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Old 01-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default mobo fried, are these new components compatible? AM3+

Hey guys. Yep, my motherboard is fried. So it's time for a new build. I am facing the challenge we all do, getting the best rig for the least amount of money. Please check my specs below and let me know if they are all compatible. Thank you.

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - $90 (currently out of stock)

AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX - $120

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD7500AALX 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $103

Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3-1333 - $46

SAPPHIRE 100327L Radeon HD 6750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $105

Total: $464 (plus cost of power supply)

If these specs work together, and there is not a glaring error, I needs a recommendation for a power supply that would work with the motherboard, and fit my atx form factor mid tower Cool Master case. I will reuse the optical drive and extra fans.

Thank you for your thoughts and comments! Oh, and out of curiosity, could this build with these specs be purchased any cheaper pre-built from a well-known company?

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You've listed some great prices for great components.

You may want to consider an AMD 1090t or 1100t instead of the FX 4100. Check out the benchmark differences.

Corsair and Kingston have each recently dropped the price of 8gb of DDR3 1600 RAM all the way down to $10-$12...I picked up some of each from Tiger Direct and New Egg.

If you have any Target stores, you might want to consider picking up one of their 1.5 TB or 2 TB Western Digital Elements. I picked up a bunch of them a couple of weeks ago at Target for only $60-$70 per unit, and I was surprised last night when I ripped one of them open: It is a Western Digital 1.5 TB 64 cache 7200 RPM Black Caviar. BTW, opening them is totally easy...even a ten year old kid can do it.

IF you could find some deals like this, it may give you more savings and then perhaps you could include a 64 GB SSD which would greatly enhance the performance of your new system.

I am not aware of any well-known company that could give you this quality of performance for this amount of money.

Hope this helps!

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