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October 22, 2013 12:51:26 PM

Hi everybody! I am brand new to building a PC. I have been researching it quite a bit but I still need a bit of help.


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: This month

Budget Range: $600-$700 After Rebates, After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, audio production, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No.

Parts to Upgrade: Everything, building a brand new computer

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere

Location: Missoula, MT (USA)

Parts Preferences: AMD

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: YMaybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080P TV

Additional Comments: The quieter the better! The main game I want to play is Skyrim, but other games such as BF4 also interest me.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Getting rid of the console!



Here is what I have come up with so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1RVCy

The main questions that I have now are: is my motherboard a good choice for overclocking and future upgrades? I will probably upgrade to a new CPU in the future. However, I would like a GPU that will hopefully last a little longer. I also obviously need a PSU, and I would like one that will hopefully not need to be replaced once I start upgrading. Any recommendations? Is this case going to be fine for me? And finally, I will add WiFi and bluetooth but I don't really have any idea what the best way to do that is, so any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance for all of your help everybody!

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October 23, 2013 2:35:45 PM

this PSU is solid - SeaSonic is a very reputable PSU maker and it's modular which helps with cable management $69.99 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could go for a 7950 instead of the 7870 if you want a little more power, though the 7870 is solid for BF4 and can run it on high at 1080p according to Tom's Hardware http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-4-graph...

Case should be fine, though it'd be better if you bought an additional 120 mm fan for front intake to supplement the rear exhaust fan.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 2:38:22 PM

Modified your build a bit (better mobo for OCing, good cpu cooler, great psu, different optical drive, nicer case, and ghz edition of the 7870) -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $698.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 17:41 EDT-0400)
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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 2:38:38 PM

He does not need 850w or anything like that . He could use a 500w unit with an hd7950 and still have plenty of headroom.
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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 2:39:54 PM

TBC1 said:
Modified your build a bit (better mobo for OCing, cpu cooler, and ghz edition of the 7870) -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.43 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $638.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 17:37 EDT-0400)


Throw in an xfx550 PSU and this build will be great.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 4:30:27 PM

tiny voices said:
TBC1 said:
Modified your build a bit (better mobo for OCing, cpu cooler, and ghz edition of the 7870) -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.43 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $638.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 17:37 EDT-0400)


Throw in an xfx550 PSU and this build will be great.


Yeah, I actually updated my post just a few seconds after I posted and added the XFX 550 (such a great psu).

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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 7:07:38 PM

It is a great unit for the money, that's for sure.
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October 23, 2013 8:46:56 PM

Thanks so much guys! I will shoot for a build like that one you posted TBC1. I really appreciate the input everyone!
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