Help me make the right choice...havent built a computer in years.


Jul 29, 2011
I am looking to build a decent gaming computer for a low price. Basically I want to play WoW and BF3 when it comes out.

I have spent a fair amount of time researching, but I wanted some of your first hand knowledge and suggestions to better components or in regards to compatibility I might have missed... Thanks In advance.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

MOBO: MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-2SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

CASE: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Disk Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner -
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner -

Let me know what you think.



Missing a power supply.

Depending on how budget restricted you are, I would like to recommend 2 things.

1) Get a motherboard which supports Sata 6Gb/s and USB3
- would be nice if it also had AM3+ socket, gives you an upgrade path to bulldozer
- crossfire support would also be nice.

Asrock 970 Extreme 4 would fill all these, unfortunately it's out of stock atm ( $104.99 )

Asrock 870 Extreme 3 fills everything but the AM3+ socket. ( $89.99 )

Several AM3+ boards around $99 that have everything but the crossfire.

2) For powersupply:
If you want to go for crossfire at some point Antec HCG-750 $94.99 ( 69.99 after $25 rebate )
If you don't plan on crossfire Antec HCG-520 ~$53 with CC