Rate my Rig, $800 dollar build

For starters, I had a budget of $100 a month, strictly enforced by my wife. The SSD was a Christmas present, so I don't count that towards the overall cost (though it is nice). I purchased the components over the course of about 6 months, watching for sales and cashing in my coin jar twice to stretch my buck as far as I could.

CASE - CoolerMaster HAF 922 ($89.99 Newegg)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

PSU - SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular ($139.99 Newegg) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088&Tpk=seasonic%20x650

CPU - AMD FX-6100 ($119.00 on sale @ Tiger Direct) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

CPU Fan - XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm fan ($29.99 Newegg) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082

Mobo - BIOSTAR TA990FXE ($129.99 Newegg) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138341

Memory - Corsair XMS3 2x4GB DDR3 2000 - ($104.99 Newegg) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145325&Tpk=corsair%20xms3%208gb%20ddr3%202000

HDD - WD Caviar Blue 500GB ($79.99 Newegg) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

SSD - Corsair Force 3 90GB (Free) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233204

Graphics - ZOTAC ZT-50401-10L GeForce GTX 550 Ti ($129.99 Newegg) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500193&Tpk=zotac%2050401-10l

Wound up spending $825 (plus shipping on mobo). Optical was pulled from a dead Rig.


Looking for honest opinions. I haven't run benchmarks yet, but the rig play SW:TOR well and handles Java and C++ compiling 100 times better than my laptop with an i3 370M (2.4Ghz).

Please don't bother responding with "You should have bought an i5 2400/2500", because it didn't fit in the price range.
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  1. Hello,

    Actually a pretty good mid-range set up you have. I like your build. Your PSU is very nice -I used to have that one until it died on me a few days ago.

    I would rate it at 7/10.
  2. Thank you :)
  3. Pretty decent build, and no you don't need to buy an i5 blah blah. Heres the "dirty little secret" about all the gaming FPS reviews:

    For playing games your CPU will have the same framerate. (Since a 60hz monitor=60 frames per second, it doesn't matter that i5 gives you 90FPS in a game and an FX-6100 only gives you 65 or 70 or whatever. Your computer could be sending 1000 frames per second to the monitor, you're only gonna see 60.
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