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May 13, 2012 8:03:04 PM

Hi

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime this week

Budget Range: $900 USD before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, light video editing, light school work(excel, word) and casual web surfing

Parts Not Required: mouse, keyboard, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, tigerdirect

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Have an AMD fx-8120 processor

Overclocking: Maybe when I become more familiar with systems and the overclocking process

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: any really

Additional Comments: I want a base system that I can eventually improve on

Here's a list of parts I have chosen out. I was wondering if this is ok, by ok I mean are they all compatible. My biggest fear is buying incompatible parts and just wasting time and shipping charges. Any help would be much appreciated.

AMD fx-8120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Wireless N Dual Band Adapter IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express x1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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May 13, 2012 8:11:41 PM

i5 2500k
GTX670
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May 13, 2012 8:12:35 PM

First off your link doesn't work. You don't have to worry about compatibility other than RAM - some motherboards don't like certain RAM. Everything else is pretty standardized and streamlined for the most part. For $900 - considering you already have the CPU (which, IMO I would not have chosen) would look something like this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $59.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 - $89.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 - $149.99
CPU: Already have
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $29.99
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ripjaw X 1600MHz 1.5V - $46.99
HD: 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 - $79.99
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Total: $934.89

A little bit over budget but you get a really killer GPU - if you want to get a GTX 670 you'll still come in under $1K.
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May 13, 2012 8:14:56 PM

the gtx670 alone would break my budget =/
would this gtx560 be enough for casual gaming? That is, maybe some diablo3 and WoW at high settings?
Also, any thoughts on the fx-8120? I'm a bit iffy on that cpu
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May 13, 2012 8:17:24 PM

bkrdc04 said:
the gtx670 alone would break my budget =/
would this gtx560 be enough for casual gaming? That is, maybe some diablo3 and WoW at high settings?
Also, any thoughts on the fx-8120? I'm a bit iffy on that cpu


Yeah you're right to be iffy on that CPU - it's certainly had its' share of issues and is beaten by the dual core i3-2120 in most benchmarks. The 560TI is a decent GPU but it's really starting to show its' age. If you look at what I'm suggesting you can still come in under $900 without OS. The 7870 is an excellent GPU - same one I have, and if you want to stick with the ~$250 price range, check out the Radeon 7850.
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May 13, 2012 8:17:34 PM

@g-unit1111
Can I have your opinion on why you would not have chosen this cpu? this is my first build so I could use any help
thanks
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ignore this
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May 13, 2012 8:20:35 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Yeah you're right to be iffy on that CPU - it's certainly had its' share of issues and is beaten by the dual core i3-2120 in most benchmarks. The 560TI is a decent GPU but it's really starting to show its' age. If you look at what I'm suggesting you can still come in under $900 without OS. The 7870 is an excellent GPU - same one I have, and if you want to stick with the ~$250 price range, check out the Radeon 7850.

Thank you very much. I really appreciate it. Looks like its back to the drawing board,
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May 22, 2012 11:59:22 PM

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