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February 6, 2013 11:24:16 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1 or 2 weeks.

Budget Range: $500/600 OR $700/800 After rebates.
(I am currently deciding on whether to get a relatively cheaper computer now, and ugrade later, or splurge now and future proof it.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I am planning on build a gaming computer, which i will be doing almost exclusively gaming and surfing the net (and some word processing and such), Thus multi threading will not be needed all that much.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: any (whatever is cheapest.)

Location: California

Parts Preferences:None

Overclocking: CPU

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

The build i am currently looking at is this coutesy of iceclock...

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

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3175-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $790.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 13:38 EST-0500)

Base Total: $825.87
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $790.87

Basically i just wanted to get some secondhand opinion on the build, as well as looks at the motherboard (some issues with DoA).

Also, if possible a look at the memory, and the PSU as i have little knowledge in that area.

Thanks in advance everybody.
February 7, 2013 12:44:05 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $766.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-06 21:43 EST-0500)

Hi, best get the FX-6300. There is a huge difference between them in gaming in terms of performance.
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February 7, 2013 4:06:10 AM

That was somewhat discussed on the previous thread, but would getting the 6300 and a bit worse video card outclass the 4300 and a better video card?
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February 7, 2013 4:10:22 AM

The 4300 is not that good and the 6300 seems to have the upperhand for only $10 more.

In the FX series, the only thing you should take note of is the 6300. ^__^
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February 7, 2013 4:14:26 AM

no nate the issue with cpu and video cards is if you dont get the right cpu you will bottleneck the high end gpu. that why toms and other test web pages use i7 cpu on there test bed. there a lot of good info on google when you search cpu bottlenecking.
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February 7, 2013 5:12:27 AM

Huh, didn't realize that it was only 10 bucks more expensive. Thanks for the catch!

and looking at your build, I assume the memory/psu is adequate? (i have no personal preferences)
Finally, only other thing I noticed is that you did not add an above stock fan, i assume the stock is decent enough? (i may or may not be overclocking purely depends on price value.)

Also thanks for the info smorizio.
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February 7, 2013 5:19:44 AM

Yeah. Stock fan will be enough for now.

Stock is always decent enough.

Lol no prob. 2 more cores for $10 :) .
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