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My first rig, want to build another myself, need tips or ideas

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August 27, 2012 5:23:29 AM

Ok so I got this computer not even a couple months ago and would like to see what you think?

Specs
Case & PSU: Cooler Master Elite 360 w/350W
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Professional
CPU: AMD A6 3650 2.6 ghz APU w/HD Radeon 5530 - Disabled
Motherboard: ASUS F1A75-M LE
GPU: HD Radeon 6670 Memory - 1024 MB Memory Type - DDR3 Core Clock in MHz - 800 MHz Memory Clock in MHz - 800 MHz Memory Bandwidth in GByte/s - 25.6 GByte/s
RAM: Kingston Hyperlink Crucial 2x 4gb DDR3
HDD: Western Digital 160 Gb 7200 RPM - SATA-II 3.0Gb/s -
Disk Drive: Super-Multi LG Blu-Ray RW Drive
KINGWIN Multi-Reader - USB 2.0 - MS/MS Duo - CF/MD - SD/MMC - SM/XD

This thing is honestly Great, it is not super amazing but is really pretty quick and good for gaming. I have played WOW, SWTOR, Skyrim, MW3, Lol, and Other games on it on High to Ultra Settings Fine. Can play Metro 2033 on Recommended Specifications. I also have photoshop CS6 on it and Most all the games listed.

So tell me what you think? I would like to get rid of this one and build one my self

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August 27, 2012 5:43:22 AM

more info please ...your budget for one thing
August 27, 2012 5:59:08 AM

Well, for one I need to get an idea of what I can sell this for? The one I have or if there are upgrade options. But if I had to choose a budget, probably around $800 or so
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 6:17:01 AM

You can make yourself a pretty rig with $800. However, selling this rig is another...

You won't be able to get too much out of this rig IMO.
August 27, 2012 6:45:04 AM

I know it's not amazing but what would you suggest on upgrading and replacing parts in it? Also throw me a couple build ideas for $800
a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 6:50:12 AM

Of course :)  I'll make a parts list right away.

However, I'm not too sure how much this rig could sell for..a beefier Phenom II X4 rig could probably sell for around $350, which is quite low as is. Not too sure for something that's a little slower in terms of performance gaming wise.

**EDIT**
Parts list :) 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $788.88
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 02:55 EDT-0400)

I'm not too sure if you needed an OS or not.
August 27, 2012 6:59:39 AM

Yeah I do need an os actually, I am just mainly trying to figure out the best thing to do with the pc I have now, because I want better but don't need two pc's
a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 7:04:28 AM

Edited with OS -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($102.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.22 @ Amazon)
Total: $800.11
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-27 03:03 EDT-0400)

I know what you mean... :lol:  maybe use it as a home theatre?
August 27, 2012 7:06:17 AM

This seems like a solid build man thanks, I just need a way to put this one I have now to good use
a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 7:14:57 AM

You're very welcome :) 

If you have siblings or even parents who need a better PC, it may be suitable for them :) 

If you can't find a person who can make use of it, hook it up to your TV to make one killer HTPC...or sell it :lol: 
August 27, 2012 7:19:31 AM

That's basically what it was designed for, I just don't really get what all an htpc is for? I mean what is the benefit?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 7:21:46 AM

My HTPC is used as a home movie/light web browsing/casual gaming machine. It adds a little more 'oomfph' to my TV experience :lol: 

It may be of relevance to you, and it may not. :) 

August 27, 2012 7:30:08 AM

The sad thing is this pc is really a bad ass little pc but it's considered mediocre because of the technology I could have. Could you help me make it the best it could be? Because I have heard of my particular CPU being over clocked to 4.1 Ghz
a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 7:39:20 AM

Unfortunately I'm not very familiar overclocking with the FM1 platform :(  it may be better to do some searching on the web to see what other people have done.
August 27, 2012 7:41:41 AM

Alright I will try that, do you have any basic tips for over clocking ?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 7:44:27 AM

Yes :) 

Only raise your CPU frequency (whether it be Bus frequency, or Multiplier) little by little, same goes for voltage.

Check for temperatures when you get into Windows, and be sure to run a few stress tests to make sure your OC is stable.
August 27, 2012 7:47:18 AM

Ok Thanks a lot man. I will keep all of this for reference.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 27, 2012 7:54:14 AM

You're very welcome :) 
August 29, 2012 3:34:06 AM

the htpc is a good idea try getting win8 onto it win8 looks good on bigger screens 32" or more along with a good wireless keyboard and mouse you can browse in comfort from your couch win 8 is pretty good with the new metro UI makes for a good movie experiance too rig a home theatre to it ... thats what my old pc is doing ...just my 5 cents
August 29, 2012 6:05:26 AM

can u add win8 to the rig that you suggested earlier? or can you just use a tv for the win7 os as well?
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