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I use the mostly for gaming. It was my first build so it took me a while (2h-2h30m) and involved some OMG WTF happened moments but it was worth it and wasn't as hard as expected. So, quickly I will run through why I picked some of the parts:

AMD FX 8320 Black Edition* - Awesome bang for my buck, wanted an 8350 but couldn't afford it and also I plan to overclock later on, as all AMD FX chips are unlocked.

ASRock 970: Again, great bang for my buck and feature-rich for the price.

MSI Radeon 7850 2GB : Awesome card for the money, MSI make some of the better ones.

*Black Edition was not listed in PCPartPicker list

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm wondering why you need that expensive an optical drive. A $15-$20 one would work just fine. You may want to add a cooler if you're going to do any serious overclocking. Other than that, nice build at a decent budget.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, The optical drive was £11.92 ($17) at Scan (UK), it might of been on offer or something. Also when I start overclocking I will add a cooler, don't wanna ruin my PC :)

Thanks for the comment

*edit. In the US it seems to retail for a fair bit more

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok, good thing you cleared that up. And not a bad idea to wait on the cooler as you are. Again, I'm glad you did some research. I hate it when people argue that they didn't waste their money and spent on 32 GB of RAM for gaming.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, who doesn't hate 'that guy' :), as far research goes .. let's just say I thought long and hard before buying the components, especially the AMD FX CPU - sooo many benchmarks lol. But it was worth it, the chip seems good.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Noooooo, not the Deathstar!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have just went for a Phenom x4 965, but loks like a good build overall :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I was looking at it but the FX ran slightly better in benchmarks (and not much worse than an ivy i5) and real-world reviews were good, so I thought why not :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah if you wanted to save some money though or were on a tighter budget Phenom all the way :D

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah! :) If any of my friends/family make a PC soon I will recommend the Phenom II to them.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, the new Piledriver chips perform a good amount faster than Phenoms, much more than Bulldozer chips.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, that makes me feel better - was thinking I made the wrong decision on CPU. Thanks :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with Big_Dean, after all the research I've been doing the new FX chip is actually quite a good all purpose chip. It games well, overclocks well, and multi tasks well. The chip you chose can overclock almost as good as the chip above it. You made a really good balanced build and that case looks pretty awesome!! More pics I wanna see the insides _^

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I will take some more pics tommorow and post them :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

hey im going to build my very first pc soon so can you check it out and tell me what you guys think? LINK= http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qAZO

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Whats your budget? For the price the build seems ok, however you can upgrde to an FX 4300 for not much more or a Phenom II. Also you should only need 1TB Hard Drive, the money saved could go towards a better GPU.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

oh sorry my budget is about $450 i bought most of the parts the 2TB i bought for about $80 at a newegg sale the 4100 for about $70 and the reason im goin with that gpu is so i can upgrade later :) the only things i need to buy are the OS, GPU, and PSU but i cant still return a most of the things except the case, RAM, and optical drive. and the CPU i can only replace it :/

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Well in that case nice build for your budget :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and I really like your build :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Please don't get a 6670, try to save up a bit more and get at least a 7770 or 6850.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

the reason im getting the 6670 is to use it until i saved enough for the 7770 or better :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have saved some money on the cpu and got a FX-4300, it would perform the same in games. You could have then used that money on a 990FX mobo (which will overclock better), upgraded to a 7870, and/or purchased an aftermarket cpu cooler.

Good build regardless, would like to see some pictures of it.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the input. Although the FX 4300 would perform the same in games, if I decide to do any multi-threaded tasks I guess it will perform better/ hopefully be more future-proof. Also a Phenom II x4 BE would perform slightly worse as an FX 4300 but for a fair bit less :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

not sure if they perform the same: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-amd-fx8350-fx8320-fx6300-and-fx4300-tested/5

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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-8350-vishera-review,3328-13.html

but there are some significant differences in abilities between the two. I've seen that the 4300 can't perform nearly as good in newly released games compared to the 8350. I swear I saved the link but I can't find it, someone was benchmarking Planet side 2 and other games like Guild wars 2 and the 8350 definitely provided greater performance.

Also some guys over at overclock.net did a real work test:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1333027/amd-fx-8350-vs-i5-3570k-single-gpu-and-crossfire-gpu

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Planteside 2 and Guild Wars 2 benefit more from a better cpu because of the massive amount of rendering they have to do. When I said they would perform equally, I was referring to general gaming, where there would only be a difference of a few frames.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build for 600.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks alot, I have been doing a fair bit of research. Hope this helps anyone else on this budget :)

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Replace the Hitachi Deskstar with a Seagate Barracuda. Cheaper and a better hard drive.

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

1tb cheaper than £50.00? :/

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

The build you have listed here has the Deskstar at $91.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I am looking to build something similar, but with an fx 6300 instead. Did the the Asrock 970 board you used support the 8320 out of the box? Or were you recycling it and had already updated the bios....