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Old 04-29-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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Red face Yet another n00b needing help - Cheap-ish PC Build

Hey guys. Just little ol' me wanting to make sure I'm not being stupid!

I'm looking to build my first ever custom PC. I have searched the internet and gathered all the information I can. I tried to find an online hardware compatibility checker, but to no avail. So you lot are the people I'm turning to next for help.

I have a budget of 450-ish (yes I live in the UK, get over it ), although in my current hardware list I've gone over that a bit already! I may be able to stretch to 500, though. I don't need anything else apart from what I have stated in the list.

I will be doing some medium gaming (i.e. newest games sort of maxed out, well, sort of) and a little bit of screen-casting. I need my pc to be fairly quiet as I may leave it on overnight, although I will bug better fans at a later date.

So, here's my hardware list:


Case Antec Three Hundred Two 52.99
Motherboard ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 49.99
PSU Be quiet! Pure Power BQT L7-530W 49.74
CPU AMD Bulldozer FX-4100 79.90
GPU Sapphire*RADEON*HD*6850 100.10
RAM (x2) Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 36.96
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 74.00
DVD-RW Drive Sony AD-7261S-0B 24x 17.11
WLAN Adaptor Edimax EW-7711IN 12.61
TOTAL: 473.40

Will all this work? Is there better hardware that I can get for cheaper? Any tips you guys can offer me would be appreciated.

Thank's for your time and all that sort of stuff!

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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It is a nice system that fits your budget. You will be ok with this configuration.
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It is a nice system that fits your budget. You will be ok with this configuration.
OK Cheers. That's all I needed!
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:09 AM   #4
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Default One last thing...

Hey people of the Internet!

I'm about to buy my parts, and am now wondering whether I want the AMD Phenom II x4 965 instead. Do I?

What are the pros and cons of this over the FX-4100?

Sorry to be annoying!

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Phenom II has four physical cores which can help with multithreaded apps.

FX-4100 has four 'cores' (with shared resources) which aren't as powerful as an actual physical core.

Individual core performance is about the same.

FX series has better encryption (something often overlooked) and newer instructions.

FX-4100 is probably better if you overclock it (for gaming). Phenom II is probably better if you want four cores.
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Question

OK, there's just two things:

1. I heard that the FX series was not too great for gaming?
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2. Will I need an AM3 cpu beforehand (for the FX-4100) to update my bios to support AM3+ CPU's? Or because ASUS say the board is an AM3+ board (i.e. it has the black socket) do I not need to do this?

These two CPU's are about the same price and overall performance, I just don't know which to pick!

Cheers, yet again
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Hi,

It is not that the FX is not too great for gaming; the thing is that for the same price you can buy a competing CPU from Intel with higher performance.

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2. Will I need an AM3 cpu beforehand (for the FX-4100) to update my bios to support AM3+ CPU's? Or because ASUS say the board is an AM3+ board (i.e. it has the black socket) do I not need to do this?
It probably depends on what BIOS version the board was shipped with. If you're unsure, then probably just go with the Phenom II, and then it will definitely be compatible.

The only other change to your configuration I'd make is to use a board like http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3831#sp. Since you have a standard ATX case, you shouldn't limit your expansion options by using a Micro-ATX motherboard (plus, I HATE Asus. They look good, but aren't as reliable as they used to be).

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