Gaming Pc Experts? I just have 3 questions before I order my pc! Help!


Dec 26, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: This Week.

Budget Range: Around $900 Can spill over if parts are really worth it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly gaming, with occasional movie watching.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: please! I just want to buy everything at once on one website.

Location: Texas, US

Parts Preferences: AMD

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

So I already did some research and began putting some parts together to try to make a decent gaming pc and this is how far I've gotten:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ ($139.99)
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 ($34.99)
Motherboard: ---------------
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) ($79.99)
Storage: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($99.99)
Video Card:----------------
Case: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Scout 2 ($99.99)
Power Supply: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance ($104.99)
Optical Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($19.99)
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM ($99.99)
Total: $674

**So with that I have a couple of questions that I was wondering that anyone could help me with:

1. What would be the best MoBo for this setup in the range of $100-200?

2. What video card would be a good choice?

I was looking at-

--XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card


--ASUS HD7770-2GD5 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Both have great reviews but what do you guys think? Are they worth it? Is there something better in in the $200 range?

3. Finally I would just like to ask if the power supply and/or memory are overkill? Because they are a little costly and I don't know if theres something out there that is cheaper but equal quality.

If I can get a few opinions then that would be extremely helpful. I'm new to this and i really want to get a gaming pc going soon so any input is greatly appreciated :D So thank you!

Lord Tumnas

Nov 4, 2012

motherboard: im not really sure

Graphics: the 7870 is a very good card, however you could go to the 7850, which is still very good and would be about $40 cheaper. the 7850 is one of the best graphics cards for overclocking, so you could fit a cooler, such at the arctic accelero twin turbo II (about 35 bucks) and overclock the pants off it to well outperform the 7870 at stock. if you were to overclock a 7850, i would recommend the powercolor PSC+, as powercolor hand pick these cards and overclock them to 1GHz out of the box

Overkill: 8GB of 1600's is definitely not overkill, i would say that is pretty much the sweet spot for your build. and a 650w powersupply is not overkill at all, especially if you are considering crossfire down the track. maybe even go for a 750w for crossfire just to reduce stress


Dec 26, 2012
Oh wow thanks guys :D very helpful! I decided that Ill look into the 7850, especially since i can get more for less if i Overclock, thanks a million for the help :D Also if any one knows of a good motherboard for my setup. I'm having a tough time finding a good one.

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