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Building Gaming Rig, 1200$ Budget. please advise.

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February 11, 2012 4:06:02 AM


I was just wondering if this setup would work well. I've never built a computer myself and was wondering if i should try it, or just go to one of the pre-made manufacturers? I would like some feedback on this setup any tips/advice appreciated.

Here is the build i was thinking of:

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 500R ATX Mid Tower
CPU: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1 GHz
MOBO: Asus M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X
RAM: Kingston HyperX 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB
PSU: CORSAIR GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS
HDD: Seagate 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
OD: ASUS SATA Internal Blu-ray

Thx for your help.


(This system will be mostly for gaming and some mild video editing/photoshoping. I won't be overclocking or running SLI/Crossfire right away, but maybe in the future.)

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This is without the optical drive, and they're a bit over your budget. Better just get a dvd drive, much cheaper
This is a much better system than you gave if gaming is your primary usage. the 2500k pretty much beats any fx cpu in terms of gaming. In video editing, the 2500k performs almost equal to the fx8120, losing to some while winning others
February 11, 2012 5:40:03 AM

What's the difference that you suggested the Frio over the 212 EVO?
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February 11, 2012 5:50:31 AM

the frio is better than the evo, and it's among the coolers that has the best price to performance ratio like the hyper 212 also. you can see reviews of the frio on many pc review sites
February 11, 2012 6:01:26 AM

EzioAs said:
the frio is better than the evo, and it's among the coolers that has the best price to performance ratio like the hyper 212 also. you can see reviews of the frio on many pc review sites

With the EVO, he can get a second fan for push-pull, which would put the EVO a better option for cooling.
February 11, 2012 6:12:41 AM

with the evo, at stock speed to mild overclocked would be fine. But if you're planning on overclocking it to 4.4ghz and above and having a system with at least 12 hours on prime95, the frio is a better choice
February 11, 2012 6:15:36 AM

over the carbide series 400 I would say

i way better and would keep the pc cool

and this

COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

and this

COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer SGC-1000-KWN1 Black SECC / ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional ) Power Supply

is sturdy,looks good and costs less (more features in less price).

these are gaming cases from cooler master.
February 11, 2012 6:35:29 AM

I have yet to be suggested a T-Take Frio and I plan to OC to 4.5 GHz.
February 11, 2012 7:02:58 AM
February 11, 2012 3:58:34 PM

Thx for the advice guys right now i'm at 1152$ with current build. I know the graphics card isn't the best, but i can upgrade that later when i get more money. I've been goin to use the Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B just because alot of reviews on the other coolers say they end up blocking some of the memory slots.

anyone got any experience with this cooler?
February 12, 2012 1:39:27 AM

bsed on reviews it seems to be a good cooler.