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February 17, 2012 6:52:06 AM

first build, gonna mostly do gaming, no oc, prob wont sli either, just want a basic gaming rig, hows it look?

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
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Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
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Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W Bronze W0382RU ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular ...
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
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February 17, 2012 6:54:32 AM

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added this od for a total $782
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February 17, 2012 7:02:51 AM

You would be better off with an intel i5 2500k and a z68 motherboard and a good heat sink and over clocking it to 4.5 for gaming if you can swing it. The performance boost in games over the 4100 will be massive.
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February 17, 2012 7:05:12 AM

im not going to do any overclocking and thatll take me over budget as well most likely
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February 17, 2012 7:10:13 AM

Go with the z68 and an i3 2100 at stock it still far out performs the 4100 in gaming and you'd still be within budget. Plus you'd be able to upgrade to a 2500k or a new ivy bridge cpu later on. While the fx chips just are not what they should be. i love amd but when we were looking for a golden egg set of cpus from them what they dropped was no egg and smells funny.
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February 17, 2012 7:24:38 AM

im prob not gonna spend the money on upgrading in a few months, waste of money for me honestly, i plan on running my build as i first create for prob a yr or two an either upgrade then or rebuild a new comp, would one of the phenoms be a better choice then? I know you said i3, ill take a look at them later
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February 17, 2012 7:30:23 AM

The i3 which is intel 1155 motherboards are going to be used a bit more into the future from my understanding. So with this build in mind getting an i3 2100 now when you upgrade later all you would need to upgrade in a year when you do would be a better cpu and maybe the graphics card. The other way you'd need a new motherboard gpu and cpu. So this build is better and more cost efficient over all.
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February 17, 2012 7:34:12 AM

swapping for an i3($124) and
ASUS P8Z68-V LE LGA 1155 Intel Z68($137) takes me over my budget , didnt really see any other decent mobos under that, other suggestions maybe? thanks for the input
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February 17, 2012 7:49:01 AM

Check out the other cpus in the 1155 category

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

and you can get a z68 mother board cheap a biostar or the most recommended gigabyte http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E... your old cost was roughly 220-230 for motherboard and cpu

You could easily get the i3 2100 125.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a gigabyte z68 110.00 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And be at 235.00 5 bucks more then your choice or drop to the asrock 5 bucks cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your budget said 800 and you were only at 782 before so you have a 18.00 play room in your original budget to allow for the 5 bucks on the gigabyte or 8.00 more and get the gigabyte http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which is often recommended
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February 17, 2012 8:16:22 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Check out this Antec case for not to expensive. Very high quality and USB 3.0 to boot.

You have a green hard drive which is very slow. It's energy efficient made mainly to increase laptop battery life. I'd recommend this. It's only 1TB but it's 7200RPM and also the 64MB cache version...quite the speed demon compared to what you picked. I prefer seagate as I find them more reliable. You can upgrade and add an SSD in the future as your budget permits.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd go the Intel I3 2120 route. It might be $25 more, but you can easily save that by swapping out to a different video card, then adding a second video card down the line for SLI/Crossfire which will blow your 560TI out of the water. Couple that with your faster hard drive and I3 processor and you have a mean beast.

I also some some combo deals on Newegg with these components that would easily save you those $25-40.

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February 17, 2012 10:40:26 AM

Another issue to consider with the AMD build is that the FX will probably not boot on the 970 motherboard unless it is of very recent vintage. The BIOS will not be updated to handle it. This is a lesser problem with the 990FX boards.

Since you will not overclock or SLi, drop to a Gigabyte H61 motherboard and the i3-2100. It will run fine.

Also drop the power supply to a better quality 550 watt. plenty for a single card rig. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, the green hard drives are fine for storage, but a little slow for Windows boot drives. That is why they are on sale because few people are buying. This drive is much faster. It is smaller, but you can add another later when and if prices return to sanity. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I did not add it up, but you should be within budget.
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February 17, 2012 4:28:08 PM

thanks for the info on the 970 board, didnt know about that
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February 17, 2012 8:33:43 PM

The 970 boards would work fine you might just need a bios update. I'd still recommend the 990fx.

When you compare the 1TB to 500GB hard drives, it doesn't make sense to not spend the extra $15 for double the capacity.

The price of RAM is so low I'd get a 2x4GB kit for 8GB total ram.

XFX is a bit pricey for the video card unless on sale. You pay extra for the warranty. HIS, Asus, Gigabyte also make good video cards.

One case to look at is the Zalman Z9Plus. Not many people consider Zalman but this case is very inexpensive and very nice.

The above build is very nice, I'm just giving a few options to consider.
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February 18, 2012 3:58:38 AM

i believe i listed the g skillz 2 x 4gb memory already.

i have to find a 990fx in my price range, any suggestions on them?

i wont bother with less than 1tb for hdd anyways

never heard much about HIS, what about MSI?

thanks for the help guys
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