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January 6, 2012 3:12:40 PM

I'm building a new computer and I was looking for a peer review of the build I have so far. I appreciate your help. This computer will mainly be used for gaming such as running bf3 and I would like to keep the total cost around $1200.

Overclocking: No

Location: USA

Approximate Purchase Date: This week 1/8/2012

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, and a tiny bit of 3ds Max and VFX programs.

Budget Range: $1000-$1200

Parts Preferences: none

Monitor Resolution: at or above 1440x900


Parts list:

AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 159.99




Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 120.00



Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 94.99



GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128-... 154.99


CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850 (CMPSU-850AX) 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 189.99



HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 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... 269.99





COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 29.99




SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/ R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Combo Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 53.99




CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A2000C9
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... / 104.99




Total ~ $1179.92

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January 6, 2012 3:29:33 PM

Don't buy a bulldozer, i5 2500k is way better. To get the i5 you will need a different mobo. I recommend the Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. I have it and it's great. Some people are also recommending the evo version of the hyper 212 over the plus one, but i don't think it matters ( I run my 2500k on 4GHz on the 212+, it probably can go higher, but i don't need it to ).
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January 6, 2012 4:12:11 PM

4eyed said:
Don't buy a bulldozer, i5 2500k is way better. To get the i5 you will need a different mobo. I recommend the Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3. I have it and it's great. Some people are also recommending the evo version of the hyper 212 over the plus one, but i don't think it matters ( I run my 2500k on 4GHz on the 212+, it probably can go higher, but i don't need it to ).


The Evo is the newer version of the Hyper 212. I can't remember what the exact differences are but it has a newer fan with an LED light and there's something to do with the way the heat pipes are concentrated.

I also agree about Bulldozer - if you're going to get one wait until AMD has all the installation issues and everything else ironed out. The i5-2500K is clearly the way to go for now.

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] lFullInfo/ 154.99


I use that same board and it's been really good so far. If you insist on going AMD that's not a bad way to go.

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Antec DF-85 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129087 / 120.00


Certainly not a bad choice but if you're going for a full tower I'd highly recommend the NZXT Phantom over this one mainly for the cable management system and quality of construction. You could also try the Corsair Carbide 500R as well.

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HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
/ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 814161372/ 269.99


Definitely not a bad choice (Sapphire is my preferred Radeon vendor, however) but you might want to wait a couple of weeks and see what the 7950 and 7850 will bring.
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January 7, 2012 1:04:00 PM

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