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May 27, 2012 1:13:45 AM

So I'm currently putting together a system low/mid budget rig for gaming and I just thought I'd see what the community thinks about it and any possible advice for upgrading. Also, even though I'm classifying this as a budget build, I'm aiming at playing games like Skyrim on ultra at a comfortable/steady fps and doing a bit of video editing.


Mobo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

CPU: AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory


I'm trying to keep the cost as low as possible without losing any grit. For instance, what do you all think about me switching...

AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

for

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

...would it be worth the 40 dollar price difference?


Thanks in advance,

Mash

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May 27, 2012 1:59:31 AM

no to be honeast ... i m long term amd user and ill tell you now you can go intel for same money as md now there overclocking abiity is much higher and your upgrade options in future will be much better and higher i know you say budget but the cheaper you keep it now thless future proofi it is
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May 27, 2012 8:04:15 AM

didnt look to see how mush your parts run, but id say 1155 mobo, and 2500k i5 cpu, shouldnt be more than $300 now for the cheapest pair
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May 27, 2012 11:05:49 AM

how about dropping your PSU to a CX500 or similar to save a bit of money. Also, what case are you thinking of?
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May 27, 2012 5:40:07 PM

I've already ordered the COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case.

Thanks Bemused, that's the best response I've gotten about Intel vs AMD.
I have alot of people telling me to go Intel, but never give me a better reason than "They're better" or "You get better OC'ing".

So, I already have my case, an extra fan, dvd drive, and hdmi cable...and my budget for ordering this coming Friday is 850.00 to 900.00. Given my price range and the chart I looked at, what would be a better price option for CPU, the FX-4170 didn't rank that low and the price is good.

As far as my PSU I chose is concerned, I have always been very wary when it comes to PSU's and want to go with something that has enough power to offer a little room to breathe and that is reliable.


This is the build/prices I'm looking at this coming Friday, if anyone can get me more power for the same amount of money or less, please don't hesitate to let me know. I'm ordering everything from Newegg.

Recertified: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$69.99


CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$109.99


AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ Quad-Core Desktop Processor
$139.99


ASUS M5A97 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$94.99


EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 02G-P3-1568-KR Video Card
$279.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
$42.99


IOGEAR GKM513 Black Wired Keyboard/Mouse Combo
$19.99


Grand Total: $909.00 after shipping and handling (Cheapest shipping)



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May 28, 2012 12:29:06 AM

Thanks for the advice Area51reopened, I went ahead and got the evo.
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May 28, 2012 1:23:10 AM

You won't regret it , it's worth every penny.
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