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December 31, 2011 9:58:37 AM

Hi this is going to be my first time building a computer

Asus M5A97
AMD FX-4100
Patriot 4GB (2x2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 - AMD Edition
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670
OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 Max IOPs Series
Corsair CX430

Main use will be gaming. System costs 470 pounds (Budget 500 pounds)
Any input welcome

Thanks

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December 31, 2011 10:02:54 AM

Baggiez101 said:
Hi this is going to be my first time building a computer

Asus M5A97
AMD FX-4100
Patriot 4GB (2x2GB) 1600MHz DDR3 - AMD Edition
Sapphire Radeon HD 6670
OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 Max IOPs Series
Corsair CX430

Main use will be gaming. System costs 470 pounds (Budget 500 pounds)
Any input welcome

Thanks


People always seem to do with the 120GB version of SSDs not sure why. The OS won't take up half of that and you could easily get 10 decently sized programs on there and they would be supper fast. With the saved money on the SSD get 8GB of RAM! With this being said it will be a pretty decent computer. Where are you ordering the parts from?
December 31, 2011 10:12:05 AM

majorgibly said:
People always seem to do with the 120GB version of SSDs not sure why. The OS won't take up half of that and you could easily get 10 decently sized programs on there and they would be supper fast. With the saved money on the SSD get 8GB of RAM! With this being said it will be a pretty decent computer. Where are you ordering the parts from?


All those parts are from dabs.com, I cant seem to find any 8GB AMD RAM, the max patriot do is 4GB. I picked the OCZ 120GB SSD based on what I could afford from the Toms Hardware SSD Hierarchy Chart. And forgot to mention I will be overclocking
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December 31, 2011 10:14:33 AM

Overclocking you will need a decent CPU cooler, for example the 212+ Evo is a choice that many make when starting to overclock.
December 31, 2011 10:17:30 AM

Isnt the stock cooler good enough? Also what monitor would you recommend for this build
December 31, 2011 10:36:46 AM

Stock cooling is the worst cooling out there. It's designed to get heat away at stock speeds no more. Therefore I recommend the Hyper 212+ Evo look it up not that expensive. As for the monitor, I would not recommend VGA to anyone anymore lol unless you would like to save money. I'm currently using 2 HP 2010i's look them up they are decent and not expensive.
December 31, 2011 10:40:35 AM

Thanks, what do you think about building a PC without a case?
December 31, 2011 10:45:15 AM

The stock cooler for AMD or Intel is fine for mild-moderate overclocking. But I wouldnt suggest the FX-4100. The Bulldozer architecture is absolutely TERRIBLE with most sandy bridge i3 processors beating the 4100's rear end all over the board. the 8 core FX-8150 performs less than 15% better than the Phenom X6 1100T even though it has two more cores. The FX-4100 is actually just an 8150 with 4 cores not there lol. Plus the benefits from overclocking are minimal but more so with AMD. I think its more a hobby. I love to do it too though :D  if you have to overclock spend the extra money on a nice i5 2500k instead of the SSD and buy a 60 GB SSD. You can fit your OS and a some games on it. You can shave off some more of that financial weight if you want by buying 1333 Mhz ram and you can OC that to 1600 Mhz when you get it. But again the performance gain is minimal

Oh also the cooler master Hyper 212+ or Evo is a very good choice. A lot of people get the 212+ and buy a second fan for it to increase the air flow and more efficiently cool. Ive heard of people getting i5 2500k to 4.8 Ghz with cool temperatures that way.
December 31, 2011 10:46:37 AM

Baggiez101 said:
Thanks, what do you think about building a PC without a case?


Possibly sounds like the worst idea I have ever heard. :na: 

You will get better air flow in a decent case, remember to get a good case. And please take my advice on the new CPU cooler. You overclock on the stock cooler then you CPU lifespan will be significantly reduced.
December 31, 2011 10:49:05 AM

midget666 said:
The stock cooler for AMD or Intel is fine for mild-moderate overclocking. But I wouldnt suggest the FX-4100. The Bulldozer architecture is absolutely TERRIBLE with most sandy bridge i3 processors beating the 4100's rear end all over the board. the 8 core FX-8150 performs less than 15% better than the Phenom X6 1100T even though it has two more cores. The FX-4100 is actually just an 8150 with 4 cores not there lol. Plus the benefits from overclocking are minimal but more so with AMD. I think its more a hobby. I love to do it too though :D  if you have to overclock spend the extra money on a nice i5 2500k instead of the SSD and buy a 60 GB SSD. You can fit your OS and a some games on it. You can shave off some more of that financial weight if you want by buying 1333 Mhz ram and you can OC that to 1600 Mhz when you get it. But again the performance gain is minimal

Oh also the cooler master Hyper 212+ or Evo is a very good choice. A lot of people get the 212+ and buy a second fan for it to increase the air flow and more efficiently cool. Ive heard of people getting i5 2500k to 4.8 Ghz with cool temperatures that way.


The stock coolers are not good for overclocking maybe a mild one from 3.3 to 3.9 thats how far it's going and temperatures would be through the roof. Again I recommend a 3rd party cooler.
December 31, 2011 11:07:11 AM

Baggiez101 said:
Thanks, what do you think about building a PC without a case?

Like this?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262730-31-breadboardi...
(possibly the earliest article about breadboarding on the forums)

Depends on why you want to do it.

Great for troubleshooting and pretty good for testing parts before you install them in a case.
December 31, 2011 1:32:26 PM

jsc said:
Like this?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262730-31-breadboardi...
(possibly the earliest article about breadboarding on the forums)

Depends on why you want to do it.

Great for troubleshooting and pretty good for testing parts before you install them in a case.


Main reason was to save a cost because I didnt really see a need for one
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