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July 23, 2012 7:28:15 PM

Like so many others, I'm taking th eplunge and building my own PC for some gaming and other casual stuff like MS Office. I haven't had a PC that a decent graphics card in over 10 years now, I've been all PS3 lately.

So in building this, will I have any problems putting this together? Any recommended updates after I build it besides drivers? Such as, should I update the BIOS?

Thanks in advance for any input.

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: W.Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal HD ($69.7 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH242H 23.6" Monitor ($155.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: MS Windows 7 Home Premium Full ($148.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $853.42

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July 23, 2012 7:44:55 PM

looks pretty good I dont see any compatibility issues....the only thing is if you could afford to spend like 20-30 bucks more and get a 6870 instead of a 6850....the performance increase would be worth it especially because you are getting a 1080p monitor too....heres a link to a good card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

other than that it looks good...do you have plans to crossfire in the future? If not you could get a lower wattage psu for a little cheaper but sometimes its always good to have the option open

also one other thing to think about is windows 8...if you are really into that you could hold off on buying windows 7 and run the preview of windows 8 until it comes out and then buy that (comes out October 26th)
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July 23, 2012 7:57:04 PM

I already bought everything, just waiting for it to show up now.

I do plan to Crossfire in the future. But I can do that with a 6870 then, I believe. That's why I got the bigger PSU.

Darn, I wish I'd waited on buying Windows 7 since the FX-4100 is supposed to work better with 8. Maybe I'll try that and return 7, thanks for the suggestion.
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July 23, 2012 8:04:15 PM

no problem man....FYI to return the windows 7 you def cannot use it first lol so if you are gonna return it you would have to do it right away before you open it
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July 30, 2012 1:57:04 AM

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