First Time Building a Computer ( PLEASE HELP


May 14, 2012
Hey Guys uhh im building a gaming computer for the first time well first time building a computer in general uhh would this build work? Is this too much? Is it too little? And also im trying to look around like 60 -80 fps in high graphics settings. Im trying to get a budget gaming pc under $1000 . Also will all of these components fit in the case im going to use?

Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 AMD 990X AM3+ ATX DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard – Motherboard

Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-600CXV2 600W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan *3 Year Wrty*- Power Supply $65

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM3 3.4GHZ 8MB Cache 125W 45NM Retail Box– Processor $109

Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 800MHZ 3GB 5.0GBPS GDDR5 DL-DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card– Video Card $400

Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 XMP Dual Channel Memory Kit– Memory $44

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD– Hard Drive $69

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black – Disc Reader $19.99

Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120MM– CPU COOLER $29

Antec TrueQuiet Pro 120MM Ultra Silent Case Fan W/ Silicone Mount & Adjustable Switch 10.8-18.8DBA – Fan Cooler $18

2 Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120MM Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan 300-1500RPM 93.1M3/H 22.4DBA 4-PIN PWM – Fan Cooler $30
AM3+ sockets will accept AM3 processors, here is the list of CPU's the Crosshair V will work with (you'll notice a lot of AM3 processors listed including the Phenom II 965)

One other thing I noticed is that your case choice is a midtower and with a full ATX board, things will get tight real quick... just a consideration (I don't go into case recommendations since it is mostly a personal choice - you're the one who has to see it daily).


May 14, 2012
Hmm what case do you recommend that would give extra room but not too much to add more fans if i need to or do i? cause i am going to try to overclock to 4.2 ghz even though i never tried overclocking before O_O but yea. Please Reply Thanks for your help :D also what are ssd used for and are they needed?

edit : Would this case work? Antec Eleven Hundred Performance Gaming Case XL-ATX 3X5.25 2X2.5 6X3.5IN 2XUSB3 INT No PSU


May 15, 2012
For a gaming machine i typically spend all my money on video since that's where you'll see your greatest return in games. Depending on what your playing you'll probably need more umph to get 60-80 FPS, check the charts.

So maybe squeeze out a 7850 (about $250 on Newegg).

If you're not afraid of a used video card check Ebay, tons of people jumped on the new GTX 680 and 670 cards that just came out so lots of used video cards are going for great prices.

I agree with c12Friedman about the cooler, I've used that Coolermaster, it's a good one. I always use arctic silver with my coolers instead of the stuff they include.


Aug 21, 2010
Midtowers are more than big enough. Fulltowers should really only be used if you plan on building a machine with multiple high end video cards in SLI, even then you can do so in a well ventilated mid tower.

Antec 300 illusion is the best midtower on the market for its price.


Feb 10, 2012
Way to much on motherboard. Gaming machine put more on Graphics Card.

Save $100 on motherboard
If you don't need 1TB of porn get a 500GD HDD
Get a CM 212+ CPU Cooler
Cheaper Case

Take those savings and get a GTX670 Graphics card and see a huge performance boost.

+1 on that mobo...
It is fairly even with the Asus Crosshair and the few advantages of the Asus board are easily offset by the price difference which, as mentioned can go toward a nicer GPU. Also, the Gigabyte board has more USB ports built in (helpful if you have lots of periferies).