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August 14, 2012 2:10:43 PM

I'm building my fiRst gaming desktop and my budget is at $900 I found a combo deal on newegg offering all the parts to build a pc but they give you $100 off the total cost of buying the parts separately.

Here's the link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Parts:
Cpu Amd fx8150- 3.6 GHz- am3+ $200
Motherboard Asus m5a99x evo- am3+ - 990x chipset -atx $135
RAM Kingston hyperx 4x4 GB- ddr3 1600- pc3 12800-$100
Graphics sapphire radeon HD 6950 2GB $200
Data storage Kingston hyperx 3k 120 GB SATA III SSD
Power Rosewill fortress 750 watt 80 plus platinum certified $130
Case Rosewill blackhawk atx mid tower(5 fans) $90

I plan to purchase a Hester heat sink down the line for more overclocking of the CPU

Concerns: To much money spent on memory, power supply isn't module and there isn't enough storage

Opinions?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 14, 2012 2:58:15 PM

ONe opinion. Intel is the better way to go, even considering price versus performance. Especially at the FX8150 price point.

Unless you are planning to use this PC for extreme multithreading. Which does not apply to gaming. Games arnt even able to utilize that many cores. Rather get an i5.

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August 14, 2012 3:12:28 PM

Zorilla said:
I'm building my fiRst gaming desktop and my budget is at $900 I found a combo deal on newegg offering all the parts to build a pc but they give you $100 off the total cost of buying the parts separately.

Here's the link:http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Parts:
Cpu Amd fx8150- 3.6 GHz- am3+ $200
Motherboard Asus m5a99x evo- am3+ - 990x chipset -atx $135
RAM Kingston hyperx 4x4 GB- ddr3 1600- pc3 12800-$100
Graphics sapphire radeon HD 6950 2GB $200
Data storage Kingston hyperx 3k 120 GB SATA III SSD
Power Rosewill fortress 750 watt 80 plus platinum certified $130
Case Rosewill blackhawk atx mid tower(5 fans) $90

I plan to purchase a Hester heat sink down the line for more overclocking of the CPU

Concerns: To much money spent on memory, power supply isn't module and there isn't enough storage

Opinions?


1) you probably are spending too much on memory, that is if this is a gaming computer, 8 gb will get you where you need to be
2)you dont need a modular psu, it is nice if you dont want a bunch of extra cables
3)you can put some of the money you save on ram towards an actual hard drive so youre not running only on an ssd. its good for os and programs you use often, but its not really meant to store all of your data on. it can be done, but hdds can do that a little cheaper

also an edit to add that i agree with novuake on this, id get an i5 over the fx 8150
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August 14, 2012 3:23:05 PM

I would have to agree with Novuake to an extent, although I wouldn't just drop i7 that quickly. Even if you do not use multi-thread programs you are still taking advantage of them. Assuming you have Windows 7, it will be much faster under stress than an i5 because it will take advantage of multi-threading quite nicely.

Either way though my opinion would agree with Novuake's and say drop AMD go with i5 or i7. I for one went with the i7-3930k, a blissful experience to say the least granted a little expensive.
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August 14, 2012 8:03:44 PM

I thought about i7 but id rather save a little cash and just go with the i5 instead
Here are the changes:

Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 ATX
RAM corsaire Vengeance 2x 4GB ddr3 1600
seagate barracuda 1 TB HDD -7200 rpm

I may also be getting the radeon hd 7850 instead of the radeon he 6950. Haven't decided

Thoughts?
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 14, 2012 8:16:13 PM

You'd get better performance out of a build such as this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($77.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($264.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $844.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-14 16:15 EDT-0400)

If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.

Also, the gtx 660ti is due for release on the 16th of this month. It may be something to look out for. Especially since it's supposed to be in the price range of the hd 7870 as well as more powerful.
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August 14, 2012 10:54:46 PM

Zorilla said:
I thought about i7 but id rather save a little cash and just go with the i5 instead
Here are the changes:

Core i5-3550 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz
Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45 LGA 1155 ATX
RAM corsaire Vengeance 2x 4GB ddr3 1600
seagate barracuda 1 TB HDD -7200 rpm

I may also be getting the radeon hd 7850 instead of the radeon he 6950. Haven't decided

Thoughts?


Much better, if you have an extra few bucks get a K-series processor. Like 2500k.
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August 15, 2012 2:28:45 AM

Alright. Thanx for all the help. I think I will wait for the 660ti just to see my options.
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August 22, 2012 12:44:34 AM

Best answer selected by Zorilla.
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