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New Build Compatibiltiy Check - AMD FX6100/AM3+

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July 5, 2012 8:27:47 PM

I need your help to check the compatibility of all the parts to build my pc with AMD FX6100 and Gigabyte AM3+ AMD Motherboard.

My old PC died last week, and now I was encouraged by my friends to build my own pc.
I mostly use my desktop for watching movies online by connecting this pc to LCD TV (hdmi), high internet use, I don’t play any games; however, I would like to in near future, video edition - once or twice in a year, skype/video chatting, that’s it.

Level of my PC knowledge = 5/10.
I wont be doing any overclocking or changing the original configurations, I dont know how to do it.
Based on my usage, let me konw if I can downgrad the CPU or Mobo config. I prefer to buy bundle deal from Microcenter


Following is a list of PC hardware that I prefer to buy.

From Newegg.com (Preferred)
Case: Antec 300 Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case... Cost: $45

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129066

PSU: Antec HCG Series 400 ATX12V 80+ Bronze Certified Power Supply... Cost: $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371046

From Microcenter.com (Preferred)
Bundle offer for CPU and MOBO. Bundle costs... $185


CPU: AMD FX 6100 Black Edition 3.3GHz Six-Core Socket AM3+ Boxed Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0375766

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-970-UD3 Socket AM3+ 970 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0375772

SSD: Crucial m4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) with Marvell Controller...Cost: $115
http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0364545

From Frys.com (Preferred)
RAM: PATRIOT DDR3 8GB 1333MHz DUAL G2 Series Memory... Cost: $27

http://www.frys.com/product/671908 [...] IN_RSLT_PG

From my Old System
Video: GeForce 210

Nvidia Geforce 210 Spec Page: http://www.gpureview.com/geforce-210-card-621.html
I will have one 500GB HDD and one 1TB SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 from my old system.

Operating System: Windows 7 Pro

I plan to use my old video card for now; however, I need a suggestion on a video card for future per my usage, with respect to Required Performance:Low Price.
I will appreciate your opinions on the compatibility and any issues that you believe might cause errors for the above parts. Thank you

July 5, 2012 9:02:03 PM

1.) It's all 100% compatible.
2.) The PSU is a bit weak. If you want to upgrade the GPU, you will need atleast a 500W.
3.) The FX6100 is excellent for browsing the web, video chatting, etc. However, if you plan on gaming, I would recommend the Phenom II x4/x6, since they are more powerful, or an Intel i5/i7.
4.) What games do you plan on playing in the future? If they are CPU-intensive games(Civ 5, Skyrim, etc.), again, you will need a better CPU. If we know what games you're playing, I could definitely recommend a good GPU.
5.)
July 5, 2012 9:14:17 PM

obsama1 said:
1.) It's all 100% compatible.
2.) The PSU is a bit weak. If you want to upgrade the GPU, you will need atleast a 500W.
3.) The FX6100 is excellent for browsing the web, video chatting, etc. However, if you plan on gaming, I would recommend the Phenom II x4/x6, since they are more powerful, or an Intel i5/i7.
4.) What games do you plan on playing in the future? If they are CPU-intensive games(Civ 5, Skyrim, etc.), again, you will need a better CPU. If we know what games you're playing, I could definitely recommend a good GPU.
5.)


I have not played any games on my dead Lenovo, and I dont even have any idea if I am going to play any. However, I am addicted to watching online movies, shows, etc. I didnt plan for future expansion, thanks for your PSU suggestions.
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July 5, 2012 9:38:48 PM

Well then, just get a 450W PSU. Just enough, IMHO. If you're just playing movies, 4GB/6GB RAM will be enough. The SSD, ergo, is a bit too much. Would you be better off with a 90GB or 128GB SSD? Up to you. However, the Phenom II x6 is much cheaper and more powerful. Same goes for Phenom II x4. To outline the changes:

400W ----> 450W
FX 6100 Bundle ----> Phenom II x6 Bundle
8GB RAM ----> 4/6GB RAM
128GB SSD ----> Either stay with it, or get a 90GB
July 5, 2012 10:18:37 PM

obsama1 said:
400W ----> 450W
FX 6100 Bundle ----> Phenom II x6 Bundle
8GB RAM ----> 4/6GB RAM
128GB SSD ----> Either stay with it, or get a 90GB


Substitute to CPU: Phenom II x6 1045T Six Core AM3
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Substitute to PSU: Antec HCG 520W ATX PSU
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I will need your suggestion on selecting Brand for an SSD from Newegg or Microcenter.
Budget: $100
Better Performance and reliability.

Also any suggestion for my future Graphic card, that under $90.

Thanks for all your suggestions, I am finally getting closer to building a first better pc.
July 5, 2012 10:38:20 PM

No problem. Under $90? The 7750 is $110, and vastly better than other cards at the same pricepoint.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Since it's for the future, it will undoubtedly drop in price.

Crucial M4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Chronos
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
OCZ Agility 4(my recommendation)L
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

If you get an SSD, update the firmware ASAP as they contain bug fixes and stability fixes, and if you don't apply them, you do put data at risk.
July 5, 2012 11:15:08 PM

Obsama, I appreciate for your recommendations. I now have a clear view of what components will i need to build the pc.
Thanks.
July 5, 2012 11:27:13 PM

No problem! I'm sure this will play movies, and web browse with flying colors.
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