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December 3, 2012 1:52:02 AM

Hi all

i recently bought this PC off ebay for 590$

was it a good buy and worth my money?




AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

Kingston HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

Dynex 520-Watt ATX Power Supply dx-520wps

LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM (Red)

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z

Operation System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition.




I plan to do video editing, graphic design and some heavy to light gaming. (mostly MMO's, Planetside, Skyrim, BF3, all on 720p resolution)

Was this a build that would suit my needs?
did i waste my money?
what parts if any need upgrading?

Graphics card is a must i understand but would it suffice for high settings in the games listed?

I appreciate all help :) 

Also I have no spare cash to buy components (car payments and stuff eating up that Paycheck!), maybe after
Christmas.


Again PC was 590 Prebuilt.

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December 3, 2012 3:53:42 AM

It's not bad for $590 prebuilt. Should be fine for video editing and 720P gaming. Battlefield, Planetside and Skyrim should run ok on medium or high. I'd upgrade the video card whenever you get some spare cash though. Also, the PSU could probably due with an upgrade when you get a new video card. It's best to get one from a reliable brand such as Seasonic, Antec or Corsair. Other than that, it should be good for your uses. Intel CPUs are better, but the 8120 will suffice. 8GB of RAM is more than enough for gaming and video editing these days.

EDIT: Have a look at this when you decide to upgrade the graphics card.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
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December 3, 2012 12:42:14 PM

I don't think you've wasted your money, it's still a decent computer, but if you built it yourself you could've done better. For a workstation computer it will do well, for gaming it's so-so.

Wulf is right on the money here, the weakest parts of your computer are GPU and PSU.
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December 10, 2012 2:03:22 PM

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December 13, 2012 3:11:09 PM

When you get money Get a better GPU (7870 is a nice gem) and a better CPU also later on FX-8350 is the top of the range if your motherboard accepts it.....(Check gigabyte's CPU support list and update your BIOS if necessary).
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