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Please critique my first slight engineering/programming pc build

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February 11, 2014 3:02:49 AM

Hello all,

I'm am avid gadget enthusiast, but this is my first build in ages. I'm getting away from Macs. I have a budget of around $620 and need another pc very bad. I do programming javaFx, android, VS Studio. I haven't pc gamed in a while (my current laptop is crap), but may get back into it. I want to play Wargame Airland Battle on high settings and maybe BF3/4. From reading your post please tell me which one of these builds you would prefer. Suggestions welcomed.

Build 1:

CPU - AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ Six-Core Desktop Processor
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Storage - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Video Card - ASUS Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition HD7770-1GD5 Video Card
Case - Rosewill R519-BK Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 500W Power Supply
Monitor - Hanns-G HE245DPB Black 23.6" 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor (WLED) Built-in Speakers
Optical Drive - Reuse an old one
Total ---------- $637.93



Build 2:

CPU - AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Motherboard - MSI A88X-G43 ATX AMD Motherboard
Memory -G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory
Storage - Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Video Card - Integrated
Case - Rosewill R519-BK Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 500W Power Supply
Monitor - Hanns-G HE245DPB Black 23.6" 5ms Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor (WLED) Built-in Speakers
Optical Drive - Reuse an old one
Total ---------- $612.94


I will order this week. Thanks you have been so helpful. I learned a lot here, but still unsure. I cannot go much over the prices ($620) though. Will the kaveri out perform the fx-6300 for my needs. I only a slight gamer at this point and only interested in the games mentioned. Thx


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February 11, 2014 3:07:44 AM

wheres ur build?
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February 11, 2014 3:24:41 AM

sorry I updated my build.
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February 11, 2014 3:32:32 AM

build 1 is what i would choose ;) 
though the mobo wont help much in ocing but with hd 7770 u can game a lot :p 
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February 11, 2014 4:37:27 AM

ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

would this motherboard be better?
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February 11, 2014 5:09:14 AM

nashdes001 said:
build 1 is what i would choose ;) 
though the mobo wont help much in ocing but with hd 7770 u can game a lot :p 


ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

would this motherboard be better?

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February 11, 2014 8:53:24 PM

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.47 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($154.14 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 500W ATX Power Supply ($42.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $635.54
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February 11, 2014 10:49:21 PM

nashdes001 said:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.47 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($154.14 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 500W ATX Power Supply ($42.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $635.54


Can u specify what r the advantages of that motherboard you listed vs the initial one besides it being twice the cost???
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February 11, 2014 11:02:22 PM

760g chipset is not good for ocing + the performance is less than 990 chipset
supports only 8gb ram whereas 990fx support 64gb and higher freq ram
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February 11, 2014 11:13:30 PM


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 500W ATX Power Supply ($42.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $621.90

with better graphics card
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February 12, 2014 12:26:14 AM

nashdes001 said:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-01 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 500W ATX Power Supply ($42.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $621.90

with better graphics card


thx a lot, u r very helpful. Would anyone here consider updating the cpu to fx-8320 and forgoeing the cost elsewhere????

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