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First Gaming PC/Video Rendering Build Under $800

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July 21, 2013 5:22:02 PM

Hi,
This will be my first build want to build it in a few months, so for right now just want to get some ideas.
With the OS heres the build i put together (Will also need to get a $100 monitor so thats why it comes to about $700
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/steelerfan4630/saved/206M

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $698.61
Lmk what you guys think and please let me know what you guys think i should change
Thanks
CHANGED IT UP SLIGHTLY CHECK BELOW
a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2013 5:41:41 PM

It seems like a lot of the video rendering software is starting to take more advantage of the Amd video cards than the nVidia cards, so I'd swap out to a comparably priced Radeon. Also, slightly better Psu for about the same money, and 50w more from Xfx(Seasonic OEM).

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 ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $683.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-21 20:40 EDT-0400)
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July 21, 2013 6:04:59 PM

Swordkd said:
It seems like a lot of the video rendering software is starting to take more advantage of the Amd video cards than the nVidia cards, so I'd swap out to a comparably priced Radeon. Also, slightly better Psu for about the same money, and 50w more from Xfx(Seasonic OEM).

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 ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $683.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-21 20:40 EDT-0400)


thanks for the info ive done some more research on the 7870 it looks better than the gtx 660 even though gameplay might look really close, but like you said the rendering would be slightly better
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July 21, 2013 6:22:21 PM

Was able to change the build up a little bit, by finding a cheaper case,
upped the 6 core amd to an 8 core
worth the money????
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $703.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-21 21:21 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 21, 2013 6:40:18 PM

Looks good. And it comes to your 700 dollar budget. Could save some money on the Ram, and the optic drive. But that ram is pretty cheap for 1866, and I like the write speeds on that Asus drive, so up to you. It would only be a few dollars though, which you could put back into the Cpu for an 8350 for 180 at microcenter(I'm assuming you live near one, because you included them in your original build). The 8350 would be a best case Cpu for you, for your budget.
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