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$1600 Build - Parts Compatible and Worth it?

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March 17, 2012 5:52:05 AM

Hi there guys, I'm mainly posting this because I want to check if all of these computer parts are compatible, to prevent any screwups when I actually get around to ordering the computer.


The processor I chose was the AMD FX 8120 found here:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-103-9...

The RAM that I'm getting is the Corsair Vengeance RAM found here:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
(I'll probably be buying two sets of these RAM sticks, so I'll have 16GB)

The Motherboard that I was planning on getting is the ASUS M5A88, found here:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I was planning on getting this Western Digital 1TB hard drive, found here:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And perhaps the 120GB SSD here:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
(Is an SSD Actually worth the high price?)

I wanted a budget case, so I picked this one:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

And the extra case fans found here:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

I wanted a Blu-ray Drive, just in case:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I got a pretty decent Radeon HD 6950 found here:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I figured that I'd need a decent sized 600W power supply:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Parts that Are unimportant:


I wanted a cool looking decent but cheap mouse:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I picked a fairly cheap Logitech mechanical keyboard:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

And a nice sized Asus 23.6" monitor:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The total cost of the build is: $1643.86.

Now, my main question is, are all of the parts (obviously the mouse, keyboard and monitor are) that I picked compatible? Would the Solid State Drive actually be worth the price for the faster boot times and faster game loading times? Is there anything I could do to improve this build?

Thanks for taking the time to read my topic and if you actually checked the parts then you are amazing :p 
March 17, 2012 6:00:09 AM

hummmmm,

every thing is compatible just one thing you can make a powerful system with that budget using intel and few better parts

i just wanted to ask few question

what is the purpose of this pc?

are you gonna overclock adn/ crossfire in the future ?

what is your budget?

when are you gonna buy?

do you live near any microcenter shop?

March 17, 2012 6:01:17 AM

what are you ging to be using pc mainly for? definitly an ssd is worth it and speeds up boot and load times.but before I can recommend build I would like to know what you are using for
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March 17, 2012 6:01:21 AM

Whats this build for General, Gaming,CAD?
Also could you fill out the Sticky at the top of the forum :) 

March 17, 2012 6:03:49 AM

No, I do not live near any Microcenter shops.

I am going to buy hopefully within the next 3 months.

My budget is not much more than this.

I may overclock in the future if the parts can handle it.


The main purpose of this PC is going to be for Gaming and minor Video editing.
March 17, 2012 6:07:40 AM

As for the Sticky end of things,

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever I get the money, hopefully within the next 3 months.

Budget Range: $1700 MAX before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Surfing the internet, general use

Parts Not Required: N/A

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Whatever is best.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
March 17, 2012 6:11:47 AM

if you are going to buy the pc 3 months later till then many pc components have become cheap, ive bridge and kepler will be released and this will drive the prices of other components down :D 

so i would suggest to wait and post afterwards and if you want to pull the trigger now then say it will will list it :D 

happy to help any time :D 
March 17, 2012 6:12:29 AM

Change CPU to i5-2500k and the Motherboard to a GIGABYTE Z68X-UD3H and you're set for gaming. :) 
March 17, 2012 6:14:56 AM

Why an i5 and not an i7? Wouldn't an i7 be better?
March 17, 2012 6:15:20 AM

If gaming I would recommend a 2500K with maybe an asrock extreme gen 3 or 4 ,Or even an gigabyte or asus and, a 6870 or 560ti or if not in a rush wait for the kepler chip, everything else seems ok I would also recommened a cooler master 912 and a cooler master storm mouse .(just from personal experience)
March 17, 2012 6:15:45 AM

No, Hyperthreading can actually end up hurting gaming performance. The i5-2500k is the best balance of price and performance. It overclocks like crazy.
March 17, 2012 6:16:23 AM

Oh, and also, 100MHz makes no difference when you plan to OC the CPU.
March 17, 2012 6:16:38 AM

no i7 is not for gaming

i7 is technically a i5 with hyper threading and no game take benefit of it some times it gets worse :D 
March 17, 2012 6:17:29 AM

This is really strange. I clearly have no clue what I'm talking about here, as I thought.

Isn't a 6950 better than a 6870?
March 17, 2012 6:21:02 AM

Yes, it is, due to lesser driver problems and more cores.
March 17, 2012 6:24:00 AM

But would an Intel core i5 2500k be actually better than 8 physical cores?
March 17, 2012 6:31:50 AM

Yes - Games only use 2-4 cores max.
March 17, 2012 6:36:07 AM

Yes, there is NO game that can take advantage of 8 cores. There is only 1 game I can think of that even uses 4 cores, the vast majority of current games only use 2.

I love AMD, but unfortunately the only reason to buy a 8k series is if you have specific application in mind that you know for sure are highly parallel. Games aren't. If you insist on an AMD chip, the best they have right now is either a phenom x2 980 or an fx-4170, but frankly the 2500k stomps them both. the AMD chips *are* $60-70 cheaper, however, and intel motherboards tend to run $30-50 more than an AMD board with the same features. I *guess* it's the cost of the integrated solutions they force on you.

Also, I'd suggest a motherboard with at least 3 pci express slots. With the 2500k, you have way more processor power than you do video. In the future, if you want more graphics capabilities, you'll have to buy a new card with 1 slot. If you have 3, you can buy a couple more 6950's for cheap on amazon and xfire. I only suggest 3 slots in order to avoid the microstuttering issues you'll have with 2 cards when the framerate is around 60 and below.
March 17, 2012 6:37:31 AM

Can you give me a specific example of a motherboard? It'd be preferable if it could fit in the case I said in my original post as well.
March 17, 2012 6:42:03 AM

ASUS P8Z68-V Gen3.
March 17, 2012 6:43:45 AM

I was a little worried when I saw you'd picked a micro-atx mobo. Didn't make much sense with the rest of your build your case fits regular ATX, so you could look at ASRock's Z68 Extreme4.
March 17, 2012 6:46:56 AM

I see. This was my first ever build so you can't really be all that surprised, I have no idea what I'm talking about.
March 17, 2012 6:49:14 AM

So what is the very best CPU when it comes to gaming? Multitasking?
March 17, 2012 6:53:02 AM

i5-2500k for both.
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