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September 30, 2012 5:05:59 AM

I have never built a computer so this is my first time. I enlisted the help of a friend who helped all his friends build a PC but he was sort of just telling me what to get and i just want to make sure everything is compatible.

Approximate Purchase Date: June 1st, 2013 (Deadline) BUT, I might start buying everything piece by piece within 2 weeks.
Budget Range: 420 and below with shipping.
System usage from most to least important: Gaming, Surfing the web, video editing.

I have the monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers and OS.

My location is, Sacramento California.

No overclocking
Sli or Crossfire: Don't care.

My monitor resolution is: 1440 x 900

I hope this computer build can handle some gaming, I don't wish to play anything on Ultra or High settings but i do plan on playing: Guild Wars 2. World of tanks. Total War Games (Shogun 2, Empire) and maybe BF3

Graphics Card. Galaxy Geforce GTX 550 TI
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AMD 760G I think its Socket Am3+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard drive: Toshiba 500 GB 7200 RPM 3.5" Sata
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 RC-371-KKn1 ATX Mid Tower Case.
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

DVD/CD Burner/reader: LG GH24NS90B Internal 24X DVD Write
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 Quad Core 3.00 GHZ SOCKET am3 with fan
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM: 2 Crucial Ballistix BLE4G3D1608DE1TX0 4GB Memory Module DDR3
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

My friend will ship me a power supply and he says its either 600 or 650 he doesn't quite remember.

Thank you for your time and i know this is a long post and i'm not quite sure if i posted it in the right category
September 30, 2012 5:25:53 AM

Yes everything is compatible. The prices will change by june so you should post closer to when you plan on buying. I wouldn't recommend getting a gtx 550 ti at least get a hd 7770 but there might be a better option by june. Just post this question in late may.
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September 30, 2012 5:34:16 AM

strife_ff7 said:
Yes everything is compatible. The prices will change by june so you should post closer to when you plan on buying. I wouldn't recommend getting a gtx 550 ti at least get a hd 7770 but there might be a better option by june. Just post this question in late may.


How well do you think this would do gaming?
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September 30, 2012 5:48:20 AM

Not very well :(  The 550 ti is pretty weak. It would do much better with a hd 7770. You would probably be able to play all those game on high settings at 1440x900.
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September 30, 2012 3:52:56 PM

strife_ff7 said:
Not very well :(  The 550 ti is pretty weak. It would do much better with a hd 7770. You would probably be able to play all those game on high settings at 1440x900.



Alright so a change of graphics card is in need. But overall how do you think this build is for what i am trying to use it for (mainly gaming)?
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September 30, 2012 11:07:42 PM

You should get this ram g.skill ares 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You will have to pay tax on it but that will only make it about $40. Also you shouldn't get that hard drive get this one its better and only $2 more wd blue http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
The 8gb of ram will help with editing. The build will perform pretty good at 1440x900 on med-high settings should get like 40-60 fps on most new games.
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October 1, 2012 12:45:13 AM

strife_ff7 said:
You should get this ram g.skill ares 8gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You will have to pay tax on it but that will only make it about $40. Also you shouldn't get that hard drive get this one its better and only $2 more wd blue http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
The 8gb of ram will help with editing. The build will perform pretty good at 1440x900 on med-high settings should get like 40-60 fps on most new games.



Thanks for the help. Would you mind in the near future if i sent you private messages regarding parts and such?

As for ram should i get the one you mentioned or two of these for 40.73
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And im not quite sure on the compatibility of the new ram i picked from Newegg
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October 1, 2012 3:08:40 AM

noobie121 said:
Thanks for the help. Would you mind in the near future if i sent you private messages regarding parts and such?

As for ram should i get the one you mentioned or two of these for 40.73
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And im not quite sure on the compatibility of the new ram i picked from Newegg


Sure you can message me. You should get the g.skill ares or this g.skill ripjaws x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 1, 2012 8:41:45 AM

Sacramento! Nice. That's where I'm from.

I actually would also recommend the 7770 over the 550Ti. Its faster and uses less power.

I also wouldn't recommend that CPU either, since there are newer ones that out-perform it.
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October 1, 2012 2:46:26 PM

Deemo13 said:
Sacramento! Nice. That's where I'm from.

I actually would also recommend the 7770 over the 550Ti. Its faster and uses less power.

I also wouldn't recommend that CPU either, since there are newer ones that out-perform it.


I only have a limited budget and that quad core AM3 is the cheapest one with a fan that i have found.
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October 1, 2012 10:57:50 PM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

The reason I like these Intel parts is because they are just flat out faster. You could argue that the Athlon has 4 cores. But its old.

The 4-cylinder motor in my 2010 Mazda puts out more power than my friend's Camry V6. Older technology is not as efficient and not as quick.

Its also cheaper.

I would recommend shelling the cash for the 7770, as it is quicker than the 7750 by far. With the Pentium I listed you should be able to save a little bit of cash.

If you REALLY wanted AMD, then that is not the one to go with. Its old and slow. The only processor I would vaguely recommend right now is the Phenom II X4 955, and those are becoming hard to find.
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October 1, 2012 11:46:37 PM

Deemo13 said:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

The reason I like these Intel parts is because they are just flat out faster. You could argue that the Athlon has 4 cores. But its old.

The 4-cylinder motor in my 2010 Mazda puts out more power than my friend's Camry V6. Older technology is not as efficient and not as quick.

Its also cheaper.

I would recommend shelling the cash for the 7770, as it is quicker than the 7750 by far. With the Pentium I listed you should be able to save a little bit of cash.

If you REALLY wanted AMD, then that is not the one to go with. Its old and slow. The only processor I would vaguely recommend right now is the Phenom II X4 955, and those are becoming hard to find.



If i stick with my first build listed above but got the HD 7770 how well would it do gaming wise? What newer games could i run on decent settings?
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October 1, 2012 11:50:00 PM

They would run games fine.

Personally I think the newer architecture of the Pentiums is better, but its a preference thing.
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October 2, 2012 12:13:17 AM

Deemo13 said:
They would run games fine.

Personally I think the newer architecture of the Pentiums is better, but its a preference thing.


How well do you think it would run BF3, and some of the Total War games? World Of tanks and Guild Wars 2?
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October 2, 2012 12:28:22 AM

Both will run it well.
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October 2, 2012 12:31:39 AM

Deemo13 said:
Both will run it well.


Ok. I guess now i'll wait for rebates and deals and such and hopefully i'll have a decent build.
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October 2, 2012 12:34:39 AM

Hope you get something great!
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October 3, 2012 3:00:41 AM

Yea should run it fine.
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October 4, 2012 2:39:56 AM

Deemo13 said:
Yea should run it fine.


I have a couple questions. For fans how would i set specific ones to intake and exhaust? Or do i just kind of for ex if one is doing intake i just flip it over and drill it back in and it'll do exhaust? Also, are PC fans auto controlled? I don't want them on full blast all the time for no reason. Idk how many fans my selected motherboard can use considering i also have to plug in all the other necessary things.
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October 4, 2012 6:18:45 AM

Fans operate one way only. Intake should be from the bottom front to the top rear.

You can get a fan controller, but usually if you have good fans it doesnt matter.
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October 4, 2012 2:39:47 PM

Deemo13 said:
Fans operate one way only. Intake should be from the bottom front to the top rear.

You can get a fan controller, but usually if you have good fans it doesnt matter.


So i can't just spin it around and mount it that way? Would my motherboard adjust fan speed according to heat?
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October 4, 2012 8:55:09 PM

Yes fans only go one way, so you can turn it around to go the other way.

And I don't understand why you wouldn't have the fans just going at whatever speed. Unless they're annoyingly loud, then controlling the fans isnt really necessary.
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October 5, 2012 12:06:22 AM

Deemo13 said:
Yes fans only go one way, so you can turn it around to go the other way.

And I don't understand why you wouldn't have the fans just going at whatever speed. Unless they're annoyingly loud, then controlling the fans isnt really necessary.


Yeah, if they aren't annoyingly loud then i don't mind.
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October 6, 2012 8:13:33 AM

Some are and some aren't. Its kind of a hit and miss.
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October 7, 2012 6:55:50 PM

Deemo13 said:
Some are and some aren't. Its kind of a hit and miss.



Hey theres a motherboard on rebate but i can't tell which one is better

The Gigabyte (rebate) for 44.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Or the ASUS for 59.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I'm not sure if the Gigabyte would be compatible with all my selected parts and apparently its only compatible with 95w CPU and i don't know if the one i have picked is.
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