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October 4, 2013 11:54:18 PM

As the title says, this is my first build and I'd like to know if there are any areas I can Improve on.

-This PC will be almost strictly for gaming (read I'll be playing alot of BF4 this winter)
-I don't intend to overclock
-$1,000 budget (including monitor)
-I may run crossfire or add another HDD in the future
-Prices are current on newegg.ca (CAN $)

Thanks!

CPU
AMD FX-6350 Vishera 3.9GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6350FRHKBOX
$139.99

Motherboard
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
$84.99

GPU
PowerColor AX7870 2GBD5-2DHV2 Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$189.99

RAM
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
$84.99

SSHD
Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive
$129.99

Optical Drive
ASUS DVD-Writer Black SATA Model DRW-24F1ST
$15.99

Power Supply
Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W Continuous @40°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Single 12V Rail, Active PFC "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply
$59.99

Case
Rosewill Galaxy-02 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, Top mounted USB 3.0 Port
$39.99

Monitor
ASUS VE247H Black 23.6" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor
$174.99

Wireless Adapter
Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) PCI Express 300/300Mbps Transfer/Receive Rate 2T2R Wireless Adapter
$24.99

Total: $945.9 (before taxes and shipping)
October 4, 2013 11:59:18 PM

This isn't entry level gaming bro. This can even max out a lot of games. For bf4, sure this will surely run it. It might even run at high settings, I doubt ultra specially on MP. But if you're planning on Xfire in the future, might wanna get a 750w PSU bro. The 630w for 2 7870 might be cutting too close, but I'm sure it will run, but it would be very stressful for the PSU.

Also, if you stick with your build as it is, it's a very good one bro! Goodluck.
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October 5, 2013 12:46:15 AM

Get fx 8320
For motherboard the gigabyte 970 is better
1 tb hdd should be plenty

With the leftover money you can get a ~300$ gpu,
(hd 7970 or the new amd hawaii gpu)
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October 5, 2013 12:58:06 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Get fx 8320
For motherboard the gigabyte 970 is better
1 tb hdd should be plenty

With the leftover money you can get a ~300$ gpu,
(hd 7970 or the new amd hawaii gpu)


I dont know how your saving enough money there to get a 7970? maybe removing the hybrid drive and just getting a standard 1tb? but i have to agree with this, if you go amd, get an 8 core cpu, much better for upcoming games. otherwise get an intel i5, it performs better than even the AMD 8 core cpus for a wider range of games.
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October 5, 2013 8:07:11 AM

adimeister said:
This isn't entry level gaming bro. This can even max out a lot of games. For bf4, sure this will surely run it. It might even run at high settings, I doubt ultra specially on MP. But if you're planning on Xfire in the future, might wanna get a 750w PSU bro. The 630w for 2 7870 might be cutting too close, but I'm sure it will run, but it would be very stressful for the PSU.

Also, if you stick with your build as it is, it's a very good one bro! Goodluck.


I put it together on PC PartPicker and with two 7870's its was at 594W and with an extra HDD on top 614W. Is that too close to 630W? Why can't a 630W easily handle < 630W?

EDIT: For $5 more I was able to get a 700W power supply, the Rosewill Stallion Series RD700 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
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October 5, 2013 8:10:37 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Get fx 8320
For motherboard the gigabyte 970 is better
1 tb hdd should be plenty

With the leftover money you can get a ~300$ gpu,
(hd 7970 or the new amd hawaii gpu)



OK. I'll keep the CPU recommendation in mind. The 8350 is on sale for $30 more than the 8320. Is it worth the extra money?

I compared the MSI and Gigabbyte boards and the MSI have better crossfire support with x16, x8 where as the Gigabyte has x16 and x4.

I probably could save around $60 by going down to a WD 1TB, but not that's not enough to get to a $300 GPU.
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October 5, 2013 8:13:11 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
Marcopolo123 said:
Get fx 8320
For motherboard the gigabyte 970 is better
1 tb hdd should be plenty

With the leftover money you can get a ~300$ gpu,
(hd 7970 or the new amd hawaii gpu)


I dont know how your saving enough money there to get a 7970? maybe removing the hybrid drive and just getting a standard 1tb? but i have to agree with this, if you go amd, get an 8 core cpu, much better for upcoming games. otherwise get an intel i5, it performs better than even the AMD 8 core cpus for a wider range of games.


OK. The SSHD is just so appealing. 2TB with the boot time close to a SSD. I think I will go with 8 core then.

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October 5, 2013 8:20:33 AM

Any thoughts on the monitor? Am I spending too much or too little for the PC I've put together?
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October 5, 2013 8:26:09 AM

swapped the 2TB SSHD for the 1TB version. Saved $50 since the 1TB was on sale
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October 5, 2013 10:27:12 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.10 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($269.00 @ Canada Computers)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.46 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.58 @ DirectCanada)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $1009.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-05 13:26 EDT-0400)


if you wan to overclock, get an extra cpu-cooler.
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October 5, 2013 1:24:14 PM

Thanks for everyone's input! I finally went with this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.10 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($97.05 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.30 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($91.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($245.41 @ DirectCanada)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N13 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 700W ATX12V Power Supply ($74.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $963.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-05 16:24 EDT-0400)

The prices here aren't exactly up to date as some of the sales/shipping aren't represented. I paid a total of $1075.28 CAN after taxes and shipping, before mail in rebates.

Thanks again.
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October 5, 2013 1:48:52 PM

^ aahahahahahahahaha stubborn kid eh? Such a waste of money, sshd plus ssd because he wanted a fast boot time.. He would've been happier with a 7970.
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October 5, 2013 1:53:19 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
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adimeister said:
^ aahahahahahahahaha stubborn kid eh? Such a waste of money, sshd plus ssd because he wanted a fast boot time.. He would've been happier with a 7970.



$20 more for an SSHD (compared to a regular 1TB HDD) vs $130 more for a 7970 (compared to the 7870).... also I didn't get a SSD and a SSHD just the SSHD.

I saw more value in the $20 upgrade.

EDIT: Maybe I should explain. The 7870 was on sale at new egg for $189 not the $245 shown.

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