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April 29, 2012 10:41:23 PM

Hello guys, I'm new to computer builds and I have some items here I'd like you to see and tell me if they're compatible and if you could suggestions on which works best.

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z No PS Mid Tower Gaming Case
Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus Series 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB SATA 6.0 Gb-s 16 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive
Corsair TW3X4G1333C9 XMS3 4GB 2 X 2 GB PC3-10666 1333Mhz Dual Channel 240-pin DDR3 Desktop Memory
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti FPB 1024 MB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 2DVI/Mini-HDMI SLI Ready Graphics Card, 01G-P3-1556-KR
Phenom II X4 965 Black AM3 3.4Ghz 512KB 45NM 125W 4000MHZ










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April 30, 2012 5:02:40 AM

Everything's compatible but no way would I get any sort of AMD build right now (yeah ridicule mine all you want but I'm upgrading to Ivy as soon as I get the chance) - go with Intel. What's your budget? I can probably suggest a better system.
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April 30, 2012 12:39:05 PM

My budget is <600, I was very tempted to get Intel but the price tag is too much for what I can afford right now. I chose Phentom over FX 4100 since I saw a lot of debate saying that FX wasn't living up to it's expectations. What other system would you suggest? Thanks for the reply.
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April 30, 2012 4:44:01 PM

Frozen02 said:
My budget is <600, I was very tempted to get Intel but the price tag is too much for what I can afford right now. I chose Phentom over FX 4100 since I saw a lot of debate saying that FX wasn't living up to it's expectations. What other system would you suggest? Thanks for the reply.


I'd go with a Z68 and an I3-2120. For a sub-$600 system here's what I would suggest:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair CX600 - $69.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH67DLCB3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $79.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $16.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 - $149.99 ($15.00 MIR)

Total: $634.92 - $35.00 MIR = $599.92

With this build you get a better case and GPU and you get an Intel-based build which - even though it's a dual core - is far faster and easier to setup than any AMD FX build.
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April 30, 2012 6:54:59 PM

I would like to crossfire on the long run, do you recommend it? Or should I just buy a better video card when I can?
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April 30, 2012 6:56:09 PM

CF is fine, but be sure to get a 750W PSU.
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April 30, 2012 7:27:31 PM

Frozen02 said:
I would like to crossfire on the long run, do you recommend it? Or should I just buy a better video card when I can?


That would be ideal - maybe go with a 7850 or 7870 but be sure to get a better PSU - around the 750 range - you can certainly use the onboard video until you're able to afford a good GPU.
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April 30, 2012 8:42:32 PM

Best answer selected by Frozen02.
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