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January 31, 2013 12:30:27 PM

What do you guys think of this build? It was suggested by EzioAs.

CPU:AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard:Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory:G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage:Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card:p owerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.98 @ Newegg)
Case:Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply:Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.16 @ Amazon)
Total: $677.88

Does anyone have suggestions to enchance the build? Or suggest anything different? The price is good as it is for me. I just want to see what others think.

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January 31, 2013 12:32:20 PM

whats ur max budget and do u prefer amd or intel?
January 31, 2013 12:42:11 PM

MAX is $700 prefer more along $650 and I do not have a preferance, Intel or AMD
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January 31, 2013 1:08:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $668.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-31 10:07 EST-0500)

703$ total, and nice aftermarket cooler for overclocking, no need for 6cores anyways, 4 is suffice, since games dont even use 4 cores fully.

January 31, 2013 1:22:07 PM

The only thing I would change is to swap out the Corsair "Builder" PSU for something made by Seasonic, Super Flower, or Delta. High-end Corsairs are Seasonic, but the Builder is made by CWT, using some inferior Samxon capacitors.
If you want an aftermarket cooler, the Xigmatek Gaia is $5 (sometimes more) cheaper than the Coolermaster , cools within 1C, and is quieter (per Frostytech reviews).
Although I generally like ASRock, in this case, the Asus you've listed first is the better, more modern board.
January 31, 2013 10:26:37 PM

The Corsair Builders review well, but may not hold up. It uses at least one inferior Samxon capacitor:
"The electrolytic capacitor that filters the output of the active PFC circuit is
from Samxon and labeled at 85° C."
Seasonic, otoh, uses 105C Japanese capacitors.
The ASRock board is an older 770-chipset board with some additional controllers tacked onto it (e.g. no RAID5). It also uses the ALC662 Codec (90/98 dBa S/N). The Asus board is a true 970-chipset board, with the SB950 Southbridge (includes all the controllers, including RAID5), and uses the ALC889 Codec (104/108 dBa S/N).
February 1, 2013 12:40:10 AM

still does the job fine, considering most people dont use raid.

and the seasonic equivalent is alot more expensive, unless u find a xfx core 450watt on sale witch theyre aint.

working within his budget.

February 1, 2013 1:17:38 AM

I agree it is not a bad board; you asked me why the Asus is better. I'd prefer native controllers to add-ons, regardless of the RAID. And, the sound quality will be better too. I definitely think it's worth the $10 difference.
His original build, with your CPU choice (or a $99 Phenom II 965BE) and the better PSU should still make budget.
Here's a 450W Capstone, which is also a good PSU, for $70: or, for $50 ($40 if you play the rebate game and win) here's a 620W Antec Neo Eco: which is made by Seasonic but isn't quite as efficient.
February 1, 2013 1:23:29 AM

interesting suggestions +1