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August 9, 2012 1:23:32 AM

Hello this is a build I have in mind, and before going through with it in a few weeks I would like some second opinions, and let people decide if this is a good performance/price setup, and if the parts are compatible or I have some incompatible parts.

My goal is to slap together the cheapest build here that packs a big enough bang for battlefield 3 at high settings with 50 or so FPS, so I have intel/nvidia out of the question here, and I want to see what AMD has to offer anyways.

As for why I am using such a small case, that is because I am aiming at a desktop rig that doesn't consume a lot of space, and is bulky/heavy to make it easier for college, which is where I intend on putting it together. I initially looked at the alienware x51 and laughed at its overpriced price.

Aside from gaming I'd really use this machine to get all my media (pictures, cd albums, movies) off my laptop and onto it, that way I'd kind of have a dedicated laptop for school and a gaming rig for anything else.

Parts list:

Motherboard: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-SB710-Chipset-Motherboar...

CPU: http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-3-4Ghz-512KB-4000MHZ/d...

Case: http://www.amazon.com/Inwin-Development-Dragon-Slayer-M...

RAM: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

GPU: http://www.amazon.com/SAPPHIRE-Radeon-6870-GDDR5-Graphi...

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Barracuda-3-5-Inch-Intern...

PSU: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Enthusiast-Certified-Perf...

DVD Drive:http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-222BB-BEBE-Internal-So...

OS: http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...

I totaled up the parts with a combo of used/new I could get all this before tax for 679 (before tax and shipping) so I thought I did really good.

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August 9, 2012 1:31:00 AM

In addition to all that, I already have a mouse and a 1080p 22inch led tv so I have that to figure out of the build.
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August 9, 2012 1:34:16 AM

We are going to need your exact budget, a AMD based build sucks...anyways, check your messages, i sent you something
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August 9, 2012 2:24:00 AM

AMD builds do not suck. Your build looks fine. For the purposes you listed this will work fine.
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August 9, 2012 2:37:49 AM

Before I can suggest any changes, I need to know your budget.

I wouldn't consider anything less man @ aqua. :p 
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August 9, 2012 3:06:37 AM

azeem40 said:
Before I can suggest any changes, I need to know your budget.

I wouldn't consider anything less man @ aqua. :p 


lol, you know what i meant :p 

i just dont want this guy to get very exited and then get disapointed becase his computer doesnt perform as he would have liked
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August 9, 2012 3:20:49 PM

Also why does AMD suck, not everyone needs to do hours long of videos encoding. The heaviest task for this PC is gaming, and a decent quad of 3.2ghz + is plenty of CPU for gaming, it's the GPU that counts the most.
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August 9, 2012 7:59:22 PM

metalheadpcjunkie said:
Also why does AMD suck, not everyone needs to do hours long of videos encoding. The heaviest task for this PC is gaming, and a decent quad of 3.2ghz + is plenty of CPU for gaming, it's the GPU that counts the most.


AMD sucks...Intel is not only for video encoding, this build will be much better for you

A 80$ Intel G850 (dual core @2.9) easily beats a FX-8150 in gaming (Octo core @3.6Ghz) here is the proof:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=404 <---- as you can see the FX-8150 beats the G850 except in (wait for it....) gaming! and here is a more adecuate comparasion. i5 2500k vs FX 8150 ----> http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=434 <---- not only the i5 2500k beats the FX 8150 in almost everything, it does it with half the ram at lower speeds, a budget motherboard, and a weaker GPU

Amd SUCKS....thats the reason bulldozer is considered as one of the biggest IT failures of all time

you want to stay away from AMD (in the CPU sector) at all cost, buy this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($269.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $743.92

You can add a decent cooler like the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme to overclock your CPU to ~4.6Ghz, at that frequency it will match a i5 3570k @ 4.3 Ghz
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