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Windows 7: Buying a budget PC soon, need advice


27 Jan 2012   #1

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Buying a budget PC soon, need advice

I'm going to buy a PC on monday, this is the build i've come up with:

AMD Phenom II x4 960T
Asrock 970 Extreme4
MSI Twin Frozr II GTX 560 Ti
4GB DDR3 1333MHz Patriot ( this is just temporary, to save a couple of bucks, will upgrade to 8gb soon )
Seasonic SS-520GB
Cooler Master Elite 430

I'll reuse an old Hitachi 160GB and a 24x Philips DVD Drive.
I'll use this PC for gaming, so what do you think, how will it run Skyrim, BF3 and WoW cata on a 1680x1050 monitor? And is there anything i should change? Btw. The following PSU brands are not avaiable where i live: Corsair, Antec, OCZ, XFX.

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27 Jan 2012   #2

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I had a bad experience with that specific motherboard - ASRock. You may have a different experience. However, I would recommend Asus or MSI over ASSROCK. Some others in this forum may agree with me. Not sure what you're gonna use the old spin drive for with SSD. I'd upgrade the spin to 6gb/s sata to take advantage of mobo. You can get 4gbx2 memory for $45 from crucial. Get 1.35 volts instead of 1.5 volts. Recommend ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $185. If price is a consideration, you should be happy with ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $95
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27 Jan 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
I had a bad experience with that specific motherboard - ASRock. You may have a different experience. However, I would recommend Asus or MSI over ASSROCK. Some others in this forum may agree with me. Not sure what you're gonna use the old spin drive for with SSD. I'd upgrade the spin to 6gb/s sata to take advantage of mobo. You can get 4gbx2 memory for $45 from crucial. Get 1.35 volts instead of 1.5 volts. Recommend ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $185. If price is a consideration, you should be happy with ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for $95
I'll reuse the HDD. If i didn't i'd probably have to downgrade the GPU, and i don't plan on doing that. As i said, i'll go with 1x4 to save some money, just for a couple of months. And, about the mobo, everyone on tom's hardware and on a serbian forum, "svet kompjutera" ( computer world ) said that this asrock is a great choice... But ok, i'll change to asus if it's more reliable.
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27 Jan 2012   #4

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

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27 Jan 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm not a fan of Asrock boards, either. I stick with Gigabyte, Asus, or Intel. Speaking of Intel, consider, just for the heck of it, what an i3-2100 build would cost, or something similar to it. I greatly prefer the Intel chipsets as opposed to what's available to the AMD side.
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27 Jan 2012   #6

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A similar intel build would look like this:

Intel Core i3 2100
Asus P8Z68-V LX
Everything else the same

Would it be better for gaming than that AMD build? I am pretty sure it wouldn't be any faster or slower, but would have 1/2 of the cores...
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27 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You could check some benchmarks, but the i3-2100 was the favored processor of most computer enthusiast mags for a budget build. Just because it has half the cores, doesn't mean the performance will suffer....unless it is an app that specifically is designed to use four cores, and those are very few and far between.
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27 Jan 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok... But will it suffice for gaming in 2012\13 on medium-to-high?
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27 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Assuming you pair it with an adequate video card, yes. But, don't take my word for it...check out some comparisons and benchmarks. One of the reasons people go this route is so they can drop in a much faster i7 later on, without replacing any other components.
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27 Jan 2012   #10

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GTX 560 Ti should be adequate. Thanks!
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