My brother recently decided to look for a prebuilt computer for gaming purposes and I told him with much confidence that you can get a system way better if you build it yourself. Not only do you get the satisfaction of the DIY aspect but you get performance beyond that of a pre-built system. What he finally decided on was an $800 rig from Digital Storm, http://www.digitalstormonline.com/comploadc70.asp?id=676721&price=%24799
In response to what he thought was good I put a system together, http://pcpartpicker.com/p/mQ58.
Just wanted to show that you can get more if you build it yourself. Now I am fairlly new to the pc world but I'm pretty sure a 3rd gen i3 with a 7870 ghz edition beats a quad core from AMD paired with a 7750 anyday. Possibly the system I put together could be improved, what do you think?
The new FX chips take the performance point away from the i3 on pretty much all fronts, the chips are able to be clocked up to 4.6GHz-4.8GHz fairly easily with this setup. The king of gaming chips still belong to the i5 2500k/3570k, but they are significantly more expensive then the FX6300.
The extra $20 for the Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 is well worth it, check the stats between the two, its such a bargain for the specs if has
The Deckstars seems to have a notably higher failure rate than the Caviar blues/blacks
There is no reason to be suggesting an more expensive Rosewill PSU over the XFX 550W, they have the same specs but the XFX one is cheaper and backed with better service and a better warrenty (3 year vs 5 year)
Not necessarily planning on overclocking but I added the cooler because the cause was small and didn't want snything to get hot. The power supply is also blowing hot air directly over the cpu. Also I do live in Texas where the humidity and pure HOT is just... yeah.
Probably should have explained the reason I put the cooler there earlier. Is it needed or a waste of money?
you do realise that m-Atx is only shorter not slimer right, so m-atx would not help your issue, A better solution is to set it on the floor underneath (go foot rest) or on the floor to the side, surely standard 6ft cables will reach