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First Desktop Build- ADVICE Please!

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October 29, 2012 9:55:22 PM

Hello,

This is my first time building a desktop and I would appreciate some guidance. This is what I think will work

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS
http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil...

AMD FX 6100 6-Core Processor, 3.3 6 Socket AM3+
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-6100-6-Core-Processor-Socket/...

Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GA-970A-DS3-AM3-SATA-Mot...

Corsair Vengeance 8 GB
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor...

EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Mini-HDMI-Graphics-0...

Western Digital 1 TB WD
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-Dri...

Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA DVD
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-AD-7280S-0B-Internal-Drive-B...

Cooler Master Elite 430 Case
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-430-RC-430-KW...

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS50...

2- Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-SickleFlow-Computer...

I would like to use this for occasional gaming- I typically play Diablo 3, SCII, and Dota 2. I know they do not require the higher spec hardware devices, but I would like to play them on high settings with ease. Looking around the $400-$700 price range so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, am I missing anything for a complete desktop build....is everything I listed compatible? Thanks a lot.

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October 29, 2012 10:05:04 PM

Please for the love of god don't get the 550ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get this one instead.
Also you might want to get this cpu if possible
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the four cores of the new amd cpu's are outperforming the 8cores of its predecessor.
I am not telling you to switch cpu's either, it's just something to consider. Also a consideration is the phenom ii 965 be. It is a better gaming cpu and I don't know what you would need six cores for to be honest.
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October 29, 2012 10:16:07 PM

lt_dan_zsu said:
Please for the love of god don't get the 550ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get this one instead.


Yes - horrible GPU. I also wouldn't get the FX-6100 either. Also don't get Vengeance RAM unless it's low profile, Cooler Master PSUs are horrendously unreliable, and you don't need the extra fans.

For $700 here's what you should get:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $731.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 29, 2012 10:40:04 PM

Nice build. If you can't spare the extra $30 then get 4gb ram instead I would say.
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October 29, 2012 10:47:44 PM

lt_dan_zsu said:
Nice build. If you can't spare the extra $30 then get 4gb ram instead I would say.


That really wouldn't make much of a difference in the build. If you really wanted to, use the i3-3220 as your CPU instead, or go to the A10-5800K, that would put a huge dent in the budget.
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October 29, 2012 10:49:42 PM

It would take $20 off and do nothing to performance. I was saying because some people refuse to spend $1 over budget.
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October 30, 2012 2:05:05 AM

Thanks- I will go with the FX4300 and the Saphire graphics card.
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October 30, 2012 3:58:16 PM

Tron303 said:
Thanks- I will go with the FX4300 and the Saphire graphics card.


No - go with an i3 over an FX-4300. It will be a much better CPU in the long run.

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It would take $20 off and do nothing to performance. I was saying because some people refuse to spend $1 over budget.


Yeah but getting less RAM isn't the way to go. There's other areas where I would save money before that.
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October 30, 2012 9:40:15 PM

There wasn't that much to save on besides that also, what wrong with the 4300? From what I have heard it is outperforming the 8 cores from bulldozer, and even if it is not much better if any better at all at games than an i3, it still will do everything else better. Also tomshardware pitted the 4170 and i3 3220 against each other, and the i3 only won in gaming by like 7%
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