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#1 Splogaton

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:32 PM

Okay, so this is my first time building a computer, so my knowledge is quite lacking.
So far I have this:

CPU:AMD FX-4100 Quad Core 3.6GHz 12MB Cache Socket AM3+ 95W "Unlocked" $149.00
HDD: Western Digital 500GB 3.5" Blue Edition SATA3 7200RPM 16MB Cache HDD $102.00
Motherboard:Asus M5A97 EVO AMD 970 ATX SB950 Socket AM3+ DDR3-2133 RAID USB3.0 SATA3 1394 eSATA CrossfireX
$155.00
Power Supply:Great Wall GW-750SEL 750W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140mm Fan Ultra-silent $99.00
RAM:Kingston DDR3 8GB 1600MHz Gaming Performance HyperX Memory Kit (2x4GB) CL9 Non-ECC Dimm $129.00
GPU:Sapphire HD6770 1G GDD5 DP PCI-E Video card ,Dual-link DVI-I / HDMI / Display Port , 850MHz / 1200MHz ( 11189-00-20G ) $159.00

All the prices are in NZ Dollars. I didn't include the DVD drive, I'm already set on that.

So, I did some poking around, and I found out that alot of people say the AMD FX-4100 preforms like a 2-core processor. If I change the processor, then I probably need to change the motherboard right?
So what processor do you recommend?
Preferable 4 core, AMD, not too much more than the one I already have listed.
I'm thinking about the AMD Phenom II X4 970, but it is a bit expensive?

I want 4-8GB RAM, decent graphics and a 4 core processor, 3.3GHz or more.

Edited by Splogaton, 12 March 2012 - 11:11 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:43 AM

You should change to a quality power supply like ones from Corsair, Enermax, Coolermaster, Seasonic and Sliverstone. Also you don't need a 750W power supply for a 6770, a 600W would do. You don't need to change the motherboard as long it is a AM3 or AM3+ processor which will work on the motherboard.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:52 PM

Thanks killerx525.
I swapped out my PSU for a Cool Master, without extra cost.

I can't find a suitable processor, that falls within budget

Edited by Splogaton, 13 March 2012 - 10:56 PM.


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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:06 PM

How much does the RAM I get matter? Does it change much if I get cheaper RAM (still from kingston, still 8GB)

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:45 AM

8GB of ram is fine and plenty, even for gaming. But $129 for 1600 8GB ram is overpriced as i my bought 1600 8GB ram for $52. For gaming the quad core FX-4100 would be fine.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:01 AM

Is the 4100 fine for running 64bit windows 7?

For the RAM, this one is better then right?
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=MEMGSK0360 (G.SKILL Ripjaws X 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) High Performance Desktop Memory 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL) $59.80

How much should I be spending on a sound card and fan?
My budget is already stretched to near limit.

Edited by Splogaton, 14 March 2012 - 01:05 AM.


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:11 AM

Yes, the Fx-4100 is fine for Windows 7 64bit. The ram has very similiar specs like the Kingston. I found the ram i have but it seems 8GB ram kit are pretty expensive in NZ. Your better off, with a single 4GB stick, so in the future, if you ever do need 8GB of ram, you can just simply buy another 4GB memory stick. You don't need a sound card as there is already audio built into the motherboard. The fans will depend on the case.

Edited by killerx525, 14 March 2012 - 01:13 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 01:29 AM

Oh yes, that's true about the sound. Oops.
Hows this: 120mm fan front and rear it says in the specs.
Does this mean it's designed to fit a 120mm fan, or does it mean it includes the fan?

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:27 AM

It already includes 1 120mm front fan and 1 120mm rear fan. But you can switch the fans out to a better 120mm if you want.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:25 PM

Final build:

CPU:AMD FX-4100 Quad Core 3.6GHz 12MB Cache Socket AM3+ 95W "Unlocked" $149.00
HDD: Western Digital 500GB 3.5" Blue Edition SATA3 7200RPM 16MB Cache HDD $102.00
Motherboard:Asus M5A97 EVO AMD 970 ATX SB950 Socket AM3+ DDR3-2133 RAID USB3.0 SATA3 1394 eSATA CrossfireX
$155.00
Power Supply:COOLER MASTER 600W eXtreme Power Plus SLI Silent 12CM Fan Newest ATX 12V V2.3 Dual +12V1 and +12V2 $99.00
RAM:KINGSTON 4GB DDR3-1333 DIMM Non-ECC CL9 $49.00
GPU:Sapphire HD6770 1G GDD5 DP PCI-E Video card ,Dual-link DVI-I / HDMI / Display Port , 850MHz / 1200MHz ( 11189-00-20G ) $159.00
Case

Screen: 18.5" LG LED $119
OSWindows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Total cost including tax $1258. ($7 shipping on the case)

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:23 AM

Everything looks fine now.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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