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July 28, 2012 1:04:26 AM

I'm trying to building a gaming PC for under $1000. I'm new at this, and while I've been doing my research, I'm not totally sure all these parts are completely compatible with each other, but here's what I have now:
CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3
Video: GeForce GTX 560 SE
RAM: G-SKILL Value Series 2x4GB DDR3 1333
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s
Power supply: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01
CD Drive: SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B
and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Are these all compatible? Are there any ways I could improve this build or should I scrap it and start over? I'm not confident enough to hit the order button yet.

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July 28, 2012 1:18:00 AM

I think you could get a much more powerful system for $1,000.

First off I would scrap the CPU and the motherboard. Intel Core I-5s are the best bang for the buck and are significantly faster in gaming than AMD's best offering.

I would not recommend Rosewill products either. The company is improving but there are much better brands out there.

Most of the value you will receive will be pulled through free shipping and combo offers on Newegg.

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July 28, 2012 1:19:37 AM

Absolutely scrap the SONY DVD Drive. The $10.74 shipping fee makes it a bad deal.
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July 28, 2012 1:23:33 AM

Try something like this...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dd9T

If you have a budget of $1000, never go for an AMD build. Not being a fanboy or whatever they claim these days...I'm simply stating you'll get more power out of an intel build such as the one I suggested above.

If you can stretch the budget a bit or tweak a few things to lower the price, grab either the gtx 670 or get an SSD...

GIGABYTE GV-N670OC-2GD GeForce GTX 670 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 28, 2012 1:25:34 AM

Man, no AMD for gaming. Get a core i5 2400 cheap version. You need only a 4GB RAM. Get a 500W Bronze certified Seasonic PSU and a HD 7850. 7850 should be the king in your PC, so make money for it by decreasing money for other components except the processor
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