[First Build] Cheap gaming computer

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Nov 7, 2011
I do not do a lot of heavy gaming however I would like this PC to be able to withstand that possibility if I change my mind afterwards. This is my first build so any suggestions or reasonings would be very much appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week if possible
Budget Range: around $700
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Due to budget i'd like to stick to AMD. Other than that I have no preferences.

Additional Comments: I would like the computer to be relatively quiet and cool.
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
- This has already been purchased since I found a deal with it off amazon [$109.99]
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128469 [$64.63]
Memory: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Venge...X3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_b [$46.99]
-already purchased
Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625 [$137.99]
- I am open to changing this
Hard Drive: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate...rive/8490625.p?id=1186003683968&skuId=8490625 [$69.99]
DVD Drive : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334 [$17.99]

Case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119203 [$39.99-$49.99]
- torn between cases. I like the side panel clear on the cooler master, however the challenger has amazing reviews and the top and front fans
PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817709025 $39.99]
Monitor: Not sure at all, probably something on sale between 19" and 21" [$70-$100]
Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823839008 [$46.99]

When it comes down to it, I am open to any suggestions to better improve this build with the same relative cost, or downgrade any items to help my cost while not hindering the build too much. I would like to hear opinions on the cases, a monitor, and graphics card especially.
Price total currently: $644.22-694.22


May 29, 2006
Hi and welcome to TSG.

Some thoughts / opinions from me:

1) You have bought DDR3 1600Mhz RAM but the motherboard you have listed doesn't support 1600Mhz RAM (according to Gigabytes website), so at best it will run slower, at worst it won't work.

2) The motherboard doesn't appear to support the FX-Series processor either, or at least it doesn't appear to be listed on the CPU support list. That board at revision 3.1 will support them with some limitations, see my Gigabyte link above.

3) Don't buy cheap on the PSU, especially if you are building any type of gaming rig. It really does pay in the long run to buy a quality unit. Buy a make like Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, OCZ, Seasonic, it will cost you more but the overall cost will be lower than when the cheap one goes 'pop' and fries your motherboard and/or CPU etc.


Jul 2, 2005
I would avoid that power supply like the plague, based upon the many negative reviews on Newegg. You should purchase any appropriate power supply recommended here, because this is the only site on the web that I know of which tests power supplies properly.

The mobo you have chosen is an AM3 mobo, while the processor is AM3+. Make sure the processor will plug into the board (at least!) before purchasing the board. There is one blocking pin that may interfere. Some boards evidently will be able to handle AM3+ processors, and some won't. Also, of course, there's the firmware issue; even if it plugs in the board may not support it.
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