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April 2, 2012 11:13:02 PM

Hello, im pretty new to building computers and i wanted to build a gaming rig that was good on gaming as well on the wallet. This will be my first build and after a good amount of research on components this is what I have.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

(hopefully that link works)

I had a few questions about somethings as well:

Is my PSU a good choice? 550W should be more than enough for my build but i wanted a modular PSu
Should i keep the EVGA Geforce GTX 550 Ti or change it to an ATI card?
Is the AMD FX-4100 a good budget GPU? And will it cause bottlenecking with the GPU?The reviews say it is a good processor I just wanted to get other views on it.

Also any general advice would be helpful :) 

Thank you very much!

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a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2012 11:23:44 PM

That psu will work fine. The 6850 out performs the 550 and as far as that cpu working for gaming...I'm not to up to date on the AMD's these days but here's some benchmarks in the link down below to have a look at.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-210...
April 2, 2012 11:25:34 PM

Looks pretty good. Here' what I'd do.

1. Ditch the SATA connectors unless you want red ones. They MB will come with a couple.
2. Check out this XFX AMD HD 6870, it has GTX 560 Ti like performance for $5 less than the card you listed.

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

3. Check out this Corsair PSU for only $15 more which would enable you to use Crossfire in the future. At $90 its a steal.

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

Finally, your CPU choice is fine at that price point. You'd be into another $50-100 to get an Intel equivalent.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2012 11:27:49 PM

For the budget, you could do way better.
Check out my $650 here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just get this monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You still save money but you get a 6870 which is MUCH better than the 550 Ti, and the i5 2400 which is by far better than the FX-4100. The i5 2400 even is able to beat out the FX-8150 which is more expensive. Just showing how much BD actually sucks.

i5 2400 vs FX-8150
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/363?vs=434
As you can see, the i5 2400 wins out in gaming and especially in single threads, almost winning in multi thread only losing out barely.
6870 vs 550 ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=541


April 2, 2012 11:44:09 PM

Thanks for the quick responses! The funny thing is i was debating on switching my graphics card toa 6850 or 6870 but i have a question abpit: both of those cards have PCIe 2.1 x16 i believe but my MOBO has two PCIe x16(one is x16 and one is x4). Will those certain specs affect performance? Also will i be able to crossfire with one PCIe being a x4?
April 2, 2012 11:44:47 PM

Sorry i meant PCIe 2.0 x16 my bad for the typo
a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2012 11:46:20 PM

Do you plan to crossfire if so you will be able to. Won't be as good as 8x/8x though. Those two lanes are going to be PCI 2.0 so yes it will be compatible.
April 2, 2012 11:54:47 PM

actually i meant that my mobo has two PCIe 2.0x16 lanes just to clear that up
a b 4 Gaming
April 2, 2012 11:56:45 PM

As stated YES, it will be fine but 16x/4x will suffer about 10-15% loss in performance.
April 2, 2012 11:58:49 PM

And yes i wanted to keep Crossfire an option for the future. Thanks for the help you guys im going to do some research from the links that were posted. And sorry aznshinobi for the confusion
April 3, 2012 12:22:30 AM

Yeah i already looked at your build an it is great for budget gaming i shall looki into the i5-2400 definitely
April 3, 2012 12:25:12 AM

aznshinobi said:
For the budget, you could do way better.
Check out my $650 here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just get this monitor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You still save money but you get a 6870 which is MUCH better than the 550 Ti, and the i5 2400 which is by far better than the FX-4100. The i5 2400 even is able to beat out the FX-8150 which is more expensive. Just showing how much BD actually sucks.

i5 2400 vs FX-8150
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/363?vs=434
As you can see, the i5 2400 wins out in gaming and especially in single threads, almost winning in multi thread only losing out barely.
6870 vs 550 ti
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/540?vs=541


I like your $650 build, it's definitely a lot of machine for the money ($200 CPU in a $650 build is impressive), but it's kind of neutered by the motherboard choice. The i5 2400 is certainly better than the FX4100, but the FX4100 is plenty good enough and his board has way more features for the price, plus the Kingston memory he's selected is better. And for $160-ish I like your GPU choice. :)  I also still like the Corsair PSU I listed too. That thing is a bargain and supports SLI.

As much as I love Intel at that price point I'd rather have a more balanced system than one that focusses completely on the CPU to the detriment of all else.
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