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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-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
GSkill 8gb (2x4gb) RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
Asus HD7770 2gb GPU-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121642

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
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fix some parts :
cpu 4100 is old zambezi, get 4300 vishera architecture instead :) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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 apu...my 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 -_-

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