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December 3, 2012 2:40:50 AM

Hi all

i recently bought this PC off ebay for 590$

was it a good buy and worth my money?




AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

Kingston HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

Dynex 520-Watt ATX Power Supply dx-520wps

LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM (Red)

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z

Operation System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition.




I plan to do video editing, graphic design and some heavy to light gaming. (mostly MMO's, Planetside, Skyrim, BF3, all on 720p resolution)

Was this a build that would suit my needs?
did i waste my money?
what parts if any need upgrading?

Graphics card is a must i understand but would it suffice for high settings in the games listed?

I appreciate all help :) 

Also I have no spare cash to buy components (car payments and stuff eating up that Paycheck!), maybe after
Christmas.


Again PC was 590 Prebuilt.

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December 3, 2012 3:18:59 AM

James i5 said:
Hi all

i recently bought this PC off ebay for 590$

was it a good buy and worth my money?




AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

Kingston HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8

GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

LG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM

Dynex 520-Watt ATX Power Supply dx-520wps

LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM (Red)

Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z

Operation System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Edition.




I plan to do video editing, graphic design and some heavy to light gaming. (mostly MMO's, Planetside, Skyrim, BF3, all on 720p resolution)

Was this a build that would suit my needs?
did i waste my money?
what parts if any need upgrading?

Graphics card is a must i understand but would it suffice for high settings in the games listed?

I appreciate all help :) 

Also I have no spare cash to buy components (car payments and stuff eating up that Paycheck!), maybe after
Christmas.


Again PC was 590 Prebuilt.



No that is a good computer, you spent your money well
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December 3, 2012 3:19:52 AM

I don't know about high settings but you should get by with medium settings with the video card , I would be more concerned about the power supply not the wattage but the quality, sounds like something from bestbuy.
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December 3, 2012 3:56:27 AM

Yes and no.. You have a decent foundation, but I'd make a couple changes, if you only paid $590 for the whole rig, you won't be out too much.

Theres a couple "no no's":

Power supply, this is a major cause of concern. You basically have a no-name generic power supply. Unfortunately this is a common mistake first time builders make. They buy premium components and then use a cheap power supply to drive them. The power supply is easily the most important choice to make. Low quality power supplies can kill your CPU/Motherboard fast just from being defective and a quick overvoltage. OR, they can kill them slowly with their piss-poor voltage regulation.

I would suggest getting something like a Corsair TX650v2, yes they're expensive, but quality is the reason. A good power supply can easily last you 10 years, you can use it for a future build, and the Corsair TX series power supplies have a 5 year warranty.

The 5750 is a couple generations old, but it should be fine if you're playing 720p. Its not a great video card, even when it was new. If you find performance lacking, I'd suggest dealing with that.. AFTER, the power supply (you'll get tired of me saying this by the end of my post)

The case and lighting is kinda..... eh.. Honda Civic with a huge spoiler and underbody lights? LOL, but if you like it, thats all that matters.

Motherboard, if you have any aspirations to overclock that CPU (and yes, the FX series processors are known to be able to hit well over 4.0GHZ with an adequate cooler- and theres no reason not to), I would suggest a higher quality motherboard. That mobo is not the best for overclocking on, and ultimately the CPU is only as good as the board its sitting on.

A decent CPU cooler to overclock with would run you about $30.. I would suggest a CoolerMaster 212 Evo. Definitely resolve the power supply issue before attempting to overclock.

Keep those suggestions under your hat if you have some extra cash after x-mas.
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December 3, 2012 4:03:16 AM

Change the PSU and look into after-market cooling for the CPU, if neededm and you're sorted for 720p gaming.
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December 3, 2012 4:09:48 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qHtB

Closest I could get to your setup. I used an HD6750 in place of an HD5750 as the 5750 is more expensive than a 7750!!!! Basically, I tried to best represent what the builder likely had in it.
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December 3, 2012 4:58:11 AM

Thanks guys for input,


i didn't realize how important the PSU was so thatll be on my top change list after xmas
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December 3, 2012 5:01:21 AM

Best answer selected by James i5.
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December 3, 2012 6:02:56 AM

I would agree that Dynex PSU has to go. The PSU is one of the most important components. If you have the money I would go for a more up to date GPU and after market heatsink/fan as the stock fan can get quite loud. Other than that it looks good. The FX-8120 is really a good CPU despite what a lot of people say. I have a FX-8120 in my system and can tell you I can play every game there is at ultra/max at 1080p with no problems.

Change out the PSU and GPU and you will have a very good system.
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