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I think I'd like to bump up my comp this summer and was looking around at parts. I'd like to know if I'm on the right track for a 75+% gaming rig that's a nice little jump from where I am now. Please suggest if you know of something to substitute into my list.

I'll keep my RAM, PSU, sound card, peripherals, and drives. GPU, CPU, mobo, and maybe case are going.

I was looking at:

- FX-4100/4170
- HD 7850
- CM690 II

I haven't looked at mobos yet and would especially like recommendations for those.

Greatly appreciate any input!
post #2 of 16

The 7850 is a great card for the money, as is the FX-41xx series CPU-wise. I would probably stick with the 4100 to save money, since the difference in game won't be anything out of this world.

 

I would recommend taking a look at some Thermaltake or Lian-Li cases in the same price range as the one you've listed before you commit to it, just to see if any jump out at you. Both make great bang-for-your-buck cases.

 

As far as motherboards, what price range are you looking at? That'd make it easier to suggest ones you'd be interested in.

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Originally Posted by auroraborealis View Post

As far as motherboards, what price range are you looking at? That'd make it easier to suggest ones you'd be interested in.

I don't really know - in the past I've always bought sub-100 boards. I guess around $100 is okay, but is there any big pro to having a nicer one?
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a beter mobo handles OC with no problemsand lower heat Ive found that cheeper board run alot warmer
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Originally Posted by JoeWalsh View Post


I don't really know - in the past I've always bought sub-100 boards. I guess around $100 is okay, but is there any big pro to having a nicer one?

 

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Originally Posted by truckerguy View Post

a beter mobo handles OC with no problemsand lower heat Ive found that cheeper board run alot warmer

 

truckerguy is right. A better mobo will often also have better features and more SATA and USB ports and other similar advantages.

 

Here's a couple that I would recommend taking a look at:

 

ASRock 990FX Extreme3

 

ASUS M5A97 EVO

 

Hope I've been helpful so far!

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Alright - is the slightly high percentage of DOA reports anything to worry about (a lot of boards seem to have them)?

I poked around Thermaltake and Lian-Li cases and found this as an option.
post #7 of 16
nothing to worry about with DOA all boards are under warrenty Id recomend a Asus,Gigabyte,MSI or a AsRock and a 990FX chip set
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yea i would say forget the fx chips just go with the phenom x4 if not x6 with ASRock 990FX Extreme3 and 68xx-69xx price will be around 300-400.
    
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yea i would say forget the fx chips just go with the phenom x4 if not x6 with ASRock 990FX Extreme3 and 68xx-69xx price will be around 300-400.

What difference will I see between a Phenom and an FX? I know that the Bulldozers use modules instead of actual cores, but will it make that much of a difference in gaming? I can get a BE for about the same price as the FX-41xx.
post #10 of 16
960T is one of the best options right now..It has up to 3x the throughput of an fx4100 :lachen.gif: It's a much faster,more powerful CPU
I agree with the "Get a heavier-duty mobo"
just for kicks you could get a used m4a79xtd-evo here:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=M4A79XTD-EVO-PB-R&cat=MBB
solid motherboard..
In my opinion..You should get a new 990fx chipset one like the Sabertooth
AMD should have a new chip out this fall..
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