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Have I picked the right parts for an 600$ gaming build.

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April 27, 2013 4:36:52 PM

Finally after over a year of wanting to build a pc I am going to be able to build one (hopefully). I have a 600$ budget. I already picked out the parts that I think would be best. I was just hoping for this awesome community to give me some feedback (incompatibilities, better parts for same price ect...). I am flexible on my build but I am looking for the best gaming potential right now. I'm not looking to get an i5 and get a graphics card later or something of that sort. Thanks!

My build is on pc part picker at this link.
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/hudsonluke/saved/1wyt
a c 359 4 Gaming
April 27, 2013 4:42:22 PM

I would get a 500w PSU and a different case. Look at cases from Antec, Corsair, Coolermaster. Much higher quality.

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April 27, 2013 4:45:57 PM

tiny voices said:
I would get a 500w PSU and a different case. Look at cases from Antec, Corsair, Coolermaster. Much higher quality.

thanks for the answer. what psu would you suggest? also what case would you suggest? does it really matter if a case has usb 3.0? Will I really ever need that?
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April 27, 2013 4:49:04 PM

the corsair cx500 and xfx pro550 are good budget PSUs. You likely wont need USB 3.0. I like the corsair 200r/300r, coolermaster haf 912, nzxt source 210 elite as far as cases go.
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April 27, 2013 5:01:09 PM

tiny voices said:
the corsair cx500 and xfx pro550 are good budget PSUs. You likely wont need USB 3.0. I like the corsair 200r/300r, coolermaster haf 912, nzxt source 210 elite as far as cases go.


Thank you so much =) also is the msi radeon ghz edition 7870 that much better than a regular 7870?. also how does the msi ghz compare to the other ghz editions? I just picked the cheapest one on pc part picker.Also will the phenom black bottleneck the 7870 at all?. I've heard that its only 30% slower than the i5-2500k so It should'nt bottleneck right? And one last thing, what is the point of more expensive motherboards? I know that you can add and ssd or, more memory, or g cards in sli. But is that it? And how is my motherboard for that stuff? Sorry about all the questions, but I'm just trying to get the best build I can for the price =).
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April 27, 2013 5:03:43 PM

the ghz edition is basically the same as the normal 7870.

The CPU shouldn't bottleneck the GPU. The phenom 2 x4 965BE (when overclocked) is about equal to the i3 3220 in gaming performance.

Your motherboard is older but it will do just fine. More expensive boards have more features (usb 3.0, etc.), better power phases for overclocking, newer chipsets, better bios's.
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April 27, 2013 5:09:41 PM

tiny voices said:
the ghz edition is basically the same as the normal 7870.

The CPU shouldn't bottleneck the GPU. The phenom 2 x4 965BE (when overclocked) is about equal to the i3 3220 in gaming performance.

Your motherboard is older but it will do just fine. More expensive boards have more features (usb 3.0, etc.), better power phases for overclocking, newer chipsets, better bios's.


Last question (I hope). Im probably going to get a surround sound card later on for games like bf3. What sound card would you suggest? and is the difference between a budget surround sound card and a expensive one enough to warrent buying the expensive one? I would probably be looking for one under 100$ and preferably under 60$

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April 27, 2013 5:11:04 PM

I wouldn't suggest one. You do not need a sound card unless you have a 7.1 surround sound home theater system or a $300 headset. The on-board audio is better than basically any sub-$100 sound card.
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April 27, 2013 5:26:50 PM

tiny voices said:
I wouldn't suggest one. You do not need a sound card unless you have a 7.1 surround sound home theater system or a $300 headset. The on-board audio is better than basically any sub-$100 sound card.


I have the audio technica ad700. Its only 90$ but is considered to be one of if not the best pair of headphones for positional accuracy with surround sound. =)
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April 27, 2013 5:41:37 PM

You will be looking at about a $100 sound card to get better audio than the motherboard.
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April 27, 2013 5:43:17 PM

tiny voices said:
You will be looking at about a $100 sound card to get better audio than the motherboard.

does the motherboard have surround sound? thanks for all the help by the way =).
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April 27, 2013 5:53:20 PM

tiny voices said:
it is 5.1 channel.

here is a link to the Audio chipset for that board: http://www.realtek.com.tw/products/productsView.aspx?La...


oh it is 5.1. nvm then =P no need for a sound card I guess. Well that saves me some money =). thanks for all the help! I think thats all I need! thanks again! =).

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April 27, 2013 6:00:05 PM

Anytime. Always glad to be able to help.
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