Building a Gaming PC for $1000


Jul 12, 2011
I'm building a new Gaming Computer, and would like some help with the parts.
I will be building this in a couple of months, although it depends upon certain variables.
I intend to upgrade to Bulldozer when it is released.
I am building a partially future-proof PC.
Yes, I definitely intend to go AMD, not Intel, so that upgrading to the next generation is easier and cheaper. I prefer to use ATI GPUs, but I am open to nVidia suggestions, although I HAVE studied long and hard on which GPU to take.
I would LOVE some help on the motherboard choice. I require SATA3 support, AM3+ capability and USB 3.0 support. Hyperthreading at 5200 MT/s also needed.

Part Specs in the spoilers.

CPU - AMD Phenom II x6 1090T @ 3.2GHz

I plan to upgrade to Bulldozer soon, when it is released, so should I get this CPU or get a cheaper one and wait until Bulldozer arrives and then get the whole shebang?
Also, if it is recommended that I don't go with this expensive processor, which one should I get?

AMD Phenom II X6 Black Ed 1090T AM3 SixCore 3.2GHz CPU


AMD Phenom™ II Processors

Unbeatable multi-core value with AMD Phenom™ II processors. They deliver The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for high definition entertainment, advanced multitasking performance, and power-saving innovations for smaller, cooler machines that are energy efficient.

Features & Benefits

Smoother faster experience, even when running complex software application with native Multi-Core Technology
Scaled performance to conserve PC power with HyperTransport® 3.0 Technology
Hear your music, not your PC with AMD PowerNow!™ Technology (Cool’n’Quiet™ Technology)
Prevent the spread of certain viruses and strengthen your network integrity with Enhanced Virus Protection (EVP)*
AMD Phenom™ II Processors Product Brief

Visual Experience

Live your life in HD. AMD Phenom™ II is for high definition entertainment, gaming, creativity, and beyond. With AMD Phenom™ II processors as the foundation, you'll enjoy a new level of responsiveness and visual intensity. AMD puts high definition computing within everyone’s reach.

Superior technologies for HD video. Enjoy a superior high definition experience for HD videos on you PC. AMD Phenom™ II processor are the powerful engine behind your fidelity, high definition video entertainment experience. Only AMD puts the Ultimate Visual Experience™ for HD video within your reach.

Enjoy entertainment beyond your media library. Get HD content online, offline, wherever you want it, however you want it. Your system can handle whatever you dish out - and serve it up on screen in full, high definition glory.*

Perfect chemistry. Combine AMD Phenom™ II processors and ATI Radeon™ HD graphics to really see the difference. Enjoy smooth video, brilliant videos and immersive games. AMD unleashes visual clarity and responsiveness for what you want to do.


Do it all. AMD Phenom™ II processors have the power to do it all. Featuring next-generation quad-core design, they crush even the most demanding tasks. So design it, render it, play it, create it, stream it, HD it.* With AMD Phenom™ II processors, if you can imagine it, you can do it.

Energy Efficient

Make a choice you can feel good about. AMD Phenom™ II processors were designed with energy efficiency in mind. Capitalizing on AMD's leadership in energy efficiency, they incorporate all of the latest technology that gives you performance when you need it and save power when you don’t.

Look for ENERGY STAR® with AMD. Thanks to AMD's power-saving innovations, you can count on machines based on AMD Phenom™ II processors for the energy efficiency you want and the performance you need.





Phenom II X6

CPU Socket Type:

Socket AM3






Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition

Operating Frequency:


Hyper Transports:


L2 Cache:

6 x 512KB

L3 Cache:


Manufacturing Tech:

45 nm

64 bit Support:


Hyper-Transport Support:


Integrated Memory Controller Speed:

Dual Channel PC3-10667U (DDR3-1333) for 2 Module, Dual Channel PC3-8500U (DDR3-1066), Dual Channel PC2-8500U (DDR2-1066)

Virtualization Technology Support


Multimedia Instruction:

MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4a, Advanced Bit Manipulation, AMD64 technology, AMD-V (virtualization) technology, Enhanced Virus Protection, Dynamic Acceleration technology

GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB DDR5


Graphics processor AMD Radeon HD 5850, 725MHz
Pipeline 1,440 stream processors (725MHz), 32 ROPs
Memory 1GB GDDR5, 4GHz effective
Bandwidth 128GB/sec, 256-bit interface
Compatibility DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.1
Outputs/Inputs DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, 1 x CrossFire
Power connections 2x 6-pin, end-mounted
Size 215mm long, dual-slot
Warranty Two years

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-880GMA-USB3 AM3+ Compatible Motherboard

Get Ready for New Generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ CPU
GIGABYTE's AMD motherboards are ready to support new generation of 32nm AMD AM3+ multi-core processors, delivering the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming.

On/Off Charge Technology
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology allows you to charge your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch regardless of whether your PC is on, in standby mode or even off. A derivative of GIGABYTE's highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge enables devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, so that charging from your PC can be as fast as with a charger...more
Note: Due to certain mobile phone limitations, users may need to connect the mobile phone to their PC before the PC enters S4/S5 mode to enable a quick charge from non On/Off Charge USB ports. Charging results may vary by model.


The 880GMA-USB3 motherboard is designed to offer a stable, high-speed platform for delivering amazingly fast data transfer via revolutionary GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic technology with featuring 2 oz copper PCB, and further the latest GIGABYTE 333 onboard acceleration technologies (USB 3.0 / SATA3 6Gbs / 3X USB power). Based on AMD 880G chipset, the 880GMA-USB3 supports the latest 45nm AMD AM3 Phenom II/ Athlon II processors, integrated DDR3 memory controller, HyperTransport™ 3.0 technology links and PCI Express 2.0 graphics interfaces for ATI Hybrid CrossFireX support. With the innovative GIGABYTE Easy Energy Saver technology, the 880GMA-USB3 is able to provide user friendly computing, reach the maximum system performance easily while still able to save the power and environment in real life at the same time.

Supports next generation of 45nm AMD AM3 CPU
This motherboard designs with Split Power Plane, 4+1 phase VRM to support AMD the latest 45nm AM3 Phenom™I/ Athlon™II processors, delivering the great performance enchantment to system and ultimate scalability hardware expending.

SATA 6 Gbps Support
Yet another onboard feature of GIGABYTE AMD 800A series motherboards are integrated the latest AMD SB850 chip for high-speed SATA Revision 3.0 compatibility, delivering 6 ports native superfast 6Gbps link speeds for twice the data transfer rates of SATA Revision 2.0 (3 Gbps) and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support. When used in RAID 0 (Stripe) mode, GIGABYTE AMD 800A series motherboards offer even faster data transfer rates of up to 4x the speed of current SATA interfaces.

* SATA3 RAID 0 4x and SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.

USB 3.0 Support
The GIGABYTE motherboards support the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard USB3.0 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.

* USB 3.0 10x performance is a maximum theoretical value. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.

3x USB Power Boost
GIGABYTE motherboards feature a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.

108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio playback
GIGABYTE strongly believes that in 2011, HD audio playback is a standard specification, and as such, we have made Blu-ray audio playback a standard for all of our motherboards.
All of GIGABYTE's 2011 motherboards feature higher capability audio solution with 108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback quality to deliver high-performance, multi-channel HD audio. SNR is a comparison of the amount of signal to the amount of noise such as hiss present in the signal (expressed in Decibels). A higher SNR equals a better audio experience. For example, 108dB, is a high audio specification, as this means the audio signal is 108dB higher than the level of the noise.

DualBIOS™ 3TB+ HDD Support (Hybrid EFI Technology)
Hybrid EFI Technology combines the benefits of GIGABYTE's mature BIOS platform including stability and compatibility with 3rd party products with 3TB+ HDD support from EFI technology, allowing GIGABYTE to offer the best of both worlds through a quick and easy BIOS update using GIGABYTE's @BIOS utility that is freely available from the GIGABYTE website.
GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ now supports 3TB+ (terabyte) hard drive booting without the need for partitioning, and enables more data storage on a single hard drive.

Turbo XHD- Full Automatic RAID 0/Stripe
GIGABYTE Turbo XHD provides a quick and easy way to boost your hard drive performance. Just via the latest BIOS update, Turbo XHD will automatically enabled when the system detecting 2 new SATA3 HDDs and providing users effortlessly to set up a RAID 0/Strip configuration.
Note: Turbo XHD function only enabled for the SATA3 ports provided by AMD SB950/SB850 Chipset.
Ultra Durable 3 – Classic

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards once again lead the motherboard industry for the highest quality and most innovative motherboard design. Featuring the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to introduce 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking. GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable signature features including Japanese Solid Capacitors boasting an operational life time of more than 50,000 hours, and GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS™ technology (providing dual hardware BIOS protection). GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 Classic motherboards promise to provide the stability, reliability and longevity essential to meet the power needs of high-end processors and other components running today's most demanding applications and games.

AMD 880G 3D Graphics Performance Upgrade- up to 3DMark 2006 3000 marks!!
The 3DMark 2006 is a benchmark software which is from Futuremark Corporation and generally used on analyzing a PC performance of DirectX® 3D visualization, especially a valuable guideline for gaming users as reference.

880G system configuration
AMD PhenomII X4 965 (OC), GPU OC 1124MHz, 4GB DDR3-1600(OC), Win7-32bit, 3DMark06 (1280x1024)

* 3000+ marks in 3DMark06 was achieved by overclocking.
* Please be aware that GIGABYTE's product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking.

ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology support
ATI Hybrid Graphics is a technology umbrella brand encompassing several technologies, such as ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™, ATI SurroundView™, ATI PowerPlay™, etc. that allow both an AMD integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to work co-operatively on an AMD based system to provide enhanced gaming performance, productivity and platform efficiency to the mainstream PC.
* Please use ATI Hybrid CrossFireX certified DX11 VGA card (i.e., ATI Radeon HD 5450, etc.), detail information please refer to AMD website.

Dual Channel DDR3 1866+ MHz
Delivering native support for DDR3 memory up to 1866MHz, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 motherboards allow users to easily reach higher memory frequencies at lower voltages; achieving higher memory performance with lower power consumption to run even the most memory intensive applications such as high-definition video and 3D games with ease.

GIGABYTE innovative technology- Easy Energy Saver
Featuring an advanced proprietary software design, GIGABYTE Easy Energy Saver is able to dynamically adjust CPU power depending on workload, delivering just the right amount of power needed for the task. Coupled with AMD’s highly efficient 45nm AM3 CPU, the Easy Energy Saver is able to provide exceptional levels of power savings and enhanced power efficiency without sacrificing computing performance.

GIGABYTE has completely redesigned EasyTune6 from the ground up to make it easier than ever to manage and monitor your hardware resources as well as tweak your system settings in order to achieve maximum system performance. Whether you are an overclocking enthusiast, or a computer novice, EasyTune6 provides the tools you need to quickly and effortlessly fine tune your system.

HDMI 1.3* certification, support Full HD 1080P
HDMI is able to provide up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and multi-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. GA-880GA-UD3H has obtained the latest HDMI 1.3* certification, able to support Full HD 1080p multi-media and HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) which allowing Blu-ray/ HD DVD and other protected contents playback.
* HDMI 1.3 certified in video spec only.

Dolby Home Theater Support
Delivers vivid surround sound for music, movies, and games, using two to eight speakers or any set of headphones.

Norton™ Internet Security
Fast, comprehensive, and up-to-the-minute protection against online threats. It safeguards your computer, identity, and home network without slowing you down. It sets a new standard for speed and makes online shopping, banking, and browsing safer and more convenient than ever.
Qualified for Windows® 7
The motherboard qualified for WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) certification of Windows 7 from Microsoft®, setting the standard for future Windows 7 certified motherboards...more

ErP Lot 6 support
The ErP (also known as Energy-Related Products Directive) is part of the European Union's environmental regulations policy. It is based on concern for the environmental as the proliferation of electronic devices continues, and how to improve energy efficiency for a better and greener life. GIGABYTE supports ErP and produces motherboards that help you effectively improve system efficiency.
* The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
* Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
* All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
* Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

CPU AM3+ Socket:
Support for AMD AM3+ processor
Support for AMD AM3 Phenom™ II processor / AMD Athlon™ II processor
Hyper Transport Bus
5200 MT/s
North Bridge: AMD 880G
South Bridge: AMD SB850
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory (Note 1)
Dual channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 1866(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
Onboard Graphics North Bridge:
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 (Note 2)
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 (Note 3)
Realtek ALC889 codec
High Definition Audio
Support for Dolby Home Theater
Support for S/PDIF In/Out
1 x Realtek 8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
2 x PCI Express x1 slots
(All PCI Express slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
1 x PCI slot
Multi-Graphics Technology
Support for ATI Hybrid CrossFireX technology
Storage Interface South Bridge:
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors 6 supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
USB South Bridge:
Up to 10 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 6 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)
Etron EJ168 chip:
Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x system fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
3 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x serial port header
1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
ITE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring
System voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System fan speed detection
CPU overheating warning
CPU/System fan fail warning
CPU/System fan speed control (Note 4)
2 x 16 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Support for DualBIOS™
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash
Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
Support for Download Center
Support for Xpress Install
Support for Xpress Recovery2
Support for EasyTune (Note 5)
Support for Easy Energy Saver
Support for Smart Recovery
Support for Auto Green
Support for On/Off Charge
Support for Cloud OC
Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor; 24.4cm x 23.4cm
Note (Note 1) Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than 4 GB.
(Note 2) The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connector by adapter.
(Note 3) Simultaneous output for DVI-D and HDMI is not supported.
(Note 4) Whether the CPU/system fan speed control function is supported will depend on the CPU/system cooler you install.
(Note 5) Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.
Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
Most hardware/software vendors no longer offer support for Win9X/ME/2000/XP SP1/SP2. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.

RAM - Corsair XMS3 6GB kit (2GB X 3) @ 1600MHz
Should I get 6GB RAM or is 4GB enough?

The XMS3 family is Corsair mainstream line of performance DDR3 memory. These modules allow users to experience outstanding memory performance and stability. Available in platinum XMS heat spreaders, each module is built using carefully selected RAMs

10 Years Limited Warranty By Manufacturer


Product Name:CORSAIR CMX6GX3M3A1600C9
Web Address:
Model Number:CMX6GX3M3A1600C9
Package Type:Retail
Warranty:10 Years
Type:DDR3 (Triple Channel)
Capacity:6GB (3 x 2GB)
Clock Speed:1600MHz
CAS Latency:9.09-9-9-24
Gross Weight (Kg):0.150Kg
Special Features:6GB memory kit (3 x 2GB) for use with Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors Latency of 9-9-9-24 for maximum reliability and performanceXMS Heat Spreader €Limited Lifetime Warranty
Package Contents:3 x 2GB Memory Sticks

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Internal Hard Drive @ 7200RPM 6Gb/s

Yes, I need all 1024 GB of that Terabyte.

WD Caviar Black drives combine a high performance electronics architecture with a rock solid mechanical architecture to deliver the perfect storage solution for your fully-loaded PC or maxed out gaming machine. Cool drive operation, no-touch head technology, and leading-edge vibration protection ensure enhanced reliability and sustained data throughput. And we back it all up with a 3-year limited warranty

Brand New, Factory Sealed, Never Used


Dual actuator technology - A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy. (2 TB only)

StableTrac - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations.

NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.


Western Digital
Model No.
Formatted Capacity
1,000,204 MB
SATA 6 Gb/s
1 Tb
User Sectors Per Drive
Buffer To Host (Serial ATA)
6 Gb/s (Max)

Case - Cooler Master Gaming Elite 430

The Elite 430 Black was designed all-black interior coating with its main purpose in mind as such there’s plenty space for large graphics cards, no matter your brand preference. The Elite 430 Black also features plenty of cooling options and a well ventilated front mesh design to keep even the hottest system nice and cool.
Interior black coating makes stylish inside looks.
Front 120mm fan with brilliant Blue LED provides the best airflow to HDDs.
Rear 120mm fan for high-efficiency ventilation.
Tool-Free mechanical design for quick assembly and maintenance.
Side ventilation holes for better cooling performance.
Large transparent side window included.
Supports long graphics cards including Radeon HD 5970.
Available Color Black
Material Steel Body ; ABS Plastic
Dimension (W / H / D) 190 x 424 x 490 mm / 7.5 x 16.7 x 19.3 inch
Weight Net Weight: 4.7 kg / 10.3 lbs
Gross weight:5.8 kg / 12.78 lbs
M/B Type ATX/Micro-ATX
5.25" Drive Bay 3 Exposed
3.5" Drive Bay 2 Exposed
5 Hidden
I/O Panel USB 2.0 x2, Mic x1, Audio x1, 1394a x 1,(optional)
Expansion Slots 7
Cooling System Top: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional)
Front: 120 mm blue LED fan x 1,140 mm fan x 1 (optional)
Rear: 80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional)
Side: 120 mm fan x 1(optional)
Bottom:80/90/120 mm fan x1(optional)
Power Supply Standard ATX PS2(optional)

PSU - Corsair Gaming Series GS600 Non-Modular Power Supply
The Corsair Gaming Series GS600 power supply is the ideal price-performance solution for building or upgrading a Gaming PC. A single +12V rail provides up to 48A of reliable, continuous power for multi-core gaming PCs with multiple graphics cards. The ultra-quiet, dual ball-bearing fan automatically adjusts its speed according to temperature, so it will never intrude on your music and games. Blue LEDs bathe the transparent fan blades in a cool glow. Not feeling blue? You can turn off the lighting with the press of a button.

Corsair Gaming Series GS600 Features:

It supports the latest ATX12V v2.3 standard and is backward compatible with ATX12V 2.2 and ATX12V 2.01 systems
An ultra-quiet 140mm double ball-bearing fan delivers excellent airflow at an exceptionally low noise level by varying fan speed in response to temperature
80Plus certified to deliver 80% efficiency or higher at normal load conditions (20% to 100% load)
0.99 Active Power Factor Correction provides clean and reliable power
Universal AC input from 90~264V — no more hassle of flipping that tiny red switch to select the voltage input!
Extra long fully-sleeved cables support full tower chassis
A three year warranty and lifetime access to Corsair’s legendary technical support and customer service
Over Current/Voltage/Power Protection, Under Voltage Protection and Short Circuit Protection provide complete component safety
Dimensions: 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 160mm(L)
MTBF: 100,000 hours
Safety Approvals: UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC Class B, TÜV, CCC, C-tick

Warranty Three years
Dimension 150mm(W) x 86mm(H) x 160mm(L)
Power 600 Watts
80 Plus Certified
ATX Connector 1
EPS Connector 1
PCI-E Connector 2
4 Pin Peripheral Connector 8
SATA Connector 6
Floppy Connector 2
MTBF 100,000 hours

Corsair GS600 Power Supply (CMPSU-600G)
Voltage +3.3V +5V +12V -12V +5Vsb
Max. Current 25A 25A 48A 0.8A 3A
Max Combined Wattage 150W 576W 9.6W 15W
600 Watts @ 40°C ambient temperature

Display - I own a 40" Samsung LCD TV. It is Full HD and has multiple HDMI ports in the back.

As I live in India, releases are very late here, except for eBay, if you're lucky. There's always GlobalEasyBuy, but thats super-pricey. At home, this build is roughly the equivalent of about $950 USD.

Thanks in advance!


Jul 12, 2011

sorry about the long post, had to put in every detail... i might be able to get 8gb memory, but it wont be top quality... should i??


Mar 22, 2010

DDR3 1600 C9 will fine 4 or 8 Gb. some time you can get c8 for a buck or two more. C7 will be pricey at 1600mhz.

go with the higher clock rate rather than the lower latency.
these are good/price quality 8GB sets
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX $65
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $70

I got a chance to take a better look at your build. not sure if you have access to the products I recommended, but it is my advice not the less.

go for this MB it is a better rated single PCIe AM3+ MB and it $5 cheaper in the US anyways
ASUS M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 $100

if you are for sure going to eventually get a bulldozer then save you money on the starter CPU and just get a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition and OC it. this will do you well for gaming.

For a case I prefer the ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel $55. it gives you 4 fans and a fan controller :) and it got the cool Z shape on front. I call it the zombie killer case. I like the air flow and the side mounting HDD bays. it cool and quiet.

PSU: while there is nothing wrong with your choice, i just think it is overpriced. looked at these:
XFX core series oem is seasonic - good quality


Jul 12, 2011
Sorry for the revival, but MAJOR changes...

CPU - AMD Phenom II x2 555 Black Edn. OC to 3.7GHz
GPU - MSI Twin Frozr III Power Edition / OC 2GB (flashed to a 6970 BIOS)
Mobo - ASUS M4a87TD
PSU - Corsair GS600
Case - Cooler Master Gaming Elite 430
RAM - G.Skill Sniper F3 DDR3 1600 CL9 (or Ripjaws X, same specs, red)
HDD - WD 1TB Caviar Black SATA III 6Gb/s (storage and backup)
SSD - KIngston SSDnow V-series 100 30GB (boot drive) (legacy drives)
random dvd burner, etc.