800+ gaming build


Aug 29, 2011
Approximate Purchase Date: within the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: 800-900

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (wow), surfing the web, considering a home media center (or whatever its called) to record tv and whatnot.

Parts Not Required: keyboard mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: oh, usa

Parts Preferences:
g card:SAPPHIRE FleX 100314FLEX Radeon HD 6870 1GB

hard drive/disk drive:Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA/Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

power supply:Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

mobo/chipset: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA/ AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz

memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3

case/ os : nzxt phantom / windows 7 home pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722409.11-146-068

Overclocking: no?

SLI or Crossfire: ehh?

Monitor Resolution: not sure?

Additional Comments: this computer is going to be mainly made for gaming like wow but i'd like to save as much money as possible while still having a fast runing computer. my graphics settings don't have to be extreme but i want it to run raids and things flawlessly. let me know if there's some parts that are not worth the money and what i should switch out.

also will i need any water cooling or an extra fans anywhere for this build? fan placement and sice would be appreciated


Aug 18, 2011
I am more of an Intel/Nvidia guy myself, but hey I am simply going to look at the Details here. The GPU is great, especially for the price. good shopping. Anyways SLI/Crossfire not really worth it unless you are going to use two high end cards for the ridiculous. One good card is better than two not so good cards. The only thing i am going to recommend is that you get a Western Digital HDD. I Work for a company and upkeep 100+ machines. I cant tell you how often I have to RMA dead HDDs. I definitley RMA wayyyy more Seagate, Samsung etc. than I do Western Digital. Although not so much anymore since I wont let anyone buy anything other than WD HDD drives anymore anyways. Find a monitor with resolution 1920x1080. Anything more is simply ridiculous, although I am assuming that there is some budget in this. Also I am sure you can find a cheaper DVD burner that is even MORE reliable.

Simply be careful about what GPU card you buy because of that particular PSU. It has a 6 Pin PCI-E connector and a 6+2 Pin PCI-E connector. Most only need 6 Pins, and particularly most need 2x6Pin connectors, but be careful about it. Obviously no SLI or crossfire if you dont have 4x6 Pin connectors.


Aug 18, 2011
Well, I am an NVIDIA man so I shouldn't make a comment on AMD products. However after looking at the VRAM and the core clock on that video card, Im going to say thats all you need. Just get that. I have something slightly less powerful than that and I run all games at max settings. So I wouldn't worry about SLI if i were you. And Graphics Cards now-a-days often need their own powercords plugged into them. Just like your motherboard has specific power slots that I am sure you can recognize, so do High End graphics Cards these days. When you are shopping, lookup details on the PSUs. Often they will stay how many PCI-E connectors and what type they have. Make sure your Graphics Cards and PSU are compatable. however many graphics cards come with converters from PCI-E to peripheral connectors to power.

In short, Graphics Cards need their own dedicated power from the PSU. MAKE SURE THEY ARE COMPATABLE!!! And get some decent watts under your PSU.
This is a bit over your budget, but WoW favors Nvidia cards, and these Intel socket 1155 chips run cooler and use less juice than the AMD cpu's. That mobo down below comes with a remote control and is a hit for home entertainment.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722409.11-146-068 $219.98 FREE SHIPPING
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
NZXT Phantom PHAN-001BK Black Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016 $64.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157235 $104.99
ASRock H67M-GE/HT (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.717982 $423.98
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400
ASUS ENGTX560 TI DCII TOP/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311 $44.99 FREE SHIPPING $5 off w/ promo code EMCKAKJ22, ends 9/7
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 $59.99 FREE SHIPPING $10 off w/ promo code EMCKBGK32, ends 9/5
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118039 $19.99 FREE SHIPPING
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM

Total: $938.41 *not including shipping, rebates, and promo codes

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=H67M-GE/HT <----- A better look at that Asrock board

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2100-phenom-ii-x6-1075t,2859.html <----- A review/benchmarks of sub $200 cpu's including the AMD's and Intels.