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August 24, 2012 3:58:04 PM

Are these parts good for under 500$ including taxes??


EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1 GB video memory
8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz
LG Internal 24X DVD Writer ( i really dont care if the quality sucks of this :p  )
ULTRA 750-Watt Power Supply
GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3 AMD 9 Series
AMD FX-4100 Processor - Quad Core
WD 500 GB 7200 rpm Hard drive

Thanks :) 

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 24, 2012 4:12:57 PM

It's good except the PSU, and you could probably get a GTX560 they're going cheap now.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 24, 2012 4:29:52 PM

No. Well, not in my opinion, assuming this is to be a gamer.
First of all, recent benchmarks and reviews show that there is no longer any price point (even the low end) where Intel does not outperform AMD in games. To bring an AMD CPU to parity, which is sometimes possible, requires a level of overclocking that will suck down a lot more juice and create a lot more heat; you'd need to add an aftermarket cooler.
Second, unless that Ultra PSU is 80+ certified, I'd assume the worst about it. Ultra has not enjoyed a stellar reputation in PSUs. A quality modern PSU has some level of 80+ certification; it's not just the efficiency, but that it was tested at 100% of its label. Though at the unrealistically low temperature of 23C, that would still kill a junk PSU. You'll only need 380W-450W for a build like this.
Third, I don't recall the GTX550Ti being a particularly noteworthy performer. A HD6850 or HD7770 would be visibly better, or even a GTX560; but note that the GTX560 needs two PCIe power connectors.
I'd take a look at this quarter's $500 SBM article for a good place to start on a budget build for playing games. Note that the Antec VP-450 they used is probably the only non-80+ PSU I'd consider buying. Competent technical reviews have shown that it is a solid performer, efficient enough for 80+ but disqualified because it doesn't have Active PFC.
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August 24, 2012 4:44:14 PM

thanks for the reply, well im going to change psu to a 80+ certified for sure. probably an antec. But for the gpu if i take anything better like the HD6850 the price goes over the 500$ budget,can you recommend something alittle cheaper than a 6850? and as for the cpu with the stock cooler, all the reviews said that they were easily able to overclock it without it heating up much.

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 24, 2012 5:09:29 PM
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here's my suggetion. AMD Phenom IIs roughly match the i3-2100 before overclocking in games, but will be better at more multi-threaded apps and games:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.89 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $498.05
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 13:08 EDT-0400)
August 24, 2012 5:25:08 PM

Omg thank you so much i am so going with that!
August 24, 2012 5:27:06 PM

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October 24, 2012 2:56:24 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
here's my suggetion. AMD Phenom IIs roughly match the i3-2100 before overclocking in games, but will be better at more multi-threaded apps and games:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.89 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $498.05
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-24 13:08 EDT-0400)

Hey that sounds like a nice setup. What would you recommend for a NVIDIA setup? I want CUDA acceleration in after effects and adobe premiere pro.
April 7, 2013 4:38:44 PM

Onus said:
No. Well, not in my opinion, assuming this is to be a gamer.
First of all, recent benchmarks and reviews show that there is no longer any price point (even the low end) where Intel does not outperform AMD in games. To bring an AMD CPU to parity, which is sometimes possible, requires a level of overclocking that will suck down a lot more juice and create a lot more heat; you'd need to add an aftermarket cooler.
Second, unless that Ultra PSU is 80+ certified, I'd assume the worst about it. Ultra has not enjoyed a stellar reputation in PSUs. A quality modern PSU has some level of 80+ certification; it's not just the efficiency, but that it was tested at 100% of its label. Though at the unrealistically low temperature of 23C, that would still kill a junk PSU. You'll only need 380W-450W for a build like this.
Third, I don't recall the GTX550Ti being a particularly noteworthy performer. A HD6850 or HD7770 would be visibly better, or even a GTX560; but note that the GTX560 needs two PCIe power connectors.
I'd take a look at this quarter's $500 SBM article for a good place to start on a budget build for playing games. Note that the Antec VP-450 they used is probably the only non-80+ PSU I'd consider buying. Competent technical reviews have shown that it is a solid performer, efficient enough for 80+ but disqualified because it doesn't have Active PFC.


I couldn't disagree more. Your system will run any modern game at 1080p with generally high, and sometimes ultra settings. I can promise you that.
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