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Building new pc off newegg, need advice

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June 27, 2012 5:04:51 PM

Hello everyone! Im building a new PC, and I'm using it for school, video editing, and games. I'm trying to keep it around $550, since building a computer is cheaper than buying a already built one. Here are the specs:

Power supply: CORSAIR builder series CX430 V2 430W power supply

Video card: GeForce GTX 550 HDCP ready

Cd-dvd drive: SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO ATX AMD

Hard drive: Western digital 500GB

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz quad-core

Case: Cooler master elite 430 bundled w/ 4 GB ram (2x2gb)

Thoughts? Should I change anything?

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June 27, 2012 5:21:57 PM

Yeah change CPU/mobo to i3/H61 and get a better GPU like 6870.
June 27, 2012 5:33:44 PM

^agreed. There is no longer any price point at which Intel does not outperform AMD in games. With even some H61-chipset boards offering USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, AMD doesn't even retain a chipset advantage.
If you cannot afford a HD6870, I think you would find that a HD6770 would still be a little better than the GTX550Ti in most things.
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June 27, 2012 5:42:03 PM

Get the G630. It will greatly outperform your Athlon.
June 27, 2012 6:06:08 PM

Try this build. You won't be able to overclock on this build, but it should perform nicely at stock speeds.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($126.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $580.86


If you want to swap out the SSD for better video card try this instead:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($164.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208BB DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $550.88
June 30, 2012 2:09:25 AM


So I have heard about what you said about intel vs. AMD, and guys, I have always preferred AMD over intel because they can provide cheaper options without giving up quality. I have changed my specs a little bit, and I appreciate that everybody attacked the idea. Thanks for that! :) 

If it is not listed, it is not changed to the first post.

Power supply: Antec VP-450 450W

Video card: Radeon HD 6870

Motherboard: ASI A55M-P33 FM1 AMD A55

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500Gb

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965

Case: Rosewill challenger

Memory: G.Skill ripjaws series 8gb (2x4gb)






June 30, 2012 2:10:16 AM

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