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December 9, 2011 10:08:47 PM

Hello everyone! My imac has been serving me well and now is the time to get a new computer. I plan on using this imac as a game server [I have HIGH speed internet and a very good cpu]

I'm a noobie when it comes to building and could use some help!

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Approximate Purchase Date: About a month.

Budget Range: 400-500 Base [May increase]

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Only gaming: Skyrim, Tf2, Gmod, TMNF, Simulators [FSX, Fks, Tts, fs2011],

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Psu [400watt], Hdd's [250x2+500], Perifs., OS, Case [Leave 50$ or so for a case in budget, I will pick]

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: America

Parts Preferences: Well, Amd. I Don't think a i7-990x will fit in my budget

Overclocking: Most likely no.

SLI or Crossfire: Hybrid crossfire maybe w/ A4, A6, Or A8 Apu's

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768

Additional Comments: I wan't to be able to record games or at LEAST be able to play with out lagging. Gotta love my 9400m <3. I don't care about looks, Performance is more important that ' OH ITS SHINY'

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Current idea:

- Amd A6-3500
- Hd 6450 or 6570
- Cheap Fm1 board.

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Thanks so much!

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December 9, 2011 10:35:38 PM

For $500 you can get a better system than A6. Esp. with the parts you already have.
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December 9, 2011 10:36:28 PM

I wouldn't recommend the AMD Fusion unless you're making a HTPC or web browsing. I would go with a AMD Phenom II or FX. Also, the "400W PSU" is of what brand? You might want to buy a new one because a unreliable PSU could potentially fry your system.
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December 9, 2011 10:42:16 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
I wouldn't recommend the AMD Fusion unless you're making a HTPC or web browsing. I would go with a AMD Phenom II or FX. Also, the "400W PSU" is of what brand? You might want to buy a new one because a unreliable PSU could potentially fry your system.


The Psu i have is Corsair i got a year ago for my grandpa's old computer, witch recently just got too old. [it was 13 years old]
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December 9, 2011 10:44:59 PM

Your PSU is 14 years old? Yeah, definitely time for a new one.
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December 9, 2011 10:51:38 PM

CPU: FX-4100 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Have $0

HDD: Have $0

RAM: Patriot 4GB Model PSD34G1333K $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: Stock $0

DVD-ROM: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $527
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December 9, 2011 11:50:17 PM

I would agree with madchemist, although the i3 might, overall, cost higher than the FX.
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December 9, 2011 11:52:59 PM

it's $125
and if u have microcenter close buy u can get it for $99
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December 9, 2011 11:56:12 PM

if you're going with an all basic system, then yes, the i3 will be better and cheaper. However, if you're going for ability to upgrade, then the i3 loses, because more LGA1155 motherboards under $100 is single PCIe 2.0/2.1/3.0 slotted and is the intel h chipset motherboard, meaning you can't overclock.
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December 10, 2011 12:05:50 AM

correct but AMD is done in cpu business anyways so .. no way to upgrade
for that budget I don't think OP will plan on sli or cf any time soon
amd one GPu will pull most of the games just fine
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December 10, 2011 12:25:23 AM

I have an i3-2100, and it's great! I would highly recommend it.
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December 10, 2011 8:50:50 PM

FinneousPJ said:
Your PSU is 14 years old? Yeah, definitely time for a new one.


No, The PSU unit is not 14 years old. The computer it was in was, and so was the psu IT replaced. the psu i have is a 400 watt. And i have decided to get a 600 watt psu because im going with someones suggestion of a ' Amd Fx 4100 & 6850 '. I have reading reviews and i have managed to fit this into my budget.
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December 10, 2011 8:52:55 PM

r0aringdrag0n said:
CPU: FX-4100 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: PowerColor AX6870 1GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6870 $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Have $0

HDD: Have $0

RAM: Patriot 4GB Model PSD34G1333K $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: Stock $0

DVD-ROM: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $527


Hello! I'm going to use some parts from this list. I have got some help on the 'little things I.E. cd/dvd etc.]' what i have chosen is a 6850 and a Fx 4100 w/ 600watt psu. All while maintaining my budget. The 6850 i have found is 40$ less. And still playes games amazingly.
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December 10, 2011 9:35:45 PM

Ok, well, the 6870 is more expensive for a reason, it's better.
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