(hope this is technically right section) but im a first time builder about to order my parts for the desktop but i need some advice im kinda new to pc gaming aswell (obviously) and i needed a good opinion on good parts but id like to keep it cheap but spend a little more if i have to, so far i have found these:
Mobo- MSI AMD 9 series AM3+
CPU- AMD phenom X6
RAM- 8 gb crucial (2 x4gb)
GPU- (undecided ,depending) but i was thinking amd sapphire radeon 5450
PSU- 500 w coolmax
optical drive with dvd/rw+
500 gb hdd
once again i am new can you guys give me some advice for better specs for a game like minecraft(mainly minecraft) that will run fairly smoothly,
First, MSI would not be my first choice of MB manufacturer. They have a very spotty history wrt quality control. Look at Gigabyte and Asus instead.
Second, the video card you spec'd is way underpowered for gaming. Look for a 6850 or 6870 model instead. You really don't want to cheap out on the video card, and 6850's are going for like 130 or so these days, which is quite inexpensive for a gaming video card.
Third, ditch the coolmax PSU. Coolmax is a really junky brand. Stick with Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, or XFX. The PSU is something you really don't want to cheap out on as it can take your whole system down with it.
Fourth, your hard drive. Make sure not to get a "green" series HDD as your primary storage device. You'll be sorely disappointed at the performance.
ok so i have made a few modifications. first thanks for the website you linked me its the first time ive seen it and it is very helpful and useful i love it!. second i changed my mobo to an ASUS due to reviews on MSI and i changed my GPU to an radeon 6850 due to an recommendation above (pricey but ill get over it). but i still one question how do you guys feel about the amd phenom X6 cpu i think its a great buy for the price but why isnt it a favored brand?. i know intel is reliable and kinda worth it but i wanted more than a dual core