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July 28, 2012 3:57:34 AM

ive built computers before but i want to double check what i selected just incase theres something wrong'



BIOSTAR A960A3+ AM3+ AMD 870 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL

Thermaltake Dokker Mid-Tower Computer Case Single Bay HDD Docking Station High Airflow Design VM600M1W2Z



i have the optical drive as well as the hard drive but if i could just get some opinions on how this build is that would be great. the total cost of this build it $489.93

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July 28, 2012 4:37:17 AM

Biostar motherboards are horrible, replace that with something better

The 550Ti wasn't a great card when it came out and isn't a great card now. If you're looking for something cheap get a 7770, it's cheaper and will walk all over the 550Ti by a good 33%-50% use the extra money to buy a better motherboard

If you're building a gaming PC the FX-6100 isn't worth the money, get a 4170 instead, it's the exact same price.
July 28, 2012 4:54:58 AM

Pinhedd said:
Biostar motherboards are horrible, replace that with something better

The 550Ti wasn't a great card when it came out and isn't a great card now. If you're looking for something cheap get a 7770, it's cheaper and will walk all over the 550Ti by a good 33%-50% use the extra money to buy a better motherboard

If you're building a gaming PC the FX-6100 isn't worth the money, get a 4170 instead, it's the exact same price.


thanks for the info! can you let me know how i did with the changes? (if you dont mind, its alright if ya dont want to)


ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...


AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX




those are the only things i changed on it, is that better?

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July 28, 2012 5:10:28 AM
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jakeflit said:
thanks for the info! can you let me know how i did with the changes? (if you dont mind, its alright if ya dont want to)


ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...


AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX




those are the only things i changed on it, is that better?


ASRock is generally pretty good (formerly a subsidiary of Asus) and in any case is most definitely better than Biostar.

One last thing that I didn't notice before is that you only got a single stick of memory. While this will work, you need two memory sticks to take full advantage of most desktop processors because they use two independent memory channels.

If you're on an extremely tight budget you can get 2 2GiB sticks for the same price, but even 4GiB is cutting it a little tight for future proofing. DDR3 SDRAM is so cheap that it's advisable to get 8 or even 16 GiB if for no other reason than having some extra cache space. I'm going to recommend a few memory kits, any of these will work:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

This one is my favorite for mainstream builds. Extremely reliable and almost universally recommended across the forums

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

This is the same memory that you selected but twice the capacity and rated at DDR3-1600 (your processor should support it without issue)

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Identical to the one above but with a different heatspreader.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Mushkin is most known for their high end memory but their mid range stuff is just as good. I use the DDR3-2133 Redline but these are also well regarded
July 28, 2012 5:51:41 AM

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July 28, 2012 5:52:19 AM

thanks so much for the help!! :D  really helped me out
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