First Build (Is CPU sufficient?)

I'm looking to get a new computer for mainly just gaming, I want to be able to play games like Battlefield 3, Skyrim, and DayZ. Here is the parts list I've come up with so far, I'm wondering if the CPU will be good enough and not cause any bottlenecks since it is an older model. I have some room to upgrade if needed but don't want to exceed  $1100 (not including monitor and peripherals)

CPU- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Mobo- Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard

Memory- A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

SSD- A-Data XPG SX900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk

HDD- Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

GPU- HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card

Case- NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case

PSU- NZXT HALE82 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical- LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer

OS- Windows 7 64-bit

Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated as this is my first build and I don't have much to go on except for reviews and guides on the internet.


I think there may be some bottlenecking with your processor. Try an i3 3220 ($110) or a $120 FX chip (don't know what the model number is)

Don't get an optical drive, they're pretty much useless. Just put your OS onto a flash drive and install from that instead. It will be cheaper and you won't break it as easily.

Is your SSD really necessary? you can drop it off your list, put the money into the CPU, the GPU, and the storage. this is what I can make with lots to spare if you need for peripherals

Heck, with your budget, you can even change the GPU to a 7970, but it will be tight. I personally would have a Biostar TA990FXE for the motherboard as that is what I have right now, but it seems people tend to prefer GB more.

Will you be overclocking at all? If you won't, then you could go cheaper

You'd be much better off with a Piledriver chip. That Phenom II is going to be a bottleneck.

What's your budget? Maybe I could come up with something for you.

He said it's about $1100

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon) 

Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($264.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)

Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($137.58 @ Newegg)

Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($29.99 @ Amazon)

Mouse: Logitech G300 Wired Optical Mouse ($33.78 @ Amazon)

Total: $1056.35 (after rebates) $1112.63 (before rebates)

with 1100 freaking dollars you could buy this:

PCPartPicker part list:

Price breakdown by merchant:


  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter) 
  • CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0556 39.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($13.53 @ Outlet PC) 
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($112.99 @ Amazon) 
  • Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.10 @ Newegg) 
  • Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Microcenter) 
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US) 
  • Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($349.99 @ NCIX US) 
  • Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.50 @ Amazon) 
  • Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($93.98 @ Newegg) 

Total: $1041.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 02:41 EDT-0400)

I would go with somthing like cooperman made and if you don't need the monitor, mouse, and keyboard

go with a ssd and a 8350 instead of the 8320.

This build looks very soild.

He needs a OS to so some changes would need to be made.

Ok, I have two build options. This first one is for if you plan on adding a second video card in the future:

This second one is if you're not planning on adding another card:

I would go for something like Vortex88 made, i´m personaly not a big fan of Gigabyte amd boards, but yeah for the price of the 990FXA-ud3 you cant arguing.

^^ no windows os included

So downgrade to a 7950 and add an OS. Done.