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April 4, 2013 9:24:03 PM

Budget at around $800 (Trying to knock out some $ if possible)

CPU: AMD FX-6200 Processor 3.8GHz w/ 14MB Cache
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38954

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX41314

Video Card: MSI Radeon R7770 OC Radeon HD 7770 1GB PCI-E
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38044

RAM: RipjawsX Series 8GB 1600mhz DDR3 (2x4GB)
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX33234

PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520W Modular
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX37625

Hard Drive: 1TB Barracuda SATA III w/ 64MB Cache
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX36523

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX35637

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Bit
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32998

Is this an okay build? It's going to be mainly used for gaming and regular web surfing. As mentioned, this is my first build so my knowledge and experience isn't all that great. Any advice, feedback or fixes? Thanks :) 

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April 4, 2013 11:47:18 PM

Your built is OK.
I would invest more to get FX8350/i5 3570k with at least HD7850 or higher but that means you have to increase your budget.
Anyhow...If you do not have any more room with your budget, your built is already very good.

About cutting down the budget..I would not really recommend to do it since you will have to downgrade either the spec or hardware quality...
Are you really in need to cut down the budget? Or you can still afford your current planned $800 spec?
Have checked the prices from other stores? Newegg for example?

Tips:
A noticeable performance boost you can also get by getting an optional part called SSD (at least 128GB)....only if you still have some money of course...
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April 6, 2013 3:52:11 PM

guanyu210379 said:
Your built is OK.
I would invest more to get FX8350/i5 3570k with at least HD7850 or higher but that means you have to increase your budget.
Anyhow...If you do not have any more room with your budget, your built is already very good.

About cutting down the budget..I would not really recommend to do it since you will have to downgrade either the spec or hardware quality...
Are you really in need to cut down the budget? Or you can still afford your current planned $800 spec?
Have checked the prices from other stores? Newegg for example?

Tips:
A noticeable performance boost you can also get by getting an optional part called SSD (at least 128GB)....only if you still have some money of course...


Woops. Kinda left this thread idle. Thank you for the feedback. I do plan on upgrading my cpu and video card somewhere in the near future knowing that I'm fine for now. Thanks. :D 
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April 6, 2013 3:53:25 PM

byogamingpc said:
Not too bad but I'd recommend something more along these lines.
http://bit.ly/WmDiOr


Quite a useful website for beginners. Thanks.
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April 6, 2013 4:11:30 PM

You could try this to lower your price. Based out of NY with access to Microcenter.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OUzm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OUzm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OUzm/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.94 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $682.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 19:10 EDT-0400)
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