First Time Builder


Dec 9, 2012
Hi everyone, I heard about this website from a friend, I honestly don't know anything about building a computer. I want to get the best for the amount im spending. I would like to keep it $1200-

It's a gaming computer, that is basically all it will be used for, aside from youtube.

I'm not completely sure if the video card, cpu, motherboard and everything is compatible, and that is why I am here. I would hate to spend all this money and find out none of it works together. Also if there are better video cards, or cpu, etc.. for near the same price.

I am using NewEgg to build this CPU.

HARD DRIVE: Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0011 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive

VIDEO CARD: MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

MEMORY: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Edition 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PVI316G160C9K

MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UP4 TH LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with Dual Thunderbolt

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

OPTICAL DRIVE: LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Advanced RC-932-KKN5-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0, Black Interior and Four Fans-1x 230mm front RED LED fan, 1x 140mm rear fan, 1x 230mm top fan, and 1x 230mm side fan

All help is much appreciated!

Again, I don't know much of anything about the insides of computers, all I know is how to use them to play games. :kaola:

So please, when explaining, if you could put it in the most simplest form that maybe I could understand would also be appreciated.

Thanks Alot!
Ok, first off your motherboard and processor are incompatible. That's an LGA 1155 motherboard (intel), and a socket AM3+ processor (AMD).

try; the site will help you find the cheapest prices from reputable sellers, as well as alerting you to major incompatibilities like that. I reccommend looking at other sites in addition to newegg.

A few notes.

For a pure gaming system on this budget, intel is superior. If your friend knows how to overclock and will be helping you build the system, I reccommend the I5-3570k. If not, then one of the I5-3000 series *non*-K CPU's will save you a few bucks.

16gb is overkill, 8gb is plenty.

on your budget, I'd reccommend fitting an SSD in for your system drive.

Sorry I don't have time to slap a build together for you right now. If no one else has by the time I get home, I'll do it then.


Dec 9, 2012
I have found this CPU
: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

Also, I was looking at SSD's but they seem so expensive for the small amount of storage they provide.
Here's a build for you

$1100 + $100 for windows 7 Home premium 64-bit.

The rig will post triple-digit framerates for League of Legends maxed @1920x1080, and can run any game in existence at max or near-max settings above 60 fps.

SSD's are for speed. The major bottleneck in modern systems is the hard drive, which ssd's are designed to alleviate.

What you generally do is buy both a ssd and a hard drive. You put your operating system, your games, and programs that you use a lot and would like to load quickly on the SSD. This will dramatically speed up windows boot times as well as loading screens in games, among other things.

(My windows boot time is about 14 seconds from pushing the power button until the desktop finishes loading)

You put everything else, like music, videos, pictures, documents, etc. on the the large storage drive.