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October 19, 2012 11:49:57 PM

motherboard: asrock 960gm fx am3+ socket 760g sata 6gb/s usb 3.0 micro atx amd motherboard$56
Video card: Evga geforce nvdia gtx 560 ti (1024mb gddr5 version) $170
cpu: amd-fx 4100 $100
case: cm storm enforcer $51
psu: 600w coolmax zx series zx-600 $45
optical drive: cheap samsung dvd drive $16
hdd: havent decided yet probably a 320gb hdd of some sort

i was wondering if an intel cpu would work better with the gtx 560 also if any of my parts are bad quality and will kill my pc. im going to use this to mainly play minecraft, bf3, mw2. do basic video editing. if there are cheaper better parts please tell me. This is my first time building a pc so any feedback is welcome :D 

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October 19, 2012 11:51:58 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $516.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This would bring more performance.
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October 19, 2012 11:58:59 PM

mocchan said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $516.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This would bring more performance.




hmmm this looks like a pretty nice build however i need a bit of room for a monitor. im probably going to get a total of $550 after christmas and i also was going to buy a $130 20" monitor. So how mch more performance would it bring?? Would it b worth so much more i should save it a bit more for it
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October 20, 2012 12:05:27 AM

Yes, it is definitely worth MUCH more that you should save up for this.

The FX-4170 isn't a bad CPU, however, considering how much power that chip pulls, the i3 will perform just as well, or even better, with 50% of the power usage.

The GTX660 is a MUCH better option than the GTX560 Ti. The 560 Ti was a great card in its day, however, with games demanding more resources, the 1GB frame buffer on the 560 Ti will cripple it in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaXVrCFvL94

That video shows more than enough evidence :) 

On a side note, for $130, you could purchase a 21.5" monitor with 1080p resolution. 20" will most likely only bring you 1600x900.
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October 20, 2012 12:22:42 AM

mocchan said:
Yes, it is definitely worth MUCH more that you should save up for this.

The FX-4170 isn't a bad CPU, however, considering how much power that chip pulls, the i3 will perform just as well, or even better, with 50% of the power usage.

The GTX660 is a MUCH better option than the GTX560 Ti. The 560 Ti was a great card in its day, however, with games demanding more resources, the 1GB frame buffer on the 560 Ti will cripple it in the future.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaXVrCFvL94

That video shows more than enough evidence :) 

On a side note, for $130, you could purchase a 21.5" monitor with 1080p resolution. 20" will most likely only bring you 1600x900.


its an fx-4100 and i heard that it had a great cooling system? the fx-4100 was suppose to never get that mch heat. i might b wrong and my bad i meant to put the $130 i was gettin it was 20.5" with hdmi support and led backlight also could i just swap the gtx 560 ti for the gtx 660? i kinda like the fx-4100 sinnce most people have told me it hardly heats
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October 20, 2012 12:32:31 AM

Skip the FX-4100. It just isn't a good chip. The FX-4170 is a little better, but the i3 will run at least as well and use a lot less power.
Your original Chokemax PSU-shaped object should not be connected to computer components if there is any chance it will be plugged in to an A/C power source at the same time.
Skip the Corsair Builder though. Based on the contents of http://forums.hardwaresecrets.com/not-so-tough/8805?thr... apparently it uses some caps known for high failure rates. Choose a PSU from Seasonic (or built by them), Antec, FSP, Enermax/LEPA, XFX, or [newer] Rosewill.
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October 20, 2012 12:36:49 AM

^ +1
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