Review my first Gaming Rig

Mobo: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX AM3+ AMD 760G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $54.99

CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX $139.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB $44.99

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99

GPU: ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $144.99

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM $17.99

Power Source: XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $69.99

Non Components

Case: BitFenix Ghost BFC-GHO-300-KKN1-RP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $99.99(Being paid for by my Dad)

Cooling: CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 (CWCH60) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $59.99

Monitor: LG IPS224T-PN Black 22" 14ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 5,000,000:1 IPS Panel $129.99

Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System - OEM $13.99

Mouse/Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black 8 Hot Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse $29.99. 

My main questions are,

1:Would it be a lot better to get a $7870 for an extra $55.00?

2:Are there any cheaper places to get some of these things then NewEgg?

3:Is there anything worth cutting so I can upgrade the card?

4: What kind of performance should I expect from this in games like Minecraft, TF2, Borderlands 2, Skyrim, etc..., basicly any high end game.


Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

  1. Yes, getting a 7870 or even a 7850 would be a major upgrade. Spend the $55 if you are gaming,
  2. I have no comment, but others might.
  3. The AMD FX 4300 is very fast and having it plus a 7870 will equal a much better gaming rig.
  4. If you get the 7870 I would expect most games to run at 1080p at medium to high settings and still be very playable.

your monitor is not really siuted for gaming, you'll notice alot of trails....

and the h60 really doesn't cool any better than the hyper 212 evo.

You should be able to play all games on high with a 7870, and some games will even be playable at ultra. It's a huge upgrade over the 7770. Use for the best prices. 

Would loosing the 2 extra cores impact performance very much? And how do you feel about the FX 6100 and FX 4100, since they both have a considerably lower price and I don't have quite enough expierience in this to know if they'll still perform well. I have extra concern if there's any good quality cooling that costs a little bit less then the H60.

And it's very good to see you active on the fourms, and providing great input, keep up the good work!

Any recomendations for a good monitor at a similar price? And thanks for the tip on the cooling, that will make a decent cut so I can upgrade the GPU.

you need something witha response time of 5ms or less.

My last question I must ask is, what is the cheapest, legal way to get a 64-bit windows 7?

I would like to say thank you to all three of you for the help, the overal price of my rig has gone up a slight amount, but I now have a much better card in it.

The cheapest way to get windows 7 is to buy an OEM copy, or you could see if Microsoft has any student deals going on. They probably only have specials for Windows 8 right now though.