First Gaming Rig

Hey guys, planning on building my first Gaming rig. I've built a couple all around PC's before this, but nothing at this price point. Anyone have any experience with the hardware?  Planning on getting Windows 8, not too excited about that, but I guess you have to move on sooner or later.


Looks okay. I modified a few things for you to look at below:

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[b]CPU:[/b] [url=]AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor[/url] ($135.08 @ Amazon)

[b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=]ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard[/url] ($99.99 @ Amazon)

[b]Memory:[/b] [url=]G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($64.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=]Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk[/url] ($99.89 @ Amazon)

[b]Storage:[/b] [url=]Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] ($69.99 @ Amazon)

[b]Video Card:[/b] [url=]Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card[/url] ($224.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Case:[/b] [url=]Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($59.99 @ Amazon)

[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=]XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply[/url] ($59.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Optical Drive:[/b] [url=]Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer[/url] ($14.99 @ Newegg)

[b]Monitor:[/b] [url=]Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor[/url] ($187.58 @ Newegg)

[b]Keyboard:[/b] [url=]Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse[/url] ($15.94 @ Amazon)

[b]Total:[/b] $1033.42
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* CPU the same

* Mobo supports front USB 3.0 ports for the case (which my case linked above supports 2 x 3.0 ports, yours case only supports 1 x 3.0 ports)

* RAM you selected will only work in single channel configuration (since it's only 1 stick), so I linked above a Dual channel set. This will give you better throughput and better results, IMHO.

* I included a bigger SSD, so you have room for OS, some games, and some apps (Office to name one).

* Included a better case, IMHO, for the $.

* PSU is much better than your selection. Your PSU doesn't have any efficiency ratings and only has a 2 yr. warranty. I have selected a PSU that is 80 Plus Bronze Certified and comes w/a 5 yr. warranty.

* I included your monitor and keyboard/mouse combination for your convenience.

The total build is about $34 more, but IMHO it is worth it.

Can't agree more with Lunyone, that's the way to go!

Personally, I would throw the DVD drive away, put 15 more bucks and get a Cooler Master Hyper 212. Is much more silent and efficient than the stock cooler, and allows some overcloking.

Thanks guys! And 550 Watts is enough power? I keep getting mixed advice on how much power is enough power.

...and you get an IPS monitor...


For a 7870 it's fine. Want a nice IPS monitor for gaming, I love this, is cheap, great quality, and totally acceptable Latency and imput lag for gaming.


When you use a "Quality" PSU the 550w is more than enough for any single GPU out on the market.