PC build parts Advice.

Hello, I just was thinking about building my first computer from scratch and am looking for suggestions on my parts list. I was thinking of going with a Asus Socket AM3 / AMD 970/ Quad CrossFireX ATX Motherboard with a AMD FX-8120 8-Core processor with either a Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E Video Card or a EVGA GeForce GTX 550 graphics card andCooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower Computer Case with All-Black Interior . all suggestions are welcome and will be appreciated.
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  1. I'd heavily advise against the FX-8120 and 550TI. If gaming is the primary interest of this PC then the Radeon 6850 and Core i5-3450 will be far better choices.

    Knowing the budget and what parts you already have / don't have will help to suggest a system.
  2. I would Like to keep it below $800 and all my parts are in other systems so I'm starting from an empty case lol.
    And I would like to go with an AMD proccessor.
  3. huntinman13 said:
    I would Like to keep it below $800 and all my parts are in other systems so I'm starting from an empty case lol.
    And I would like to go with an AMD proccessor.


    Any particular reason why you would pick AMD over Intel? Any Intel CPU will pretty much run circles around any AMD CPU.
  4. Price to performance ratio, I've heard alot of talk about good AMD processors for cheaper, What about the AMD Phenom II 965?
  5. huntinman13 said:
    Price to performance ratio, I've heard alot of talk about good AMD processors for cheaper, What about the AMD Phenom II 965?


    That's certainly not true when you compare the i5-3450 to the FX-8120: http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/361/AMD_FX-Series_FX-8120_vs_Intel_Core_i5_i5-3450.html

    Only in areas like video encoding and playback does the FX do any damage, otherwise go with the i5.

    For $800 I'd suggest this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.98 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $756.40
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-13 19:35 EDT-0400)
  6. The quad core Intel I-5 outperforms a 8 core AMD? Thanks for the advice and quick replys.
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