Hello, I am new to gaming computers, and would like a second opinion on this system. I plan on playing games like Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Smite, and Firefall. With research, I have come up with the following:
Processor: AMD FX 4100 3.6 GHz
Memory: 8 GB DDR3 1333
Hard Drive: 1TB SATA II 7200RPM
Graphics Card: Radeon HD 7850 2GB
Motherboard: AMD 760G
PSU: Corsair CX 600W
Could I have some help then? I wasn't planning on building the pc myself as Ive never done it before, it seems like that is the best bet from what you guys are saying though. What are some cheap, effective parts?
Video Card: ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
This would all come, with shipping, to be around 30 or 40 bucks more than the original systems I posted. Is it really worth it? I dont know a hell of alot about computer hardware, but Im sure I could put it together. I just really would prefer not to because I dont want to *** anything up.
Just to throw a pre-built curve ball into the game, how does that system compare to a CyberPowerPC - Gamer Ultra Desktop - 16GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive Model: GUA420 available from BestBuy at $960.98 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/CyberPowerPC+-+Gamer+Ultra+...) based on the AMD FX-8150 3.60 GHz CPU and the AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB? For someone with limited assembly skills like me, the extra $100 or so seems not unreasonable for an out-of-the box solution with 16 GB memory (which may become of more use in the future). Thoughts?
Pay a local shop $100-$150 to put it together for you, if you must. If you were going to install a PSU and graphics as in your OP, you have the skills. Online videos, reading through your motherboard manual, and we dunderheads at Tom's can help you with any questions.
The AMD FX-x1xx Bulldozers run hotter (especially the 125w) and generally perform 15-20% below that of the AMD FX-x3xx Piledrivers. Additionally, the FX-6300 is 95w, and an OC monster for when you are ready.
The Corsair PSU has a five-year warranty, the Crucial RAMs are top-notch qualified for the Gigabyte -UD3 AM3+ motherboard, which itself will take you to any level you have the nuggets to try (it should also easily qualify with a BIOS update for the FX- Steamroller next-gen processor in 2014). The Sapphire HD7850 2GB has dual-fans, and a poster noted, " ... maxed out the core speed to 1050MHz and the memory at 1450MHz using MSI and the cards temps don't flinch." It's great stuff for when you are ready to get your freak on.
The Cooler Master Elite 430 RC-430 is a great low-budget case (the only thing missing are USB3 front ports which is likely part of the reason it is on sale). If there is a weak link in the build this would be it. If you are willing to make the investment for a case you will love for the next decade, buy the Corsair Vengeance Series C70 Arctic White Computer Case with that extra money. Or, an SSD. Or, both!
This is how you do **much better** -- OEM builds normally have massive weak links in the quality of some components that ultimately will cause you pain down the road.
Just wanted to say thanks to Wisecracker for the valuable feedback and to point out that I wasn't the OP. I just happily found this thread when I was considering a similar question around this price point and trying to sort out the prebuilt versus custom pros and cons.
Yes Wisecracker that was an excellent response and really helped me with my build. I went with something very similar. Thank you for everyone else who has assisted in the thread, everyone's feedback has made this alot simpler for me.