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First time builder here, what do you think of my possible cheap build?

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December 4, 2012 9:24:08 PM
December 4, 2012 9:39:09 PM

that looks good, but im a bit new to this type of stuff to. i like your CPU, RAM, and hard drive. i would not choose a GIGABYTE mobo, but thats personal preference. i recommend an ASRock or something. i dont really know much about GPUs but i am pretty sure that is a decent one.

you dont have a PSU listed, what are your thoughts on that?
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December 4, 2012 9:47:18 PM

gommer556 said:
that looks good, but im a bit new to this type of stuff to. i like your CPU, RAM, and hard drive. i would not choose a GIGABYTE mobo, but thats personal preference. i recommend an ASRock or something. i dont really know much about GPUs but i am pretty sure that is a decent one.

you dont have a PSU listed, what are your thoughts on that?

What's wrong with Gigabyte motherboards? They are great.
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December 4, 2012 9:51:00 PM
December 4, 2012 9:51:40 PM

gommer556 said:
that looks good, but im a bit new to this type of stuff to. i like your CPU, RAM, and hard drive. i would not choose a GIGABYTE mobo, but thats personal preference. i recommend an ASRock or something. i dont really know much about GPUs but i am pretty sure that is a decent one.

you dont have a PSU listed, what are your thoughts on that?
It has one :lol: 

Here's the link in case it isn't showing up

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December 4, 2012 10:02:53 PM

It is OK.
You have properly spent your budget more on the graphics card than the cpu.
The 7870 is a fine card. It is somewhat comparable to a GTX660ti if you prefer Nvidia.

The X4-955 was a nice cpu in it's day, but for gaming, the faster cores of Intel are preferred at most price points.
Most games will use 1-2 cores.
Read this article on <$200 gaming cpu's.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

I think I would use a G870 for $89,
Or better yet a ivy bridge i3-3220 for $120:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Add an inexpensive B75 motherboard for $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you live near a microcenter, they have great deals on cpu's if you can walk in.

You should be able to fine a quality case for <$50 such as the Antec 100.

Can you fit a SSD into your budget? It will make everything feel so much faster.
A 120gb Intel 330 or samsung 830 for <$100 would be good.
That will hold the os and half a dozen games. You could defer the hard drive and add one later.
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December 4, 2012 10:13:59 PM

geofelt said:
It is OK.
You have properly spent your budget more on the graphics card than the cpu.
The 7870 is a fine card. It is somewhat comparable to a GTX660ti if you prefer Nvidia.

The X4-955 was a nice cpu in it's day, but for gaming, the faster cores of Intel are preferred at most price points.
Most games will use 1-2 cores.
Read this article on <$200 gaming cpu's.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

I think I would use a G870 for $89,
Or better yet a ivy bridge i3-3220 for $120:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Add an inexpensive B75 motherboard for $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you live near a microcenter, they have great deals on cpu's if you can walk in.

You should be able to fine a quality case for <$50 such as the Antec 100.

Can you fit a SSD into your budget? It will make everything feel so much faster.
A 120gb Intel 330 or samsung 830 for <$100 would be good.
That will hold the os and half a dozen games. You could defer the hard drive and add one later.

Thanks for the help, out of the three gpus here which would you reccomend?
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December 4, 2012 10:26:51 PM

Tracheal said:
Thanks for the help, out of the three gpus here which would you reccomend?


Take your pick.
From a performance point of view, they are essentially the same.
Check out the support forums for each.
If you should ever have a problem, you want a vendor with good support.
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December 5, 2012 6:04:56 PM

Tracheal said:
I'm liking the msi one, thanks!

The MSI one is really good, Twin Frozr cards are excellent.
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