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Hey, I'm trying to build a decent gaming pc so i can play games like Diablo 3 and shooting games. This is my first pc build so I am pretty newbie when it comes to making the pc as a whole. This is pretty what I plan on getting. Please let me know if this is any good. Thanks!

Mobo: ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157292

CPU: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

Graphic: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

Case+PS combo: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.976578

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
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  1. For one

    MOBO - go for an ATX solution instead of MICRO ATX because MICROX ATX cases will limit your expand ability, and ATX will allow you to buy a cheaper case. Btw your buying a MICRO ATX MOBO for a ATX case, don't change the case, just the MOBO to ATX.

    CPU - Get the FX-4100, it's a 4 core instead of the 6100 6- core but most games don't make use of more than 4 cores so you won't see much of a performance difference and will save Around 40$

    Ram- you don't need 8gb, 4gb will be enough for gaming most games don't need more than 4gb

    GPU- use the 40$ from the ram to upgrade to at least a 560ti, you will see a big performance boost

    SSD- on your budget , it would make more sense to elimite the SSD and gear that money towards a better GPU and power supply. SSDS are fast but you will not see any improvements in gaming.

    Optical drive - good

    Cooler - great

    LESS ram gives you extra 40
    Fx 4100 CPU gives you extra 40
    SSD gives you extra 125

    205 in total extra. Use 60 on a good 500w PSU, use 100 extra to buy a hd 6950 graphics card for around 230 Use extra 40 on whatever you see fit.
  2. What is your actual budget. by my count your already $50 over what you said and you haven't included the $100 windows license. you should probably be looking at an.i3 system at this budget. something like this(prices will have changed, just something to give you SN idea)
    www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-overclock,3159.html

    a 128GB SSD is not going to be enough storage fir a gaming system. you're probably going to need to drop it and just go with a HHD. SSDs are over rated anyway and don't really have a place in this price range.

    Need to know your monitor resolution. etc etc. havev a look at the stickies.

    www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice

    www.tomshardware.com/forum/288241-31-buyer-guides-troubleshooting-tips
  3. get rid of the cm hyper 212 cooler .
    you dont need it .fx cpus run quite cool
    rest of config is fine but recommend getting this hd 7770 over a gtx 550ti-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664
    edit- as most modern games dont you more than 4 cpu cores i would recommend getting a higher clocked quad instead of a 6 core . you dont need it
    check out this fx 4170-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127664
  4. bctande1 said:


    SSD- on your budget , it would make more sense to elimite the SSD and gear that money towards a better GPU and power supply.

    LESS ram gives you extra 40
    Fx 4100 CPU gives you extra 40
    SSD gives you extra 125

    205 in total extra. Use 60 on a good 500w PSU, use 100 extra to buy a hd 6950 graphics card for around 230 Use extra 40 on whatever you see fit.


    That would be all well and good if you bothered to add a harddrive when you took away the SSD...

    FYI the rosewill hives are good PSUs
    www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-650-W-Power-Supply-Review/1460/11
  5. yingiee said:
    Hey, I'm trying to build a decent gaming pc so i can play games like Diablo 3 and shooting games. This is my first pc build so I am pretty newbie when it comes to making the pc as a whole. This is pretty what I plan on getting. Please let me know if this is any good. Thanks!

    Mobo: ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157292

    CPU: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103962

    Graphic: 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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625

    Case+PS combo: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.976578

    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

    Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204


    if you can pay a bit more you can buy 6850 hd or 7770 hd witch are BETTER than 550ti
  6. unksol said:
    That would be all well and good if you bothered to add a harddrive when you took away the SSD...

    FYI the rosewill hives are good PSUs
    www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-HIVE-650-W-Power-Supply-Review/1460/11

    Ah my mistake.

    I assumed that you already had an hdd on there 128gb ssd is really low for multimedia storage.

    but yes I'd say take out the cooler master, your CPU will not be running that hot.
  7. thanks for the all advice, greatly appreciate it!!

    Update:
    @ unksol - Monitor resolution : 1920x1080, I have a copy of Windows 7 that I bought from the last blackfriday

    Swapped video card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 (didn't know there was a much better video card than the 550 and for this cheap)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

    Swapped mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    Switched back to Fx4100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

    Swapped to 4gig ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Taken out fan

    Here's my reason for choosing the SSD.
    I do a lot of web surfing and streaming videos, listening to music, have multiple programs running at the same time. I don't need much room for storage, even now I only used up 40gigs with series and movies I haven't watched yet. Once i finished watching something, I delete. Also my friends have pretty much the same identical computer down to the bone but 1 has a SSD and the other HDD. The HDD one does have a big more movies than the SSD. When I was using their computers, I saw a big difference in speed.

    Is this due to the SSD vs HDD? or something else? (They have like the same tune up and stuff when I was comparing the 2 computers, same programs running, etc.)

    It is below $600 now with the new build without changing the SSD.
  8. @ panwala95 - I originally chose the Fx-4100, then I changed to the 4170 when I saw that it was only $20 dollars more. THEN when I was searching around again, I saw that the Fx-6100 was the same price as the 4170, I assumed it wouldn't hurt to have an upgrade for the same price right? Lol
  9. Yes, any drastic differences in speed were most likely due to the SSD, as the read and write rates are significantly better than HDD. The only reason SSDs for you seem risky is because you cited gaming as one of your main interests -- games take up quite a lot of space. If you are playing Diablo the most, you don't need a top of the line GPU; Diablo is an easy game to run even on 550Ti. so if you stick with the 550, take out 4 Gigs of ram and buy a bigger SSD drive, that would probably be your best option - on the basis that you won't be installing like 9 games or something.
  10. Yeah so 4GBS of ram
    550Ti
    Bigger SSD
    That would probably your optimal setup if your really big on SSDs
  11. Game wise, I wouldn't have more than 3 or 4 games installed. But I think I will keep the 6850 since websites says its a big difference compared to the 550ti and only like $5 dollar difference.

    Just checked on bigger SSDs and the next size after the 128 that I chose is doubled in price so I think I will stay away from that for now. Luckily I have a bunch of flashdrives for storage use from my old job lol.

    If there are no more recommendations, I think I will make the purchase later today. Thanks again for all the pointers!
  12. Gonna be a great pc!

    And just remember to best answer whoever you believe gave you the best advice.

    Good luck with the build =)
  13. It's a good AMD build if you go with the HD 6850, BUT - since you are building this rig primarily for gaming, here's some food for thought: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-9.html
  14. I say personally, drop the SSD, get a hard drive. SSD's have come down enough, later you can grab a 60gb SSD for a boot drive. SSD's if I remember right only have a limited number of read/write cycles, so you may wear it out quicker. Also, I don't know that you would have much benefit for gaming with an SSD other than faster load times. If you must have an SSD, how about this?

    Grab this for a boot drive.

    OCZ Agility 3 60gb

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725

    For Storage

    WD Caviar 500gb

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    I think the price comes to about 130 bucks not counting shipping, but for the extra 5 bucks I think you are more balanced, b/c you can put the OS on the SSD, 1 or 2 games also, and then have the hard drive for more storage, pics, videos, games not played as often, etc.
  15. I built a PC using the FX 4100 and that same mobo. That mobo has to be updated in order to work unless Asrock has pre updated. You may get an error code when you try to boot the 1st time.
  16. Best answer
    Here is my recommend the i3 and check the link you will see the i3 does the good job in the game
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-2100-gaming-benchmark,3136.html

    The PC is about $530 w/o the SSD, if you add the 128gb SSD is $645.

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB $120 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-Sapphire+Tech-_-14102908

    Core i3-2120/H61/8GB/1.5TB HDMI SuperCombo $366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.956695

    OCZ ZS Series 550W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply $40 after MIR and $15 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341047

    SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III $119
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567

    If you can sell the Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W(including in the combo), you can get some $$ back too.
  17. cin19 said:
    Here is my recommend the i3 and check the link you will see the i3 does the good job in the game
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-2100-gaming-benchmark,3136.html

    The PC is about $530 w/o the SSD, if you add the 128gb SSD is $645.

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB $120 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908&nm_mc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r&cm_mmc=OTC-pr1c3grabb3r-_-Video+Cards-_-Sapphire+Tech-_-14102908

    Core i3-2120/H61/8GB/1.5TB HDMI SuperCombo $366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.956695

    OCZ ZS Series 550W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply $40 after MIR and $15 off
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341047

    SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA III $119
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567

    If you can sell the Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W(including in the combo), you can get some $$ back too.

    +1

    i3 + HD 6850 is my advice as well - BUT the included Thermaltake PSU is more than enough for the HD 6850 and the rest of the build.
  18. Best answer selected by yingiee.
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