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How is my build? Is there anything I could improve?

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November 22, 2012 10:37:10 PM

I have a 430$ budget and here is my build so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oMKJ
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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Momentus 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $422.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 19:35 EST-0500)

Is there anything I could do to make it cheaper without losing speed? Is there any parts that you would change but keep it in the price range? Please post your suggestions, thanks.

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November 22, 2012 10:48:13 PM

usually you would use a 3.5 inch hard drive in a desk top computer .
The 2.5 will be slower and may have been designed for a laptop

Your case may have a mount for 2.5 inch drive . If it doesnt then velcro with the sticky backing can work well

I think you have done awesomely well to keep the price down
November 22, 2012 10:52:11 PM

Thanks for the reply. Would this build be just as good as the one I've listed above? The only thing I've changed was the CPU
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oSro
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Momentus 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $382.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 19:52 EST-0500)
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November 23, 2012 2:24:21 AM
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I would want the FX 6300 , but the phenom is capable and wont hold back a Radeon 7770 . Its also exceptional value .
November 23, 2012 6:14:05 AM

Best answer selected by sesbetr72.
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