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Best build for $570? (Feedback and First-Time Builder Advice Please!)

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August 22, 2013 5:00:21 PM

Hey Tom's Hardware Community! I'm new here and I just want some feedback on the build I am buying in the near future.

I researched for about a month, and this is what I am planning on purchasing. They are all currently on sale at stores I can access. Is there anything wrong or non-compatible with my build? I am pretty sure this is the best performance I can get for my budget in Canada. Thoughts and opinions are welcome!

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1v6Q8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1v6Q8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1v6Q8/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.75 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.55 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $569.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 19:51 EDT-0400)

I also plan on upgrading my mouse+keyboard and found this steal of a deal from Cooler Master. For $20, a good-looking and generic keyboard and mouse from a trusted brand like Cooler Master seems like a good deal.

Keyboard+Mouse: http://ncix.ca/products/?sku=85648&vpn=SGB-3010-KKMF1-U...

Thanks for reading,
-Mike

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August 22, 2013 5:12:43 PM

I made a few changes to your build, got a better motherboard an a better Video Card, cutting on some parts where you didn't really need to spend that much. So here is what I ended up with, and I do believe that is pretty much the best you can get for your money at this price range :

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1v7pD
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1v7pD/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1v7pD/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.75 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.55 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $559.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 20:09 EDT-0400)
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August 22, 2013 5:20:49 PM

Thanks for the quick reply and modifications!

For the case, is the Antec One a good value? I am looking for decent cable management and appearance. Cases I have researched are the NZXT Source 210 which is rising hellishly in price but is a great case in general, the Rosewill Challenger which includes many fans including a blue LED one, as well as has good cable management, the Antec Three Hundred Two which has a large open space at the back of the case for cable routing, and the Corsair 200R.
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August 22, 2013 5:25:43 PM

You can change my case to any other that you like, just make sure that it has a front panel usb 3.0 port. The Corsair 200R is a great one. But I do believe that with it, it gets a bit above your budget. The case that I recommended you is good, but for its price. Obviously, there's a lot of better options if you're open to pay more...
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August 22, 2013 5:52:13 PM

For a first build the Corsair 200r is the best choice. It's a little more money build the wire management and space inside to work with make it worth it.
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August 23, 2013 6:32:32 AM

I have decided to go with a Corsair 200R. However, the HD 7850 costed about $200 before rebates and I do not want to spend over $700 on my budget up-front and before rebates, because rebates are a hassle to complete.

Here is my final build: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1viB5
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