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My first gaming computer building setup(i need opinions)

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April 19, 2012 2:01:22 PM

Im building a computer for the first time am i doing this right? Here is my list


Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm .


Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3 AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM


RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL



AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
April 19, 2012 2:19:33 PM

looks fine for a cheap build; post a budget - we'v no idea what to recommend if you don't tell us how much you want to spend.

also, Ivy Bridge is coming out in a week ..
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April 19, 2012 2:55:26 PM

digdog said:
looks fine for a cheap build; post a budget - we'v no idea what to recommend if you don't tell us how much you want to spend.

also, Ivy Bridge is coming out in a week ..



I have a 650-700$ budget im at 601$ with the current build which is awesome if it will run skyrim and bf3.ill also be playing on a 47inch with hdmi, and would like to run at least high graphic setting on most games
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April 19, 2012 4:18:32 PM

BSWIFT89 said:
I have a 650-700$ budget im at 601$ with the current build which is awesome if it will run skyrim and bf3.ill also be playing on a 47inch with hdmi, and would like to run at least high graphic setting on most games


You should be able to do fine with both games with that setup. What resolution is your screen set at?
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April 19, 2012 4:27:02 PM

unsung_0 said:
You should be able to do fine with both games with that setup. What resolution is your screen set at?



I can run 1080p :) 
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April 19, 2012 4:31:01 PM

im switching from console to pc so its was usually like 1920×1080 for resolution i think
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April 19, 2012 7:02:51 PM

Hello, well first of I have to say your first "gaming computer building" seems only to incorporate the gaming computer case, where's the rest of the building? :D 

Now back to our sheep, for 1080p to run BF3 on high you'll have to disable all the AA, as 550 won't be able to pull good fps at 1080p resolution.

Also not to rain on your parade but intel cpus are far better than fx series, and I would not recommend investing into that, at least for now. If you cannot afford to get a decent 1155 mobo with i3 on, that's another story, but do consider it. AM3 boards are not that much cheaper than 1155s.

Also, look for a PSU from Antec or Seasonic, they will be more expensive but also more reliable than raidmax.

Otherwise, the rest seems ok. One question, do you plan to SLI in the future?

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April 19, 2012 7:12:06 PM

Thank you so much for the info and as for doing SLI, maybe i dont really know alot about combining to graphics cards. Is it worth it?
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April 19, 2012 8:16:41 PM

well sli will get you higher performance and also get you higher resolution, but it costs more money. Whether it's worth it is for you to decide. If you're only planing to play in 1080p at most SLI isn't necessary, if you plan to hit higher resolutions or you want 60 fps ultra in some games then SLI might be a necessary evil. But main reason I was asking you are picking up a full sized ATX motherboard and an SLi capable PSU, so it got me thinking that you might be going that way, if not, then forget I asked.

also, I had a go at your build, take look:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/74lQ

for reference: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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April 19, 2012 8:26:34 PM

I mite in the future have a go at SLI then based on that info. And that is around what i paid, i also got windows 7 premium home added in there but my total was 671
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April 19, 2012 9:56:26 PM

so, you've already bought everything?
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April 20, 2012 2:35:06 PM

yea i took your build and compared and i took some of my parts and replaced them with yours. I appreciate it!
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April 20, 2012 3:42:58 PM

Alright, happy building and good luck
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April 20, 2012 8:57:12 PM

I think you mean 560ti 448?

4170? pff, imo, I wouldn't go with any of the FX chips, until AMD figures out why they fall so short of sandy bridge.
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April 23, 2012 1:11:06 PM

Anyone who have read the amd chip fiasco would not get them ..but what im asking is why get the 4100 if the new 4170 is already out..and did better than the 4100 on recently benchmarks ...AMD speaking under 140 dlls chips. ..not intel who by now everybody and their dogs know that even the i3's are better than any FX ...and yes i meant the 560 .finger error lol ..
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April 24, 2012 6:37:06 AM

forget the fx. if you have the amd board already then get a 960t even if you cant unlock it off your board you will still get better gaming performance from it...
also its pointless putting a low end cpu in a system with a midrange gpu you will bottleneck on less demanding games.
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