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February 7, 2013 8:26:01 PM

Hey everyone,

I am trying to put together a decent gaming rig that can handle modern games on high settings. I was wondering if this configuration would be good. I am open for suggestions, but keep in mind im trying to do this on a budget. Thanks.

CPU: AMD FX-4100 zambezi 3.6 ghz quad core
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850 (2GB)
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 200 GB or somewhere around this
SSD: 120 GB
MOBO: ASROCK 970 extreme3 AM3+ SATA 6GB

Also keep in mind this pc will be used pretty much solely for gaming thats why i dont need a lot of hard drive space.

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February 7, 2013 8:34:23 PM

Its kind of a mess. What is your budget and country?
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February 7, 2013 8:39:21 PM

The FX 41 is a decent budget processor , but if it can fit your budget then the FX 6300 is a better choice . Its a newer model and performance is better , esp with a bit of overclocking !
Avoid the FX 4300. The smaller cache limits game performance

Theoretically you need a 450 watt psu , but corsairs CX 430 will work
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February 7, 2013 8:51:49 PM

Lol what do you mean by mess? i dont want to go above 700 ideally but ya cant always get what you want. and im in u.s.
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February 7, 2013 8:57:15 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $685.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 17:56 EST-0500)

This will be much better than what you have. Better cpu and better GPU. Should max most games and play everything else on high.
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February 7, 2013 9:15:03 PM

thanks a lot i really appreciate it
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February 7, 2013 9:17:15 PM

do you have an opinion on solid state drives though? ive heard that having one can really increase gaming performance
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February 7, 2013 9:17:51 PM

Anytime! Glad to be able to help.
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February 7, 2013 9:19:33 PM

leahy93 said:
do you have an opinion on solid state drives though? ive heard that having one can really increase gaming performance


There is no gaming performance increase with an SSD besides load screen times. That's all. As far as a gaming build, I never include an SSD unless its a $850+ build as it doesn't aid in gaming and the money can be better spent on the GPU.
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February 7, 2013 9:20:45 PM

I like AMD but the I3 or I5's will get you a lot more performance per dollar as long as you can find a MB around the same price/feature point.

I'm also using a 7870 here on this box and it does great for gaming with the i5 3570k (probably out of your budget range for that cpu though).
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February 7, 2013 9:25:15 PM

bak0n said:
I like AMD but the I3 or I5's will get you a lot more performance per dollar as long as you can find a MB around the same price/feature point.

I'm also using a 7870 here on this box and it does great for gaming with the i5 3570k (probably out of your budget range for that cpu though).


This isn't exactly true. The fx-6300 is a great CPU and for the money is better than the i3. It won't bottleneck any good GPU and will game perfectly fine. Its a great way to go when you are stuck between i3 and i5 money.
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February 7, 2013 9:31:08 PM

You should get a 7870 LE instead. Same price but performance near a 7950.
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February 7, 2013 9:53:43 PM

There's a patch for some AMD multithreaded cpu's. This was released by microsoft, I've heard it improves performance a lot
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February 7, 2013 10:00:28 PM

i checked out the fx 6300 and heard that it only actually has 3 real cores and the rest are virtual cores. idk if this is true but if it is would that make it perform less than having a quad core? ive also heard that phenom II x4 cpus are better in most cases and theyre cheaper too. any thoughts? thanks for responding this far lol
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February 7, 2013 10:16:25 PM

Best answer selected by leahy93.
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