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Looking to build my own PC, need some advice

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October 21, 2012 9:57:37 PM

Planning on building a non-flashy gaming PC using an old compaq presario Micro ATX case from 2004.

I stripped everything out of the case.
Before: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45290125/case.jpg
After: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45290125/case2.jpg


I got all the other components I need, but I need to find a good Micro ATX motherboard and CPU for the right price. I can only go up to around $200 or less.

I was thinking of an AMD FX-6100 for $120, and an ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX motherboard for $56.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-103-...
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Now I was wondering if there's any better motherboards I could get for the processor. Maybe with more than 2 Channels of memory, or more slots for anything else, but it's not that big of a problem.


Only other thing I noticed is that it looks like the screw slots on the case are in slightly different spots than the screw slots on the new ASRock motherboard.


Besides the motherboard, case, and processor, I have a 1GB BFG 9800 GT GPU, a 650 Watt Antec Earthwatts PSU, and a 320GB and 160GB hard drive. One is Sata 3, the other is ATA. I also have a handful of nice fans I could mount in the case.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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a c 435 V Motherboard
October 21, 2012 11:05:53 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

These two choices would be within your budget; not sure which cpu is faster. I just switched to sandy bridge i3 with these products but mine are used:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Amd should be better for it's onboard video if you don't have a separate video card.
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a c 239 V Motherboard
October 21, 2012 11:45:41 PM

Do you have some 1.5v. DDR3 ram?

For a total $200 budget, I would suggest a i3-3220 @$130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a ASRock B75M-DGS M-atx motherboard @$55.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a nice article on sub $200 gaming cpu's.
Because few games use more that 2-3 cores, the extra cores on the FX-6100 are not much help. The faster cores of intel win out in most games.
The i3-3220 is a ivy bridge cpu that is faster than the i3-21oo shown in the charts by about 15%.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...
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October 21, 2012 11:55:41 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Motherboards & Memory to section Systems by Proximon
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October 21, 2012 11:58:14 PM

Proximon said:
This topic has been moved from the section Motherboards & Memory to section Systems by Proximon



There we go, I was trying to find a place to put the thread actually Lol.
Didn't even see systems.
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October 22, 2012 1:58:04 AM

geofelt said:
Do you have some 1.5v. DDR3 ram?

For a total $200 budget, I would suggest a i3-3220 @$130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and a ASRock B75M-DGS M-atx motherboard @$55.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is a nice article on sub $200 gaming cpu's.
Because few games use more that 2-3 cores, the extra cores on the FX-6100 are not much help. The faster cores of intel win out in most games.
The i3-3220 is a ivy bridge cpu that is faster than the i3-21oo shown in the charts by about 15%.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...



Yes I have some of that ram. For now, I got 2x2GB sticks.


Well, now that you've shown me that, I may have to do a LOT more looking around.

Any chance you would know what the best possible Intel processor and compatible motherboard I could get for $200 or less?
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October 22, 2012 2:21:56 PM

If you shop in the US, check the newegg links above.
Or, if you are near a microcenter, they often have gret deals on cpu's

If you shop outside the us, give us a link to where you might shop.
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October 22, 2012 3:47:41 PM

I decided on just getting an FX 6200.

It has slightly better performance per core than the 6100.

It doesn't stray that far behind in frame rate according to those charts, and plus I get all the cores for standard programs (Like Sony Vegas video processing).

Plus, games will probably start being told to use more cores if possible within the near future, so I consider this an investment for the future.


Thanks for the help anyways though, now I know more to look for the next time I build a PC later this decade with a bigger budget.
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