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Help me build a gaming/arquitecture desktop, 550~ish dollar budget.

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June 14, 2013 7:00:24 AM

backstory: I live in Brazil, i'm going to the US next month and i plan on bringing all the parts for a desktop (except the case... that wont fit in my bags) and building it here. i'm somewhat of a fan of AMD processors because of how cheaper they are, but i'm starting to worry they're falling behind, (no L3 cache on my current athlon IIx4, am i missing much?)
my budget is around 550 dollars (i'll go without food for a day or so if its really worth it, hehe)

i chose out a few parts on newegg for an AMD pc, but i want to see what an alternative intel pc would be, especially since i bought an i7 notebook from lenovo (y500) and i really dont want to see my desktop lag behind!

parts i chose for AMD: (with newegg links)

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
GPU:EVGA 01G-P4-3655-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900)
HDD: Western Digital WD Green WD5000AZRX 500GB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

total: $535.94~


other important information: my idea is to get another 150$ GPU in December and put it in SLI, so i'm kind of hoping i don't have to switch PSU.
June 14, 2013 7:07:09 AM

You don't need a 600W PSU, and you don't need 64MB of cache on your HDD. Maybe switch out your PSU for something form Seasonic, since they manufacture Corsair's PSUs, anyway.
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June 14, 2013 7:11:47 AM

If you want to keep up with your i7 notebook, then you'll need something more powerful than a FX4100, however this should be fine if all you want to do is play games.

If you decide to upgrade that CPU, take a look at the FX6350 and the FX6300, they would make a nice upgrade from the FX4100.
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June 14, 2013 7:13:07 AM

TheCowman said:
You don't need a 600W PSU, and you don't need 64MB of cache on your HDD. Maybe switch out your PSU for something form Seasonic, since they manufacture Corsair's PSUs, anyway.


wouldnt i need the 600w for an extra 650tTi boost later on?
64mb cache doesnt do much? ok.

and about the psu, i like to get things from brands i can rely on, as i said i live in brazil, going back for replacement from warranty is...um... hard.
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June 14, 2013 7:16:00 AM

Noobeh said:
If you want to keep up with your i7 notebook, then you'll need something more powerful than a FX4100, however this should be fine if all you want to do is play games.

If you decide to upgrade that CPU, take a look at the FX6350 and the FX6300, they would make a nice upgrade from the FX4100.


what i wanted was an intel alternative to that build i made, heheh, i know it will be hard to keep up with the i7, but maybe something a little cheaper? a quad-core i5? i dont really know much about intel anymore.
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June 14, 2013 7:16:17 AM

Rhavi Marques said:
TheCowman said:
You don't need a 600W PSU, and you don't need 64MB of cache on your HDD. Maybe switch out your PSU for something form Seasonic, since they manufacture Corsair's PSUs, anyway.


wouldnt i need the 600w for an extra 650tTi boost later on?
64mb cache doesnt do much? ok.

and about the psu, i like to get things from brands i can rely on, as i said i live in brazil, going back for replacement from warranty is...um... hard.


Yes you would need the 600W for an extra 650Ti later on. It is best to future proof your system if you plan on upgrading it later.

Would you plan on overclocking in the future?
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June 14, 2013 7:19:50 AM

axehead15 said:


Yes you would need the 600W for an extra 650Ti later on. It is best to future proof your system if you plan on upgrading it later.

Would you plan on overclocking in the future?


no, i find overclocking to be an unnecessary hazard, like i said, replacement parts for me come once in a few years, they need to last.
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June 14, 2013 8:12:52 AM

edit: i'm looking at the intel cores at newegg now, is 1150 the new 4th gen socket? are the 4th gen processors worth it?
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