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Is this setup ready to build? (AMD FX 6300)

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July 30, 2013 9:23:16 AM

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $80.00*)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($69.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $565.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-30 11:47 EDT-0400)
*Bundled with processor @ microcenter

I got some feedback from some users here and this is what I have come up with. I just want to make sure I didn't miss anything, and that these parts are good options for the price. My budget is $650, so if I buy a monitor as well I am approximately $30 over budget.

The rebates on a bunch of these components end in the next day or two, so if everything is good I will probably build now, otherwise I'll have to do some more shopping around next month.

This PC should have more power than I need, I am more focused on having it work for a while. I hope I have chosen dependable parts. However, I would appreciate any advice on possible cost savings.

Thank you :) 
July 30, 2013 9:28:12 AM

It looks fine if you're not planning on playing the latest games decently. A 7770 is quite low-end.
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July 30, 2013 9:31:24 AM

Looks fine, If you are using a monitor at 1080P resolution then a step up to HD7850 or similar would be worth it but the HD7770 will handle most on lower resolution than that just fine.
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July 30, 2013 9:36:33 AM

What resolution do you play games at, that build is great for a mid-res monitor and if you dont mind mid-high end graphics gaming.
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July 30, 2013 9:38:50 AM

I don't really play anything demanding at the current time. I haven't settled on a monitor yet, so thank you all for your insight so far.

Like I said, I'm pretty sure this is more than I need right now. I am hoping that it is good performance for the price and the components are solid.
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July 30, 2013 9:41:21 AM

If you stay away from the most demanding games and don't expect Ultra settings, a 7770 will still handle 1080p fine. At least for now.
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July 30, 2013 9:42:43 AM

Nothing wrong with the components
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July 30, 2013 9:44:05 AM

Thanks Sakkura. Right now the 7770 is on rebate so it is 1/2 the price of the 7850. Seems like a good trade off for my needs.
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July 30, 2013 10:02:12 AM

All right it seems this build does suit your needs then. Especially if you don't play anything gpu challenging you'll be very fine!
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July 30, 2013 10:25:43 AM

From what I've read, in the future if I were to get a better video card, I could buy an aftermarket CPU cooler and overclock the processor to good overall effect?
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July 30, 2013 10:34:14 AM

roawh said:
From what I've read, in the future if I were to get a better video card, I could buy an aftermarket CPU cooler and overclock the processor to good overall effect?


Not necessarily. Its best getting what you need and what you think you'll need in the future now.

What resolution is your monitor?
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July 30, 2013 10:37:06 AM

I haven't purchased a monitor yet so I'm not sure. Do you have a recommendation?
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July 30, 2013 11:13:41 AM

I would reccommend an IPS display if you have the money, but apart from that a good 1080p display with good colours, response times and viewing angles will also be good.
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July 30, 2013 11:15:03 AM

roawh said:
From what I've read, in the future if I were to get a better video card, I could buy an aftermarket CPU cooler and overclock the processor to good overall effect?

Overclocking the CPU would reduce the risk of bottlenecking with a faster GPU, yes.
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July 30, 2013 11:31:22 AM

@ps3hacker
I'll keep an IPS display in mind...there is an ASUS one for around $160...I was hoping to spend less, but we'll see. The regular 23" ASUS is ~$120.

@Sakkura
Makes sense, I think I will be doing stock speed for now, this is my first time.
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July 30, 2013 11:40:30 AM

roawh said:
@ps3hacker
I'll keep an IPS display in mind...there is an ASUS one for around $160...I was hoping to spend less, but we'll see. The regular 23" ASUS is ~$120.

@Sakkura
Makes sense, I think I will be doing stock speed for now, this is my first time.

I don't know if this helps, but part picker lets you filter IPS panel displays and sort em by price:
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/monitor/#qq=1&p=1&sort=a9
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July 30, 2013 11:51:39 AM

I have found part picker to be very helpful so far, thanks :) 
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