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Final Review/Comments on ~$800 Gaming Build

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July 31, 2013 12:08:20 PM

Hi guys. I'm looking to put together a gaming build with a budget of about $800. It will be my first pc build, and would greatly appreciate any and all advice on improving or tweaking what I can. Planning on making all purchases tomorrow.

So, here's what I've got:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($95.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($228.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VJ400G1N2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.96 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $813.99 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-31 15:06 EDT-0400)

Thanks in advance for your help!

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July 31, 2013 12:13:59 PM

For gaming I'd go down to a fx-6300 and then put that money into a nicer graphics card like a gtx 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Plus it's not that much more than the card you have right now (btw 230 for a 7870??...ripoff)

As for storage do you already have a spare hard drive because 120gigs isn't much, you might want to look into buying a hdd too
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a b 4 Gaming
July 31, 2013 12:14:20 PM

Looks good to me. However, I'd buy a Gigabyte motherboard, as they all have 8+2 VRMs (as long as they have 970/990X/990FX chipset). That ASUS board only has 4+1.

EDIT: I agree with Christian.
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July 31, 2013 12:19:55 PM

You need a larger storage drive if that is the only one going into the system. Use money towards a hard disk drive.

I have a 120gb SSD as a OS drive with storage being separate and I find I run out of room on my OS drive with only applications and no games installed on it.
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July 31, 2013 12:54:14 PM

Thanks for the responses, guys. And with regards to the hard drive, I do have a seperate 2TB external hard drive where I store all of my media, etc. I also have a laptop I use as a workstation for all of my schoolwork, and related nonsense. This pc will be more or less exclusively for games, as well as some web browsing. If you still think 120GB isn't enough for that, I can replace it with a larger mechanical drive. But I would like a SSD if I can make it happen.

Anyway, taking into account the suggestions I've gotten, how about this revised build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VO600A1W3N ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.44 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $828.40 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-31 15:52 EDT-0400)
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July 31, 2013 1:30:06 PM

As per my comment I could not run a gaming only PC with games located locally on a 120 GB SSD drive Not even with just my Steam file.

You either need to cough up the more money for a separate mechanical or go with just the mechanical alone. The difference isn't the biggest thing in the world if you went with just mechanical for now and the system will be WAY faster than running the games from your external HDD.

Remember, if you grabbed mechanical now you can always add the SSD later. Then just transfer saves / re-establish registry files from old HDD with keeping game installs intact, delete all old windows/system content then run with OS on SSD and games on HDD. Very fast system then.
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July 31, 2013 1:36:52 PM

Hmm, alright, you've convinced me. I will check the couch cushions when I get home for enough change to add another drive, or replace the SSD with a mechanical one. I also will shop around a bit more for a case, if anyone has a suggestion for one in the <$100 category.

Comments on any/all of the other components will also be greatly appreciated, before I pull the trigger on this guy.
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July 31, 2013 1:42:27 PM

Depending on your skill, and how adventurous/important that 2TB external is, you could always remove the case and the SATA/USB bar at its front and socket it into your new desktop using the internal connectors, which gives your storage and removes the need for an additional mechanical hard drive. This would allow you to still purchase a SSD, but it will remove the flexability of the external drive. Alternatively you could do the above, while utlizing your pc as platform to stream media to your other devices as necessary if not...
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August 1, 2013 7:37:02 AM

That's an interesting idea, but I just don't think it's the way I'd like to go. Having an external drive is fairly important to me, and I trust my ability to save up $90 over my ability to DIY electrical components. But thanks for the suggestion.

Anyway, today is the day I make my purchases. I've tweaked my build a little based on comments and shopping around some, and here's what I've got:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($108.99 @ Dell Small Business)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $820.03 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-01 09:55 EDT-0400)

If anyone has any further comments, now's the time to say something. If I get a consensus that it looks good, I'll pull the trigger.

And thanks for all the help. Like I said, it's my first time putting a pc together, and it's a sizeable sum of money being put down for a college student. Wanna make sure I do it as well as I can.
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August 1, 2013 8:34:06 AM

The MSI Twin Frozr GTX 760 is widely regarded as the best version, although the Gigabyte one does beat it in some departments. Either one will be fine for you. :) 

Looks like a great build to me :) 
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August 1, 2013 8:51:09 AM

Looks good here too.

I always felt an SSD is the last component to put money towards and only if you had it. The base components are far more important ( CPU/GPU ) when it comes to a gaming computer, besides that, all the rest is extra toys. You need that space and you will not miss the SSD as much as you would have the space. The WD Black is a solid HDD.
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August 1, 2013 3:08:57 PM

Alright, I did it. Parts will show up next week and we'll see how this works out. Thanks again for all the help from this site. Lots of friendly and helpful folks.
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