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October 17, 2013 9:13:24 AM

So after deciding to delve into the depths of building a gaming PC a few months back, I have done a fair bit of research and reading to create the best bang-for-buck build that I can get. My budget is $900 and the build I have come up with is this:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PSKo) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PSKo/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/1PSKo/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $135.00 @ PCCaseGear
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga...) | $119.00 @ PCCaseGear
**Memory** | [Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx16c9...) | $109.00 @ Scorptec
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-d...) | $69.00 @ PCCaseGear
**Video Card** | [Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr...) | $225.00
**Wireless Network Adapter** | [Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-wireless-network-c...) | $29.00 @ PCCaseGear
**Case** | [Cooler Master NSE-600-KKN2 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-nse6...) | $89.00
**Power Supply** | [Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg5...) | $92.00 @ CPL Online
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer](http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24ns...) | $25.00 @ PCCaseGear
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $892.00
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-18 03:05 EST+1100 |

I have entered a few prices manually as they were cheaper at my local store, but not on PartPicker. Thoughts? I want to get the best value for my dollar, so are there any things on here that you would change? I'd prefer not to go over the $900, but if a little more would boost performance by a lot then please let me know.

Also, as the rig is meant to be for running games at ultra at reasonable framerates on a 60Hz monitor, will a 7870 be enough? I've read conflicting reviews on this card. Also, if I were to crossfire in a year or so, would the driver issues be resolved? Or, with the advent of "new" GPU's, will AMD just ignore these issues and focus on new drivers/software/harware?

On the other hand, would it be feasible to go with an OC GTX 660 and then SLI down the track? (I understand I'd also have to change the mobo). I have seen a 660's going for around 220-ish, so the same price as the 7870. Does it deliver the same performance, and was my idea per described above viable? Or stupid?

As you can see, I sorta like the idea of a multi-GPU setup.

Thanks :) 

*Quick thought, would the FX-6300 bottleneck multi-GPU's? (If that makes sense)*



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October 17, 2013 9:29:10 AM

I would just go intel and NVidia. For like a 100 more bucks u can get a nice intel setup. I just ran a system thru pc partpicker

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 -$10.00 FREE $209.99 Buy
Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $86.99 -$12.00 FREE $74.99 Buy
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $124.99 FREE $124.99 ($0.01 more than Outlet PC) Buy
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $89.99 FREE $89.99 ($15.00 more than NCIX US) Buy
Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 FREE $74.99 Buy
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card $259.99 -$10.00 FREE $249.99 Buy
Cooler Master NSE-600-KKN2 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 -$20.00 FREE $49.99 Buy
EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $99.99 -$20.00 $6.67 $86.66 Buy
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $19.99 $2.99 $22.98 ($3.00 more than Outlet PC) Buy
Total (9 / 9 Items): $984.57

This is a great little gaming setup plus you have the ability with the 80+ gold psu to add another great card. The EVga 760 is a beast of card in its bracket. Plus if you buy these parts over a 2-4 week period of time you might be able to find them even cheaper as these sites put items on sale whenever they feel like it. Personally I woud dump the hdd and start out with like Samsung Evo 120gb SSD. They run about $100 and it should be enough room for your OS and a couple of games. Then when you save a little more money just buy a 1TB HDD for like $70-$80 a month later. Good luck dude
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October 17, 2013 9:38:56 AM

CoronaBuzz said:
I would just go intel and NVidia. For like a 100 more bucks u can get a nice intel setup. I just ran a system thru pc partpicker

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 -$10.00 FREE $209.99 Buy
Corsair H80i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $86.99 -$12.00 FREE $74.99 Buy
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $124.99 FREE $124.99 ($0.01 more than Outlet PC) Buy
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $89.99 FREE $89.99 ($15.00 more than NCIX US) Buy
Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $74.99 FREE $74.99 Buy
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card $259.99 -$10.00 FREE $249.99 Buy
Cooler Master NSE-600-KKN2 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99 -$20.00 FREE $49.99 Buy
EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $99.99 -$20.00 $6.67 $86.66 Buy
Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $19.99 $2.99 $22.98 ($3.00 more than Outlet PC) Buy
Total (9 / 9 Items): $984.57

This is a great little gaming setup plus you have the ability with the 80+ gold psu to add another great card. The EVga 760 is a beast of card in its bracket. Plus if you buy these parts over a 2-4 week period of time you might be able to find them even cheaper as these sites put items on sale whenever they feel like it. Personally I woud dump the hdd and start out with like Samsung Evo 120gb SSD. They run about $100 and it should be enough room for your OS and a couple of games. Then when you save a little more money just buy a 1TB HDD for like $70-$80 a month later. Good luck dude


this is not the best choice.
-Why not go Haswell? It's new.
-The liquid cooler will be loud and not cool better than an air cooler.
-Get a WD or Seagate HDD
-WAY too much PSU. 600w is plenty here. And make sure it is Corsair, XFX, antec, Seasonic.

You also are not taking into account that OP is in Australia.
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October 17, 2013 9:44:29 AM

Hi. The INtel Build submitted by Corona, is a good Intel option. The one change I would make would be with the CPU cooler. You don't need water cooling as their are some good air coolers out there such as the Cooler Master 212 EVO which would bring you back closer to budget. http://au.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-coole...
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October 17, 2013 9:50:02 AM

Clearly you did not read he is on a budget. He is saving $100 dollars alone by not going haswell between the Mb and the chip, plus the 2% performance gain you get from the haswell chip is not worth it. The liquid cooler is just fine it will keep that cpu cooler if he ever decides to OC it, and seriously who complains about fan db in a pc, its not obnoxious loud, plus it can actually be had a bit cheaper then whats listed. As far as the evga psu, its one of the best psu's imo, and he's thinking about adding another card down the road so it will suit his needs. It fully modular, has a killer cable kit, is very reliable (ive been running sli 770 supercloced cards with a total system wattage of 700 watts on mine for a long time), plus it has a 10 year warranty. As far as the hard drives he could realistically go either way.

Coastie has a good point. You would be a lot closer to your budget with his option
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October 17, 2013 9:59:07 AM

CoronaBuzz said:
Clearly you did not read he is on a budget. He is saving $100 dollars alone by not going haswell between the Mb and the chip, plus the 2% performance gain you get from the haswell chip is not worth it. The liquid cooler is just fine it will keep that cpu cooler if he ever decides to OC it, and seriously who complains about fan db in a pc, its not obnoxious loud, plus it can actually be had a bit cheaper then whats listed. As far as the evga psu, its one of the best psu's imo, and he's thinking about adding another card down the road so it will suit his needs. It fully modular, has a killer cable kit, is very reliable (ive been running sli 770 supercloced cards with a total system wattage of 700 watts on mine for a long time), plus it has a 10 year warranty. As far as the hard drives he could realistically go either way.

Coastie has a good point. You would be a lot closer to your budget with his option


You are most likely right, and the build is a very good one, though I live in Australia and if prices were that cheap out here I'd be laughing. I would guesstimate that your build would run about $1300 if not $1400 out here, and I'm not joking.

Sucks, really :( 
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a c 392 4 Gaming
October 17, 2013 9:59:08 AM

The only reason I do not like that PSU is because when it was stress tested, it burned before the protection circuit cut the power. This may not matter as you will never use it past its wattage limits, but to me it denotes poor quality. It is however Gold certified, which means it is very efficient.

And no, dual 770s will not equal close to 700w. 2 770s in SLI under MAX load (which they usually are not) will use 402 W MAX. Your CPU will add another 100w MAX depending what CPU you have.

You system likely uses about 170w idle and no more than 550w MAX under FULL burn load.
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October 17, 2013 10:07:58 AM

Broba Fett said:
CoronaBuzz said:
Clearly you did not read he is on a budget. He is saving $100 dollars alone by not going haswell between the Mb and the chip, plus the 2% performance gain you get from the haswell chip is not worth it. The liquid cooler is just fine it will keep that cpu cooler if he ever decides to OC it, and seriously who complains about fan db in a pc, its not obnoxious loud, plus it can actually be had a bit cheaper then whats listed. As far as the evga psu, its one of the best psu's imo, and he's thinking about adding another card down the road so it will suit his needs. It fully modular, has a killer cable kit, is very reliable (ive been running sli 770 supercloced cards with a total system wattage of 700 watts on mine for a long time), plus it has a 10 year warranty. As far as the hard drives he could realistically go either way.

Coastie has a good point. You would be a lot closer to your budget with his option


You are most likely right, and the build is a very good one, though I live in Australia and if prices were that cheap out here I'd be laughing. I would guesstimate that your build would run about $1300 if not $1400 out here, and I'm not joking.

Sucks, really :( 


That was my thought when I saw the list and meant to mention it. Thought he may have talking in US Dollars and pricing. Things are very high down there. Guess it is the cost of shipping it in. The link I put up for the cooler was in Australian Dollars at one of the places down there.
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