After putting it off for so long, I finally want to get my gaming pc up and running but need some help!

So I was meant to make a gaming pc a while ago but was putting it off over and over again :( Now I'm determained to get it up and running. I'm going for a Blue/Black or Red/Black colour scheme, my budget is anything under $1450 Hopefully a little lower (AUS)


To start off with I'm live in Australia to all my parts will come from - , I wil be overclocking this machine and hope to play on 1080p so a solid 1080p monitor is a must! :)


Here is what I have so far! :)


CPU: AMD FX-8320 - $192.00 - I would love to know if it would be better getting a 8350 or even the i5 3570k, and how it handles with OC


MOBO: This is the part I'm stuck on the most, I don't know anything about AMD mobo's so I would love some input on what to buy. I was thinking getting the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard


CPU Cooler: Xigmatek Dark Knight Night Hawk CPU Cooler - $45 - This is manly for looks and it preforms well :)


Graphics Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD7950 - $339 - I've heard this card is a beast and willl handle over clocking


Ram: G.Skill Ares F3-1866C9D-8GAB 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 - $89 - Just the normal kinda ram, hoping for black!


SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB - $119 - I'm pretty positive about this choice :)


HDD: Western Digital WD Blue 500GB - $62 - This will be for games and general stuff


Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 600W ST60F-P - $119 - Another part i'm ot 100% sure abou, I would really prefer a modular/semi modular PSU


Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 - $135 - Awesome case!


Monitor: ASUS VS229H-P 21.5in - $169 - I'm half sure I got the right monitor but advice on monitors would be awesome!


Total Cost: $1269 Without mobo and shippping.


I hope the community could help me out with this one! Any kind of help suggestions would be really great! p.s Just mention if I missed any parts I should have :) Cheers.

build looks good, about the mobo,  the Asus M5A99FX pro R2.0 is a good board, for some basic overclocks, i would recommend the Sabertooth for extremer overclocks, but, it doesn´t fit your color scheme probably.. But the M5A99FX pro R2.0 with 6+2 powerphase and digi vrm, is still a good choice. Pistol also has this board in her system. ☺

About your SSD i think the ssd you listed is a normal samsung 840 not a pro? if so then i would personaly recommend a A-Data Sp900 or A-data-SX900. or a Kingston HyperX 3k , thease are arround the same price if im right, but they are faster.

About the Gigabyte Radeon 7950, this card is voltage locked, you could overclock it, but a Msi Radeon 7950 Twinfrozer would be a better choice, thease are voltage unlocked.

Grtz angel ☺


Everything is looking pretty good in this build. I agree with MisteryAngel, the ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 is a great motherboard. I have it myself and I'm glad I chose it.

With the GPU, you should get the MSI version on the 7950:

It will be better for overclocking and you should be able to get performance equal to the 7970 with a stable overclock, easily. You will also save $20 there.

The SSD could also be swapped out for this:

The write speeds are nearly 4x faster than the Samsung one, and for the same price. If you can be patient enough to wait until PCCG recieve more stock on it, then I'd be going for that. The Samsung is fine though.

You can also, if you'd like, go for a larger monitor (24") for about $10 more. I think it's an ASUS VS24H or something like that. 

A 1TB HDD is also only $10 more (WD Blue) if that interests you.

I've shopped from PCCG a few times so if you have any more questions/looking for an opinion, let me know!


Thank you both for the great replies it really helped! :)

The monitor I was talking about:

The monitor is bigger than you expect (at least bigger than what I was expecting). If you want a bigger screen than a 21.5" though, I'd go for this.

Thats look awesome! thanks heaps for your replies :)

One last thing, What are your thoughts on the PSU I chose?

Please get a WD caviar blue 1tb for like $5 more and also for a psu the Seasonic G550 is a beast 

And sorry the noob question, but the monitor you said wasn't ips was it? I was also looking at this one


The PSU you have chose is fine.

The 24" monitor I put up before isn't an IPS, but that one you just linked seems like it would be really great! Any ASUS monitor is quality.