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First Time Self Build - Any Suggestions?

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October 11, 2012 6:54:23 PM

CPU: AMD A10-5800k

CPU Cooler: Cool Master Hyper 212 EVO

Mobo: Asus FM2 AMD A55

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB

HDD: Seagate Barracuda

SSD: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770

Case: Azza Solano

PSU: Seasonic 350W

Optical: Asus Black

Monitor: LG 22"

I'm trying to keep my price lower. Near $1000 hopefully. I came up with this build and wanted to know if I should swap out any parts for maybe something a little better or more cost effective. I'm not getting all the parts from one site. I used PCPartPicker.com so I could get lower prices. I thought about using Ubuntu for an OS. I heard it was good for gaming and that's going to be the main purpose of this rig. I'm going to try to get a Razer Lycosta keyboard, Abyssus Mouse, and the Corsair Vengeance 1500 Headset.

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October 11, 2012 7:10:07 PM

With respect, the only benefit to the AMD A10, is good on board graphics. If you have a seperate graphics card, that benefit is wasted. As a processor, the A10 is beaten hands down, by Ivybridge Intel, even i3.
Do you have any particular games, you want to play well. It's probably possible to put something, better, for your budget.
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October 11, 2012 7:12:09 PM

malbluff said:
With respect, the only benefit to the AMD A10, is good on board graphics. If you have a seperate graphics card, that benefit is wasted. As a processor, the A10 is beaten hands down, by Ivybridge Intel, even i3.
Do you have any particular games, you want to play well. It's probably possible to put something, better, for your budget.


Well I'm trying to play games like Guild Wars 2 on max, then I might get more games like Battlefield 3. I'm trying to get more into PC gaming. I've been a PS player for a long time.
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October 11, 2012 9:07:33 PM

What if I use the AMD FX-4170 and just change the mobo?
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October 11, 2012 9:45:43 PM

I'm not too good with overclocking. So I wasn't planning on doing it. I don't know much about it really. I can change everything else up, but I was hoping to find a very ventilated case that has plenty of fans so everything stays cool.
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October 11, 2012 10:17:59 PM

Given your budget, you're not forced to us AMD, for processor. The A10 isn't bad, for gaming, but totally useless, for anything else, like processing. Would suggest something along these lines, which would give outstanding performance, in games like BF3.

CPU: Intel i3-3220
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V LE
RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) CML 1600 MHz DDR3
HDD: WD Caviar Black 500GB SATAlll 7200rpm
Case: Corsair Carbide 300R Mid-tower ATX
PSU: PC Power&Cooling Silencer MKlll 500w Modular
Opt Dr: Any basic by Lite-On or LG
GPU: Asus GTX 660Ti

That lot should come to around $800, or just over, and will easilly run BF3 on Ultra @ 1080p. You could, if you want, go up to an i5-3570K, add an aftermarket cooler (like CoolerMaster Hyper 212Evo), up PSU to XFX 550w, and you can overclock.
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October 11, 2012 10:23:00 PM

PS: I forgot your monitor, but total still under $1000. GTX 660Ti good bit better, for BF3, at least, than HD 7950, although the Radeon is probably better value, over a wide range of games.
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October 11, 2012 10:29:27 PM

If I try to overclock is it worth it? This is my first build and I haven't overclocked or played on an overclocked system.
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October 11, 2012 10:44:05 PM

Well I'm adding in a mouse, keyboard, and headset. But other than that if I put an aftermarket cooler on that build you gave me jrgong can I overclock it?
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October 11, 2012 10:53:57 PM

You need i5-3570K, if you want to overclock, plus the cooler I suggested. Need to check you've got right PSU rating when decided on rest of build. You will need a Z77 mobo, if you want to overclock. The Asus P8Z77-V LK is decent one.
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October 11, 2012 11:33:15 PM

Well I think I'll use that build you gave me just before I posted that.
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October 12, 2012 12:55:58 AM

Well I think I finished up with the build.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/k3XX
^Final product
Thanks for your help. You'll probably see another post from me about ubuntu trying to learn it!
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October 12, 2012 12:56:16 AM

Best answer selected by Enady.
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