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November 7, 2011 3:05:08 PM

I do not do a lot of heavy gaming however I would like this PC to be able to withstand that possibility if I change my mind afterwards. This is my first build so any suggestions or reasonings would be very much appreciated.


Approximate Purchase Date: This week if possible

Budget Range: around $700

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Due to budget i'd like to stick to AMD. Other than that I have no preferences.

Additional Comments: I would like the computer to be relatively quiet and cool.

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
- This has already been purchased since I found a deal with it off amazon [$109.99]

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [$59.99]

Memory: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... [$46.99]
-already purchased

Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [$137.99]
- I am open to changing this

Hard Drive: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Seagate+-+Barracuda+1TB+Int... [$69.99]

DVD Drive : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [$17.99]

Case : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [$39.99-$49.99]
- torn between cases. I like the side panel clear on the cooler master, however the challenger has amazing reviews and the top and front fans

PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99]

Monitor: Not sure at all, probably something on sale between 19" and 21" [$70-$100]

Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... [$46.99]


When it comes down to it, I am open to any suggestions to better improve this build with the same relative cost, or downgrade any items to help my cost while not hindering the build too much. I would like to hear opinions on the cases, a monitor, and graphics card especially.

Price total currently: $641-691

More about : cheap gaming

November 7, 2011 3:24:09 PM

That motherboard is am3 for your processor you need an am3+ mobo.
That graphics card is a not good for the money it is weak, you can get a 6850 for few dollars more.
DO NOT buy a cheap psu, this is the most critical component in the build, you want to buy one from a reputable brand such as antec, corsair, seasonic etc....
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November 7, 2011 3:37:44 PM

Also, I changed the motherboard, I originally posted the wrong one, thank you.
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November 7, 2011 3:41:13 PM

^that is still the wrong socket that is fm1 for llano, you need an am3+
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November 7, 2011 3:49:36 PM

Ok sorry, I see it now. FIXED.
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November 7, 2011 3:54:47 PM

Very bad choices overall. Check the next build...


Value case with USB III in front panel.

NZXT Source 210 Elite White Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Powerful PSU manufactured by Seasonic.

XFX Core Edition PRO550W (P1-550S-XXB9) 550W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Phenom II X4 955 is still the gaming king from AMD side.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard with native USB & SATA III as long as 8x / 8x Crossfire support.

ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB of high speed RAM

Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C9D3B1K2/8G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The best value / perfomance GPU with lifetime warranty

XFX HD-687A-ZDFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for storage - programms

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SUM 709$ without MIR


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November 7, 2011 3:58:44 PM

That would be nice but I can't afford to spend that money, that build is $700 without a keyboard or monitor.
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November 7, 2011 3:59:27 PM

Maybe go with a 760g as that motherboard uses an ancient chipset. this would be a better option.
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November 7, 2011 4:00:28 PM

If you read the op he states he already purchased the 4100
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