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Is this a good build for a budget of $700?

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July 8, 2012 12:21:26 AM

MOBO: Asus Socket AM3+/ AMD 970 ATX Motherboard (M5A97)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0058G65UU/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU: AMD FX 4170 4.2Ghz
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0074J7ITG/ref=ox_sc_a...

GPU: HIS 7850 IceQ X 2GB
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HYIDTC/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2UQ/ref=ox_sc_a...

HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500gb 7200rpm
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8gb DDR3 1600mhz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower ATX
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O8J11E/ref=ox_sc_a...

Are there any compatibility issues with this build? Do I have enough power to run this build? Does the mobo have HDMI, or VGA?

Total Price: $695.52

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July 8, 2012 12:26:49 AM

assuming you already have windows 7 here is my take on the build

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/bADS
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July 8, 2012 12:31:07 AM

A dual core processor? I thought dual cores were really old and slow?
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July 8, 2012 12:33:50 AM

What are you using the computer for? Dual core is doesn't make that big of a difference if you are gaming. You wan't max processing speed out of your CPU for that. Cores are for multitasking.
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July 8, 2012 12:35:07 AM

I want to use this computer for gaming mostly but school work too.
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July 8, 2012 12:37:18 AM

ooh you fell for the core myth and the frequency myth!!

the i3 2120 beats the fx chip easily in games. very fast too for most tasks. if you have about 80 more bucks, id get a i5 3450 CPU and a msi h77ma-g43 motherboard.

the i5 will obliterate the fx in games all while using 2/3 as much power
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July 8, 2012 1:04:01 AM

Is the i3-2120 compatible with that first mobo I picked?
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July 8, 2012 1:21:36 AM

no, but you can get a decent H61 board cheap
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July 8, 2012 1:31:06 AM

Yup, it will work with that mobo, but if you're getting a Z68 board, might as well get an i5-2400/other low-end i5.
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July 8, 2012 1:37:15 AM

What kind of psu do I need to power this thing?
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July 8, 2012 1:41:02 AM

600W is plenty.
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July 8, 2012 1:54:03 AM

Ok thanks everybody!
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July 8, 2012 1:55:06 AM

Best answer selected by jordannn15.
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July 21, 2012 6:18:32 PM

The 3570k is what I run. It is blazing fast. I think it is a good CPU for a budget.
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