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May 17, 2013 9:59:59 PM

Hello everyone. I'm new here so I hope I'm posting this in the right section. I have already purchased my components but I'm starting to second guess myself with a few choices I made. Here's the story so far...
I was running an AMD Athlon X2 5400+ I think with 512Mb Nvidia 8600 gt. Finally the computer just died and instead of trying to figure out the faulty part I figured a new computer was in order since my old machine is about 5 years old. I started researching and I think I made a good build considering I don't have serious cash to drop and I don't do overclocking and I'm not on the hunt for a machine that can crank out impossible frame rates. I'm generally fine with the BIOS handling overclocking automatically for me as I'm not comfortable setting power settings manually for fear I'll set the house on fire. I've also purchased "last year's tech" to save a few bucks. Here is what my new build contains...

CPU - AMD FX-6300 6-core Vishera Black Edition @ 3.5GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory - Team Dark DDR3 1600 2x4GB - total system RAM @ 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU - Cooler Master 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's it for the major components. You're probably not interested in the kind of case fans I chose or anything aesthetic. As I said above I don't intend to overclock but I am wondering if I chose the wrong motherboard and GPU combination! Oh I also plan to run Windows 7 64-bit. I doubt that games will be downright unplayable and I'm relatively confident that I will be able to set the graphics options relatively high for many years to come. I typically hang on to a computer until it dies or becomes so obsolete that I'm forced into an upgrade. Any expert advice would be appreciated. From what I've read about the motherboard I've chosen people only comment that it's not good for overclocking. Again, I'm not about to do that and it seems that most all computer gamers are obsessed with fps (which becomes undetectable to the human eye at sufficiently high rates anyway) and crazy high core clock speeds. I guess I'm just asking for an honest, expert opinion of the parts I've chosen and how well I did for my budget...
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May 17, 2013 10:13:23 PM

Very nice. The only changes I would make is up the GPU a tad more and get a PSU from either Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or XFX. Cooler Master GX PSU isn't worth its price. You also don't need 750W unless you plan to CrossFire, which I assume you won't. 550W-600W is sufficient. Save some money there.

If I may ask, what is your overall budget? Perhaps I can suggest a build? You don't have to like my build but it may give you some ideas or inspirations. :) 
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May 17, 2013 10:13:54 PM

I do not see anything wrong with it... It will be a huge jump from the X2, I made the same jump 2 years ago into my i7-2600K setup. Love it.
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May 17, 2013 10:22:20 PM

ksham said:
Very nice. The only changes I would make is up the GPU a tad more and get a PSU from either Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, or XFX. Cooler Master GX PSU isn't worth its price. You also don't need 750W unless you plan to CrossFire, which I assume you won't. 550W-600W is sufficient. Save some money there.

If I may ask, what is your overall budget? Perhaps I can suggest a build? You don't have to like my build but it may give you some ideas or inspirations. :) 


I don't want to go over $850.00 and this is just about pushing it. I have to pay NJ sales tax at 7% and I'm including tax in my budget. I would have liked to up the GPU to a 2Gb card but it was too expensive at the time. I can always bump it up in a year or so if games start rolling out that require crazy high VRAM. I went with the CoolerMaster PSU because I've used them before and never had any problems and it's a brand I trust well enough. I figure I can continue to use it in a later build (hopefully) years from now when multi-GPU rigs are all but common. I think I just started second guessing myself when I started to read that "the LE mobo is crap...you can't OC...blablabla" and I assumed that I was getting into a jam with something that was slow and unresponsive. Remember I'm entering into the age of technology that is quite new to me since it's been a little over half a decade since the last time I built a computer. I try to stay abreast of changes but it's hard to keep up! :D 
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May 17, 2013 10:28:32 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $832.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


That GPU also comes with Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, and Far Cry 3.
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May 18, 2013 7:13:40 AM

ksham said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $832.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


That GPU also comes with Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, and Far Cry 3.


Alright that's basically in line with what I've chosen though I think your recommended GPU is overkill for me. I'm just getting out of a 512Mb nVidia card that has served me well up until now. Within the last few months it was starting to show it's age. I'm not comfortable spending over 300 dollars for basically any component. But you've made me feel way more comfortable with my purchase...thanks!
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May 18, 2013 2:35:06 PM

It's more expensive but it would be a bit more future proof. Anyway, your call. :)  Glad I could help in any way possible.
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May 20, 2013 8:19:02 AM

ksham said:
It's more expensive but it would be a bit more future proof. Anyway, your call. :)  Glad I could help in any way possible.



I've been pouring over power supplies and I think this one will fit my build, budget, and needs nicely. What do you think?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I will place the order once I get the green light from you guys. Other than the PSU (which I hope this one will get a favorable answer, I'm getting excited to start using my new computer) it POST's to BIOS and detects my CPU, RAM, and everything else.
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May 20, 2013 8:50:33 AM

It is a solid PSU. Its fan does run when your computer is idle so if you mount the PSU with fan pulling fresh air from outside the case, make sure you clean the air filters at least once a week.
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May 20, 2013 9:05:59 AM

ksham said:
It is a solid PSU. Its fan does run when your computer is idle so if you mount the PSU with fan pulling fresh air from outside the case, make sure you clean the air filters at least once a week.

ksham you deserve an award for all the help you've given me and others on this site. I have a bottom mounted PSU in my case with a filter that draws fresh air from the bottom. The case sits on little rubber feet so there is clearance. I USED to leave my computer running all the time, an old habit form the days where it was recommended to leave it running as power up/down cycles would stress the system and shorten it's life. I'm guess that's not how it is anymore. I will have to do more frequent cleaning since my case is very open with lots of mesh areas to keep it cool. I'm going to the post office now to return the CoolerMaster PSU and will order this Corsair once Newegg credits my account. Thanks a ton! I'll be sure to post pics and a total final build when the computer isn't just a metal box 3/4 put together : )
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May 20, 2013 10:12:39 AM

An easy way to clean it regularly is to buy a Swiffer Duster. Once a week, just swipe it gently against the mesh (if dust filtered) and any other removable dust filters. Do not swipe it roughly or else the Swiffer Duster fibers will get attached to the mesh and you'll spend more time removing them. One duster can last a few months doing just that.
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