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July 4, 2013 9:15:46 PM

Hey guys. So I'm new to tomshardware forum and I'm looking to build a custom rig. I have just gotten tired of my crappy Xbox 360 so I needed to upgrade. If you have any builds that would suit my needs I would appreciate it. Preferably, I would like a quieter computer because the computer is in my room. I would like it to play a variety of games such as Total War: Shogun 2, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Also League of legends (currently my favorite) Bioshock 1/2/Infinite, Mass Effect 1/2/3, Battfield 3, /4 when it comes out etc.) So mainly RTS, RPG, FPS, and maybe MMOs like SWTOR. Thanks!

Budget Range: 650-700$ I do live in the US. (i dont know what the sweet spot is for price/performance) This will include the whole tower, and a copy of windows 7.

System Usage: Gaming, movies (like netflix), and perhaps some basic applications like google chrome and word i will not be doing any kind of video editing or rendering.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

I will probably be overclocking my cpu and gpu when they start to become a bit slow, like in two years.

also i do need a legitamate copy of Windows 7 since i am too afraid to pirate it and get viruses on a new pc. So please try to include in the price i know it is a lot but i do not have 1000$ to spend on a gaming rig atm. Thanks for everything and appreciate all your help.
July 4, 2013 9:20:43 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $719.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 00:19 EDT-0400)

Do this. It's 20$ over budget, but it packs quite a punch. It's got a decent CPU and most importantly, a great graphics card. It also has 8GB of RAM and a decently sized hard drive.
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July 4, 2013 9:26:24 PM

Munchbot said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $719.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 00:19 EDT-0400)

Do this. It's 20$ over budget, but it packs quite a punch. It's got a decent CPU and most importantly, a great graphics card. It also has 8GB of RAM and a decently sized hard drive.

Pretty much what I would suggest too. Except that RAM is not on the motherboard's support list..
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July 4, 2013 9:26:56 PM

Munchbot said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.88 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $719.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 00:19 EDT-0400)

Do this. It's 20$ over budget, but it packs quite a punch. It's got a decent CPU and most importantly, a great graphics card. It also has 8GB of RAM and a decently sized hard drive.


Wow this build looks really nice I just have a question, do you know of that case has any good cable management? It looks pretty plain but can't complain for that price! :lol: 
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July 4, 2013 9:29:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($32.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $714.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 00:26 EDT-0400)

As low as I could get it(not really a good pc builder part-for-part) and is very similar to the other suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($32.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $684.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 00:37 EDT-0400)

Ok, absolute cheapest I could get although I had to cheap out on the PSU but got one with decent reviews. Edit: Also, trade out the optical drive I had with a cheaper one since I didn't even think about changing it.
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July 4, 2013 9:45:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.40 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $721.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 00:37 EDT-0400)

Pretty much the same as the others, but corrected some points. Compatible, high quality RAM. Same GPU but $10 I believe well spent over the Zotac. Will cool better and EVGA are a top choice for nVidia cards. Also put a cheaper case that has great cable management. Go for the Asus mobo over the G43, it is known for problems.
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July 4, 2013 10:13:34 PM

Guys I did a bit of tweaking and this is what I get for the best out of my money. I know I am paying extra but I don't mind since this build will last me 3 years without any upgrading, and this is as high as a could go. So here it is what do you think?[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dpC9) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dpC9/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dpC9/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $119.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97ler2...) | $67.99 @ NCIX US
**Memory** | [Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/patriot-memory-psd38g1600k...) | $58.49 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $69.99 @ Newegg
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n760tf2gd5o...) | $255.66 @ Newegg
**Case** | [Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-500rwt) | $69.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430...) | $25.00 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $14.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700404) | $87.98 @ Outlet PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $757.08
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 01:12 EDT-0400 |
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July 4, 2013 10:26:50 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $733.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 01:25 EDT-0400)

More storage and a price shave. And if you insist you can go back to your original case and still be good.
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July 4, 2013 10:35:11 PM

lxxjordan23xxl said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $733.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 01:25 EDT-0400)

More storage and a price shave. And if you insist you can go back to your original case and still be good.


I haea question on the case. Te 500r looks very appealing to have on my desk white the led's and such.but the point is space.do you know which one is bigger, and which one will have better cable management? Since this will be my first build this will be very important. Also if I was to add an h100i in the future would it fit? I have heard good things about both cases really but which would you prefer and why?
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July 4, 2013 10:54:51 PM

222lu222 said:
lxxjordan23xxl said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.83 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $733.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 01:25 EDT-0400)

More storage and a price shave. And if you insist you can go back to your original case and still be good.


I haea question on the case. Te 500r looks very appealing to have on my desk white the led's and such.but the point is space.do you know which one is bigger, and which one will have better cable management? Since this will be my first build this will be very important. Also if I was to add an h100i in the future would it fit? I have heard good things about both cases really but which would you prefer and why?


The main reason I recommended the HAF 912 is because I have read reviews of it having adequate room for cable management and the fact that it is cheaper than the 500r. They are both about the same size(click on the individual case links and look at the very bottom left under specifications for case dimensions) with the HAF 912 being a little wider (1inch) which may allow the H100i more room but I really don't know if there won't be any problems with the cooler in either case.

Edit: Did some looking on the net and saw that both cases should fit an H100i with some slight modifications at the most.
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July 4, 2013 11:46:11 PM

Honestly people, listen to what I am saying, these motherboards DO NOT support the RAM you are selecting. Before you buy, run the model by the support list for the motherboard: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM3+/M5A97_LE...

The one I suggested is definitely supported and maximizes the 1866MHz speed capability of AMD motherboards. Please, I have made the mistake of not checking before buying..
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July 4, 2013 11:53:03 PM

Budge414 said:
Honestly people, listen to what I am saying, these motherboards DO NOT support the RAM you are selecting. Before you buy, run the model by the support list for the motherboard: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM3+/M5A97_LE...

The one I suggested is definitely supported and maximizes the 1866MHz speed capability of AMD motherboards. Please, I have made the mistake of not checking before buying..


Well in reality the memory should work regardless of being from a qualified vendor but I guess you don't know until you try it.
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July 5, 2013 12:05:07 AM

lxxjordan23xxl said:

Well in reality the memory should work regardless of being from a qualified vendor but I guess you don't know until you try it.


It's not just the vendor. It's make, model, type, cas, number, GBs. Literally one letter wrong and chances are it might not work. Like what happened to me. Literally a Z instead of a B meant we had issues.
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