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February 25, 2013 1:08:19 PM

Just looking for some input on this AMD budget build. Already have a case and could lose the hard drive(have a spare 200gig sitting around and rely on cloud storage for the most part anyways). Budget is $800

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP LV2311 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $761.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 10:07 EST-0500)

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February 25, 2013 1:52:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP LV2311 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Gigabyte 990 motherboard ($121.99)
Other: Asus gtx660 ($199.99)
Other: 16gb ram ($69.99)
Total: $793.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 10:52 EST-0500)
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February 25, 2013 2:04:26 PM

RealChaos, Thanks for the reply!

Curious as to why you are recommending the Kingston, gigabyte and gtx660? Thanks!
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February 25, 2013 11:26:16 PM

It depends what games you play. Usually, you'll need atleast a gtx660. In order to get a gtx660, i had to cut done on some stuff. The gigabyte motherboard is cheaper and should be just as good as the asrock. I chose the asus gtx660 just because it was the cheapest one, and asus is a good brand too. The kingston ram...it's cheaper and gets the job done. Additionally, it's low profile so it won't block the cpu cooler. Sometimes, the cooler is too big and the ram is blocking it from fitting. This ensures that any cpu cooler will fit.
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February 26, 2013 11:33:51 AM

Makes sense RealChaos, Thank you for the explanation.

I ended up heading to the local micro center here in VA as the savings vs pcpartpicker was around ~$20.
Picked up the following
1x FX6300
1x Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
2x Samsung Green's Ram (2x4gb)
1x Corsair CX Series CX750
1x eVGA GeForce GTX 650 Superclocked
1x Hyper TX3 92mm HP CPU Cooler

Decided that since I'll be playing steam games and EVE online I should be okay with the GTX650 SC until the next line of cards come out.
Having issues though getting it to boot up though. No POST or beeps, nothing. Fans power up, hard drive is spinning and all power is hooked up. Any suggestions?

EDIT: Just remember reading something about the GA-990FXA-UD3 BIOS needing to be updated to run Bulldozer's so I assume it would need the same update(or newer) for the Piledriver's. I'll give it a go after work and report back.
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February 26, 2013 1:18:57 PM

To be honest any decent gaming machine will be able to do web development so you dont need to really worry about that.
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February 26, 2013 2:45:11 PM

zombiehawk said:
To be honest any decent gaming machine will be able to do web development so you dont need to really worry about that.


Zombiehawk, I figured as much, I always ask for input though to see if someone can do something better!
I also forgot to mention that I will be using it for server VMs for development as well. Thanks for the reply!
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February 27, 2013 11:25:36 AM

Final verdict is in. Parts have been bought, assembled and OS installed. I ended up going with the following.

AMD FX6300 with an 212 Evo
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
4x4Gb of Samsung Green's(mv-3v4g3d/us)
MSI GTX660 Twin Frozr III(N660 TF 2GD5/OC)
Corsair CX Series CX750
Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
with Acers new H236HL which is supposedly IPS and so far so good

Did run into a slight issue where it wouldn't POST, beep nothing. So I assume that it was an older rev 1.X board and needed a BIOS flash. Picked up a Sempron for cheap booted up fine, tried to flash no dice. So, I sat pondering upon what the issue could be with my shiny new FX6300 and to my delight I find a single bent pin! I take a look at the MB rev and find its rev 3! Whoops, bent the pin back(carefully) and all is well.

So now I have an extra processor... Think the Sempron would be well enough for a htpc build?

Also, any suggestions on where to start OC'ing? It's been a decade~ since my last build.

Thanks for everyones input as well!
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February 27, 2013 4:20:03 PM

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