Seeking advice - looking foward to building my first computer


Dec 10, 2012
I recently decided to build my own computer which I am planning on mainly using for gaming but I am scared of compatibility issues and such so I think it's a good idea to reach out for advice from experienced builders like you guys.

Also let it be noted that this is a budget gaming rig and I don't want to spend too much:

CPU = AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor (I heard this is a very good cpu for the price)

GPU = HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5

Mobo = there are so many models, I am quite frankly afraid to choose one, any ideas?

Ram = G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

Case = Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

DVD drive = already have one

HDD = have one as well

PSU = This is also quite complicated as I want to be able to upgrade someday without lacking power, what should I aim for?

Any feedback is appreciated!

Thank you so much :)


Jun 12, 2012
As far as a mobo, you just need one that's compatible with your CPU and that is made by a solid manufacturer. Asus, Gigabyte, and Asrock are good brands. MSI is usually good as well but I think the first three are better.




MSI is kind of a mixed bag. You either get one that works or you don't. But Asus and Gigabyte I've never had a problem with. For a 965BE you're probably looking at something like this:

And then for power supply the Radeon 7770 doesn't use that much power but if you want to add a more powerful GPU or a second 7770 later on I'd suggest something like this: Or this:

A good, solid power supply is something that you do not cheap out or cut corners on. Either you pay more for a good power supply now or you go cheap and risk having it blow up and take out your system with it. I've seen that happen and I'm very cautious about the power supplies I buy as a result.