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First time build - Need advice

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January 4, 2013 2:25:32 AM

Trying to build a computer and this is what I have. - SilverStone Precision Series PS06B-W Black Plastic & mesh front panel and 0.7mm steel body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - SAPPHIRE 100355OCL Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card OC Version - ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM - CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL - AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Any advice would be helpful. Thank you.

Edit -

Approximate Purchase Date - 1-2 weeks

Budget Range - 800$

System Usage from Most to Least Important - Gaming, Internet, Streaming

Are you buying a monitor - Not at the moment

Do you need to buy OS - Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts - Newegg

Parts Preferences - AMD

Overclocking - No

SLI or Crossfire - No

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading - I want a desktop

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January 4, 2013 2:33:50 AM

What's the budget here? I wouldn't touch that case with a 10 foot pole - Raidmax is one of the absolute worst brands you could go with. Most of everything else you have is decent - the FX-6300 is a better CPU than the 965 is for not too much more money. Then don't bother with value RAM - get something from G.Skill or Mushkin instead.
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January 6, 2013 3:49:53 AM

The 6300 is good. The 6100 and 4100 were the ones which sucked.
January 6, 2013 4:17:05 AM

So your saying the FX-6300 is definitely better then the Phenom?
January 6, 2013 4:27:58 AM

The FX-6300 is better than the Phenom yes.

You will find sentiment along the lines that the Bulldozer and Piledriver (the FX series) arhitectures failed compared to Intel, and TBH they kind of have. Bulldozer just didnt perform as well as Sandy at every price point. Piledriver has gained back some ground and the FX-6300 is better than its competitor the Core i3-3220, but it still fails to compete with Intel above the $200 mark.
Currently AMD processors are only recommended for those after multi-threaded performance and are on a budget. The FX-6300 vs Core i3 is the only place where an AMD processor is universally recommended.
January 6, 2013 6:35:51 AM

Enderfox said:
Decided on this case, - SilverStone Precision Series PS06B-W Black Plastic & mesh front panel and 0.7mm steel body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Also, I heard from some friends that the FX series kinda sucks. So... ?

Silverstone is a far, far better case manufacturer than Raidmax is. My HTPC is based around the Silverstone GD-05B so I can definitely vouch for it.

The FX series is pretty decent actually. Anything Bulldozer is horrible but Piledriver is actually a step in the right direction for AMD and I've used the FX-8350 so I can say it's a good CPU.
January 6, 2013 8:58:51 AM

All right I think I'm gonna go with the FX-6300.
Thank you all for your replies.