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My $400 pc build plans. Need advise.

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January 29, 2013 1:29:55 AM

So attempting to build my first pc for under $400 this is what I have chosen would like some expert advice.

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS-RK 500GB 7200 RPM - new egg $59.99

MOBO - ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 - new egg $89.99

RAM - Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM - amazon $47.99

APU - AMD A10-5800K APU 3.8Ghz Processor - amazon $114.99

CASE/PSU - Rosewill Ultra High Gloss Finished MicroATX Case for Computer with 400W 2.2 12V Power Supply - amazon $54.99

Will all this run together? Is there anything I should swap?

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January 29, 2013 2:21:50 AM

Most of the components you list will work fine together, but not the board. That is an ATX board, but your case will only accept mATX boards. And, you can move up to 1866MHZ memory if you want to squeeze the most from the A-10 5800K. Its memory controller accepts that speed.

Btw, there's no sense getting a board with 3 PCIe graphic card slots if you are going to be using an APU.
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January 29, 2013 4:25:07 AM

clutchc said:
Most of the components you list will work fine together, but not the board. That is an ATX board, but your case will only accept mATX boards. And, you can move up to 1866MHZ memory if you want to squeeze the most from the A-10 5800K. Its memory controller accepts that speed.

Btw, there's no sense getting a board with 3 PCIe graphic card slots if you are going to be using an APU.


Is there another board that you would recommend or should i just find a micro atx board that is within my price range and has same socket?
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January 29, 2013 4:35:19 AM

tphp said:
Is there another board that you would recommend or should i just find a micro atx board that is within my price range and has same socket?


This board would do fine:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


However you can probably get an Athlon triple core CPU and 7750 for about the same price, and it would perform better in games.

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January 29, 2013 4:37:02 AM

I would go with this. It has an AM3 CPU which can be later upgraded to an FX CPU. Dedicated graphics cards which is much better than APU. The only thing is that with the PSU I suggested is that you need a power cord from an existing machine or you will have to pick one of those up too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $396.10 after Rebates ($404.92)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 01:34 EST-0500)
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January 29, 2013 4:44:05 AM

cball1311 said:
I would go with this. It has an AM3 CPU which can be later upgraded to an FX CPU. Dedicated graphics cards which is much better than APU. The only thing is that with the PSU I suggested is that you need a power cord from an existing machine or you will have to pick one of those up too.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $396.10 after Rebates ($404.92)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 01:34 EST-0500)


This is the exact build you should go with down to the letter. Get this instead!
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January 29, 2013 5:20:47 AM

Thanks I really appreciate it! This will be my first build, I have been trying to learn what everything means over the past 2 months.
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January 29, 2013 5:28:12 AM

But shouldn't i just pay out the extra $20 and get an fx6100 or fx4100? Is more cores better?
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January 29, 2013 1:11:46 PM

tphp said:
But shouldn't i just pay out the extra $20 and get an fx6100 or fx4100? Is more cores better?


I wouldn't go with the either because they use Bulldozer architecture which is not as good as Piledriver. If you can swing the 4300, I would go for that.
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January 29, 2013 3:17:16 PM

tphp said:
But shouldn't i just pay out the extra $20 and get an fx6100 or fx4100? Is more cores better?


Like the other guy said, the Bulldozer series was terrible. IMO you should just stick with the phenom. They will not hold back your graphics card at all, and if you really want to get a better cpu: you can in about a year when AMD launches its new line (Steamroller).
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January 29, 2013 3:20:00 PM

You could always pay an extra $30 for an i3. Will probably perform better in games while being upgrade-able to a Ivy Bridge i5.
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January 29, 2013 3:28:28 PM

blake1243 said:
You could always pay an extra $30 for an i3. Will probably perform better in games while being upgrade-able to a Ivy Bridge i5.


Updating from a $130 IB i3 to a $200 IB i5 makes no sense. Pay up now for the i5 or don't because the performance difference won't be worth the extra hassle and effort.

However going from a $85 Phenom to a (Guessing) $220 FX-8550 8 core Steamroller CPU will be a massive boost and cheaper. The Phenom will not hold back a 7770 in any way. It rarely even holds back a 7870...
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January 29, 2013 3:29:40 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhOU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhOU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhOU/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64-GT 25.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($6.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($88.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
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: $390.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 12:29 EST-0500)

Base Total: $414.75
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $5.68
Total: $390.43

13$ over but def i think u can afford 13$ :D 

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January 29, 2013 3:38:52 PM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhOU
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhOU/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhOU/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64-GT 25.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($6.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7750 2GB Video Card ($88.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
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: $390.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 12:29 EST-0500)

Base Total: $414.75
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $5.68
Total: $390.43

13$ over but def i think u can afford 13$ :D 

Thats 7750 has GDDR3 memory :cry: 
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January 29, 2013 3:41:02 PM

still a good performer tho.

heres my reviased pc for u

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhU6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhU6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AhU6/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64-GT 25.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($6.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
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: $391.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 12:40 EST-0500)

Base Total: $414.75
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $7.18
Total: $391.93

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