$1000 Gaming Budget Build

This is my AMD based build that is going to be used primarily for gaming. I do need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS, mostly because this is my first gaming Build


CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.92 @ Amazon)

Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste ($5.98 @ Outlet PC)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: PNY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Best Buy) 

Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)

Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($230.91 @ Newegg)

Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)

Monitor: AOC e2051Sn 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Best Buy)

Keyboard: Logitech K100 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.98 @ Outlet PC)

Mouse: Logitech M100 Wired Optical Mouse ($8.98 @ PCM)

Total: $1022.40

PCPartPicker List: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nxJv


Any thoughts?

Get this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nyUU

It's a great build, but I need an OS :/

This build will get more FPS.


There are other ways of getting Windows 7/8

you can do way better but newegg is down at the moment and I'm old fashioned so I don't use PC Part picker

I'll post my take on it when its back up

Can you please list some?

Most cheap Windows are usually scams or illegal.

pi-*cough* rate-*cough* bay *cough* *cough*

I agree with smoothCriminal

We here at tek syndicate do not endorse or suggest pirating, it is against the TOS, try to keep that in mind, whether they want to get it by other means or not is up to them, when they reqeust a build that includes OS, do it or don't do it at all


That's exactly why I said I need an OS, because it says in the TOS that you can't suggest illegal pirating, software, etc.

swap out the cooler master Gemni II for the Xigmatek Gaia and the 660Ti for the ASUS 760

swap out the Gigabyte case for the nzxt source 210, the white one is


get the 8320 on newegg and add the $15 promo code

highly suggest this asus board over the gigabyte one





This is better, you can barely oc an 8 core on that mobo, why not this? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1nQNP

That's actually a really nice build, I'm just going to swap the case out for something cheaper and get the SSD. Thanks for this, but I have never heard of PowerColor. Is PowerColor any good?

They are not my first choice but you should be fine.

power color cards have a bad habit of crapping out, and that motherboard has litterally the same power phase design, it only has more PCI-E lanes

Well I looked at Nord's build and I improved on it.


Total After MIR: $994.87

I made a few changes to the build.


the Gaia performs the same as the 212 and is 10 bucks cheaper and you don't have to fool with MIR

"tdp support of the M5A97 R2.0 is 140W but that isn´t the issue.

its all depending on the powerphase design and quality vrm´s.

if you not plan to go overclocking, then you can put a FX8350 on that board, but if you want to go on overclocking, you need a better board, i personaly recommend, a  Asus M5A99FX pro R2.0 6+2 power phase and high quality digi vrm."

                                                       - MisteryAngel

sorry thought I linked the cheaper EVO version not the vanilla


^THIS board has the same 6+2 digital VRM power phase