New build need some help!!

My friend wants to build a computer and he has a little under $600 to spend. He does not need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or OS.
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  1. Theres a thread at the top of the forum about how to ask for advice

    or just read the $600 system builder marathon on the Toms home page
  2. If you've read the past posts, you'll realize that a majority is for gaming builds, so that is what I'm going to be "building" for you. To help you better, please fill this form out:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice


    CPU: AMD FX-4100 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    Graphics: Gigabyte gtx 560ti $210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125401

    MoBo: ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131728

    PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W $58
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

    Case: NZXT Gamma $40
    http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Black/dp/B002UDK9U6

    HDD: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

    RAM: Team Elite 8GB Memory Model TED38192M1333HC9DC $32

    Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

    DVD-ROM: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240

    Total: $616

    There are some rebates that should bring the overall price down to around $600.
  3. Isn't the 955 pretty firmly better?
  4. kajabla said:
    Isn't the 955 pretty firmly better?



    No its not

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+FX-4100+Quad-Core
    http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/cpu/AMD+FX-4100/review

    The FX 4100 is a better gaming CPU at stock , and over clocks better too
  5. Outlander_04 said:


    You don't want to be overclocking the FX too much unless you somehow own a nuclear power plant...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bulldozer-efficiency-overclock-undervolt,3083-19.html
  6. Ah, OK. I did a little googling, but I guess I didn't google hard enough. FX sounds like the way to go.
  7. r0aringdrag0n said:
    You don't want to be overclocking the FX too much unless you somehow own a nuclear power plant...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bulldozer-efficiency-overclock-undervolt,3083-19.html


    yes the FX is not that power efficient , but the 4100 is acceptable . The difference is about the same as the cost of running a light bulb . A small light bulb .

    And interestingly according to Anandtech the Opteron editions of BD handle more threads and do more work for less power than the Xeons .
  8. either way, the FX is the way to go if you have a small budget.
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