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It's not over budget if you shop around. Those are prices from 1 retailer. As I said, making the trip to Micro Center puts this build well within budget. Plus the OP has left a lot of needed info out.

I don't understand why so many people on this site find it more important to them to nit-pick other people's post than to stay on topic and answer the OP's questions.
 
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Originally Posted by hankhenry View Post

I would also like a soundcard because I listen to music most of the day : )

For music, good on-board will match most cheap sound cards. Also, if you happen to have a digital receiver, you don't need a sound card at all.
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post

For music, good on-board will match most cheap sound cards. Also, if you happen to have a digital receiver, you don't need a sound card at all.

This is generally true if your speakers or headphones are not very good (like most people). For people with good speakers/headphones, a sound card can be a benefit.

Also, answer people's questions if you want specific build help.
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This is generally true if your speakers or headphones are not very good (like most people). For people with good speakers/headphones, a sound card can be a benefit.

I was pointing out that some of the soundcards suggested would themselves be the weak link.

Very few ~25 dollar sound cards are going to have better DACs than what you'll see on a decent motherboard.
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Eh, I'm not sure how good my speakers are, but I upgraded from my onboard to the ASUS Xonar DG, and there is quite a noticeable difference in sound quality. Not with mp3s or movies with 2 channel audio, but with FLAC, games, and movies with 5.1 surround, it is a lot more life like sound. That's just my ears though. I don't consider myself an audiophile at all.
 
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Oops. I just saw this was in the AMD section...oh well, OP posted the same thing in the intel section too.
 
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Edit: I guess this build is pretty similar to Sherlock's. I went with the FX-6300 however, as there are few games that will take advantage of all eight-cores, and I felt an SSD would be more relevant at this price point, for a gaming system.
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Eh, I'm not sure how good my speakers are, but I upgraded from my onboard to the ASUS Xonar DG, and there is quite a noticeable difference in sound quality. Not with mp3s or movies with 2 channel audio, but with FLAC, games, and movies with 5.1 surround, it is a lot more life like sound. That's just my ears though. I don't consider myself an audiophile at all.

It certainly possible your DG was better. Motherboard sound is all over the place.

Personally, I have trouble telling the difference between the ALC898 and my Xonar DS (which has better DACs than the DG), but that could be due to the fact these are 300-400 LGA-2011 dollar boards that probably have better electrical properties than more budget oriented hardware.
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I'll post one in a minute, but OP, what games specifically will you be playing? How comfortable are you with overclocking? What else is this machine used for? Is future expandability important?


If you play a lot of WoW or SC2 the AMD chips are a bad solution. Resolution is also a key factor here. I feel comfortable saying the FX chips are quite good enough for many usage scenarios, but I need to know your usage scenario.
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Add five of the cougar Vortex fans that are on sale for 9.99 a piece and you have a complete build with a copy of Windows. The good kind too, Win7 Pro 64 bit. Total cost with the fans is 1118 bucks, but the Power supply has a 20 dollar off promo and the ram has an 18 dollar off promo code, so you'll be 18 bucks under your max of 1100 with a lot of machine for the money.

Put one of the cougars on that Xigmatek and put the Xigmatek fan somewhere less important, and you'll see the GAIA really can take on the 212's that everyone always raves about, and the mounting system is really sturdy. Make sure at least one of those Vortex fans is a 120mm if you want to put it on the heatsink though.

You also get a 7970 instead of a 7850, and you get 16gb of ram (which is probably overkill). The motherboard also has good power delivery so you can overclock the chip quite a bit without breaking a sweat.

Also, that Xigmatek case may look like a no name, but it's a rebadged NZXT Tempest. I've had a Tempest and I got the Xigmatek case on a whim when I needed the cheapest case I could find and was pleasantly surprised. The Xigmatek even has a rudimentary dust filter/grille on the bottom and in the front (although you'll want to just vacuum it with a soft brush attachment, as getting it out is a royal pain). You could certainly get more case if you spent more money, but the case supports twin 140mm fans on the top, a 120mm on the back, and twin 140mm fans on the side, as well as twin 120mms in the front and a 120mm on the bottom + air inlet for the power supply. You will lose the 140mm over top of the CPU though as it is not a very wide case.

Some fat could be trimmed out of that if you went for a home version of Windows, or if you went for 8GB of memory. You could put that extra 50-60 bucks towards a nicer case, or towards an FX 8320 (but you'll have to get that on Amazon as they're all sold out at newegg). Dropping back the GPU some more would put you in striking distance of an i5 as newegg has a ~20 dollar off promo going on right now. Keep in mind though that the LGA 1156 socket the i5 is on is a dead socket, but the AM3 socket for the 6300/8320 is going to see at least one more chip refresh.


Don't forget to rep the people who posted here. I need a computer with X budget requires a lot of guessing tongue.gif.


If you say you want to play a lot of single threaded titles then it might make sense to back down on the GPU and go for an i5, but that right there is the system I'd go for at that price bracket.


EDIT: I forgot an optical drive. You'll come in at exactly 1100 if you add one.
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