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January 20, 2013 9:26:45 PM

Okay, so this is my first time making a custom computer. My budget is $600-$800. I really just need to know what PSU I should get and if all the parts I have are compatible.

Case: NZXT Guardian 921 RB

http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921R...

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-M5A97-R2-0-SATA-Motherboard/...

Graphics Card: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 7850

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009LTUC90/ref=as_li_s...

Processor: AMD FX-8120 8-Core Black Edition

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005UBNKZG/ref=as_li_s...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=as_li_s...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CRSM4I/ref=as_li_s...

That's what I have. Someone in a review for the processor said the fan on the heatsink was very bad and very loud. Apparently you can't remove the fan so you have to buy an entire new heatsink.

New Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-212-RR-212E-2...

Also, I need a wireless connection. I found this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003X26PMO/ref=as_li_s...

But I don't know if I should get a network card or something instead. I want to use this PC for gaming. I play games like Skyrim, Far Cry 3, PlanetSide 2, and Guild Wars 2. I'd like to be able hit hit around 40+ FPS on maxed/very high settings. If it dips into the 30's occasionally that's fine. Any help is very much appreciated!

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January 20, 2013 9:38:45 PM

They're compatible but for gaming you want an i5 over an FX-8120. The 8120 isn't really a good CPU.

I would suggest something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 18:38 EST-0500)
January 20, 2013 9:49:53 PM

I like the case for the cosmetics, so it stays. Also, is there any specific reason for changing all that stuff? Is it performance or just personal preference? Also, the FX-8120 seems like the better choice because its only $150 at amazon and I thought it could achieve a higher GHz.
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January 20, 2013 9:51:53 PM

The i5 will best the 8120 everyday. As far as performance for money is concerned, go with G-units build for sure. Clock rate doesn't mean too much when comparing very different CPUs.
January 20, 2013 9:53:34 PM

Okay, thanks for the quick replies! Any idea how many frames it might get in say, Far Cry 3 at max settings?
January 20, 2013 9:54:30 PM

No don't get a 8120, bulldozer was a screw up. If u wanna get Amd get an fx 8350 or 8320
I don't feel like going Intel, their Lga 1155 has reached end of life. You would need to buy a new board and processor again in the future. Sure Intel is more powerful, but Amd is future proof.
January 20, 2013 9:55:55 PM

Your build probably wont get max settings, but will be playable on high settings. If you get the 7870 you will be able to max it.
January 20, 2013 11:09:14 PM

Okay. I'm planning on getting this for myself on my birthday this summer, it will still be best to date then right?
January 20, 2013 11:51:50 PM

(still need an answer to my above question)

How does this look? http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/#incompatibiliti...

The USB problem, will it still be able to fit in the case? And how many USB drives will I have left if it does fit? Or is there a motherboard that would work better?

Also, I need to be able to connect to the internet wireless, so what do I need to be able to do that?
January 21, 2013 2:05:16 AM

You will be fine with the USB ports. They are backwards compatible. For wireless, you will need a network card.

Looking at parts now is kind of useless because by summer new CPUs and probably GPUs will be out and prices of everything will be different.
January 21, 2013 1:20:24 PM

Oh, I wouldn't of thought that they would change very much. Thanks for all your help anyway!
January 21, 2013 3:30:21 PM

compgenie said:
No don't get a 8120, bulldozer was a screw up. If u wanna get Amd get an fx 8350 or 8320
I don't feel like going Intel, their Lga 1155 has reached end of life. You would need to buy a new board and processor again in the future. Sure Intel is more powerful, but Amd is future proof.


There is no such thing as future proofing. No matter what motherboard or CPU combo you decide to go with. AM3 is aging as well, so what if LGA 1155 is the end of the line, it's still far more powerful and a way better CPU at that. The numbers don't lie.
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