Western Digital WD Blue
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Case: RAIDMAX Blade ATX-298WBP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also have a dvd burner, wifi adapter, and cpu cooler.

Please know that this is my first build. I am very new to all of this, and would love some support.

-TrentLS
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a b 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 12:15:58 AM

whats ur full budget for the rest of the rig u need?

January 23, 2013 12:37:06 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($30.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $352.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 21:35 EST-0500)

This is a better build overall and will play games better than what you have. If you have an extra $80 you can pick up a Radeon 6770 and put it in crossfire for some extra performance.
a c 302 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 12:43:52 AM

e_X said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($30.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $352.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-22 21:35 EST-0500)

This is a better build overall and will play games better than what you have. If you have an extra $80 you can pick up a Radeon 6770 and put it in crossfire for some extra performance.


No, this wont come close to matching a 7770 in terms of graphic performance. This build will get you low settings in modern games and even crossfired with a 6670 it's not better than a single 7770.
January 23, 2013 8:58:36 PM

tiny voices said:
No, this wont come close to matching a 7770 in terms of graphic performance. This build will get you low settings in modern games and even crossfired with a 6670 it's not better than a single 7770.


So if i buy a 7770 combined with this build will it be worth it?
a b 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 9:03:04 PM

yes, if thats the most u can afford will be a good bunch better than the 6670 :) 

a b 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 9:26:56 PM

looks alright, u gonna ever sli or crossfire or need 4 mem slots and oc?

a c 302 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 10:19:28 PM

Remember to get a new PSU. DO NOT use the one with the case.
a b 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 10:20:08 PM

good point.

January 23, 2013 10:56:40 PM

tiny voices said:
Remember to get a new PSU. DO NOT use the one with the case.


i know ive picked out a PSU and case.
a b 4 Gaming
January 23, 2013 11:06:23 PM

what psu and case again?

a b 4 Gaming
January 24, 2013 12:05:23 AM

yep looks fine, need anything else?

a c 302 4 Gaming
January 24, 2013 4:47:33 AM

That case has a top mounted PSU which will make cable management a bit of a pain.
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