$500 First Build. Is it good?

This is my first gaming PC build. AMD 3+ build for $500 take or give a few. Already have a HDD but if I buy one it would cost about $49.99. Getting all these parts from Newegg.com with promotion codes, other offers and shipping cost (Super Saver Free Shipping 5-7 days). Is this a good build?


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $85.99

CPU: AMD FX 4100 4 Core Processor, 3.6 4 Socket AM3+, Heat Sink Included.
$94.99

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9. $47.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version. $164.99

POWER SUPPLY: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS600-PCARE3-US 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply. $39.99

HDD: Western Digital 500Gb, 5400rpm, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (Out of an old PC i had laying around).

Total Price: $479.00
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $499.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 14:29 EST-0500)

    This will be much better.

    Better CPU and a good PSU. (never get a coolermaster PSU. They are utter crap)
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $482.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 14:30 EST-0500)

    The 4100 is, not so good, Bulldozer architecture. I would go with the 6300 (Piledriver). You don't absolutely need a full ATX board. You might need a new copy of windows if that is an OEM version (like from an HP, Dell, etc.). It will not activate on the new motherboard.
  3. So you think I should go with an Intel build? Even though that cpu only has 2 Cores and The Amd Fx-4100 has 4 cores and its 3.6GHz isntead of 3.3Gz?
  4. Yes, the i3 will beat the 4100 in every single way. Especially gaming. You could go with a fx-6300. I prefer Intel but that's just me. Its generally better as far as gaming is concerned but it's all personal preference.
  5. I see, i'll probably look into the Fx-6300 instead of the 4100 and ill change the power supply.

    Thanks.
  6. The 6300 and the i3 3220 perform very similar in games. The i3 is much better at single threaded stuff while the 6300 is better at multi-threaded apps (because of the 6 cores). Either way, each build is good.

    Here you go, you can check out some benchmarks.

    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/699?vs=677
  7. As far as the PSU is concerned, Stick with brands like Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair.
  8. tiny voices said:
    As far as the PSU is concerned, Stick with brands like Antec, XFX, Seasonic, Corsair.


    +1...get only the best. Not worth losing your entire rig over a bad PSU.
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