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May 23, 2013 12:12:00 AM

This is my first build. The total comes out to $687.93 because I already have an optical drive and I already have the hard drive I have picked out. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kameronk/saved/1DpY I'm building it mainly for gaming but will also do some light college homework and maybe watch videos etc. Please give me your opinions! I don't need a keyboard, mouse or monitor either.

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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 1:13:13 AM

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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.32 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $765.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-23 04:11 EDT-0400)

That mobo was way overkill. Full stop.

It wants you to get the CPU from Microcenter, but it comes out about the same when you go elsewhere.

EDIT: Or an intel build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.32 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $777.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-23 04:16 EDT-0400)

You could also get an i5-3350P and a 660 or 7870XT
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May 23, 2013 1:30:52 AM

Thanks! I appreciate the input. I just didn't want to get a mobo that wasn't enough for what i'm trying to do which is moztly game.
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May 23, 2013 1:32:09 AM

I would really rather have a modular psu. And btw, is it worth it to get an ivy bridge for the pci 3.0 yet, or no?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 1:32:30 AM

Well motherboard doesnt influence the performance directly
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 1:33:58 AM

Kameronk said:
I would really rather have a modular psu.


Not needed, you can hide it at the back.

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May 23, 2013 1:42:44 AM

Is it worth the extra money to go ahead and get an ivy bridge for the pcie 3.0 yet or is it not really needed?
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 1:48:28 AM

Ivy bridge should cost no more than Sandy. In fact, if you can I suggest you wait a week or two for Haswell.

Both are way better in terms of IPC (instructions per cycle; how effective each GHz-core is) than anything AMD has currently, and are much more efficient.

The PCIe3.0 thing isn't that important - PCIe 2.0 x8 is still enough for almost any card out there.
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May 23, 2013 1:54:56 AM

Is haswell going to 1155 socket?
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a c 276 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 5:42:31 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
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 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.32 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $765.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-23 04:11 EDT-0400)

That mobo was way overkill. Full stop.

It wants you to get the CPU from Microcenter, but it comes out about the same when you go elsewhere.

EDIT: Or an intel build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($289.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.32 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $777.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-23 04:16 EDT-0400)

You could also get an i5-3350P and a 660 or 7870XT


I actually think I'd go for the FX-6300 over the i3-3220 in this case. If you could go with an i5-3350P and 7870XT that would be a better solution but that would also put the build over budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 9:28:37 PM

Haswell is on a new socket, LGA1150.

You'll need a new MB with an 8-series chipset.
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