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January 10, 2013 7:34:06 PM

Hi,

I've decided to buy some computer parts and build my own gaming computer. I was wanting to know if you guys think that my build is okay, or if the parts can work together. This is my first build ever and i'm a noob. Please make recommendations if there is something better. My budget is $750, not one penny more. All of the parts I will buy will be from Newegg.

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2A1333C9:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That is my entire build.
Thanks,
nashlin29

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January 10, 2013 9:38:34 PM

Hi. Those part are compatible but your budget allows for a current gen GTX 660 2GB and you don't need a 750W PSU for a single graphics card setup. If you don't mind an Intel build that can't be overclocked, I suggest the one below. I chose a PSU with modular cabling and kept the case but you're free to make any changes that you prefer.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $729.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 18:35 EST-0500)
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January 10, 2013 11:05:46 PM

johnsonjohnson said:
Hi. Those part are compatible but your budget allows for a current gen GTX 660 2GB and you don't need a 750W PSU for a single graphics card setup. If you don't mind an Intel build that can't be overclocked, I suggest the one below. I chose a PSU with modular cabling and kept the case but you're free to make any changes that you prefer.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $729.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-10 18:35 EST-0500)
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January 10, 2013 11:15:01 PM

I'd go with johnsonjohnson's build. The 3470 will trounce the 4100. See this Tom's article for reference. Also, the 660 is going to outperform the 560TI. I'm not a big fan of Seagate drives (I never have luck with them). Personally, I would look for a WD Black or Samsung Spinpoint F3 (if you can still find one).
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January 11, 2013 8:44:43 PM

Thank you so much. This is a great improvement. You guys are the best!
Just out of curiosity, is there much difference between an ATX motherboard and a Micro ATX motherboard?
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January 17, 2013 12:09:47 AM

Alright, so my build is a bit more than what I have right now. Can I use my old hard drive from my current computer if I reformat it and reinstall windows 7 Ultimate on it? Can I also use my current computer's DVD RW drive for my new build?
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January 17, 2013 12:16:19 AM

I suggest this...

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $683.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 21:15 EST-0500)
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January 17, 2013 12:31:06 AM

You can re-use your hard drive and your DVD-RW if they are SATA, but not if they are IDE. You'd have to reinstall windows once it is in the new computer, you can't usually just move the hard drive from one computer to another and have windows continue working. If you are looking to save money, dropping to an i3-3220, Radeon 7850 1gb, and a cheaper power supply like the Corsair Builder 430 watt will give you still pretty good performance for less $$.
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January 30, 2013 12:07:46 AM

Best answer selected by nashlin29.
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