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November 6, 2011 2:16:18 PM

Hey internet! This is my first time building a gaming pc, so i want to see what you guys think of it and any changes you guys recommend.

Cooler Master Storm-Scout case w/ 700w psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI 970A-G45: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX radeon 6950 1gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD FX 4100 W/ 8gb GSkill Sniper 1600 mhz RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
*I know i dont have a HDD*

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2011 2:20:15 PM

i5 > Phenom II > FX4100

Cooler Master's bundled PSUs are low grade.

Mobo and GPU are good :) 
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November 6, 2011 2:24:55 PM

Im thinking of switching out the procesor to a phenom II 965 and OC it.
The psu is actually a pretty good one (it gives the model number of the psu on the details section).
and yeah, im def. keeping the mobo and gpu, thanks :D 
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2011 5:02:47 PM

I'm not sure if the 970 will be able to handle the FX series - try bumping that up to the 990FXA - that will definitely handle it.

Cooler Master PSUs aren't bad - try going with a Corsair TX650 or TX 750 instead.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2011 5:28:35 PM

What do you mean by that, g-unit?
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November 6, 2011 6:00:07 PM

Antec earthwatts 650, saves $$ in heat and electricity.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2011 7:30:01 PM

I don't recommend the XFX 6950 that you linked: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150523

You want to go after the dual fan version as it runs cooler and quieter. This one is $219 after rebate and comes with a free game: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For only $30 more you can get the 2GB version.

I don't recommend the Storm Scout Case either as 1.) It is not that big, 2.) The cable management system could be better.

May want to consider the brand new NZXT 410 Elite. Very nice looking case with a good amount of options for $99. The Cooler Master HAF922 is another good choice for about $89

Reference the following New Build guide:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-faqs-build-...
This should help you out. particularily the sub-link- How to ask for PC Advice

The best bang for your buck right now (CPU wise) is the Intel Sandy Bridge Core I-5 2500k @ $219 USD.

Here is a good Core I-5 Combo on Newegg for $996. In addition to this you will need to buy a DVD drive which will cost an additional $20.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

This is just for the computer and does not include any of the parapherials. Are you looking for something above or below this price range?
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
November 6, 2011 11:05:16 PM

FinneousPJ said:
What do you mean by that, g-unit?


I'd check with the manufacturer of the motherboard before buying the CPU - I think it's just because the FX is such a new processor that the BIOS versions of older motherboards wont be able to support it - at least without an update. If you go on the support website for the motherboard you plan on buying, it'll tell you what CPUs it can or cannot support.
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