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November 23, 2012 2:39:04 PM

I have little to no knowledge of how to build computers so I was hoping I could have builds recommended to me. I need everything besides a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Please try to show me the build on pcpartpicker.com through a link.




Approximate Purchase Date: Black Friday/Cyber Monday

Budget Range: 1000.00(before shipping) US$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, TigerDirect, any trusted US website

Location: USA, Baltimore, MD

Parts Preferences: What ever gets me the most power and is graphically pleasing

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe/I will be maybe 1 -2 years after


Additional Comments: I want to make sure what I get isn't going not bottleneck or run into any compatibility issues. Also, I want this gaming rig to play essentially any game you can throw at it from League of Legends, Diablo 3, Call of Duty, and other titles yet to be released. Please do not go over $1000.

More about : 1000 amd gaming rig

a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 3:35:59 PM

you can max those titles with a 7850, maybe even lower.
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 3:37:21 PM

This is an Intel build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $972.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 12:36 EST-0500)

but if you really want that AMD i am going to make another one
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a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 3:44:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $902.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 12:42 EST-0500)

since i think you can live quite a long time with a 256GB SSD that is all i will add, if you need more there is space. Also leaves room if you want to upgrade things.
November 23, 2012 3:46:05 PM

Intel would give more FPS no doubt.
November 23, 2012 3:46:58 PM

boulbox said:
This is an Intel build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $972.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 12:36 EST-0500)

but if you really want that AMD i am going to make another one


You forgot the monitor.
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 4:34:12 PM

ahh didnt see that he needed a monitor.

because he said he didnt need a monitor in his first sentence
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 5:06:12 PM

Here, try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $958.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 13:57 EST-0500)

At a $1000 budget, I wouldn't even look in AMD's general direction. Intel will give you more bang for the buck. Since you stated you didn't want to overclock, the i5 3470 would be a great start for this build....along side the Asrock H77 motherboard. Considering you said you didn't plan on overclocking, there's no reason to get a motherboard with the Z77 chipset.

I was able to squeeze in a 256gb SSD. This will greatly decrease load times.

As for everything else, they're solid choices. I included a 750w PSU if you plan on doing SLI/Crossfire in the future.

And I'm not sure why people are recommending Windows 8. It's a new operating system...meaning it is still in the buggy stage. I'd go with one of the most stable operating systems out there. It's mature, fast, and familiar...Windows 7 will get the job done with finesse.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
November 23, 2012 5:16:45 PM

if you're spending a grand, why not an intel box?
November 23, 2012 5:40:57 PM

Oh my apologies but I do need a monitor for this build and I need it to be no more than $1000. I'm not sure why it says I don't need one in the first sentence. Please could you guys adjust your builds to these needs, I'm so sorry about that. Also, if you guys think Intel would be better go for that instead and also I'm curious why as well.
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 5:46:12 PM

Because Intel, clock for clock, is more efficient/better/faster and you still have a good cpu upgrade path.
-Bruce
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 5:52:51 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.27 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $976.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 14:52 EST-0500)

here includes pretty much everything you need, does not let that much upgrading inside though
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 6:14:06 PM

The only way to afford an intel i5 would be to use a lower spec graphics card

And then ts going to game worse

FX 6300 $140
Asrock 970 Extreme4 $105
2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz Ram $38
Gigabyte 660 ti $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD $70
DVD $17
Antec ONE case $50
Power supply $65
ASUS 24 inch monitor $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
windows 8 64 bit OEM $80

Total $985

Much better gamer than the intel builds , includes a 24 inch monitor .
No SSD so loading times will be a little longer , but thats not a killer issue
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 7:04:01 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The only way to afford an intel i5 would be to use a lower spec graphics card

And then ts going to game worse

FX 6300 $140
Asrock 970 Extreme4 $105
2 x4 gig of 1600 MHz Ram $38
Gigabyte 660 ti $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD $70
DVD $17
Antec ONE case $50
Power supply $65
ASUS 24 inch monitor $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
windows 8 64 bit OEM $80

Total $985

Much better gamer than the intel builds , includes a 24 inch monitor .
No SSD so loading times will be a little longer , but thats not a killer issue


i would rather get a 7870 because it performs on par to a 660 Ti but it is a great build, would also lower ram into the $20 patriot because you have no after market heatsink. i much prefer a LED backlit because of the better color
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp
only 1" smaller and the price is lowered too

a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 7:09:00 PM

boulbox said:
i would rather get a 7870 because it performs on par to a 660 Ti


No it doesnt . The 660 ti performs marginally better than a 7950 in most games
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-ti-...

I agree that I'd rather have an LED backlit monitor , but the budget is looking tight anyway

There is almost enough in that $100 for a CM Hyper 212
November 23, 2012 7:14:57 PM

GTX 660 Ti is equal to the 7950 in performance, not the 7870.

November 23, 2012 7:30:06 PM

burntpizza said:
Other way around with the new driver. Pretty much a win for hd 7950 in every popular game.

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Catalyst_12.11_P...


In 2 out of 5 of those charts the 660 Ti is better. In the overall chart the 7950 is a staggering 1% faster than the 660 Ti. I'd call that pretty much equal. Get whichever is cheaper. You can't go wrong either way.
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 7:48:25 PM

660 Ti on the same tier as 7870

the Tom's link you posted are AMD old drivers
a b 4 Gaming
November 23, 2012 9:48:06 PM

I'd prefer the Radeon to the gtx , but the 660ti is a better deal than the 7950

So , my build suggestion with a 7870 and use the money you save to fit a 120 gig SSD
a b 4 Gaming
November 24, 2012 4:58:52 AM

Alright, here's my revised build including the monitor...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
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: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $937.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 01:55 EST-0500)

For the games you'll be playing, there's no need to drop $300 on a GPU. You can easily achieve max settings on those games you listed with the HD 7870....which is nearly $100 less than the gtx 660ti. I'd use this saved cash to buy a SSD. It will make your computer overall far more responsive.
a b 4 Gaming
November 24, 2012 5:13:11 AM

DeusAres said:
Alright, here's my revised build including the monitor...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
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: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: BenQ GW2250 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $937.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 01:55 EST-0500)

For the games you'll be playing, there's no need to drop $300 on a GPU. You can easily achieve max settings on those games you listed with the HD 7870....which is nearly $100 less than the gtx 660ti. I'd use this saved cash to buy a SSD. It will make your computer overall far more responsive.



motherboard lacks features . Cant crossfire or SLI , No internal header for front USB3 , worse audio

The monitor is small . The thing you spend all your gaming experience looking at is the monitor . 24 inch really is affordable . The OP should get one


The 750 watt psu is ridiculous overkill . It needs a 500 watt psu . To fit a more expensive model to a computer than cant crossfire or SLI is just wasted money
a b 4 Gaming
November 24, 2012 6:03:56 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $963.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 03:03 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
November 24, 2012 6:28:49 AM

boulbox said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Extreme 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $963.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 03:03 EST-0500)
This build is alright i guess.I would get this PSU though http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b 4 Gaming
November 24, 2012 2:22:53 PM

yea i just went with a 750W incase he wanted to CFX in the future
November 24, 2012 8:34:56 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($-0.01 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $578.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 17:32 EST-0500)

That leaves $421.16 for a monitor. I say go with this: a 39" Samsung 1080p LED TV (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+39%26%2334%3B+Cla...(38-5/8%26%2334%3B+Diag.)+-+LED+-+1080p+-+60Hz+-+HDTV/5772861.p?id=1218694832279&skuId=5772861&st=Thanksgiving_Day_Sale_2012_Televisions_70411&cp=1&lp=14)
November 24, 2012 9:18:37 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 180GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($127.28 @ TigerDirect)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($-0.01 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($77.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $578.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-24 17:32 EST-0500)

That leaves $421.16 for a monitor. I say go with this: a 39" Samsung 1080p LED TV (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+39%26%2334%3B+Cla...(38-5/8%26%2334%3B+Diag.)+-+LED+-+1080p+-+60Hz+-+HDTV/5772861.p?id=1218694832279&skuId=5772861&st=Thanksgiving_Day_Sale_2012_Televisions_70411&cp=1&lp=14)


I suggest a 6300 instead of a 4170
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2012 2:31:48 AM

Outlander_04 said:
motherboard lacks features . Cant crossfire or SLI , No internal header for front USB3 , worse audio

The monitor is small . The thing you spend all your gaming experience looking at is the monitor . 24 inch really is affordable . The OP should get one


The 750 watt psu is ridiculous overkill . It needs a 500 watt psu . To fit a more expensive model to a computer than cant crossfire or SLI is just wasted money

Replace the motherboard with this one...

MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Problem solved and that's all that needed to be said. No need for the dry criticism.

As for the monitor, perhaps the OP prefers 21.5". It's up to him; it's a mere suggestion. For $100, that's a hell of a monitor. If he wants more suggestions, he's more than welcome to ask.

ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AOC E2460SWD Black 24" 5ms Widescreen LED Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2012 3:29:15 AM

DeusAres said:
Replace the motherboard with this one...

MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Problem solved and that's all that needed to be said. No need for the dry criticism.




That s an interesting new motherboard from MSI . Hopefully they have fixed the problem of the VRM's overheating and burning out that occurred with the 970A-G45
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2012 4:36:51 AM

Here's one more suggestion...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $949.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-26 01:26 EST-0500)

This one does away with the mechanical HDD entirely and gives you 256gb of SSD storage. If you feel that'll be enough storage for now, this would be a great way to go. This will help maximize performance whilst keeping costs down. You can always add a storage drive later once you obtain the funds.

I also dropped the PSU down to 550w. This will limit you're ability to do Crossfire in the future. However, to be honest, it's not worth it. You could easily sell that HD 7870 for about $150 within the next year. Then all you would have needed to save is around $200 for a top notch card. Two way crossfire only introduces problems such as microstuttering. You'd be better off to just go with a single card solution.

If it suits your tastes, I also switched out the monitor for something a bit better.
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2012 4:54:37 AM

did you read the feedback on newegg?

"I ordered this just last week. Right after I got it I read the manual thoroughly. I put it in my case and tested it out. After hooking everything up meticulously I turned it on. The fans started going, and a few seconds later it was on fire. Right at the top of the board, above the CPU socket. I unplugged the power supply and checked out the damage. That whole area of the board is charred. "


Some people with VRM problems still . There may be a reason the board is so cheap
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2012 5:01:15 AM

He might be right i tend to find any mobo i ever bought under $100 was garbage
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2012 9:21:09 PM

Outlander_04 said:
did you read the feedback on newegg?

"I ordered this just last week. Right after I got it I read the manual thoroughly. I put it in my case and tested it out. After hooking everything up meticulously I turned it on. The fans started going, and a few seconds later it was on fire. Right at the top of the board, above the CPU socket. I unplugged the power supply and checked out the damage. That whole area of the board is charred. "


Some people with VRM problems still . There may be a reason the board is so cheap

Putting all your faith in one biased customer review?

The chances of that happening to the OP are very slim. If it does happen, he can send the board back for a replacement or a full refund.
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2012 9:45:30 PM

DeusAres said:
Putting all your faith in one biased customer review?

The chances of that happening to the OP are very slim. If it does happen, he can send the board back for a replacement or a full refund.



There is a higher percentage of one and two egg reviews than you usually see .

That was not the only one egg review that reported failed VRM's . And this has been a problem with other similar MSI motherboards . There must be a reason theyre selling them so cheaply .
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