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would this gaming pc build work?? this is my first build..


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#1 saddler1666

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 10:19 PM

cpu fx 8120
mobo GA-M68MT-S2
graphics card- hd 7770 sapphire
ram-orsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory
optical drive-Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive
hdd-Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache
psu - Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms
case - Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower



all parts are on amazon total price 614$

my main worry is is the motherboard and power supply going to handle this can the mother board support this graphics card and ram??
this will be my first time building a pc. i am welcome to suggestions.. also is this case big enough to fit these parts?


this will be my first pc that can run games other then solitaire..



btw i have a monitor and mouse and keyboard..

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:19 AM

It should all fit and work.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:46 AM

You're missing an operating system. I would get a different motherboard, however. That is a micro-ATX motherboard which, for a gaming PC, isn't that great given how much heat is generated. I would go for the ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:38 AM

I have the same exact configuration differeent GPU but I have Asrock Extreme3 -85

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 11:02 AM

Both the ASRock above and the Asus I chose will work and are not micro-ATX boards. The difference is with the manufacturer, ASRock tends to cater more on budget. Given how close we are to launch of Windows 8, you may be able to use the release preview version of that OS and buy the RTM when it is launched.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:43 PM

cpu fx 8120
mobo GA-M68MT-S2
graphics card- hd 7770 sapphire
ram-orsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory
optical drive-Sony AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD+/-RW Drive
hdd-Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache
psu - Corsair Enthusiast Series 650-Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i3, i5, i7 and AMD platforms
case - Cooler Master Cooler Master Elite 430 Mid Tower


Your choice on the HD 7770 is commendable :D it's one of the best bang for the bucks on the Radeon lineup. Two HD 7770 runs shoulder to shoulder with the more expensive HD 6970 or GTX 580 which costs at least $200 more.

The memory is also a good choice since 1600MHz is the sweet spot for both bandwidth and latency.

The only main drawback in this system looks like is the motherboard and CPU combo. Unless you get them for a good price otherwise the extra cores from FX-8120 does not yield any real life benefit. In term of performance PER core, the 8120 is even slower than Intel i5 quad-core 2500k in many factors. If possible, you can fall to FX4100 or FX6100 (i explain a little more about this in $700 Custom Gaming PC Build) and spend the budget on a better motherboard.

Should you also look for the 970 or 990 chipset motherboards to get the most out of bulldozer cpu (if you live by a microcenter store, pay a visit for motherboard and amd cpu combo http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html). Also, if possible use a Solid State drive for OS and games to remove the bottleneck at mechanical drive level.

You might also be interested in Diablotek Evo case, it's a very good one for gaming configuration since it comes with 4 fans setup by default.

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:04 PM

A few things to keep in mind with Bulldozer (FX-8120) CPU's when compared to the i5 2500k.

Bulldozer is not a traditional multi-core CPU, each core is tightly bound to another core, this makes it effectively a four core CPU in some instances. Think of it as a different take on Intel's HyperThreading. With highly parallel programs that can use this architecture best, it will outperform a traditional four core CPU.

With games, you are aiming for the 60 frames per second mark. Moreover, games are often more bound by the GPU than the CPU. In this case, the 2500k and 8120 can easily handle this.

Most games are dual core optimized, with a few barely taking advantage of four cores.

What I'm trying to say, in a roundabout fashion, is that the the FX-8120 is still a capable CPU that will get you what you need. I'm more curious on AMD's Piledriver CPU's. With the FX series of CPU's, you really should be using an AMD 900 series chipset as it is specifically designed for this CPU.

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