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September 5, 2012 11:30:04 PM

I am in the process of working on my new budget build. It's going to be used for some gaming, and mostly using the internet and music, etc. The normal stuff teenagers do on computers. But since I'm really into computers & technology, I'm upgrading it to good stuff. Anyways, I was wondering if this budget build is good or bad?

Also, I'm an AMD fan so don't bother telling me to switch to Intel stuff, please.

ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Double D FX-775A-ZDP4 Radeon HD 7750 Black Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already have a HDD. But anyways, thoughts or improvements?

Thanks!
September 5, 2012 11:44:41 PM

Inductor said:
Your card is a 3.0 x16, that motherboard won't support it.


Okay, didn't see that. Is my motherboard good though?
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September 5, 2012 11:46:20 PM

Your card is a 3.0 x16, that motherboard won't support it.
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September 5, 2012 11:53:26 PM

Sure, just find the right gpu for it. I don't see anything wrong with it.
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September 5, 2012 11:56:43 PM

Inductor said:
Sure, just find the right gpu for it. I don't see anything wrong with it.


Thanks!
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September 6, 2012 12:00:12 AM

Welcome :) 
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September 6, 2012 12:03:21 AM

Inductor said:
Your card is a 3.0 x16, that motherboard won't support it.


What are you babbling on about? PCI-E is backwards compatible. 2.1 will work in 3.

To the OP: Drop AMD though, its old and creaky. The question is, what game(s), and what resolution?
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September 6, 2012 12:18:47 AM

Smeg45 said:
What are you babbling on about? PCI-E is backwards compatible. 2.1 will work in 3.

To the OP: Drop AMD though, its old and creaky. The question is, what game(s), and what resolution?


AMD has done me well. Been with them for over a year now with graphics and processor. Yes, I know Intel is better but it's more pricier for my budget at the moment. Eventually I will be going to Intel. Also, just games like RuneScape, League of Legends, and GTA on Steam. Nothing too intense and nothing in HD really unless it's capable of doing it.

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September 6, 2012 12:59:43 AM

TDUBS said:
AMD has done me well. Been with them for over a year now with graphics and processor. Yes, I know Intel is better but it's more pricier for my budget at the moment. Eventually I will be going to Intel. Also, just games like RuneScape, League of Legends, and GTA on Steam. Nothing too intense and nothing in HD really unless it's capable of doing it.


Then either get a 6850 or 6870 which will fit your system perfectly. I'd also change the mobo to an Asus M5A97 so you can upgrade to Piledriver if required in the future. Change the PSU to a Corsair TX 650 v2 too, you don't need to pay more for a HCG. Then your build is solid.
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September 6, 2012 1:03:57 AM

Smeg45 said:
Then either get a 6850 or 6870 which will fit your system perfectly. I'd also change the mobo to an Asus M5A97 so you can upgrade to Piledriver if required in the future. Change the PSU to a Corsair TX 650 v2 too, you don't need to pay more for a HCG. Then your build is solid.


Thanks for the help. I went with the motherboard above because I am not planning on buying all of the parts at once. So if I were to buy that motherboard, I'd have no VGA or DVI port for my monitor which obviously I need. Also, I've seen bad reviews about the Piledriver so I'm sticking with the Phenom for now. Also, as far as the PSU, will it be able to support all of my fans? I have 5 case fans which 4 of the 5 have 2 molex connectors (1 male & 1 female) plus whatever else uses a molex connector in the PSU.

Thanks.
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September 6, 2012 3:14:36 AM

TDUBS said:
Thanks for the help. I went with the motherboard above because I am not planning on buying all of the parts at once. So if I were to buy that motherboard, I'd have no VGA or DVI port for my monitor which obviously I need. Also, I've seen bad reviews about the Piledriver so I'm sticking with the Phenom for now. Also, as far as the PSU, will it be able to support all of my fans? I have 5 case fans which 4 of the 5 have 2 molex connectors (1 male & 1 female) plus whatever else uses a molex connector in the PSU.

Thanks.


The TX 650 v2 has 8 molex connectors so you'll be fine there, the reviews are for Bulldozer, Piledriver is the successor. The mobo is old - 880G is obsolete - and the Asus M5A97 is far more flexible for future upgrade options.
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September 6, 2012 4:32:40 AM

Best answer selected by TDUBS.
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