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December 1, 2012 11:26:30 PM

Hello! I wanted to build a Gaming PC to run games like Fallout, CS:GO, Cod 4, and Skyrim with ease on a 1366x768 monitor. I put together this build and I am ready to buy it but, I would like some second opinions on this build. Is everything compatible with one another? Also, I've had an extra copy of Windows XP Pro lying around for years. Rather than buying a new copy of Win 7, can I use XP and run this system just fine? Another thing, would I be able to overclock the cpu without getting an aftermarket fan with this setup?

CASE:
NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY:
Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GRAPHICS CARD:
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*Note* *I know this graphics card isn't the best but, when it starts to get outdated I'll upgrade to something much better*

MOBO:
MSI 760GM-P34(FX) AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD/ROM DRIVE:
SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




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December 1, 2012 11:36:09 PM

windows 7 would be best. xp should still work

no need for a GPU. the intergrated should do you fine. please overclock the CPU and intergrated GPU for more performance

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/quzO
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December 2, 2012 12:05:13 AM

TheBigTroll said:
windows 7 would be best. xp should still work

no need for a GPU. the intergrated should do you fine. please overclock the CPU and intergrated GPU for more performance

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/quzO


I don't want integrated though. I know I'd get better performance with an actual card especially when playing a game like Skyrim.
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December 2, 2012 12:10:57 AM

skyrim is more CPU dependent.

of course you can get better performance with a dedicated card but you would have to pay more

you could combine the intergrated with a 6670 later on and run hybrid crossfire.
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December 2, 2012 12:19:01 AM

I'd be up paying for the 6670 though. That was in my intended build.
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December 2, 2012 12:42:21 AM

a a10 5800k + 6670 would perform better and use half the power
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December 2, 2012 1:03:28 AM

You should go with TheBigTroll's build. It's better than the one you selected. You picked really cheap components. The motherboard was garbage.

Go with an APU with your budget, you get a good CPU and GPU in one die. The integrated is about as powerful as your 6670. You could probably drop down to 1866 or even 4GB of RAM and save some money. Is your Windows XP 64-bit? If not then you can't even use 4GB-8GB of RAM anyway.
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May 14, 2013 4:46:11 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($101.70 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $416.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 07:45 EDT-0400)

Managed an sub-400 inc. MIR :) 
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May 14, 2013 6:41:41 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($55.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec VSK-3000 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $398.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-14 09:41 EDT-0400)
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May 14, 2013 6:54:47 AM

Guys check the date on the OP, December 1st. I doubt he still needs help.
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