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October 12, 2011 7:05:15 AM

Hi I am currently in the process of building a computer and am in need of some adivce. I know these threads probably get old but I have been searching for about 3 days now and have finally come to a good choice.

Budget: 600-800ish dollars (trying to keep it as cheap as possible but not trying to cut corners with inferior parts)

Purchase site: Newegg of course! Unless cheaper elsewhere (Live in the US)

CPU: AMD FX 4170, (If it is worth the extra money, or on par or better than the i3/i5 chips)
Phenom II x4 900 BE (OC) or an i3/i5 Which ever one is suggested (no more that 200 dollars)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX (104$)(Unless I decide to switch to intel)

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W (84$ would like to stay under 100 dollars if possible)

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) (51$)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s (55$)

GPU: I am having trouble Picking a graphics card. GTX 560, HD 6870 (Brand best for OC...EVGA/HIS?) My main question is will it be overkill to go with a GTX 500 series card, or a HD 6000 series card because, I will be using my 42'' 1080p HDTV at 1920 x 1080p.

Case: APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Mid Tower (34$)

DVD RW: asus (20$)

I already have windows

Mouse preferably wireless or Bluetooth but may go with a wired set-up

Uses: Gaming, I hope to overclock in the near future if necessary

Games: FBF3, MW3, Gran Turismo, Moto gp, Forza Motorsports, SKYRIM (Buying pc for this reason), GTA 4, Fallout 3. ( I realize that some of these games may not be able to handle max with this setup)

Questions: Do you guys see any bottlenecks in or places I can scale down scale down because of my max res (1920x1080p). Will the 620w PSU pose a major problem when OC?? And will it be necessary to go with intel if my resolution is so low Because of the tv. I might buy a new monitor in the near future if it is recommended.

Thanks for the help guys!

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October 12, 2011 7:23:06 AM

Add a CoolerMaster Hiper 212+ cooler ($30) for overclocking.
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October 12, 2011 7:38:11 AM

cutebeans said:
The FX series are dissappointing :(  If I were you I'd save my money and get this instead.


Get a 560ti or 6950 (about $200)

Get a DVD Burner (20)


I hope you are not right. I have always been a huge amd fan myself. Do you know of any benchmarks for the FX that are out yet?? I might end up having to jump on the intel bandwagon. :(  :fou: 

is this MOBO good for overclocking??MSI P67A-C43 (B3) LGA

Add a CoolerMaster Hiper 212+ cooler ($30) for overclocking.18

Thanks I was hoping someone would give me a recommendation for a good cooler.
October 12, 2011 8:06:42 AM

dude it's out here in tom's hardware. :o 
October 12, 2011 8:21:50 AM

cutebeans said:
dude it's out here in tom's hardware. :o 
OOps...Wow that is pretty disappointing.
October 12, 2011 1:26:29 PM

Well considering the fact that The bulldozer cpus are incredibly disappointing I have now decided to go with Intel

October 13, 2011 12:07:44 PM

CPU: Intel i5 2500k

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD4 (edited for possible bottleneck)

PSU: Still looking for a good 700-800w (100ish) (edited)

RAM:Still looking for good OC ram (edited)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s (55$)

GPU: All 6950 2GB 256-bit ~ XFX HD-695X-CNDC Radeon HD; HIS IceQ X Turbo; SAPPIRE (in a couple of weeks I will be Crossfiring these cards.