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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:PowerColor 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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  1. whats ur max budget and do u prefer amd or intel?
  2. MAX is $700 prefer more along $650 and I do not have a preferance, Intel or AMD
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AEoQ
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AEoQ/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AEoQ/benchmarks/

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. the corsair 430 is quite good quality and only cx model id recommand.


    also that asrock board is just as good, unless u can show me why the asus is better.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182261 or, for $50 ($40 if you play the rebate game and win) here's a 620W Antec Neo Eco: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031 which is made by Seasonic but isn't quite as efficient.
  9. interesting suggestions +1
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