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Budget Upgrade

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January 20, 2013 5:12:22 AM

Hey tom's community,

I'm looking to upgrade my desktop with just a few parts, specifically the GPU, CPU, MOBO, and RAM and to do it with around $400. I've come up with these parts:
Asus M5A97-
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi-
GSkill 8gb (2x4gb) RAM-
Asus HD7770 2gb GPU-

Let me know what you guys think. E.g. will it work, is that the most cost effective option, etc.? I'm mainly looking to be able to handle some gaming on a 37" flatscreen and also do some streaming.

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January 20, 2013 5:21:00 AM

fix some parts :
cpu 4100 is old zambezi, get 4300 vishera architecture instead :)
and 7770 2gb is a waste, get normal 1GB version instead. only 7850 can utilize 2gb memory
January 20, 2013 5:22:55 AM

Awesome, thanks Radeon. I'll switch to the 7850 since its only $50 more.
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January 20, 2013 5:41:24 AM

Best answer selected by wabbit_season.
January 20, 2013 5:42:42 AM

wabbit_season said:
Awesome, thanks Radeon. I'll switch to the 7850 since its only $50 more.

Hi. For over $200 you might as well skip the HD 7850 2GB and get the HD 7870 or GTX 660 instead.
January 20, 2013 5:45:38 AM

^ make sure you pick the cheapest 7850 2GB or go with cheapest 7870 :) 
January 20, 2013 5:49:51 AM

+1 to radeons upgrades saweet.

January 20, 2013 6:19:44 AM

good :)  i see the feedback on newegg is 5/5 stars
January 20, 2013 6:23:32 AM

newegg reviews= government lies but yeah, the card looks good. to me newegg reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt and merit nothing. but atleast when u know theres alot of positive things going for a product be more persuated to buy it thinking there less known issues.

January 20, 2013 6:28:51 AM

^ LOL couldnt agree more

why so serious?
January 20, 2013 6:39:28 AM

why should they be taken with a grain of salt? im just curious, i also take them with a grain of salt.
January 20, 2013 6:50:06 AM

The 4100 is good but old The 4300 is better and more money Just for **** and Giggles have you consider a 5800 trinity and add a cpu later for crossfire? the 7850 seems a bit high on price but as I said for **** and giggles?
January 20, 2013 6:54:54 AM

not sure what you're getting at with having a 5800 and then saying to add another cpu later.
January 20, 2013 6:56:17 AM

nevermind, i just realized that trinity is an bad. i stand corrected.
January 20, 2013 4:26:55 PM

because im the joker ya see why so zerious? i only see clowns n balloons -_-