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January 28, 2013 1:47:22 AM

Hey everyone, just wanted to run a quick compatibility/quality check on a new system I'm looking to build. Here's the parts list:

CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition (3.4) GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS IceQ Radeon HD 7870 2 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85S3 Ver. 6.1 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...

Everything look good? I'm mainly gonna use it as a gaming PC, will it run these games well?

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
The Witcher 2
Borderlands 2
Torchlight 2
League of Legends
Assassins Creed III

Also, I'd like to be able to run some games that will be coming out in the future (Splinter Cell: Blacklist comes to mind), will it be able to handle future games as well? Thanks in advance!
January 28, 2013 1:51:57 AM

could you list your budget and location cuz there are improvementz to be made
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January 28, 2013 2:28:23 AM

First off your Mobo doesn't support AM3 chips (it's an FM2 chipset). Here is what I'd consider:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $573.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 23:22 EST-0500)

You can substitute in a different AMD CPU if you like. The ones listed below have additional "Promo" codes that get you $10-15 off!
AMD CPU discounted priced ones.

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Intel version, but is Dual core, which isn't a bad thing for gaming, but might make a difference for you:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $610.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 23:25 EST-0500)

Intel Mobo has onboard USB 3.0 if you want/need that (used for Front panel ports on case). If so, than I'd recommend a different case that has Front USB 3.0 ports:

$50 - $10 MIRc = $40!!! Has 2 x USB 3.0 ports and a good layout too, but rebate is only good until tonight!
Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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January 28, 2013 2:11:52 PM

Thanks guys, could have sworn I checked the socket type... but that's what this forum is for I guess haha. Alright so I'll switch to a different mobo that actually supports the CPU. As far as gaming performance, how will this build do?

(Also, gussrtk my budget is ~$550 for parts and I'm located in California)
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January 29, 2013 1:19:32 AM

Yoshiji said:
Thanks guys, could have sworn I checked the socket type... but that's what this forum is for I guess haha. Alright so I'll switch to a different mobo that actually supports the CPU. As far as gaming performance, how will this build do?

(Also, gussrtk my budget is ~$550 for parts and I'm located in California)

You could use my AMD build above for $570 or drop the GPU down to a 7850 and save about $30, which would bring the build down to ~$540.

$170 shipped!
HIS H785F1G2M Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

But to be honest, if you can afford the $570 price tag with the 7870, I would do it. Otherwise go with the 7850 to keep you within your budget.
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February 3, 2013 2:42:07 AM

Yea, I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and go with the 7870, seems like it'll be worth it in the long run, thanks guys!
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February 3, 2013 2:42:17 AM

Best answer selected by yoshiji.
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