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First ever build for 600-700

I'm doing my first ever build for a gaming/media computer. i figure its cheaper and better than whatever is sold out there since I can customize it for me. I've done some research and realize that although Intel's CPU's are essentially better all round (my choice for this range would be the I5-3570k since most people consider that a great and not so expensive processor for the price) it would off set my costs. AMD from what I know are good (not as great for gaming) but suck up a lot of power and can run really hot with the stock coolers being pointless. The eventual processors I've figured would work best for my build are : a10-5800k, Fx-6300, fx-8350, fx-8120. Now the fx-8 series seem too pricey (I believe the fx8350 are for $190 cheapest so far) So I figure the best way to go was a fx 6300 with it being decently powerful enough for what I'm building and sort of future proof. Although I thought it would make sense to use the a10-5800k since it has built in apu with the sense that I dont need a graphics card right away (If i did this I would crossfire a 6670 with it) . Reviews and opinions suggest that it makes more sense going for the fx series since the cpu for the amd a10 isn't that great and the gpu is basically a $50 dollar card. Which makes more sense for my costs? I'm also looking to ( or trying for the price) future proof it a bit so it can run most things in decent settings for the next year or so. Doesn't have the be outrageous since games are pushing the limits every year, good- great will do. This is the build I have in mind :

1. CM Enforcer Case $82 + a 200mm fan at the top for around $97 on amazon
2. AMD Fx-6300 best price I've seen at $140 on ebay.
3. gigabyte f2a85x-up4 for $120 (many people seem to love this mobo)
4. Corsair vengeance ddr3 ram for $48
5. corsair builder 600 w power supply $66 amazon (future proofing)
6. 500 mb hard drive $40 on ebay (intend to go ssd in future)
7. a decent cpu cooler for around $25 (any ideas for great ones?)
8. A graphics card that is good enough for things today for around $150 ish.
(nb: Graphics are is my biggest worry since they all look the same. except for memory in most cases)
(total: $536 without Graphics card)

Is this build decent? is there a better (cheaper and/or future proofing ) way to go? The apu way seemed to be much cheaper (maybe 100+ difference) and while it isnt the greatest I figure it would be easy to upgrade to the new amd chips that will eventually come out for desktops later this year in black Friday or such. Please let me know what you think and I know I'm new here so please be patient with my dumb questions. Thanks!
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  1. There's a few big issues here, specifically a lack of information.

    We really need to know what you intend to use this for, specifically.
    Also what your monitor display resolution is (dictates how much graphics "oomph" you need)
    Also, if you are going to mention components its a good idea to link them.
    Motherboard is FM2 socket, processor is AM3+
  2. if i decoded your message correctly you have a 700 dollar budget if so does that include os if not here is a good 700 dollar build
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LI6t
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LI6t/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LI6t/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.30 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $677.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 18:12 EDT-0400)
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0598 45.1 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax ATX-238WU ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Logisys 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $645.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 18:18 EDT-0400)
  4. Rammy said:
    There's a few big issues here, specifically a lack of information.

    We really need to know what you intend to use this for, specifically.
    Also what your monitor display resolution is (dictates how much graphics "oomph" you need)
    Also, if you are going to mention components its a good idea to link them.
    Motherboard is FM2 socket, processor is AM3+



    I intend to do quality gaming 1080p and maybe some video editing? Its mostly for gaming and it would be nice to know it is rounded enough to handle rendering even if it would not be the greatest quality. I'm still very new to this so I do apologize for not being very clear. The monitor resolution will be 1080p. As for the motherboard, to be perfectly honest I am not quite sure. I do believe I kind of "Frankensteined" some components because that motherboard was good for the AMD A10-5800k. But as I mentioned above I wasnt totally sure where to go as far as CPU goes. Hope I am at least a bit clearer!
  5. Best answer
    Will you overclock? What is your monitor resolution?

    Here's a start:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.49 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $651.36
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 18:57 EDT-0400)

    Add a better GPU if you can afford (7850). Bet cheaper motherboard and don't buy a cooler if you're not going to overclock.
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