First build ;o/


Jul 13, 2011
Found this site a few months ago and have spent many hours scouring it for great info...thanks so much. Very cool that people put in time to share this info.

One of my family is on the spectrum and has amazing focus and talent with anything to do related to graphics and making/editing home movies, videos etc. He is also enjoying some limited gaming (*ie online mmo's (*EQ II).

He has filled up his hard drive (500 GB) so quickly. I bought a "Book" external drive but for some reason it is not recognized on the vista desktop he has now, so guess we will return that. I am going to take the plunge and want to include him in building our 'first' gaming machine. I am hoping this build will provide decent fps for the online gaming and capacity for his many home video/editing projects. I don't want to overclock; just would like a great single video card that will suffice for a couple years.

I have a list of components from New Egg, and my budget is appx. $800; do not need a monitor. I've a couple books from the library and a zillion bookmarks online about trying to build your first pc, and have read and read til I'm dreaming about building a pc ;o) so it must be time to DO IT.

I'd would very much appreciate any tips or comments about my build list. I am mainly concerned with whether these components/items are compatible -- and am unsure about 'trouble shooting' once I'm into the actual build. Hoping I can return here for questions as time permits ;o).

Thanks in advance.

Rosewill Green Series RG530-S12 530W
(*Decent enough wattage to run the listed video card??)

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz

EVGA 01G-P3-1366-TR GeForce GTX 460 SE (Fermi)

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
(*Maybe two??)


Mar 15, 2011
here is my favorite $800 build for someone who doesnt want dual graphics cards:

the reason its my favorite is because not only is it about the most powerful system possible for $800, its also extremely easy to link.

your components look fine, except for the rosewill psu. the wattage is fine, the manufacturer isnt. its best to stick with the trusted, reliable brands (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, XFX) when it comes to psu's, because a bad psu can destroy your whole system.



Oct 8, 2009
[strike]Ditch the Rose PSU. They don't last too long according to just about everybody. This is only about $20 more and much more reliable.

Antec 520W

You won't need much more GPU power than a GTX460 but you selected the SE version which is code for "*** Edition". This standard GTX460 is just simply better and is the same price. You even get the PS Elements for free as well.


Everything else you have looks fine since you are on a tight budget for a whole system. If you are not interested in RAID just grab a 1TB drive.[/strike]

Do Genghiskron's suggestion. That's quite the machine for $800ish