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First Gaming PC build
07-03-2011, 11:18 PM,
First Gaming PC build
So I am trying to build my first Gaming PC and I would like to get some opinions on it. Like if everything is compatible and will work correctly, better alternatives, cheaper places to buy the items, etc.
Most importantly, if this build is worth the cost and if it will run video games smoothly.
NOTE: I already have a Monitor with HDMI inputs and keyboard and mouse so they are not necessary for the build.

Tower/PC Case: $59.99
NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: $104.99
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: $119.99
AMD CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz AM3 125W Retail

CPU Fan: $46.24
Corsair Air Series A70 Performance CPU Cooler CAFA70

Graphics Card: $204.99
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1461-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Power Supply: $84.99
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

RAM: $89.99
G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

Hard Drive: $60.50
Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ

DVD Burner: $19.99
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

TOTAL: $791.67
Tax and shipping not included.

Feedback always appreciated.
Thanks to anyone willing to help.

07-04-2011, 08:46 AM,
RE: First Gaming PC build
First, I would HIGHLY advise on buying the new Sandy Bridge processors. They stomp on anything AMD has to offer. Check out the Tier 3 build.

Another thing is that the A70 is on sale right now. Check out this thread at
07-04-2011, 01:51 PM,
RE: First Gaming PC build
I was considering that after I made the post. If I do go with the intel, that means I'll have the get another motherboard. I might as well go with the tier 3 build then. Also, thanks for the heads up on that cheaper option for the A70.

07-04-2011, 02:04 PM, (This post was last modified: 07-04-2011, 02:04 PM by anubis.)
RE: First Gaming PC build
Yeah, I was looking at the Tier 2 OC and the Tier 3 build, but after asking around and looking at benchmarks the i3-2100 is the best processor for that price range. Even overclocked, the 955 can't beat the i3 in many benchmarks.

The only main difference between my build and yours is that I got a HD6850 for the GPU and I can the games I play (Starcraft 2, Shogun 2, Bioshock 2) smoothly at max settings at 1920x1080 resolution so I'm sure yours will be able to as well.

I also don't think you will need an aftermarket cooler for the i3 since you can't really overclock these processors unless you get the i5-2500k or the i7-2600k.
07-04-2011, 07:41 PM,
RE: First Gaming PC build
Wow. Thanks for the info. Even more of a reason to get the intel processor. I'll put up a final list of the items for a final review later this week and with positive feedback, ill buy it and post results.

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