My build that I'm doing is on a budget of no more than $600 after rebates. I'm hoping this will be enough to play most games such as HoN, D3, BF3, CSGO, etc... on high graphics. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for improvements. Keep in mind my budget. That being said, here is my build so far:
-BIOSTAR A880GZ AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
-AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX
-G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
-EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
-OCZ Agility 4 AGT4-25SAT3-64G 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
-CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
-LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case
-ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
-ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler
I'm still questioning about the powersupply if it will be sufficient for my setup. If you have any recommendations for a better powersupply. I'm willing to spend up to $80 on Newegg.com as this is where I will be purchasing my components.
The Corsair will give you a very inexpensive option while the Seasonic will give you a top quality and modular option.
Inzone, thank you for replying to my thread. I will take a look at those powersupplies you listed. What do you think of OCZ ModxSteam Pro 600W Modular High Performance? It's $69.99 on Newegg with a $25 rebate. Comes out to $44.99.
I have not used the OCZ brand of power supplies but they have been active in sales and rebates and I always get a little nervous when I see a manufacturer offer big rebates and discounts on thier products.
If you notice the top quality brands don't have that and they will have very few sales and discounts and rebates. Take a company like Seasonic that make probably the best psu along with Suoper Flower they just don't have any of that and if they do it's few and far between.
If you building a lower budget Pc then lower quality psu will fit in and the OCZ is not at the bottom so that's a plus , so you should be ok with the OCZ ModStream Pro.
Inzone, thanks for the explanation. I understand where you are coming from and makes sense to me. I'm going to with Corsair powersupply that you recommend though. From my understanding and reading on Corsair powersupplies, they are manufactured by Seasonic. Although, I'm sure to Corsair's standards. Thanks again.
Here is a chart that will show you the difference in order of gaming cpus between Intel and AMD and as you can see there are no AMD cpus in the top two levels.
the thing that's unknown is what it the dirrerence between the chips actually and at what point is the gameplay suffer to the point wher you say I have to have an Intel cpu. The AMD cpus can play the games and there are a lot of AMD loyalists that will swear by thier Phenom11 and thier FX 4170 and say that thier cpu is just as good and can keep up with Intel's cpus.
I doubt that they can go head to head without overclocking but they can do a reasonable job. If you were to ask me to use an AMD cpu I would say no and will I ever buy one I would say no, but that's my choice and there are other people who will say the same about AMD so it's a choice that you have to make and the attractive part of all this is the low price of the AMD cpu. Some people have no choice because of the budget.
I think you could choose between these two and have a good cpu and I guess if I had to choose between the two I would go with the FX 4170. You could save a good amount from an Intel cpu and most likely get some good gameplay.
Inzone, you are the man! I really appreciate the responses so far and taking your time to reply here with feedback and information.
This is definitely a hard choice for in deciding whether to go with the FX-4170 or the Phenom II X4 965; but, I'm leaning towards the Phenom due to having true quad cores and tried and true processor.
Thank you for helping me out in this thread.
For those of you on why I didn't go with the 2500k is because I didn't feel comfortable spending additional $100 and was out of my budget. In addition, I feel like this setup I'm going with will be sufficient enough to play games on med-high settings.
A lot of people who use the AMD cpu relly like the Phenom 11x4 965 and will swear by it , plus it overclocke very well and like I said when price is the stumbling block the AMD can help with extremely low prices.
The top AMD cpu only costs $190 and it has 8 cores , while the top Intel cpu costs a mind numbing $1050.