How are these parts?

I'm on a $800 budget, and I selected a few parts for my first build. I decided to go AMD because I'm on a pretty low budget. Tell me what you think.

Case: CoolerMaster Storm Scout

M/B: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8 gigs

GPU: Nvidia EVGA 550 Ti

HDD: WD 500G Blue

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply

HSF: Hyper 212 EVO

Thermal paste: Arctic Silver 5

Extra case fans: Coolermaster SickleFlow x 2

Also, Win7x64bit, DVD burner added to the cost.

I do plan on overclocking the CPU alot. My friend builds PCs will help me do that.

Guess no one is on right now. =P

If you're planning to overclock the CPU substantialy, I would go for this. I was going to recomend you a watercooling kit but high-end CPU coolers can beat most closed-water coolong loops by about 40%. Would you be able to squeeze out a bit of money?


Yeah, maybe. I think I have an extra 40 bucks around. =P

What is the max I might be able to overclock this while I maintain a good temp?

EDIT: I saw the newegg review on this and will I still be able to fill all my ram slots? This is a big CPU fan, I'm worried it might also be to large for my case.

Assuming if 2 fans are going to be installed, that memory that you chose will have enough clearance. Have a look at this picture:

The NH-D14 and most of the Phanteks heatsinks are much more gigantic than this. Even those still left enough clearance for low-profile memory kits from what I saw previously. But they're a bit expensive.

The one that I showed you performs really well. I read most of the reviews for this. It's results are spectacular.

Cool, I won't need the thermal paste eiather because the included themal paste is rated high end. That'll save about $10. Any other suggestions?

Destroyed this is THE best Air cooler

Everyone can make their decisions, PC Model Agency ;) But thanks for another option anyway.


If you're willing to spend $10 or so extra on a video card I'd say go with this or any other 7770 and you'll get a bit of a boost in games.

well when I said the best I meant best performing, I think it should go without saying I preference performance over apperance lol

I'm only really wantinting to play BF3 on mid settings and WoW on ultra. =P Wow isn't that demanding, it is? I'll look into that card though.

What is your budget, I got 2 days off from work AND



$800. lol. I really do like this case though.

$800 better make sure YOUR body is ready for this

this stock beats yours Overclocked, and has the potential to OC for even more gratuitous power

I however recommend you get a stock Asus board and i5 and put that money into a GPU but if you REALLY gung-ho about Overclocking this has potential to if you get a heatsink later on

This version the GPU is stronger and has a stock CPU that will still beat the AMD Chip OCed

Sweet, thanks alot.

One question, could I get the card I was going to get origonally so I can get maybe a ATX mobo and a better PSU so I can sli or crossfire two of your cards later?

You're going to have to up the budget then, I'll see what I can come up with after I finish this $4,500 build

What can you get me if I up it to $1500?