First build under 500.

Ok, i was recommended the build below earlier in the month and have decided to roll with it. I have bought the case so far and will continue purchasing everything else over the next month. Any further critque or advice before i continue purchasing would be awesome. The system will be used for casual gaming (LOTRO, DIABLO3, Witcher2, SKYRIM), movies, browsing, and a little bit of multitasking etc. Thanks for all the help guys.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kfMX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kfMX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kfMX/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $488.49

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
Note: Cost is $538 before rebates.
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  1. Can you try to get an SSD too? It will really really help your gaming performance, especially in games that read the HDD alot (mmorpg for example).

    Also you need a cooler for your CPU.
  2. If you don't plan to overclock, the stock cooler is fine. It keeps my 965BE at 45 degrees at 3.6 ghz under load.
  3. Any recommendations for a cheap SSD that i can look into?
  4. That will serve you extremely well. Can I suggest a XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler have a look. 19..99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233082&name=CPU-Fans-Heatsinks

    as good as a cooler master hyper 212 but 10 dollars cheaper.. just make sure you have a full sized case and that will be all the cooling that chip could ever require to get to 4ghz providing it is a good chip and the motherboard can hanle it (it can)
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $481.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  6. ScrewySqrl said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($74.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $481.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)



    The 7850 will blow the a10 5800k/6670 xfire out of the water... Bad... Realy bad...


    Anyways, stick with your build, OP, but you need at least a 500w psu for your 7850.
  7. bawchicawawa said:
    The 7850 will blow the a10 5800k/6670 xfire out of the water... Bad... Realy bad...


    Anyways, stick with your build, OP, but you need at least a 500w psu for your 7850.



    +1 Corssfire Trinity...SMH

    The CX 430 has some issues & is kind of weak on the 12V rail, bump up to a solid 450 or 500 Watt PSU and your build is good to go.
  8. Your build is solid as is, you don't need to swap a single part.

    There is no practical way to fit an ssd into the build without taking a *serious* game performance hit (unless you live near a microcenter)

    The CX 430 won't even break a sweat on your system. It has a *strong* 12v rail, esp for a 430w PSU. 32A 12v = 384w. You don't need any more PSU at all for your card.

    The 7850 uses 100 watts at absolute maximum. 125w for 965, and ~50w more for northbridge, etc. You still have 100w headroom on the rail.

    enjoy!
  9. quilciri is right, the 7850 uses 101W at peak 100% usage. Also the first version of the CX430's did have issues but the OP is getting the V2 (oversight on my part) which is a definite contender especially at that price. I got schooled.
  10. Thanks guys for all of the help! Very much appreciated.
  11. (wrong thread)
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