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January 31, 2012 11:29:28 PM

is this build good?

mostly for(greatest to least): games, work, editing movies nd pics

it total its cost about $900 with taxes (canadian tax) from Canada Computers

CPU: AMD A8-3870K ($149.99)
CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 101A ($14.99)
Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LE ($84.99)
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB ($39.99)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ($69.99)
PSU: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 550W ($54.99)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 ($164.99)
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB ($86.99)
DVD: Samsung SH-S222AL ($21.99)
OS: WIN7 HP 64BIT ($104.99)

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January 31, 2012 11:58:43 PM

it will work for gaming, but there's more that can be gotten from the card for gaming, with an FX or Phenom II CPU because of the cache L3...
February 1, 2012 12:09:34 AM

There is absolutely no need to buy a APU if you're going to be using a 6850. Don't buy AMD CPUs anymore, the i3 2100 from
Intel is a clear winner beating even the most "high-end" AMD CPUs. There really isn't a need to buy a aftermarket heatsink for a i3 2100 unless you want quieter operation. Also you need another mobo for Intel 1155.

No need for 1600Mhz because it's not recommended that you go over 1333 or 1066. You aren't going to benefit noticeably for faster RAM speeds.

I'm definitely not a fan of Bitfenix cases. This one will do you fine.

Don't be cheap on PSU.

Everything else looks fine. Just remember to get a OEM version of Windows 7 to save money.
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February 1, 2012 12:40:11 AM

e56 is mostly right. However, DDR3-1600 is cheaper than 1333
February 1, 2012 12:56:03 AM

It doesn't make sense to buy a A8 if your going to buy a graphics card.

You'd be better off picking up a $100 FX4100 and using it for a while and then hoping AMD can come up with something better in the future you can upgrade to on AM3+.

Otherwise a better choice would be a i3 setup. The i3 is faster than the FX's or Phenom II's in gaming and just about everything else too.
February 1, 2012 1:09:39 AM

AMD is done with AM3+ sockets. The upcoming Piledriver is going to be an APU with socket FM2.
With the i3 set up, you can upgrade to Ivy Bridge.
February 1, 2012 10:44:16 AM

yesterdays sub $200 chip article suggests you'll do far better with an i3-2100 and a H61 motherboard.

Alternately an i5-2380P at $177 would be even faster than the i3