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Here's the specs for my build i plan on doing sometime this summer. I'll mostly be playing bf3, d3, and sc2. I don't plan on overclocking it, but i might change my mind.

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 ATX mobo
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz 95W 6 core
Mobo + CPU combo $236.98

G.SKILL RIpjaws 16GB (4x4) DDR3 SDRAM 1600
RAM $94.99

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB 256-bit
GPU $189.99

Rosewill HIVE-650W 80 PLUS BRONZE modular
Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX mid tower computer case
Case and psu combo $104.98

Kingston HyperX 90GB Sata3 SSD
SSD $108.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint 1TB 7200RPM SATA2 HD
Storage $109.99

Total: $845.92

How's it look? I haven't looked around as much as I could have. Are there any better deals or are there any straight bad choices in my build? Can i get more bang for my buck that what I have picked out?

It appears that i should have put this in AMD General.... I blame the people that posted their builds before me in AMD build-logs. oops.
I'll definately post pics of the process when i do build it, most likely in a week or 2
Edited by FluffyKitten - 6/10/12 at 9:17pm
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Alright, well, we'll start with my suggestion:

Case: CM HAF 912
Very good starter case. Lots of room, looks reasonable, good cooling options.

Psu: Corsair CX500 V2
Corsair makes good PSUs, and this one will have enough power for a good card while being cheap.

MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3
Somewhat cheap, fits reasonable reqs, good quality.

CPU: Intel i5-2500k
There is a reason you'll find this CPU everywhere on OCN, it's one of the best deals possible, even now.

GPU: AMD HD 7850
Strong mid-range card. It won't max BF3 for you, but it'll do well.

SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
You'll find the M4-series all over OCN as well. Reliable, fast, cheap.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz 9-9-9-24 1.5v 2x4GB
If all you're doing is gaming, you dont need more then 8GB. This is the basic ram I give everyone.

PRICE: $871.93
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More detail:

CPU: Bulldozer really isn't all that great at gaming compared to Intel, and the 2500k will make a difference in SCII and BF3.

RAM: Based on your description, you're a gamer. You wont need anything more then 8GB, although there is room to upgrade if it turns out you do need it.

PSU: I dont know about Rosewill, but Corsair is re-branded SeaSonic, which is basically the king of PSUs. Its a quality assurance thing.

SSD: You can get 38GB more space for a small price bump, M4s are known to be excellent, I don't know if the SandForce controllers ever got fixed.

GPU: The 560 is a pretty low-end card, even for a build in this price range. The 7850 is both stronger, and consumes less power.

HDD: I left it out to keep in your general price range. I'me sure you could scrap the HDD out of your current system if you must.


If I had a better idea what your max budget is, I could help you more. If you have brand or other preferences, I can work with you on them to still get the best rig for the money. Basically, I need more info. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by FluffyKitten View Post

I don't plan on overclocking it, but i might change my mind.

Ha ha, my thoughts exactly when I first started out. 9 months later I had my rig clocked up to 4 GHz.

Pretty nice lookin build. My first case was the Rosewill Challenger. It's not a bad case at all, my only beef was not very good cable management. It probably sounds a little petty, but it's a BIG deal. A 912 would be decent, but they're fairly common.

If you can spare just a little bit of extra cash, here is another Rosewill with great cable management and includes the same PSU combo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.976757
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At $60/$40 AR you are being seriously ripped off with the Corsair CX 500 V2.

The Antec NEO ECO 450C has the same amount of wattage on the 12V rail and also has 80+ certification, but it costs less than the after rebate price at just $35 (+ shipping, though it ships free if you happen to order more than $50 from NCIX).

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Sometime this summer? Sounds like you're in no rush. If you care about saving money you should only buy the parts when they're on sale (with a rebate, promo code, free stuff, discounted bundle, or a combination of them) instead of buying them all at once.

That's what I did for my first build. "Bang-for-buck" was my main priority so I looked through Slickdeals.net constantly for each part. Few examples of deals for my first build:

XFX Double D Radeon HD 6870 for $155 after rebates + 3 free game coupons

Antec 900 $70 after rebate

i5-2500k + motherboard bundle for $50 off from Microcenter

I saved at least $100 on my first build.
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At $60/$40 AR you are being seriously ripped off with the Corsair CX 500 V2.
The Antec NEO ECO 450C has the same amount of wattage on the 12V rail and also has 80+ certification, but it costs less than the after rebate price at just $35 (+ shipping, though it ships free if you happen to order more than $50 from NCIX).

To be fair, my CM GX 750w is only truly good for around 600w (and I use it as such), even though it's 80+ certified. Advertised wattage is great, but I know Corsair has good PSUs, and the only Antec ones I've owned... not so much. Admittedly they were low end PSUs (think sub-400w).
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