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$800 AMD Build - Opinions Wanted

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February 26, 2013 3:56:12 AM

I've been lurking around for quite some time now and I think I got an idea on the best components for my needs. I'd like to hear your opinions about this build. It will be mainly for gaming and some development (Android).

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($136.48 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.53 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.67 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.48 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.80 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.92 @ DirectCanada)
Other: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($222.00)
Total: $752.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-26 00:34 EST-0500)

Please note that I will be using a 1080p monitor (my 40" TV actually) and I know that the 7870 LE is more than capable for that resolution to max things out and keep a 40+ fps. I don't think I'll need to overclock the CPU any time soon (never did that before) but I've chosen a reasonably priced 970 mobo just in case I wanted to slightly push things up.

Now I did fill some carts here and there to see the "real" final price and it boils down to around $820 CAD (shipping, taxes, rebates) not considering the 2 games value. Is this reasonable?

I would have considered the i5 way but in all combos (even with the i5-3350p + H77) it is more expensive by at least $30-40. If you go with the Z77 (for a "K" series i5 upgrade later on), things just blow out of proportion here in the Canadian market.

Finally, I would have loved to get a micro ATX AM3+ mobo but those things don't exist any more! At least not using the latest chipsets with moderate overclocking capabilities :??: 

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February 26, 2013 4:47:50 AM

Im suspicious of the MSI motherboard . That model replaced the G45 which had a habit of melting or catching fire .
There are some Newegg reviews of burning smells etc despite the problems being supposedly fixed

ASUS , Gigabyte and Asrock make better boards with 970 chipsets IMO
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$80 after rebate


The rest makes perfect sense to me
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February 26, 2013 8:24:23 AM

Good build, and yes, asrock, asus, gigabyte mobos are usually go to nowadays
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February 26, 2013 1:31:11 PM

Thanks both. I was leaning more towards the ASRock 970 Extreme 3 as I could save around $20.

BTW, can the 970 overclock GPUs? I intend to do that and I just wanted to know if I could.
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February 26, 2013 3:46:44 PM

AMD graphics card software lets you overclock graphics cards
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February 26, 2013 7:40:37 PM

Figured as much. Had to confirm. Thanks.
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February 26, 2013 7:40:51 PM

Best answer selected by pheroh.
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March 2, 2013 7:52:59 PM

Ok! So I ordered the build above + a LiteOn optical drive.. My question is, both HDD and optical drive are OEM so do I need to buy any cables or other things? If so, what should I get?
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