Building a gaming computer for 800 $

I want to build a gaming computer, bcause my current computer can't handle any games. I would love to know exactly waht to buy and where to put the money.  I have looked at intel vs amd, not to sure which to get .  I know alot of my money will go into a video card but i'm not sure on what to get.  I have never built a computer but i'm not affriad to can someone please help me pick out the parts i need.

is a monitor keyboard and mouse something that needs to be taken into consideration in your price?

Nice build, but you're not making use of the usb 3.0 header with that case. xP

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($92.99 @ NCIX US)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.26 @ Amazon)

Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($114.74 @ Amazon)

Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($214.00 @ Newegg)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ TigerDirect)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)

Total: $801.90

You are right. He will live.

If he ever gets desperate for USB 3.0 interface he can buy USb3 draw/dock

Thanks guys this will help me a lot. I will buy the moniter,keyboard, and mouse lster i have some cheap ones laying around.  CAnt wait for my pay check to come in.

By the way couldnt i just shose another case that is compatible wiht my parts that is usb 3.0? im pretty sure there a a lot of cases out there.


This is waht i have done to your builds. its a bit more than what i want to spend but my birth day is coming so ill make due.

I felt obligated to to try and see what an intel gaming computer would cost i think i screwed up in this build but not sure.  it is cheaper than my modified amd Fx8350.

Phenom 2 x4s perform almost identically to the 2500 at stock clocks, and is much, much cheaper.

Using a Phenom 2 X4 965 chip its 118$ less than the Intel rig and will perform basically identically. Or even for nearly the same, That motherboard is part of a combo deal right now with an 8350 and the total will come out to less than the intel rig you put together.



i would say go for the amd build with FX8350.

the only thing you have to chance there is the memory, cause those vengeance are high profiled memory, with that big cooler you cant install them in slot 1/3 duals channel only in 2/4 dual channel, better chance those in low profile ramm (low heat spreaders)

notice that the Gigabyte GA-970A-ud3 is a great board, but i probably need a bios update to support the FX8350 out of box. but you can always inform at the store ore online shop where you gonne order it.. the GA-990FX-ud3 rev 1.1  does support FX2.0 out of box.