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February 8, 2013 9:14:57 PM

I just recently built a desktop computer, and am having several issues with it not booting properly, and things not working properly.

(Mobo will be the same for both builds)
Mobo- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970extr...

CPU- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd4100wmgusbx
GPU- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp31568k...
PSU- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu...

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CPU- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd4170frgubox
GPU- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp43653k...
PSU- http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600



Any Changes you would make?

I don't know much about the radeon video cards, so if there's a comparable card from them please let me know.
I'm also on the fence about the CPU is the 4170 okay, or should I swap it out for another one like the 4300?

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February 8, 2013 9:25:04 PM

The 4300 is a better CPU than the 4170 mostly through overclocking headroom and higher energy efficiency. Performance is pretty similar between them at stock.

I would change your PSU. It's not a very good model and is more than is necessary for your build. I'd recommend something such as an Antec VP-450. It's significantly cheaper, somewhat more reliable, and isn't as overkill.
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February 8, 2013 9:57:10 PM

For a gamer, I would rethink basing a build on a FX cpu.
Check out benchmarks for the games you play.
Here is one older analysis:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-a...

In principle, try to budget more for the graphics card than the cpu. Perhaps 2x as much.

On the graphics card, you mostly get what you pay for from amd or nvidia.
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February 8, 2013 10:00:21 PM

FX CPUs aren't bad at gaming. The FX-4170 and FX-4300 are right around the cheaper i3s in almost all games and they win about as many times as they lose. These CPUs also have a significant advantage over the Llano CPUs whereas current Pentiums do not have a significant advantage over old ones (especially since they're mostly the same).

Also, Tom's upcoming $200 CPU article has specifically been said to show that it's better to have a decent quad such as a Phenom II or FX-4xxx CPU than to have a Pentium in most modern games. Cleeve has already told us this and that's why AMD's quad cores made it into the best CPUs for the money article a few days ago.
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