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First Timer Building a Computer, Looking for Guidance

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September 24, 2013 4:55:40 PM

my Goal...

Hi, This is my first time trying to build a computer. I've done a lot of research, yet I still feel very overwhelmed... In the past, I've always bought pre-built computers.. so only a few weeks ago have i actually laid eyes on computer parts.. um.. I've set a budget of $1000(not including the operating system), although i definitely wouldn't mind saving as much as possible. I'm a bit of a gamer, Ex. Civ 4, COD and LoL (which is amazing..). I would like to record and edit videos without lagging as i play. i'm looking to build a med-energy efficient( gotta save the planet, while gaming ofc...) and med-high gaming computer, if that's even possible....

So this is where I am at so far....

AMD FX 6300 Vishera
Western Digital WD Blue
Kingston SSDNow V300 Series
G Skill Ripjawsx Series 4GB
Sapphire 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850
Cooler Master HAF Series RC-912-KKN

Power supply- still working on that...

Please feel free to make any suggestions, critiques, or explanations. I also have questions like if this is compatible, or any bottle-necking going on. And finally, thanks for taking the time to read this.

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September 24, 2013 5:52:16 PM

Get a 500w PSU from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

You should get 8gb RAM. (2x4gb)

Get a cheaper motherboard. Something like $80. This will allow you to get a better GPU.

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September 24, 2013 5:53:09 PM

For a build with one graphics card use a mb with a 970 series chipset . The ASUS M5A97 R2.0 is a great choice and saves you enough to consider upgrading the graphics card to a Radeon 7950

You need a 500 - 600 watt psu . Use only 80 + bronze or better rated units

Since you have the video requirement as well you will need more RAM . A 2 x4 gig kit is ideal . 1600 Mhz and rated for 1.5 volts or less .

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September 24, 2013 6:16:43 PM

Thanks alot guys. I'll look into antec, XFX, Corsair, and Seasonic and probably take your suggestions on the RAM, ASUS M5A97, Raedon 7950.