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May 28, 2013 9:49:19 PM

I'm planning on building a new gaming PC soon and would like some input if possible, I have all the peripherals picked out, I just need to buy the system. The system below is about $1000 according to Newegg.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model

Again thanks for any and all help.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2013 10:05:03 PM

Don't buy that fx-4100. This system feels very unbalanced. At minimum get a fx-6300 or fx-8320.

Get a 970 motherboard. The 990s are for 2 GPUs. Save money and get a good 970.

Money saved could buy a better GPU. Go for a 660ti or 7950.
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May 28, 2013 10:19:01 PM

Not bad but I recommend get getting at least an AMD FX-6300 or AMD FX-8350 (newer architecture and more cores) as well as an AMD 7850 (2GB) instead of the GTX 660. You'll save a bit of money going with an AMD equivalent GPU where you can spend more on a better CPU. I wouldn't sacrifice a CPU or GPU for saving money. You may be able to skim elsewhere but those are your two primary components that basically determine if you have a high end or middle to low end computer.

Here is what I would replace on yours:
AMD FX-6300 (Newegg $129) or AMD FX-8350 (Newegg $199)
AMD 7850 2GB (Newegg $179) - VisionTek or HIS

You will have a higher memory bit (192 bit vs 256 bit) with an AMD 7850 over Nvidia 660. You also save $20 or more dollars where you can easily put that aside for a better CPU. I'd go with the newer architecture for the AMD FX processors (noted by the "3", 4300, 6300, 8350).

I agree with envy14tpe... a 4 core AMD FX is worthless. Get a 6 or 8 core. I have an AMD 7950 and I love it! But if you're looking to save a little bit of money the 7850 is a solid buy. It beats the 660 in nearly every benchmark and is cheaper.
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May 28, 2013 10:38:14 PM

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Not bad but I recommend get getting at least an AMD FX-6300 or AMD FX-8350 (newer architecture and more cores) as well as an AMD 7850 (2GB) instead of the GTX 660. You'll save a bit of money going with an AMD equivalent GPU where you can spend more on a better CPU. I wouldn't sacrifice a CPU or GPU for saving money. You may be able to skim elsewhere but those are your two primary components that basically determine if you have a high end or middle to low end computer.


I'll agree with this about the CPU and sacrificing quality for quantity, but I'll also disagree about the GPU. The AMD series actually outperforms their NVIDIA equivalents depending on what driver's available at the time.

I will disagree with the previous posters - on a $1K or up rig, don't even bother with AMD. The FX-4100 performs about the same as a low level Pentium, while the FX-6300 performs about the same as the i3-3225.

Get this instead:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($230.98 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($60.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($145.91 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer
Total: $970.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-29 01:37 EDT-0400)
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May 29, 2013 2:01:54 PM

hybird9012 said:
Not bad but I recommend get getting at least an AMD FX-6300 or AMD FX-8350 (newer architecture and more cores) as well as an AMD 7850 (2GB) instead of the GTX 660. You'll save a bit of money going with an AMD equivalent GPU where you can spend more on a better CPU. I wouldn't sacrifice a CPU or GPU for saving money. You may be able to skim elsewhere but those are your two primary components that basically determine if you have a high end or middle to low end computer.

Here is what I would replace on yours:
AMD FX-6300 (Newegg $129) or AMD FX-8350 (Newegg $199)
AMD 7850 2GB (Newegg $179) - VisionTek or HIS

You will have a higher memory bit (192 bit vs 256 bit) with an AMD 7850 over Nvidia 660. You also save $20 or more dollars where you can easily put that aside for a better CPU. I'd go with the newer architecture for the AMD FX processors (noted by the "3", 4300, 6300, 8350).

I agree with envy14tpe... a 4 core AMD FX is worthless. Get a 6 or 8 core. I have an AMD 7950 and I love it! But if you're looking to save a little bit of money the 7850 is a solid buy. It beats the 660 in nearly every benchmark and is cheaper.


New CPU:
AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core

New GPU:
MSI R7950-3GD5/OC BE Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

How about this?
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May 29, 2013 2:10:20 PM

I actually have those two very same products. You won't be disappointed. Plus, depending on model of the MSI 7950 3GD5, it may be a 7970 board. I did however, change the VGA cooling on my MSI 7950 as it was a little loud during gaming. If noise is an issue when you're gaming or working on some heavily multithreaded/gpu intensive applications then I recommend getting an after market cooler for your MSI 7950 or getting a 7950 similar to the Sapphire Vapor 7950 or GIGABYTE GV-R795WF3-3GD . If noise isn't an issue for you then the MSI 7950 stock cooler is totally fine :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2013 6:38:22 PM

If your plan is to keep your original build but change your CPU to fx-8350 and GPU to 7950 then you got a killer system. Good choices!
I believe that 7950 is a Twin Frozr. I have used two of these (560ti and 660ti) and both are quiet and cool. You don't need a GPU
cooler. (huge hassle and not worth it)

If possible, due to budget, try to fit in a 120GB SSD.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007R67FNA/?tag=pcpapi-20
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...
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May 29, 2013 7:26:38 PM

Thanks for the help the final build is:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
Case: Corsair 550D ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Total: $1115.21

If you have any other things I should consider. I have all the other peripherals and such and it costs about $1450. Again thanks for all the help.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2013 7:34:25 PM

The build is very solid for $1115. It'll smash all games and look good too.
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