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July 20, 2012 2:06:14 PM


I'm building a PC, and I think I've picked out all the parts I want. I'd just like some advice on whether or not my build is good enough, if it's overkill, if anything's incompatible, etc. Basically any feedback is awesome and I'm very open to suggestions.

I'm primarily interested in more-than-decent gaming abilities, surfing the internet, and watching movies.

My price range is definitely less than $1500, and right now I'm hovering around the $1200 area, which I'm happy with.



AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6200FRGUBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ENERMAX NAXN 82+ ENM750AWT 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate SV35.5 ST1000VX000 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake Overseer RX-I VN700M1W2N Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 20, 2012 2:35:35 PM

You simply have to go Intel over AMD now, especially because your budget is more than enough to accommodate it. Ditch the FX Processor and the motherboard, and go for an i5-3570k and a Z77 motherboard of your choice (Generally the ASRock Extreme 4, unless you need the extra features of a more expensive mobo).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

If you are willing to give up modularity, the PC Power and Cooling 750 watt can be had for $69.99 after rebates, making it a great deal considering it is 80 Plus Silver, and from a solid line of PSUs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You don't need more than 8GB of RAM for gaming, as there are few games that can utilize more than 4 GB of RAM currently out, thus rendering the extra RAM useless. I would suggest putting the extra money into a GTX 670:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Though if you plan to do some big overclocks, the 7970 will give you extra performance:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 20, 2012 3:44:46 PM

Good comments from Merueth ^

Today, no AMD cpu chip can match a similarly priced intel sandy or ivy bridge chip.
Even the G630 at half the price is superior.
Read this:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
Today, the 3570K is as good as it gets for gaming. If the $215 is more than your budget for a cpu, look at the $125 i3-2120 or the $190 -5-2400.

Any Z77 based motherboard should do the job for you. No need for an expensive enthusiast motherboard.

Regerdless, I would add a $30 aftermarket cpu cooler like the xm hyper212. The larger 120mm fan will keep your cpu cooler and quieter. The backplate mount is easier for the novice to install properly than the default intel pushpin mount cooler.

At his budget, consider starting with a ssd of 120gb or more. That is large enough to hold the os and half a dozen games.
If you need more, like for storing large video files, then add a hard drive for expansion.
Look at Intel 330, 520, or samsung 830 for reliability. SSD prices are getting competitive.

I suggest you download now, and read, cover to cover, the motherboard and case manuals.
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