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Current Build: Feedback/Suggestions?

by Vastias / March 20, 2012 7:47 PM PDT

Alright guys so I put up a post the other day asking if some parts for a Desktop build were compatible and now I have the full build set up.

I'm a media arts student and so the large display and storage is a must for working with Photoshop and After Effects. Also I'm a serious gamer, game modder, and 3D Modeler so the more power and graphics the better. I would also like to keep this at around the current price that it's at now and I would appreciate some feedback before I make the final purchase.

So here's what I have right now:

Motherboard @ $100 :

Processor @ $170 :

Video Card @ $150 :

RAM @ $55 :

Power Supply @ $100 :

Optical Drive @ $80 :

Storage @ $86 :

Monitor @ $190 :

Tower @ $100 :

Total cost of everything with shipping is $1036.73

So here's what I'm asking for if anybody's willing to help me out here:

-First off, is there anything in this build that is not compatible or that you wouldn't recommend and why.

-Next, is this a decent build or did I make a fail build?

-Am I getting my money's worth?

-What types of tools should I buy to help actually build this when I get it? Like thermal compound and screwdrivers, etc?

-Finally, Any suggestions on what I could add/remove etc? Did I miss something?

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by Bob__B / March 20, 2012 11:36 PM PDT
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Nice catch!
by Vastias / March 21, 2012 1:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Bong.......mismatch

Wow, didn't notice that. Thanks a lot! Downgraded the CPU to the FX-6100, which by the link you provided me should be compatible.

Thanks again!

New CPU @ $ 150 can be found here:

That puts the new, total cost, at $1,016.73

I knew posting this would help me out in the long run, let me know if you guys find anything else that's mismatched!

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by Bob__B / March 21, 2012 7:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Nice catch!
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Looks good.
by Vastias / March 21, 2012 12:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Psu

The PSU you linked seems to be somewhat more stable, but the thing that sold it for me was the extra cable length. It could come in handy, but the "$5 extra bucks" is only the sale price. It's $140 if I don't get it on sale, but I plan on ordering soon so it shouldn't be a problem!

New PSU @ $105 can be found here:

That puts the new, total cost (if the sale holds) to $1,021.73

Keep the posts coming if you guys notice anything else!

Thanks again!

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Final Thoughts?
by Vastias / March 23, 2012 5:04 PM PDT
In reply to: Looks good.

Alright so from what I can tell everything I have up to this point is compatible and stable. That being said does it look like a green light for the final purchase or does anyone have some final thoughts on it??

I'll be purchasing this build on or before the 28th unless someone can point out something I'm missing.

Thanks again for all the help guys!

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Didn't see an where you included the OS and re the RAM
by VAPCMD / March 24, 2012 10:53 AM PDT

there are others worth looking at ... see link below.

GSkill is really worth looking at ...and the DIMMs are not as 'tall' as the Corsair which can interfere with a larger HS Fans.

Speaking of HS Fans....are you using the stock HS Fan ? Might be worthwhile looking at something better than the stock AMD HS Fan to keep that CPU cool and quiet. Xmigatek makes some good coolers.


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by Vastias / March 24, 2012 12:41 PM PDT

The OS is going to be Windows 7 x64bit Student Edition because I already own it and don't see the need to go out and buy another one. I may possibly get a Ubuntu Partition if I get bored, but that's not a necessity, just something I might look at.

As for the RAM, do you mean that there are other ones out there that are "better" or just not as "tall," because (and correct me if I'm wrong) I've been under the impression that the larger fins help to disperse heat by increasing surface area. I'm not sure if that's really true, but still.

The Heat Sink Fan will remain as the stock fan for a while. I have plans to upgrade it a better one, but my budget is tight enough as it is. That being said I will be upgrading it to a better one later and I should be able to compensate for any odd shaped parts by then.

Thanks for the links though, I'll definitely check them out when the time comes haha.

As for everything else I'm assuming the build is solid? Everything's compatible I hope?

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