MY 1st build

Hi all i will start by saying that any help would be good as im a virgin when it comes to building computers and all the tech terms that come with it, so if i seem to ask a odd question thats will the reason.

below is the spec of the the computer i plan to build. 2 things you should note 1 is a very low budget and 2nd is I DONT WANT A INTEL. so any AMD blashers out there i will not be reading any replies on the subject of buy and intel i3.

Processor
AMD Bulldozer FX-4100
Socket AM3+ 4 Core Processor - 3.60GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo (80 quid)

Motherboard
ASRock 985GM-GS3 FX
Socket AM3+, AMD 785G, DDR3, S-ATA 300, Micro ATX, Supports AMD Hybrid CrossFireX (45 quid)

Graphics card
Radeon HD 6450
Silent Graphics Card 1GB, PCI-E, Low Profile, DDR3. (33 quid)

Memory
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB
(2 x 4 GB) DDR3 Vengeance Memory - Red (42 quid)

Power
Cooler master rs650-acaae3
650w 80 plus (60 quid)

Hard drive
WD Caviar Green WD5000AZRX
500GB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-600 - buffer: 64 MB (52 quid)

Case
Antec VSK-1000 Tower Case
120mm 2-Cool Antec fan (38 quid)

Drive
LG GH22NS70.AUAA
22x DVD-RW SATA (15 quid)

Total price 365 quid

will it all work? is there any parts you would change? if so the price has to be very near to the price and a link would be nice. Thanks for any help
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  1. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  2. Is there any chance of converting you to an Intel i3-2100 system? I'm not sure how prices are in the UK, but here in the US the Intel CPU/Motherboard combo is less expensive and performs better. Is this going to be mainly a budget gaming machine?
  3. I think he made it pretty clear that he wants an AMD system.

    At any rate, I would suggest you use a Phenom II 965 in lieu of the FX-4. The main reason being that the FX-4 is not a true quad core CPU, the Phenom IIs are.

    Something else you need to consider that if this is a gaming rig, the 6450 is a VERY weak video card. Bare minimum for a respectable gamer I'd be looking at something like a 6850/6870 or on the Nvidia side an older GTX 460 may be available to you reasonably cheap, and would be a better choice.
  4. nekulturny said:
    I think he made it pretty clear that he wants an AMD system.

    At any rate, I would suggest you use a Phenom II 965 in lieu of the FX-4. The main reason being that the FX-4 is not a true quad core CPU, the Phenom IIs are.

    Something else you need to consider that if this is a gaming rig, the 6450 is a VERY weak video card. Bare minimum for a respectable gamer I'd be looking at something like a 6850/6870 or on the Nvidia side an older GTX 460 may be available to you reasonably cheap, and would be a better choice.

    Yeah, my bad. I guess he didn't have "I DONT WANT A INTEL" in big enough letters for me to see. LOL
  5. thanks for your posts. With amd sooner or later going to release new cpu's i may hang fire on the the fx4100 and then compare to the phenom II's. I have posted this spec on a diffrent board and the mother board is some thing i shall have to look at and maybe spend a extra few pounds. The Gtx 460 is more than double the price so its out and the other to are double. so lets push my budget up to 50 pound.

    Is there any scope for over clocking this rig? whould i need coolin?

    ive also changed the case to a NZXT SOURCE 210 (saved 5 pound) with two fans 120mm fans
  6. The1andonly said:
    thanks for your posts. With amd sooner or later going to release new cpu's i may hang fire on the the fx4100 and then compare to the phenom II's. I have posted this spec on a diffrent board and the mother board is some thing i shall have to look at and maybe spend a extra few pounds. The Gtx 460 is more than double the price so its out and the other to are double. so lets push my budget up to 50 pound.

    Is there any scope for over clocking this rig? whould i need coolin?

    ive also changed the case to a NZXT SOURCE 210 (saved 5 pound) with two fans 120mm fans


    The FX-4100 was the only amd cpu that tom's picked in the latest report on the best gaming cpu's for your money.
    There were no $110 chips, but the FX-4100 was an honorable mention. No other amd chips made the list.

    You may be disappointed if you think you can upgrade to pile driver. I am no expert on amd, but I understand that the new cpu's will need a new motherboard. Do some research there.

    See if you can't get a quality psu. A cheap psu can cause all sorts of strange issues. It is the last place to economize.
    My short list would include Seasonic, XFX, Antec. Corsair, or PC P&C.
    A 450w psu would be sufficient if that saves you some budget.

    I think the FX-4100 can be nicely overclocked. If you do, I suggest an aftermarket cpu cooler like the cm hyper212. They are not expensive, perhaps $20-$30.

    For gaming, the graphics card is more important than the cpu.
    The 6450 in barely better than integrated graphics. See if a 6670 or GT440 can fit in the budget.

    1.5v ram does not need any heat spreaders which are mostly marketing. You can save some with low profile ram, or even ram with no heat spreaders at all. If you prefer corsair, then something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233202 Actually, tall heat spreaders are bad because they cn interfere with some oem coolers.
  7. You will need the hyper because the stock heatsink and fan are useless!I bought the hyper evo an it was worth every penny.
  8. Ok the card has been changed. my new build spec is.

    Processor
    AMD Bulldozer FX-4100
    Socket AM3+ 4 Core Processor - 3.60GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo (80 pound)

    Motherboard
    ASRock 985GM-GS3 FX
    Socket AM3+, AMD 785G, DDR3, S-ATA 300, Micro ATX, Supports AMD Hybrid CrossFireX (45 pound)

    Graphics card
    Gigabyte NVIDIA GT440 1GB PCI-E
    (52 pound )

    Memory
    Corsair CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
    (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 (38 pound)

    Power
    Corsair CX500
    500 W; 80 %; Over power; Over voltage; Short circuit; Under voltage; ATX; PC; 2.3 (47 pound)

    Hard drive
    WD Caviar Green WD5000AZRX
    500GB - internal - 3.5" - SATA-600 - buffer: 64 MB (52 pound)

    Case
    NZXT SOURCE 210
    2x120mm fans white (34 pound)

    Drive
    LG GH22NS70.AUAA
    22x DVD-RW SATA (15 pound)

    Total price 363

    Up by 3 pound but down on power and no heat sink for the mem.
    but the card looks good for the build now. are all the parts still going to work ok?

    Going hold back on the fan until i over clock it, going to run it a stock for a bit.
  9. Good luck keep us posted!
  10. will do. thanks for your help
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