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October 28, 2012 10:16:35 PM

I have not yet build the computer but so far I have these parts picked out:

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
MOBO: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Wifi Card: Rosewill RNX-N250PC2 (RNWD-12001) IEEE 802.11b/g/n, PCI, Wireless-N Adapter (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data
GPU: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
Extra Fans for cooling: Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan
CPU:AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX
Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


First This totals around 635$. My max budget is 725$ around. I was thinking of upgrading the 7770 to a Superclocked MSI 7850. Do you think it is worth the money? My other option is switching out the FX 4170 for a 4300 and getting a better case. Also my mobo states it has like 3 chassis fan connectors or something like that. My case has 5 fans with the extra 2 I will buy so will I be able to connect all the fans? or do I have to just stay with the three that came w/ case. Is there any other uses of the last 100$ you guys can think of? Thanks.

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October 28, 2012 10:36:43 PM

speakerman9529 said:
I have not yet build the computer but so far I have these parts picked out:

Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
MOBO: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Wifi Card: Rosewill RNX-N250PC2 (RNWD-12001) IEEE 802.11b/g/n, PCI, Wireless-N Adapter (2T2R) Up to 300Mbps Data
GPU: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-550-PCAR-E3 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10D-16GBXL
Extra Fans for cooling: Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan
CPU:AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX
Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM


First This totals around 635$. My max budget is 725$ around. I was thinking of upgrading the 7770 to a Superclocked MSI 7850. Do you think it is worth the money? My other option is switching out the FX 4170 for a 4300 and getting a better case. Also my mobo states it has like 3 chassis fan connectors or something like that. My case has 5 fans with the extra 2 I will buy so will I be able to connect all the fans? or do I have to just stay with the three that came w/ case. Is there any other uses of the last 100$ you guys can think of? Thanks.


The 4300 IS better, and the 7850 is definitely worth it!
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October 28, 2012 10:54:07 PM

CaptainTom said:
The 4300 IS better, and the 7850 is definitely worth it!


I can only do one upgrade either the FX 4170 to the FX 4300 or the 7770 to a 7850. I will use this mostly for gaming so idk which one to do... Also any benchmarks on the 4300??
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October 28, 2012 11:02:32 PM

You could do better honestly. Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
For around the same price, although you don't get the adapter or the large amounts of ram, you get a better CPU (Much better in fact), a MUCH BETTER 7870, a better motherboard and a better more reliable PSU.

You should note that NO ONE, needs 16GB as of late, 8GB is perfectly fine and if you want more you can always add later.
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October 28, 2012 11:06:35 PM

Hmmm. True your build looks nice but I am looking around at Amazon and Newegg. and I can't find 7870's for 230$ or FX 4300 for that price.... :(  If only I could then it is a better build
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October 28, 2012 11:29:51 PM

Well It stated the XFX in the website that comes with a custom heatsink. I was referring to that price.
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October 28, 2012 11:32:27 PM

Alright Im looking into it right now, Thanks for the info.
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October 28, 2012 11:36:57 PM

speakerman9529 said:
I can only do one upgrade either the FX 4170 to the FX 4300 or the 7770 to a 7850. I will use this mostly for gaming so idk which one to do... Also any benchmarks on the 4300??


Then I suggest you get a Phenom II x4 and a 7850 2gb, or a 7870 (Some are below $220).
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October 29, 2012 12:03:11 AM


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October 29, 2012 12:04:04 AM

Should a spend a little more money on the PSU or some extra fans for the case?
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October 29, 2012 12:39:27 AM

You don't need more fans... Your MB is still not so great specially for the price, you could get the FX-6300 So I don't get why you wouldn't push for it, your PSU is not very good for the price too, specially in reliability standpoint the older Extreme/GX series Cooler master PSUs sucked You could get a 500GB for that 250GB price.

I pretty much suggested you a build in my guide that could give you way more performance for a similar/lower price. I don't see why not go that route... Did you not check the link out at all?
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November 2, 2012 5:25:55 AM

Best answer selected by speakerman9529.
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