600$ Gaming system

This is my first gaming pc build and I'm wondering if the parts would make a good system. XFX Radeon HD 6870. Apevia 700W PSU. AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core. ASUS AM-3 AM 770 Motherboard. Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB Harddrive. G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB. Encore 7.1,24 bit,96KHz. Rosewill RCX-71 Long Life Ball CPU Heatsink and Fan. Raidmax Tornado ATX-238WU Case.
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  1. Spend the extra 20 bucks on a Phenom II 965.. its a stronger CPU than the FX-4100. Trust me. That motherboard wont work with an FX-4100 anyway.. You need AM3+ socket for it. However, Phenom IIs will work with both AM3 and AM3+

    And this motherboard is better

    Also you dont need 700 watts, and this is a higher quality power supply:


    Pretty good video card choice though. I'd stick with it.
  2. Agree 100% with nekulturny +1^ AMD PhII x4 965BE/MB and most definitely don't buy an Apevia PSU. the Corsair is solid
  3. I agree with nekulturny I had a fx6100 and its was not very good and for some reason it had lots if issues with gaming. I have a dual core i3 that is just better all around in my opinion and just as cheap as amd with the option of upgrading later to a i5 or i7. I also agree with his choice of motherboard and psu. I just checked the amps on the psu you picked and it is specked like a 300 watt good psu. Make sure when you are shopping for a psu you check the amps. You want to look at the 12v rail and in the case of the corsair below it is 12V@34A if you notice the one you picked has a max of 16 amps on the 12 volt rail and from what I understand that just will not cut it for a gaming rig. My asus 6870 recommend a psu with a minimum of 12v@40a I don't know if that is a good guess for all gpu' s or just mine. You can always tell the quality of a psu because the good ones have a higher amperage on the 12volt rail.

    Corsair +3.3V@25A, +5V@20A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3.0A

    APEVIA ATX-AQ700W +3.3V@25A, +5V@20A, +12V1@16A, +12V2@14A, +12V3@14A, +12V4@14A,
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