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First PC Build for $500-700

#1Rainbow_DashingPosted 6/2/2012 1:31:54 AM(edited)
I'm thinking of making a new PC to handle the new games that are coming out, I don't have a great budget or anything, but I was curious if this seems fine.
This is my first time building a computer, but I'm pretty sure all the parts are compatible.

Video Card $148
ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121434&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Video%20Cards-_-ASUS-_-14121434&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

I checked on other websites and this seemed like a respectable video card and it comes with directx11 support.

CPU $140
AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106009&Tpk=AMD%20FX-4170

Again, this seemed like a decent CPU from what I have read online, but I did hear about overheating problems. Do you guys think I need some sort of aftermarket heatsink and fan?

Motherboard (compatible with AMD FX-4170): $120
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281

This seems like an OK motherboard.

RAM (6 gigs 3*2 GB 1600 speed): $42
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145222&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Memory%20%28Desktop%20Memory%29-_-Corsair-_-20145222&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Harddrive
1 TB 7200 RPM 120 bucks Western Digital
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Hard%20Drives-_-Western%20Digital-_-22136533&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Power Supply: $80
(Checked you would be pretty damn safe with 600W and that's overkill really.)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Power%20Supplies-_-OCZ%20Technology-_-17341017&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Case: $26
APEX PC-389-C Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154095&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Cases%20%28Computer%20Cases%20-%20ATX%20Form%29-_-APEX%20%28SUPERCASE/ALLIED%29-_-11154095&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Optical drive (CD/DVD):
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118067&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-CD/DVD%20Burners%20%28RW%20Drives%29-_-Sony%20Optiarc%20America%20Inc-_-27118067&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

The only thing I'm worried about is the case really, and if I need audio cards or a network card, but that seems to come with the motherboard.

If you guys have any other choices for HDDs that's great.

Not going to lie, I don't know if it's better to have a 3 2 gig sticks or if it is even worthwhile to throw in 20 bucks more to get to 8 gigs with 2 4 gig sticks. I think dualchannel works better with 2 instead of three, but then again I'm not too sure.

Last thing, if there is anything better that is cheaper or any tips for computer building, that'd be great to know! I can probably be a bit cheaper with the PSU though and get a better brand for the motherboard...
#2Rainbow_Dashing(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 1:34:12 AM(edited)
Oh yeah, I'm not seeking to play the newest games coming out on the best settings, but just decent quality is fine and older games on decent quality as well. I'm not looking for Crysis 2 or BF3 on the highest settings here. Just something to get the job done with games.
#3Xeeh_BitzPosted 6/2/2012 1:41:39 AM
I would change the processor to intel, for about 50-60 more you can get a much better processor..
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#4KingsofroninPosted 6/2/2012 3:08:20 AM(edited)
Rainbow_Dashing posted...
I'm thinking of making a new PC to handle the new games that are coming out, I don't have a great budget or anything, but I was curious if this seems fine.
This is my first time building a computer, but I'm pretty sure all the parts are compatible.

Video Card $148
ASUS ENGTX550 TI DC TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121434&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Video%20Cards-_-ASUS-_-14121434&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

I checked on other websites and this seemed like a respectable video card and it comes with directx11 support.

CPU $140
AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz (4.3GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4170FRGUBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106009&Tpk=AMD%20FX-4170

Again, this seemed like a decent CPU from what I have read online, but I did hear about overheating problems. Do you guys think I need some sort of aftermarket heatsink and fan?

Motherboard (compatible with AMD FX-4170): $120
ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157281

This seems like an OK motherboard.

RAM (6 gigs 3*2 GB 1600 speed): $42
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145222&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Memory%20%28Desktop%20Memory%29-_-Corsair-_-20145222&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Harddrive
1 TB 7200 RPM 120 bucks Western Digital
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Hard%20Drives-_-Western%20Digital-_-22136533&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

Power Supply: $80
(Checked you would be pretty damn safe with 600W and that's overkill really.)
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Power%20Supplies-_-OCZ%20Technology-_-17341017&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

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That processor gets outclassed (in gaming) by AMD's older phantom processors, which are cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

Upgrade your case to something with more ventilation. Upgrade Video Card to 560Ti (MUCH better card for only 50 bucks more). You also forgot to post the heatsink you were going with.
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#5GipFacePosted 6/2/2012 3:16:11 AM
Ignore the Intel fanboy, AMD is good enough for your needs.

For your needs:
CPU: Downgrade to AMD FX-4100 ($109)
Video card: Upgrade to GeForce 560Ti or Radeon 6870 ($200)
Motherboard: Downgrade to ASRock 970 ($85)
RAM: You can get 2x4GB for $45
HDD: Get a 120-128GB SSD, add the storage HDD later ($100-120)
PSU: Downgrade to Antec/Corsair 500W ($60)
Case/burner: $45

$650 build and should be a lot better for gaming. CPU bottlenecking is overrated; get the best possible video card you can afford now and worry about the CPU later.
#6Rainbow_Dashing(Topic Creator)Posted 6/2/2012 1:48:31 PM(edited)
Opinions so far downgrade the CPU and upgrade the GPU in return. Does that make sense? Don't CPUs stay good longer than GPUs? So having a good CPU will be good for years while a GPU will go bad after a while?

I can agree to the motherboard downgrade, and possibly going up on the GPU that makes sense.

Any other opinions guys? Also, the heatsink usually comes with the parts don't they? As for the PSU you guys think I should really do that? I was also considering getting an SSD but that'll just add expenses. I guess I can use my older one, if that even works. So far I'm agreeing with GipFace so far, I'd just like to know where he got the RAM from and if it goes at a high frequency like the ones I posted (they aren't that high but pretty good for their price).
#7MaKhaosPosted 6/2/2012 2:01:25 PM
Hardware Revolution's Budget Building Guide
http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-budget-gaming-pc/

Falcon Guide
http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af150/The_FalconO6/CurrentLogicalPCBuyingGuide/Guide.png

My recommendation:
A Sandy Bridge i3, its a dual core with hyper-threading, still beats Phenom and Bulldozer.

A Z68 or Z77 motherboard so you can later upgrade to i5 or i7 later but it looks like an i3 is all you need.

Stick with the Caviar Black you chose because an SSD would be pushing it for budget.

Radeon 6850 or 6870. Or GTX 560. If you want to stretch it . 560ti is great and 6950s are getting frequent sales. I think 6950s are getting phased out, there's so few of them and no restocking so some nice deals at a lower price than 560ti sometimes.

If you want to stick with AMD go with Phenom II and not bulldozer. Bulldozer's core for core doesn't match up to Phenom. But at the same price an i3's still better than Phenom II.
#8DiehardFFv2Posted 6/2/2012 2:05:21 PM
From: GipFace | #005
Ignore the Intel fanboy, AMD is good enough for your needs.

For your needs:
CPU: Downgrade to AMD FX-4100 ($109)
Video card: Upgrade to GeForce 560Ti or Radeon 6870 ($200)
Motherboard: Downgrade to ASRock 970 ($85)
RAM: You can get 2x4GB for $45
HDD: Get a 120-128GB SSD, add the storage HDD later ($100-120)
PSU: Downgrade to Antec/Corsair 500W ($60)
Case/burner: $45

$650 build and should be a lot better for gaming. CPU bottlenecking is overrated; get the best possible video card you can afford now and worry about the CPU later.


Bwahahaha, don't listen to this guy. An i3 2120 will outperform that pos fx4100 in most every task the average user might perform and certainly in gaming.
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#960secondAssasinPosted 6/2/2012 2:05:51 PM
change everything, keep nothing.
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#10MaKhaosPosted 6/2/2012 2:11:08 PM
Alright here's a quick one I threw together. Don't know if you need OS or optical drive. Sale on mobo is sweet right now.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9lfx