$800 Budget Gaming Build


Sep 15, 2010
This will be my first build, so I am rather clueless. I've done some researching and came up with a build, but wanted to run it by this community before moving forward, as I am not sure on compatibility and wouldn't mind some advice on ways to improve. I'm mostly looking for a system that will be able to handle intense graphical requirements.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of weeks

Budget Range: ~$800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Media Center, Surfing the Web

Parts Not Required: Will pick out a Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor later

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: TBD

Additional Comments: n/a

Here's what I've come up with:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor $165.99

Motherboard ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard $139.99

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $139.99 (after rebates)

Hard Drive:Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM $93.99

Optical: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 12X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $16.99

Power Supply + Case: Combo: Combo Deal $129.94 (after rebates/combo)

- Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Cooling Device: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm Ceramic CPU Cooler $29.99

1) Will these all be compatible?

2) Is there anything else I need? more fans?

3) Any room for improvement, without pushing the price up too much?

Thank you very much!


Aug 15, 2010
Ram looks mediocre -- either save 4$ and get the G.skill 4GB 1600 1.5 volt kit, or spend 4$ and get the CAS 7 1600 speed 1.35 volt eco kit.

Drop the Caviar black for the Samsung F3 to save 15$ (the F3 is faster anyway). Take that money and get a 1055t http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.482997. Alternatively, drop to an Athlon X4 635 and the Asrock below to get a GTX 460.

If you're willing to use Asrock they have a comparable board for 30$ less. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157191&cm_re=asrock_880g_extreme3-_-13-157-191-_-Product

5770 may be a bit weak depending on resolution.


Jun 30, 2010
Here are some other combo deals to consider...



PSU/CPU: PSU comes w/ an additional promo code




And here's a 1 TB HDD that's ~58$ w/ another promo code

Could save you enough money to upgrade your GPU to say...


and stay in your price range, or just keep the money in the bank!


Apr 20, 2010
Don't go for the 1055t if you're building a gaming rig, the amd 6 core CPU's perform less for games. If you want a phenom, go with a 955 over a 965. They are almost the exact same thing, except one is factory overclocked. If this is mostly a gaming computer put an athlong II x3 or x4 in there and buy a better card. (radeon 5830-5850 or geforce 460)

Definitely go with the F3 over the WD, the 6gb/s sata doesn't do anything seeing as the drive itself doesn't actually read/write any faster.

If you aren't going to crossfire get a lesser power supply (550-650). If you plan on it later on the 750 is perfect.

That Asrock board sp12 pointed out checks out to be a good board. The company isn't bad, it's just a second tier compared to a few select others.


Sep 15, 2010
With all the advice I came up with:

-- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

-- XFX Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

MoBoard/DVD Combo:
-- ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
-- ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A6T/BLK/B/G

CPU/Power Supply Combo:
-- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
-- XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready

RAM/Case Combo:
-- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
-- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Total: $796.92

Would the CPU Cooler ($29.99) be necessary with the above case?

Thanks for all the help so far.

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