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$800 limit First Build, Curious about working set up

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April 13, 2012 5:08:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: April 20, 2012

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (SWTOR, Minecraft, GW2, Diablo 3, etc)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

Preferred Websites for Parts: Newegg

Country: Eastern USA

Overclocking: Maybe someday

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, once I get situated


Mobo - ASRock Z68

GPU - Radeon HD 6850

CPU - Intel Core i3-2100

RAM - G.SKILLS Ripjaw Series 8GB

HDD - 500GB 7200RPM HDD

Optical Drive - Lite-On OD

Power Supply - 650W Power Supply

Case - Cooler Master

OS - Windows 7

Total - $766.91

This will be my first build. Regardless of that, I mainly want to know if this set up will work together without a problem. Thanks for the help in advance.
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April 13, 2012 5:16:48 PM

if you're going to use an i3, might as well use an i3-2120, its 3$ for 200 mhz of speed
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April 13, 2012 5:18:26 PM

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if you're going to use an i3, might as well use an i3-2120, its 3$ for 200 mhz of speed


While you don't normally notice the speed difference between +-.2GHz in this case if it's only a $3 difference I say go for it.

That build looks good - there's not a whole lot I would change - maybe get the 6870 for your GPU instead - it's only a $20 difference.
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April 13, 2012 5:23:13 PM

Go AMD.

You can get a solid Mobo, the new 8 core FX processor, solid graphics card, etc. for easily less than $800.

I got everything below for my new build from newegg.com for about $650:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
Proc: AMD FX-8120
Graph1: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
Graph2: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
Memory: GSKILL RipJaw 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
DVD2: LG 24x DVD RW

I already have the parts below from a previous build that I am including with this one:

DVD1: Lite-ON 20x DVD RW
HDD1: WD VelociRaptor 146GB 10K SATA
HDD2: Seagate Caviar 500GB 7200 RPM SATA II
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
PSU: Corsair 650W



A build like this will run stuff like Diablo 3 just fine.....
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a b ) Power supply
April 13, 2012 5:34:59 PM

dconway32 said:
Go AMD.

You can get a solid Mobo, the new 8 core FX processor, solid graphics card, etc. for easily less than $800.

I got everything below for my new build from newegg.com for about $650:

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
Proc: AMD FX-8120
Graph1: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
Graph2: Sapphire Radeon HD6850 1GB PCIE 2.1 x 16
Memory: GSKILL RipJaw 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
DVD2: LG 24x DVD RW

I already have the parts below from a previous build that I am including with this one:

DVD1: Lite-ON 20x DVD RW
HDD1: WD VelociRaptor 146GB 10K SATA
HDD2: Seagate Caviar 500GB 7200 RPM SATA II
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos 1000
PSU: Corsair 650W



A build like this will run stuff like Diablo 3 just fine.....


Really? The FX-8150 has so many problems with it that it's hard to recommend it, there's a few articles that explain it better than I can:

- Benchmarks: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
- Windows fix issues: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-7-hotfix-bu...

The only advantage that AMD offers over Intel for the price is the unlocked multiplier but even that isn't enough when if you look at the benchmarks, the FX-8150 is outperformed by the $70 Pentium G620.
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