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February 7, 2013 6:59:29 PM

Hey all!

Okay so I'm new to the world of custom building and hardware but I have a guy who quoted me for a build and I wanted to get a second opinion, not that I don't trust him, I just value your opinions.

I will be using it for gaming and for video and photo editing although I will not being rushing through a lot of video and photo on a daily basis in absurd amounts but I will be putting together shorts and what not and just want something to handle it smoothly while being able to multitask and game when i want.


Power Supply: 430 Watt PSU 80 Plus Certified
Processor: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Quad Core Processor @ 3.4GHz
Motherboard: MSI 890FXA-GD65 with USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s (no i/o shield)
Memory: 8GB 1333 MHz (4gb x 2)
Hard Drive: 500GB 7200 RPM
DVD Drive: DVD Reader/Writer SATA
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB GDDR5


$475 for this system

EDIT: I also found this. It's $100 more but is it worth it? or should i just spend the difference elsewhere.

http://dallas.craigslist.org/ndf/sys/3562198507.html


Thanks in advance!
Shawn
February 7, 2013 8:37:11 PM

Hi ShawnRF,

you are lacking a case for your build or do you have one at home?
The processor of the alternative build is a AMD Phenom II X4 975 with 3.6 GHz i think as this is the only "Black Edition" with 3.6 GHz which is a bit faster than yours, but not as much as it would matter. The Radeon HD 6670 has more than twice the power of the Radeon HD 6450.

I'd go with your friends' build.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 7, 2013 8:45:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 17:45 EST-0500)

Do this. It will be considerably better on all fronts than either of those systems.
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February 7, 2013 10:50:10 PM

tiny voices said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 17:45 EST-0500)

Do this. It will be considerably better on all fronts than either of those systems.




Thanks! That would run what I need? I know I do want the 8gb mem. separated into 2 4gb's. I really appreciate the input. From what I can tell (which isnt a ton) that looks like a more solid build. Thanks again.
a b B Homebuilt system
February 7, 2013 10:54:18 PM

This graphics card is about 2 times as powerful as the one in your build. The dual channel RAM is a good thing like you stated. a single stick as always a bit slower.

This build will do all you need it to just fine.
February 8, 2013 1:40:41 AM

Now, I know this is a stupid question but how many USB ports would that come with?

February 8, 2013 2:23:34 AM

I was also told by a friend that the video card there crashes a lot. Especially when the computer goes to sleep it crashes on re-initializing itself. Is this true?

Also if you were to go with another video card what would it be that is with close to this? maybe 1 step up?

Also I would really like SSD. Could you suggest one that maybe wouldnt put me too much over than what am. Or would I be okay with what is there? I dont know how much the difference would be.

a b B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2013 2:44:25 AM

In gaming there will be no difference with an SSD besides load times. There isn't a "this card crashes alot" issue with any videocard. Whoever you are talking to doesn't know how to install and update drivers. The 7770 is one of the best selling video cards ever and it extremely popular in budget minded gaming rigs. Its a fan favorite.

The motherboard has 4 usb 2.0 ports and 2 usb 3.0 ports on the back panel, and the ability to install up to 6 more ports with the internal headers. So, total of 12 USB possible ports.
February 8, 2013 3:01:26 AM

Haha That's great! Hence why I double check on here. lol

that would plenty of ports!

Now would that ssd effect my HD editing?

And I really am liking this set up a lot. I am very thankful for your help
February 8, 2013 3:19:02 AM

Thanks so much! I think I'm pretty set. i will keep itthe way it is and may upgrade to SSD in the future. I m very happy thanks to you. You have been a big help as this will (obviously) be my first build. Thank you so much and for all the advice. If I have any questions I will post here and if you have any other advice im all ears.

Thank you again.

Shawn
a b B Homebuilt system
February 8, 2013 3:21:08 AM

Always glad to help man! If you need anything feel free to PM me anytime.

Tom
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