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Prebuilt PC with a few upgrades

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January 6, 2012 10:54:53 PM

I purchased an Acer AM3920-E4142U a couple weeks ago but the system performance wasn't what I was looking for for gaming. I ordered a few upgrades for it from Newegg but i'm wondering now if that was a good idea, not because there's anything wrong with Newegg just some of the reviews that i'm after reading aren't the best.

I ordered these:
PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (Rosewill Stallion Series RD500-2DB 500W ATX12V)
Ram: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682... (G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7Q-16GBRL)
GPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681... (VisionTek 900486 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card)

I'd appreciate any criticism/comments that you would like to contribute as well as future upgrade ideas. Thanks

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January 7, 2012 12:28:27 AM

It looks good, although I worry for you...chances are, you can only fit 8 of the 16GB of RAM onto the system. They normally skimp out on the motherboard and put a micro ATX motherboard with only 2 RAM slots, if you checked before hand...good, otherwise, you wasted around $35. Also the 16GB is overkill, you only need 8GB of RAM in the first place, even for gaming computers. The only time you need 16GB is if you're running servers
I also worry about the PSU, Rosewill powersupplies aren't the most reliable, I would have went with something such as Seasonic, FSP, Antec, or Corsair.
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January 7, 2012 12:42:42 AM

Thanks for your reply. I did indeed check before hand to make sure that I had 4 not 2 slots. I went with the 16 instead of the 8 because i tend to have a lot open at the same time (Multiple tabs in FF, games, video editing software, etc.) I do run a voice chat and a http server on my computer but they weren't really the deciding factors since they don't do much traffic. I also thought it might be more future proof as from what I've seen ram can last for many builds.

I had at first ordered a sunbeam but it had Really bad reviews so i cancelled and reordered the Rosewill since it had much better reviews and cost more at regular price. After i ordered it, however, I did some googling on them and found some nasty stuff about them dieing after only a couple of days/weeks of use. Do you think it would be better to just buy a new one now or use this one until it dies?

I was planning on getting another 6850 in a couple months and putting it in crossfire but I only have 1 PCI-E x16 slot so it kinda throws that out of the question. Looks like the next upgrade will probably be a new motherboard and a new case since i doubt there's much that will fit in this one.
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