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September 21, 2012 3:51:35 PM

Hey guys, I'm going to build my own pc and I was just wondering if it will work fine with these settings.
I'm using it to be able to play the newest game with medium/high graphic qualities and a little bit for video editing.
I'm on a tight budget (€600-€700)



[HDD] Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM 500GB € 55,10
[DVD] LG GH24NS90 Black € 14,57
[Case] Antec One € 45
[CPU] AMD FX-8150 Watercooling Black Edition(8x 3.6ghz) € 234
[PSU] Corsair Builder CX500 V2(80% bronze) € 49,50
[RAM] Corsair Vengeance (2x4GB) € 36,05
[MOBO] Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 € 62,80
[GPU] XFX HD 6870 1024 MB DDR5 Dual Fan € 145,50
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Total cost +/- €650

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September 21, 2012 4:04:56 PM

Drop the FX-8150 for an FX-4100 or a Phenom II x4 and up the Radeon 6870 to a Radeon 7850. Unless you play BF3 MP, in which case you drop the FX-8150 to an FX-6100 or a Phenom II x6 and still get the Radeon 7850. Eight cores are wasteful in gaming considering very few games can use more than four cores (if even that many) and the very few that can are generally limited to six cores. The only time for gaming where the eight core FX CPUs are great is for the more adventurous people who are willing to put in the time and effort to configure the CPU properly with PSCheck and CPU/NB overclocking and if they want to, also CPU frequency overclocking. Considering that you want good video editing performance, maybe the FX-6100 would make more sense than the 4100, but the 8150 is still wasteful.
September 21, 2012 4:08:54 PM

id get CX600 over the CX500 just for more 'room.' only $10 more.
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September 21, 2012 4:24:03 PM

jingg1 said:
I see thanks , but what is the differnce between the corsair vengeance ram and the G.Skill ripjaws one?


There's no big difference between them as far as performance/reliability go.
September 21, 2012 4:24:22 PM

It's relatively cheaper and has about the same specs as your Corsair.
September 21, 2012 4:25:46 PM

As a fellow student gamer... STOP! You don't have time for this in university. Just kidding, sorta. The build looks good, but I'd lean towards the 965 over the 4100.
September 21, 2012 4:29:01 PM

stant1rm said:
As a fellow student gamer... STOP! You don't have time for this in university. Just kidding, sorta. The build looks good, but I'd lean towards the 965 over the 4100.


The 965 is a little faster, but the 4100 uses much less power than the 965 and generally has somewhat superior overclocking headroom because of that, especially at stock voltage. There's a good argument for either model.
September 21, 2012 4:34:00 PM

I replaced the FX-8150 Watercooling Black Edition with the FX-6200 Black edition
and the XFX HD 6870 with the XF HD 7870 Double Dissipation Black Edition.
Will this work out or will my psu fail ? :$
September 21, 2012 4:35:44 PM

jingg1 said:
I replaced the FX-8150 Watercooling Black Edition with the FX-6200 Black edition
and the XFX HD 6870 with the XF HD 7870 Double Dissipation Black Edition.
Will this work out or will my psu fail ? :$


You might want to go for the 600W as recommended earlier. The 500W can probably handle it just fine, but you'd be pushing it a little.
September 21, 2012 4:55:19 PM

jingg1 said:
I see thanks , but what is the differnce between the corsair vengeance ram and the G.Skill ripjaws one?

none hes just giving personal preference.
i use the corsair vengeance, its good.

get a 600w or more psu.

also as another fellow student gamer, good luck having time to enjoy it lol.
me, ~$1.5k build. can barely enjoy it.
September 21, 2012 4:57:06 PM

evan1715 said:
none hes just giving personal preference.
i use the corsair vengeance, its good.

get a 600w or more psu.

also as another fellow student gamer, good luck having time to enjoy it lol.
me, ~$1.5k build. can barely enjoy it.


Yup... stupid Biochem.
September 21, 2012 5:06:00 PM

evan1715 said:
none hes just giving personal preference.
i use the corsair vengeance, its good.

get a 600w or more psu.

also as another fellow student gamer, good luck having time to enjoy it lol.
me, ~$1.5k build. can barely enjoy it.




Damn... I miss the old times when we had lots of spare time xD
And thank you for all your help guys
September 21, 2012 5:22:08 PM

Just curious. I'm surprised no one thinks the i3 2120 would be better and not by a little bit...?

I feel weird bringing it up because i feel like I am missing something. But the i3 is less money and 2 tiers better than 8150.

September 21, 2012 5:29:22 PM

Surgeking said:
Just curious. I'm surprised no one thinks the i3 2120 would be better and not by a little bit...?

I feel weird bringing it up because i feel like I am missing something. But the i3 is less money and 2 tiers better than 8150.


It's junk for rendering and it's junk for well-threaded games. That's why we didn't bring it up. It also can't compete with a well-overclocked AMD CPU with four or more cores in gaming performance and water cooling greatly implies overclocking.
September 21, 2012 5:31:31 PM

You don't seem like an overclocker to me so that watercooler is just useless for you.And there are lots of other things you can improve to make your PC better.
Ill just make it easier for you and make you a PC.

This is a really really good PC and its value is pretty much unbeatable.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.97 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£178.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.14 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.25 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £613.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 18:24 BST+0100)

And this is its slightly upgraded version.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.97 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£58.26 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£187.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Inwin 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£56.44 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £696.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 18:31 BST+0100)
September 21, 2012 5:39:11 PM

Kamen_BG said:
You don't seem like an overclocker to me so that watercooler is just useless for you.And there are lots of other things you can improve to make your PC better.
Ill just make it easier for you and make you a PC.

This is a really really good PC and its value is pretty much unbeatable.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.97 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£178.39 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.14 @ Novatech)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£35.25 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £613.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 18:24 BST+0100)

And this is its slightly upgraded version.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.97 @ Dabs)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 2.0 Performer 81.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler (£58.26 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£71.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£31.99 @ Scan.co.uk)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£59.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£187.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case (£49.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Inwin 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£56.44 @ CCL Computers)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.95 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £696.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-21 18:31 BST+0100)


Why recommend K edition models if you say that OP doesn't seem like an overclocker?
September 23, 2012 12:10:23 AM

blazorthon said:
Why recommend K edition models if you say that OP doesn't seem like an overclocker?

right??
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