Critique of developing a gaming desktop

Hello im new to the site and also new to "building" one's own desktop. I've used newegg to assist me in choosing the parts that i want to have. It would be an honor if someone could critique or even help me choose the appropriate path to take in building a laptop. The laptop's specs are as followed:

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-F2A85X-D3H FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128577

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100358L Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Memory
Kingston HyperX HyperX 10th Anniversary Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory Model KHX18C9X3/4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104395

Power Supply
LEPA N Series N500-SA 500W ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817494002

Hard Drive
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

Computer Case
Thermaltake V3 Black AMD Edition VL800P1W2N Black / Red SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133200

DVD Burner
LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

The Total Cost (including shipping)= $533.05
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  1. That motherboard won't work with that CPU, and the power supply chosen is garbage. For $600 you can do way better:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.50 @ Newegg)
    Total: $590.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 13:08 EDT-0400)
  2. g-unit1111 said:
    That motherboard won't work with that CPU, and the power supply chosen is garbage. For $600 you can do way better:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.50 @ Newegg)
    Total: $590.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 13:08 EDT-0400)


    Lol. I had a feeling that the power supply was garbage. The problem is i want to pay around 500-550 for this pc (including the shipping). Is the power supply really that important? and should i change the processor or the motherboard (there's a caption for the motherboard stating that it is enhanced amd radeon hd 7000 graphics)? ps: i also kinda wanted to keep the case and the rest of the components if that is possible
  3. Dariusx14 said:


    Lol. I had a feeling that the power supply was garbage. The problem is i want to pay around 500-550 for this pc (including the shipping). Is the power supply really that important? and should i change the processor or the motherboard (there's a caption for the motherboard stating that it is enhanced amd radeon hd 7000 graphics)? ps: i also kinda wanted to keep the case and the rest of the components if that is possible



    The PSU is *EXTREMELY* important. Get the wrong one and it blows up or shorts out and takes your system with it.

    Well like I said that motherboard won't work with that CPU (for a 965 you need socket AM3+, not FM2) and you should get at minimum 8GB of RAM. Thermaltake makes OK cases - I'm not their biggest fan. The Corsair 200R is a far better bet in the same price range. The FX-6300 is also a much newer CPU than the 965 is, when buying a new system always get the latest CPU and motherboard that you can.
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    The PSU is *EXTREMELY* important. Get the wrong one and it blows up or shorts out and takes your system with it. Well like I said that motherboard won't work with that CPU (for a 965 you need socket AM3+, not FM2) and you should get at minimum 8GB of RAM. Thermaltake makes OK cases - I'm not their biggest fan. The Corsair 200R is a far better bet in the same price range. The FX-6300 is also a much newer CPU than the 965 is, when buying a new system always get the latest CPU and motherboard that you can.

    Okay, so i took your advice and changed my power supply to the one that you advised. I also changed my motherboard since i wanted to stay with the AM3 rather than FM2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280). Is is okay that i hold off with the ram though? Like i dont plan on playing highly demanding games like crisis 3. I most definitely will buy more ram later. New Price:$553.23 (including shipping)
  5. Dariusx14 said:
    Quote:
    The PSU is *EXTREMELY* important. Get the wrong one and it blows up or shorts out and takes your system with it. Well like I said that motherboard won't work with that CPU (for a 965 you need socket AM3+, not FM2) and you should get at minimum 8GB of RAM. Thermaltake makes OK cases - I'm not their biggest fan. The Corsair 200R is a far better bet in the same price range. The FX-6300 is also a much newer CPU than the 965 is, when buying a new system always get the latest CPU and motherboard that you can.

    Okay, so i took your advice and changed my power supply to the one that you advised. I also changed my motherboard since i wanted to stay with the AM3 rather than FM2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280). Is is okay that i hold off with the ram though? Like i dont plan on playing highly demanding games like crisis 3. I most definitely will buy more ram later. New Price:$553.23 (including shipping)


    Yeah that motherboard is fine. For a dual channel system though you need two sticks of RAM or you won't get the most out of it. Not just for games but for other purposes as well.
  6. g-unit1111 said:
    Dariusx14 said:
    Quote:
    The PSU is *EXTREMELY* important. Get the wrong one and it blows up or shorts out and takes your system with it. Well like I said that motherboard won't work with that CPU (for a 965 you need socket AM3+, not FM2) and you should get at minimum 8GB of RAM. Thermaltake makes OK cases - I'm not their biggest fan. The Corsair 200R is a far better bet in the same price range. The FX-6300 is also a much newer CPU than the 965 is, when buying a new system always get the latest CPU and motherboard that you can.

    Okay, so i took your advice and changed my power supply to the one that you advised. I also changed my motherboard since i wanted to stay with the AM3 rather than FM2 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280). Is is okay that i hold off with the ram though? Like i dont plan on playing highly demanding games like crisis 3. I most definitely will buy more ram later. New Price:$553.23 (including shipping)


    Yeah that motherboard is fine. For a dual channel system though you need two sticks of RAM or you won't get the most out of it. Not just for games but for other purposes as well.


    Does that mean i should get 2 2gb ram over 1 4gb?
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