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June 8, 2012 1:45:45 AM

First time building a computer and I'd like feedback and any warnings on possible issues with what I have selected.

The total is 895.. but with rebates it will be 835

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b121/El_Vega1/compute...
June 9, 2012 4:32:40 PM

terrible cpu and mobo choice go for an i5 or i3 sandy bridge build at least for that money

post in the new build forums if you want real repsonses, wrong place for asking that...
June 11, 2012 10:19:54 PM

Motherboard has no chance of overclocking, and micro-ATX form factor gives no room for upgrades. At the very least, switch to a full ATX for the possibility of upgrading to a crossfire or SLI configuration later.

CPU is fine if you're not planning on doing much real work on the computer, but for $10-20 more consider getting the Intel i3 - 2100, which crushes (by 25% or more) the AMD A6 in every category that matters.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't bother getting a blu-ray drive, unless you're planning on buying/burning a lot of blu-rays. That upgrade can be added later, if you really need it, and the $60 you're spending there can be used to upgrade your CPU or get a better hard drive.

If you're going to buy a NVIDIA gpu, you might as well get an intel cpu. Otherwise, go with AMD for both cpu and gpu (as in get a radeon) so that the cpu can give your graphics some boost. The radeon 7850 is on par with the 560Ti, and will overclock very well. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's about it!

Edit: Don't get a 1 year svc replacement plan for the monitor. The manufacturer warranty on an ASUS monitor will cover it for that year. If you really want a replacement plan, warrantying the video card or motherboard is a better idea.
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June 11, 2012 10:22:57 PM

the intel/nvidia thing is total crap, that is a complete myth ive owned many configs with both and it makes no difference if you have intel/amd or intel/nvidia with two gpus of the same class...
June 11, 2012 10:46:08 PM

jjb8675309 said:
the intel/nvidia thing is total crap, that is a complete myth ive owned many configs with both and it makes no difference if you have intel/amd or intel/nvidia with two gpus of the same class...


^ this is true. Actually AMD makes these claims as some sort of crazy scheme to turn more profits. Don't trust AMD's marketing department, consult benchmarks. My benchmarks confirm that my 6870 CF-X performs better with and Intel CPU than it did with my Phenom II X4 980BE. It even performed slightly better with my i3-2120 :(  .
June 11, 2012 10:49:00 PM

stickg1 said:
^ this is true. Actually AMD makes these claims as some sort of crazy scheme to turn more profits. Don't trust AMD's marketing department, consult benchmarks. My benchmarks confirm that my 6870 CF-X performs better with and Intel CPU than it did with my Phenom II X4 980BE. It even performed slightly better with my i3-2120 :(  .


Ah, my bad then xD. Intel all the way then, lol.
June 11, 2012 11:24:00 PM

^yeah for sure intel and Nvidia (imo) are top the way to go... although intel and amd would not be a bad combo either, mainly just intel for cpus! lol AMD has made some nice value chips in the past but personally my 955be is in a backup rig currently, look at sig below (thanks stick)
June 11, 2012 11:33:53 PM

Agree to disagree, lol. I prefer AMD GPUs but that's my own personal preference and I think nvidia GPUs are great but you can get similar performance for $30 cheaper going AMD. (Except for the gtx670 and 680 which) GRRR! :fou:  LOL.

But not to stray off topic, we should help this guy out. And you guys were on the right track. For $800 he should have a better Power Supply, CPU, and consequently Motherboard. I will run through some ideas and get back to you OP.
June 11, 2012 11:56:11 PM

Okay to get these following components and stay in the same budget you will need to ditch the Blu-ray and get a regular DVD-RW. Also ditch the case and get something about $30 cheaper. After that here is what I've changed:

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(A 100x better PSU and it's cheaper!!)

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(Blows the A6 out of the water in gaming!!!!)

ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(This is the cheapest board I could find you that is still really awesome)

All of those items total $330. But you were going to spend $330 on all that anyway. This stuff is just better, or more cost effective. Also, this isn't including combo deals which I'm sure you could fine. Actually you could still get that bluray drive if you want but unless you're trying to watch blurays on your PC or something I would just get a DVDRW. Hope this helps...
June 12, 2012 12:05:03 AM

nice budget build^^ nvidia is supreme in one main area, drivers for dual gpu configs, and AA, sometimes ATi (AMD) is a better value but i prefer nv
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