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October 2, 2013 5:42:05 PM

I am building a pc right now and this is my current choice of components: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/LevelLoader/saved/#savedbu...
I am going to use this pc for gaming and potentially recording game play with a software such as fraps. I want atleast 40 minimum on high. Is this build good enough for this? Also part recommendations or good builds under $600 would be nice. Thanks :) .
a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2013 5:58:38 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $598.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-02 20:58 EDT-0400)
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October 2, 2013 5:59:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Kan6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Kan6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Kan6/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus H87M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($96.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Predator Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($58.61 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $657.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-02 20:59 EDT-0400)
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October 2, 2013 6:01:12 PM

the b75 mb only have one six gig sata ports if your going for micro atx get a h77. your video card not a gaming card. you want a 650ti or a 7850 as the min gpu.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2013 6:04:18 PM

This build will do for your recording -

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.46 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($73.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $604.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-02 21:06 EDT-0400)
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October 2, 2013 6:22:24 PM

LevelLoader said:
I am building a pc right now and this is my current choice of components: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/LevelLoader/saved/#savedbu...
I am going to use this pc for gaming and potentially recording game play with a software such as fraps. I want atleast 40 minimum on high. Is this build good enough for this? Also part recommendations or good builds under $600 would be nice. Thanks :) .


LevelLoader said:
I am building a pc right now and this is my current choice of components: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/LevelLoader/saved/#savedbu...
I am going to use this pc for gaming and potentially recording game play with a software such as fraps. I want atleast 40 minimum on high. Is this build good enough for this? Also part recommendations or good builds under $600 would be nice. Thanks :) .


Not even close. There's a ton of problems with that build.

For example, all of your funds clearly went into your CPU, but that GPU is piss-poor. For any gaming rig the level of importance puts your GPU as a first priority, and your CPU second. That doesn't mean you should skimp out on your CPU too much, but it does mean that your GPU should never be more affordable than your CPU. The GT 610 will handle Minecraft, but anything more demanding than that will give it a nosebleed. You didn't specify a resolution, but I'm going to assume that since you're gaming you'll probably choose a standard resolution like 1920x1080. For Battlefield 3 at 1920x1080 on medium settings, the GT 610 only gets around 15 fps. 20 if you're lucky. And with recording, you'll probably just get 10.

Then we have your PSU. If you're spending $20 on your PSU and it's over 250 or 300 W, then there's an issue. That thing is neither certified nor is it produced by a reputable company. It's a tier 5 PSU, meaning it's not only not going to output the power it advertises (550W) but it's also dangerous and could potentially not only damage your parts but could also cause injury (though the latter is rare).

Your RAM is also somewhat subpar. That's not necessarily a big deal, but it's running at 1.6 V. Quality RAM sticks run at 1.5 V. If it's running at 1.6 V, it means that the frequency was too much to handle at 1.5 V and so the manufacturers had to increase voltage to compensate. It'll shorten the life-span of your RAM, though not by much.

You also don't need a sound card. Nearly every motherboard comes with a sound card nowadays.

Anyway, here's a build that'll run far better than the one you wanted to buy and it's still under $600:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec SONATA III 500 ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $550.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-02 21:20 EDT-0400)
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October 2, 2013 6:29:06 PM

Deus Gladiorum said:
LevelLoader said:
I am building a pc right now and this is my current choice of components: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/LevelLoader/saved/#savedbu...
I am going to use this pc for gaming and potentially recording game play with a software such as fraps. I want atleast 40 minimum on high. Is this build good enough for this? Also part recommendations or good builds under $600 would be nice. Thanks :) .


LevelLoader said:
I am building a pc right now and this is my current choice of components: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/LevelLoader/saved/#savedbu...
I am going to use this pc for gaming and potentially recording game play with a software such as fraps. I want atleast 40 minimum on high. Is this build good enough for this? Also part recommendations or good builds under $600 would be nice. Thanks :) .


Not even close. There's a ton of problems with that build.

For example, all of your funds clearly went into your CPU, but that GPU is piss-poor. For any gaming rig the level of importance puts your GPU as a first priority, and your CPU second. That doesn't mean you should skimp out on your CPU too much, but it does mean that your GPU should never be more affordable than your CPU. The GT 610 will handle Minecraft, but anything more demanding than that will give it a nosebleed. You didn't specify a resolution, but I'm going to assume that since you're gaming you'll probably choose a standard resolution like 1920x1080. For Battlefield 3 at 1920x1080 on medium settings, the GT 610 only gets around 15 fps. 20 if you're lucky. And with recording, you'll probably just get 10.

Then we have your PSU. If you're spending $20 on your PSU and it's over 250 or 300 W, then there's an issue. That thing is neither certified nor is it produced by a reputable company. It's a tier 5 PSU, meaning it's not only not going to output the power it advertises (550W) but it's also dangerous and could potentially not only damage your parts but could also cause injury (though the latter is rare).

Your RAM is also somewhat subpar. That's not necessarily a big deal, but it's running at 1.6 V. Quality RAM sticks run at 1.5 V. If it's running at 1.6 V, it means that the frequency was too much to handle at 1.5 V and so the manufacturers had to increase voltage to compensate. It'll shorten the life-span of your RAM, though not by much.

You also don't need a sound card. Nearly every motherboard comes with a sound card nowadays.

Anyway, here's a build that'll run far better than the one you wanted to buy and it's still under $600:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec SONATA III 500 ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $550.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-02 21:20 EDT-0400)


Where's the PSU?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2013 6:38:08 PM

dottorrent said:
Where's the PSU?


Lol, wouldn't it be hilarious if I didn't include one after lambasting him for choosing a poor one? It's built into the case, buddy. Antec PSUs are guaranteed to be anywhere from 3rd tier to 1st tier.

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a b 4 Gaming
October 2, 2013 6:44:39 PM

Deus Gladiorum said:
dottorrent said:
Where's the PSU?


Lol, wouldn't it be hilarious if I didn't include one after lambasting him for choosing a poor one? It's built into the case, buddy. Antec PSUs are guaranteed to be anywhere from 3rd tier to 1st tier.



Ahh, I see now. My incredible eyesight working well.
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March 17, 2014 2:02:32 PM

I was building a build of my own. I put lots of hard research and thought into it. Check out this.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/LegendOfLich/saved/44Nw

Great for even if you wanted todo youtube recordings (main purpose of why I built this build).

It can play atleast most games at high, but mostly at very high settings.
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