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December 28, 2011 6:14:57 PM

I'm buying a cheap gaming PC ($600-$700) and I wanted to make sure everything was compatible before I order it. I do not need a monitor, speakers, or CD-Drive, Keyboard,and mouse.

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX

Graphics Card: PowerColor AX6770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Hard Drive: HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL

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December 28, 2011 9:37:39 PM

Get rid of that FX CPU and motherboard because it will bottleneck your performance.
Switch it out with an Intel quad core (i5-2400 for non-overclocking, i5-2500K for overclocking). f you get the i5-2500K for overclocking you will also need a P67 or Z68 chipset motherboard to support the overclocking because the cheaper H61/H67 boards don't support it.

Without overclocking the i5-2400 and i5-2500K will both heavily outperform the FX 4100 and will use less power. Overclocking the FX-4100 will not make it faster than either the i5-2400 or the i5-2500K when the Intel chips aren't overclocked and if you overclock the i5-2500K the gap is once again huge.

Overclocking the FX-4100 will also increase power consumption substantially more than overclocking the i5-2500K would even though it is still a slower CPU... AMD made several mistakes designing the FX CPUs.

Also switch that memory kit out for an 8GB kit unless you already have it. 4GB is just barely not enough memory and 8GB has a large amount of headroom. Also, 12GB will have slightly worse performance than 8GB because it won't run in triple channel on any LGA 1155 motherboard (and most other boards too) and if it is a 2x2+2x4 pair of kits (mixing kits is not recommended) then it reduces memory performance very slightly by stressing the memory controller on the CPU more than two module kits do.

If you must have more than 8GB of memory (will not improve gaming performance at all unless you are running huge programs in the background in which case you need a much more expensive CPU) then get a 4x4GB memory kit or two sets of the same 2x4GB kit for the best chance of success.

Your Radeon 6770 video card choice is great for lower budgets but you should be able to fit a Radeon 6870 in a $700 budget that easily outperforms the Radeons 6770 and 6790.

If you already have a hard drive that works then I recommend instead of buying a new one to buy an SSD, preferably with about 40-64GB of capacity but no less than 30GB. If you don't already have a hard drive then your choice is probably the best you can get for the money already.
December 28, 2011 10:32:30 PM

Okay, why 12GB of RAM? 4GB is more than adequate but 8GB sets are so cheap nowadays you may aswell go ahead and get yourself a pair of 4GB sticks.

I'd go with a 2500k' than any FX 4100, they are about the same price and the 2500k is better in terms of performance. Otherwise I'd go for an A8-3850. Remember to look into part compatibility if changing your cpu.

As for the gpu I'd recommend a 6870 IF your are going to be gaming at all, otherwise forget what I just said.
December 28, 2011 11:03:05 PM

avieor said:
Okay, why 12GB of RAM? 4GB is more than adequate but 8GB sets are so cheap nowadays you may aswell go ahead and get yourself a pair of 4GB sticks.

I'd go with a 2500k' than any FX 4100, they are about the same price and the 2500k is better in terms of performance. Otherwise I'd go for an A8-3850. Remember to look into part compatibility if changing your cpu.

As for the GPU I'd recommend a 6870 IF your are going to be gaming at all, otherwise forget what I just said.


I wouldn't call 4GB even adequate because some games are breaching 4GB. 8GBG is like you said cheap, high quality 2x4GB (8GB total) 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 kits are found under $40 so there is no reason to get less anyway.

The FX-4100 is much cheaper than the i5-2500K (it is about half the price) but it is much slower (less than half the performance) and uses more power.

The A8-3850 is actually slower than the FX-4100. The point of the A8-3850 is that it has integrated graphics about as fast as a Radeon 6570 so it doesn't need a discrete video card for very low budget systems or can be paired with a Radeon 6570 in hybrid crossfire to get better performance than a single RAdeon 6670.

The CPU part of the A8-3850 is about as fast as an Athlon clocked similarly so the FX-4100 should beat it considerably every time since it is faster than a similarly priced Athlon.
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