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My first PC build - Compatibility + mid range?

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September 18, 2012 1:25:39 PM

Hi guys,

I have started studding IT at college and have got to grips with hardware of PC's and internal components. I decided it would be a great opportunity to build a mid range PC with money from my part time job. After ordering all my components I am not sure if I have picked the correct components and if they are compatible. (I'm worrying) << I know its sad but I do. If you could help me that would be great.

Processor =


Mobo =

Graphics card = (This is one I am not sure if I spent enough on it)


Case =

CD drive =


Any feedback would be great. Thanks $700 was spent
September 18, 2012 1:32:18 PM

Bulldozer was a bad choice.
September 18, 2012 1:34:09 PM

Oh, would you mind being a little more helpful and explaining to a rookie like myself why that is?
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September 18, 2012 1:37:23 PM

The i3 3220 performs better than the FX-4100. (who knew a dual core would be faster than a quad core :lol: ) Those bulldozers are also very slow in terms of core by core performance. The 550Ti is also one of those entry-level GPUs. It will play games on 1080p at medium with some settings turned down though.
September 18, 2012 1:40:30 PM

Ah alright, thanks for letting me know (Helps me a lot more than just saying its bad). Would you stay away from any AMD period? as they are better for my budget or is it just the Bulldozer?
September 18, 2012 1:57:44 PM

Would anyone be able to take a quick look and see if all the components are compatible? as this would be a real shame if they where not. (I tried my best and think they are but i'm only a rookie and might have missed something!)
September 18, 2012 2:07:07 PM

You've not specified the uses to which you'll put this PC. As an exercise in compatibility, you're fine. All those parts will work together.
That said, there's no polite way to say "Bulldozer sucks;" it just does. The prior generation's Phenom II outperforms it in many cases, especially the FX-4xxx.
Your PSU is more powerful than you need. Even 500W would provide a comfortable margin.
September 18, 2012 2:12:22 PM

hellohappy22 said: they are better for my budget or is it just the Bulldozer?

Recent articles and benchmarks have shown that at least as far as games are concerned, there is no longer any price point at which Intel does not outperform AMD. Only in some very well-threaded applications are AMD Phenom II processors competitive with similarly priced Pentiums and i3's.
Also, with even some H61-chipset boards having USB3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, AMD motherboards have lost their chipset edge as well.
Once again though, it depends on the purposes for which you built this system. You should be able to play any of today's games; you just won't be able to run with high settings on some of the more demanding titles. Fortunately, and as you may have noticed, even medium settings look pretty good on more advanced games.

September 18, 2012 2:12:24 PM

Thanks for the feedback, It seems that many people dislike the Bulldozer, Like I say I am not looking to play superdupa games. Possibly WoW and CoD 4 that's about it. I take it would be fine for games such as this?

September 18, 2012 2:16:41 PM

So the only 3 resons I wanted to build the PC was.

1. Experince
2. Stream to my TV
and 3. To play WoW and CoD4 aslong as these 3 points work im a happy bunny. (;
September 18, 2012 3:12:37 PM

A PhenomII 955BE costs the same as your BD and will work fine. There are 965BEs for £73.40 and that should work just dandy, too.

You likely will not need a 600w power supply unless you plan on purchasing a much more powerful video card.

For gaming, an HD7770 or even an HD6870 around £125 would give you better play.

Otherwise, you are good --- that Asus motherboard is a good buy.

September 19, 2012 7:44:33 AM

Thanks for that buddy, I think ill stick with this build for a year or so and when I have some more money I would be able to update and have a better knowledge and experience!
September 19, 2012 9:08:03 AM

hellohappy22 said:
Ah alright, thanks for letting me know (Helps me a lot more than just saying its bad). Would you stay away from any AMD period? as they are better for my budget or is it just the Bulldozer?

I would google the benchmarks on any processor I was giving consideration to purchasing. It always helps to see the benchmarks.
September 19, 2012 10:05:10 AM

Intel processors notably outperform AMD CPUs in WoW. As a MMO, WoW is relatively more CPU dependent than a typical shooter.