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$620 gaming desktop, is this one any good?

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September 24, 2012 1:00:36 PM

I'm trying to get the most out of my money, and I would like to know if this computer is worth it, or if there is something better.

Motherboard: AsRock 880GM –LE FX. 880 chipset, Socket AM3 , 6 SATA ports, gigabit LAN and HD audio

Processor: AMD FX-4100 CPU 6 core “Bulldozer” 3.6 GHz / 4.1 GHz turbo Socket AM3

Video card: Gigabyte Radeon HD7770 GHz Edition. OC to 100MHz. DirectX 11, 1GB DDR5, HDMI, VGA and DVI outputs

Power Supply: Corsair CX400 v2 500W PSU. 80 plus certified, active PFC, 5 SATA, 20 4 motherboard, 1 x PCI-E 6 2.

RAM Memory: Kingston Hyper-X 8GB DDR3-1600 (2 x 4GB)

Solid State Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD SATA 3, 500 MB/sec, 7.9 WEI score on SATA 3 systems

Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB HDD, SATA 2, 16MB cache

Samsung SH-S222B DVDRW DL: SATA DVD burner 22x DVD R, 22x DVD-R, 48x CD-R, 8xDVD RW DL

Case Fan: Rosewill RCA-120BL as exhaust. Blue Led lights, 120mm fan, 40CFM at 23 dBA


What do you guys think of this computer?
September 24, 2012 3:03:29 PM

The FX-4100 is a 4 core CPU, not 6, just FYI.

Your build would be considered a low to mid range system by many. Looks like a solid build that will play most games well at medium to medium/high settings as long as you keep the graphics settings reasonable.

What is the resolution of the monitor/display you intend to use?

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September 24, 2012 3:36:55 PM

I copied the specs off the ebay listing from a top rated seller, but good to know (the listing title said 4 but the spec sheet below said 6). For the monitor, I plan to use my 720p LCD TV, but I plan on buying a 1280p monitor after I get the computer. For games like Battlefield 3, Borderlands 2, and Skyrim, how high do you think I could get the settings to?

Is the price reasonable, or do you think I could find better for my budget?
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September 24, 2012 3:47:31 PM

its not bad, but you can do much better:

the following assumes you have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and operating system:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.39 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($176.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $611.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-24 11:47 EDT-0400)
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September 24, 2012 3:48:11 PM

Are you building this yourself or buying a built system? Arguably, you could do better.

Gaming at 720p, you should be able to play medium to high settings with your proposed rig. At 1080p, you should be able to play at medium to medium-high.

Your proposed system is fairly well balanced and should perform well for most games, in general.

So, what is your planned budget AND are you willing to build yourself? If so, I think members here can help you build a stronger system for less (or the same) money.

Note, if the eBay seller listed this a 6-core rig and in reality it is a 4-core rig, I would be very leery, in spite of the reviews, of the quality of this product.
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September 24, 2012 3:49:04 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
its not bad, but you can do much better:

the following assumes you have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and operating system:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($190.39 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($176.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $611.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-24 11:47 EDT-0400)

See what I mean. This is a nice build.
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September 24, 2012 4:49:12 PM

This is the exact listing, I thought this one was a top rated seller, but I guess not.

My budget is about $630, maybe $650 by pushing it a bit.

If I was to assemble it, then I can see being able to get it, but the only problem is that I am worried on screwing it up so I have been leaning towards the pre-built ones.

I have always been wanting to learn the hardware with computers, but I am not sure if this computer would be right to do that with; I could be over complicating things though.
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September 24, 2012 4:55:23 PM

If you really want a pre-built rig, then use a reseller like CyberPower. Here is their link:

http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/

While I am not a fan of theirs, if there is a problem with the PC, they will help to resolve it. You can also buy pre-built rigs from resellers like NewEgg:

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategor...

You can find some awesome bargains from time to time and NewEgg customer support is excellent.
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September 24, 2012 7:01:10 PM

If I was to build the PC, what would the quality on the parts be, and what that would make it a better computer than a pre built one while still being under budget? How much better could I get the GPU and CPU to be while still being compatible with everything else? (the compatibility is what I am worried for the most)
Then should I go with AMD or Intel for CPU? For the GPU, Nvidia or AMD?
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September 24, 2012 7:46:16 PM

Parts quality would be as good as (or better) that the eBayer offers. Try going to Partspicker.com and speccing a system there with your budget. Get some ideas and then come back here for advice.

You can do a lot with a $650 budget.

Be careful on the Nvidia vs. AMD CPU or GPU question. Folks have gone to war for lesser questions. Seriously though, it is up to you and your budget. Both have their pros and cons.
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September 24, 2012 7:48:51 PM

partspicker.com appears dead, just links to the GoDaddy page on buying the domain.
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September 25, 2012 1:25:10 AM

I wouldn't use a Diabolek PSU in anything. Find an Antec for the same amount. Also, you could drop the Noctua (great heatsink/fan BTW) and just use the OEM heatsink that comes with the CPU. You can always add one later. That way you can meet your budget.
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September 25, 2012 1:40:06 AM

Look's like that brings it down to around $610, $10 less than the computer I first asked about.

With this build, it should run the games that I want without any trouble? Would it be able to reach Ultra on a game like Skyrim?

Also, thanks for all the help.
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September 25, 2012 2:25:48 AM

Ultra? Not and keep high FPS, but certainly high settings. You would need to step up in class in the GPU (and cost) for that.
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September 25, 2012 2:30:07 AM

Ok then, that's alright. Right within my budget, so no complaints.

Looks like you have answered all my questions, and I will definitely be getting this.
Thanks.
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September 25, 2012 2:31:03 AM

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