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Old 11-26-2011, 04:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First Computer Build ~$1000

So this is my first computer build and I have tons of questions, mainly about the compatibility between the components and their overall performance. I used a guided build website to create this but Iíd like a real humanís opinion. (Iíd also like to keep the price under 1000)
Here are the components:
  1. The CPU: :AMD FX-4100 3.60 GHz Quad-Core AM3+ CPU 4MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [-100]
  2. Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
  3. Hard drives : 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 32MB Cache 7200RPM HDD 32 GB Kingston SSDNOW V100 SATA-II 3.0Gb/s SSD - 160MB/s Read & 70MB/s Write
  4. Memory: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1333MHz Dual Channel Memory [+10] (Corsair or Major Brand)
  5. Motherboard: [CrossFireX] GigaByte GA-970A-D3 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ ATX Mainboard w/ On/Off Charge, 7.1 Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe X16, 3 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI
  6. 600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
  7. Video card: AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card - ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
I appreciate any help you guys can give me, thanks a bunch. Also I would appreciate any feedback on the clarity of my post

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Old 11-26-2011, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: First Computer Build ~$1000

Everything is compatible, and its overall not a bad build.

That being said, there are some tweaks I would personally look at like getting a SATA III SSD; if you're going to OC 1600MHz RAM, if not ditch the aftermarket cooler; and getting a better brand power supply, though you don't have that option when buying an iBuypower pre-built.

If you're willing to build it yourself I'm confident you could either build this machine with quality parts, or a better machine altogether, for the same price.
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