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Old 01-31-2013, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone. I've decided to build my first desktop computer system. My main use of it will be playing games (such as battlefield 3) and doing a little programming. I have selected all the equipment I believe is necessary. I would like to receive helpful advice on whether the equipment I have chosen will work together and if it is a cost efficient set-up. The parts list I have supplied comes out to around the $900 region so any cheaper is always a nice thing. The only real issue I've had so far is not knowing what part I should buy to allow wireless internet connectivity. Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

CPU: AMD FX4100
Motherboard: ASRock 970
Computer Case: CFI Prime 223, ATX Mid Tower Case
RAM: GSkill Ripjaws series 8GB 240 pin DDR3 1600
Video Card: Radeon HD 7950 3GB Sapphire
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F4 320GB
Optical Drive: Samsung DVD Burner 24x
PSU: FSP Group Booster x5 450W
OS: Windows 8

Network card: ?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is there a reason you're wanting AMD? For 1000 Bucks you can get a nice Intel Core/GeForce GTX setup if wanted. That HDD seems a bit small too. Unless you already own a large SSD That 320GB Will get used up in absolutely no time, once you install The OS, a Few games and whatever you want to download, you'll probably be at it's limit. And are you sure you only want a 450W PSU? Something you never want to skimp on is the PSU. I don't know much about Radeon HD GPU's or anything about anything For that matter.. But I'm guessing like most high-end GPU's, That video card will probably require a minimum power of like 400W? I don't know For sure, I'm just guessing but you should probably upgrade that PSU. And can you elaborate more on what ASRock 970 That is? As in Extreme or Pro?
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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$920 but you can take off $40 in MIR
take another $10 off by typing in NEWCUSTOMER as a promocode which puts you at $870 in a few weeks.

Newegg.com - Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 2T2R 64-bit/128-bit WEP, TKIP, and AES WPA, WPA2


if you could expand your budget just a tad more, you can afford an ssd, which will upgrade the one component that is holding you back, the harddrive.

Newegg.com - LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - Operating Systems

Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220

Newegg.com - ASRock H77 Pro4-M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance Power Supply

Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Newegg.com - Corsair Carbide Series 200R Black Steel structure with molded ABS plastic accent pieces ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Thanks for the info guys. jasonalwaysready, why do you prefer the intel core i3 over the AMD fx4100?
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The i3 is faster at single threaded type applications, especially games. The FX itself is more like the i3 with its module setup.
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Is there a reason you're wanting AMD? For 1000 Bucks you can get a nice Intel Core/GeForce GTX setup if wanted. That HDD seems a bit small too. Unless you already own a large SSD That 320GB Will get used up in absolutely no time, once you install The OS, a Few games and whatever you want to download, you'll probably be at it's limit. And are you sure you only want a 450W PSU? Something you never want to skimp on is the PSU. I don't know much about Radeon HD GPU's or anything about anything For that matter.. But I'm guessing like most high-end GPU's, That video card will probably require a minimum power of like 400W? I don't know For sure, I'm just guessing but you should probably upgrade that PSU. And can you elaborate more on what ASRock 970 That is? As in Extreme or Pro?
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