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September 4, 2012 3:54:27 AM

Please leave any suggestions on where I can improve this build.
Is there anyway of making the build cheaper than it already is and not lose performance?
THANKS! :D  *Also I might upgrade to Windows 7 for $30 later from my cousin in college(if Linux is a big "no-no")"
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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Wired Optical Mouse ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 ($26.00)
Other: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
Other: Link Depot Model HDMI-2-HDMI 6 ft. HDMI TO HDMI A/V Cable - OEM ($3.00)
Other: RAZER Goliathus Gaming Mouse Mat - Fragged Control Edition - Standard M ($25.00)
Total: $664.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-03 23:56 EDT-0400)

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September 4, 2012 4:14:16 AM

I see no problems with your build, though I would personally go for a LGA 1155 socket for future upgrading potential. Ubuntu is a big NONO unless you know very well how to make it work for you. Running games off of it will cause problems unless you know what you're doing, and all in all, I find that its too much of a hassle. I say go for the windows 7 for cheap. Also no idea why that mouse pad is so expensive. Doubt its worth 25 dollars.
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September 4, 2012 4:20:19 AM

koudou said:
I see no problems with your build, though I would personally go for a LGA 1155 socket for future upgrading potential. Ubuntu is a big NONO unless you know very well how to make it work for you. Running games off of it will cause problems unless you know what you're doing, and all in all, I find that its too much of a hassle. I say go for the windows 7 for cheap. Also no idea why that mouse pad is so expensive. Doubt its worth 25 dollars.


I like AMD a bit for because of it being a bit more inexpensive and being the underdog.
Hopefully Ubuntu will be a fun experience of learning if not i'll go with Windows7.
Meh. $25 might be high but I'll keep looking. Thanks for your input :D 
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September 4, 2012 4:28:42 AM

Ubuntu is Linux in easy mode, though games won't run as well as in Windows. I say you should definitely go for the learning experience.
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September 4, 2012 5:31:08 AM

koudou said:
......go for a LGA 1155 socket for future upgrading potential. .....


If I'm not wrong LGA 1155 end with Ivy bridge, Intel no future plans to support this socket for their new processor...

back to topic...

Are u really like the Razer parts? (they quite expensive)
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September 4, 2012 4:48:02 PM

rdc85 said:
If I'm not wrong LGA 1155 end with Ivy bridge, Intel no future plans to support this socket for their new processor...


Oh yes I know, but if he uses a i3, then he can foreseeably upgrade to an i5 later if he feels like upgrading. Isn't the AM3 socket a dead end for AMD as well?
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September 4, 2012 4:53:09 PM

koudou said:
Oh yes I know, but if he uses a i3, then he can foreseeably upgrade to an i5 later if he feels like upgrading. Isn't the AM3 socket a dead end for AMD as well?


AM3+ (not AM3) is expected to be supported at least through Steamroller (3rd-gen FX CPUs).
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September 4, 2012 8:51:04 PM

I don't plan on upgrading for another 2-3 years.
Intel seems too high for my budget.
Any suggestions other than Razer for a good performance and attractive mouse??
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September 4, 2012 9:03:20 PM

Build seems quite good for the money. The upgradeability concern is quite moot if you're planning to keep it for 2-3 years. Intel will surely have abandoned 1155 by then and in 3 years I'm sure AMD will have AM3+ too.

As for Ubuntu, it's a great OS and easy to use as well. It's not for gaming though. If you want to play new games you will need Windows. You can use Ubuntu and Windows in a dual boot configuration if interested, however.
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October 4, 2012 12:07:11 AM

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