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November 6, 2012 2:19:47 PM

I am new to building computers and was wondering if this build would do everything I needed it to do. Also, I would like to know if this is a decent build at all. This computer would be used strictly for gaming and I would like it to run things like Diablo 3, SWTOR, as well as any other demanding titles, and future titles. Keep in mind that this is a budget build but I am open to any recommendations as they are greatly appreciated.



Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 AMD 970/SB950 AM3+

CPU: AMD FX-6100

RAM: Crucial 4GB (DDR3 1333 Mhz)

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (1 Gb)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1Tb

Optical Drive: Lite-On Internal DVD writer

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700 Watt

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Also any recommendations regarding monitors would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all who respond for taking the time to answer this.


November 6, 2012 2:45:49 PM

I wouldn't recommend the 550Ti or the FX6100 for gaming. I would rather see you go for a FX6300 and the Radeon HD7770. The FX6100 isnt that great for gaming and neither is the 550Ti.

Also, you probably don't need 700W unless you plan to Corssfire in the future.
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November 6, 2012 9:11:53 PM

Could you elaborate more...I am a noob when it comes to all of this and I am trying learn. Why would the components you suggest be better than the ones I have chosen?
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November 6, 2012 9:15:11 PM

Mainly because they are just faster. The 550Ti is old, slow and uses alot of power compared to the newer and faster HD7770.

Also, the core architecture of the Bulldozer FX6100 is outdone by the newer and faster FX6300.

Also, do you plan on running more than 1 video card in the future?
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November 6, 2012 10:34:27 PM

Im not 100% sure on that all I do know is that I am using this build as my first ever build and I do plan on making upgrades to it as I get more money and as time goes on.
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November 6, 2012 10:41:15 PM

You might want to look into the Antec Earthwatts over the OCZ model you have listed. Just a thought.
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November 6, 2012 10:44:26 PM

Other than the 550 Ti and the FX6100 do you think everything else in this build will be good enough to run the latest and upcoming games?
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November 6, 2012 11:16:58 PM

Other than that sure. But the processor and GPU are the most important parts.
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