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October 10, 2012 2:52:52 PM

case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 ( might do sli not sure yet because i have no experience with it)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

500gb hdd from old PC and optical drive from old PC

Any thing that might improve my system would be great.


October 10, 2012 3:06:18 PM

What is the primary purpose for this PC?

If it is for mult threaded apps, then it is ok.

If it is for gaming, you can do much better.

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October 10, 2012 3:26:59 PM

yes it is mostly for gaming and can you please suggest ways i can improve this system please.
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October 10, 2012 3:48:54 PM

thanks ill check it out it looks really good thanks for the advise
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October 10, 2012 3:57:48 PM

chewbarney said:
yes it is mostly for gaming and can you please suggest ways i can improve this system please.


Spend your budget first on a great graphics card.
As a rule of thumb, budget twice the cost of the cpu for the graphics card.
If you are looking at a 3570K for $220, pair it with a $400 GTX670 or 7970.
If you are looking at a $300 7950 or GTX660ti class card, a $150 i3-3240 or i5-2310 would be appropriate.
And... there are NO high end AMD gaming cpu's that compete with Intel at any price point.

There is no need for a high priced enthusiast motherboard. Any Z77 based motherboard will do the job.
Do not exclude a smaller M-ATX or even ITX sized motherboard. They may be cheaper.
<$100 is not unreasonable.

The L10 case looks wonderful, but is expensive. Buy it if you value looks over performance.
For $50, you can buy a quality case that will perform equally well.
Look at Antec 100/200/300 cases.

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October 10, 2012 4:14:39 PM

chewbarney said:
case: Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition (VN10006W2N)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z AM3+ AMD 990FX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz Socket AM3+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 ( might do sli not sure yet because i have no experience with it)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

500gb hdd from old PC and optical drive from old PC

Any thing that might improve my system would be great.

You went over board on the case, no need for that RAM, and you skimped out on the gpu and cpu. I would look at a 3570K if you plan on over clocking, a 128GB SSD, a 750w psu, and a GTX 670.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <----- or better yet you can copy and paste this on here. It's the sticky at the top of this forum.
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October 10, 2012 5:50:44 PM

Best answer selected by chewbarney.
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