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My First $500 Gaming computer build need advise

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June 16, 2012 4:21:41 AM

Hello,
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MotherBoard: GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: APEVIA ATX-CB700W 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: I will be using my laptop Sata Hard drive for my main hdd (2.5)

Not going to overcloak

Any input would be Great!
Now this build is pushing my budget $500 so and suggestions would be very helpful. I will be using this computer to play video games. Any thing that you would change or suggest?
June 16, 2012 5:30:50 AM

Do you not need Windows?


Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
silverstone 400watt power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 Intel H61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

all = $502. With a game.

A6 vs i3: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/403?vs=289&i=60....

6850 is better than the 550ti. Also, you don't need 700watts for that system.
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June 16, 2012 6:15:54 AM

Here's an Intel based build, with a much better GPU, and a good CPU. Have a look:

note: Even if you DON't want an Intel based build DO NOT go for FM1 socket based CPU like yours above, because in a few months AMD will introduce Trinity based CPU utilizing FM2 socket making upgrade difficult for FM1 based motherboards(the CPU will not fit in FM1 motherboard). If you want to go AMD, get AM3 socket based motherboard, and a compatible CPU

CPU & Optical Drive: $131- i3-2120 & Asus (Great CPU, has $15 off with promo, so hurry)

GPU & RAM: $220- Sapphire Radeon 6950 & AMD EE 4GB(Powerful GPU with decent RAM, note RAM is single 4GB kit)

Motherboard: $70- Biostar B75MU3+

PSU: $45- Corsair CX430 (Cheap , quality PSU, also you don'r need a 700 watts PSU, 400-450 watss quality PSU is more than enough. It also has $5 off with promo)

Case: $40- NZXT Source 210(or whatever you like)

Total(Excluding Rebates): 506 USD

Rebates & Promos: $50



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June 16, 2012 6:17:17 AM

Apevia makes extremely crappy PSUs and cases, and I'd really hesitate to recommend mATX on any build because you limit your expansion options. Don't include software in your builds either - concentrate on the hardware.

Try something like this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $69.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $79.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77EB - $119.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $79.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 640 - $109.99

Total: $629.91 - $20.00 MIR = $600.91

A little over budget but the 640 will be a far better bet than any equivalent Radeon in this price range. Here's another look at the 640: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-640-revi...
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June 16, 2012 3:59:05 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Apevia makes extremely crappy PSUs and cases, and I'd really hesitate to recommend mATX on any build because you limit your expansion options. Don't include software in your builds either - concentrate on the hardware.

Try something like this:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $69.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $79.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77EB - $119.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $79.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 640 - $109.99

Total: $629.91 - $20.00 MIR = $600.91

A little over budget but the 640 will be a far better bet than any equivalent Radeon in this price range. Here's another look at the 640: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-640-revi...

Your build is way over budget and he said 500 is max. It's also WAY weaker than my and z_4's build...

Don't get this if you want to game OP, as the graphics card he picked as like half the power as the one we had in our builds.

640 ~ 6570 http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car... 6850 and 6950>>6570.
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June 16, 2012 4:17:12 PM

please stay away from the FM1 socket:

Quote:
Perhaps the biggest downer for early adopters of AMD’s Fusion initiative is the quickness with which the company is deprecating support for the Socket FM1 interface used to enable desktop-class Llano APUs. In much the same way that Intel replaced LGA 1156 with a very similarly-sized LGA 1155, AMD’s existing 905-pin socket is giving way to a 904-pin one.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-5800k-a8-5600k-...
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June 17, 2012 2:52:33 AM

Thank you all for your responses! It looks like I will be doing some changes in my build, and I will mark best once finished. All of you were a HUGE help!
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