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February 26, 2013 7:28:34 AM

Heyy guys, i built my system almost an year ago, i just wanted you guys to take a look at the specifics and let me know what you think about it

Specifications:

Motherboard - Asus M5A88
Processor - AMD FX 4100
PSU - 600Watts (Dont remember company)
GPU - ATI Radeon HD 6870 1 GB DDR5
RAM - 4 x 4GB 1600 MHz G-Skill
Primary HDD - 128 GB OCZ Vertex 4
Secondary HHD - 500 GB 7200 rpm Barracuda (for storing games), 3 TB 7200rpm Barracuda (for movies, shows, etc) and 1 TB 5400 rpm former external usb drive seagate expansion (for torrents)
Display - LG M2341A, 21.5 inches 1080p
Cabinet - Silverstone PS05
Addons - Wireless adapter, front usb ports


Please review and let me know what you think of my desktop and how i can improve it with minimal expenditure

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February 26, 2013 7:33:09 AM

really should know the psu maker
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February 26, 2013 7:39:05 AM

Assuming you have a quality 600w PSU the only things that would help performance would be a better CPU and GPU. The SSD will do well and your additional storage seems to be fine.

Another option is to go with an Intel based build, but that would cost the most to implement and might not give you enough of an upgrade for the $.

What do you feel you need to improve?
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February 26, 2013 7:42:08 AM

Yes a quality PSU is crucial

Depends if you feel like your games need more CPU oomph or would you like to turn up graphics setttings more
I would persoanlly upgrade the GPU when the 7xx and 8xxx launch and then CPU when steamroller[amd potential to match intel] comes out at the end of the year so save up until then :)  Your build is pretty blaanced as it is (cpu being the weaker of the two)(6870 should do well for 1080p medium in most games)

Your stroage is good sicne you got good SSD and tons of HDD's
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February 26, 2013 7:47:33 AM

I usually run most of my games on either high or ultra setting with AA reduced, and that seems to work amazingly good.

I am not a big fan of intel, especially because of its huge arsenal of processor sockets

What would you recommend if given a choice of only one upgrade covering a budget of approx 300 USD
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February 26, 2013 7:56:46 AM

If you don't want to wait till the end of the year, get the FX6300 for $130 and a 7870 for $200

If you save up for the end of the year, you can probably grab a 7870XT for cheap or a 8870 depending on your preference as well as an FX6400(just a random model I made up but a FX6x00)
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February 26, 2013 7:57:07 AM

I would personally go with the GPU, if gaming is your main focus. You will need to have a quality PSU to drive the better (more power hungry) GPU, but if you already have a quality PSU than you should be okay.
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February 26, 2013 8:00:50 AM

if thats not a branded PSU then change it.

if FPS doesnt matter and Graphics doesnt matter i dont see any point in upgrading. i think it can still serve you a few years and can still play the latest games.

Save the $300 and you may get a better upgrades in the future!
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February 26, 2013 8:01:11 AM

Ok, thanks for all the info guys, really helped out a lot

I think i would wait for the end year, hope that the prices come down, who knows, i might be able to get both a processor and a gpu, i know its a long shot, but no worries.

Thanks a ton guys.
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February 26, 2013 8:15:31 AM

Best answer selected by umairshariff23.
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