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I need advice building a new AMD-based PC.

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October 27, 2013 1:13:35 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: I'm planing to get it within the next few months or sooner if i have the money.

Budget Range: I was hoping to stay under 1000, but with the parts I have in mind I will go over a bit.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I will mostly use it for gaming, streaming, and other things like that.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: I don't have any parts for it yet.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website/store will be fine as long as it is safe and reliable.

Location: VA US

Parts Preferences: Im building an AMD-based PC. Other then that, i don't mind the brands.

Overclocking: Maybe (if i get a good cooling system)

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: I'm not sure what to get yet. (?1920x1080, or 1920x1200?)

Additional Comments: Would this be a good system. This is what i was looking at but i'm not sure yet. Should i swap out any parts to get more for my money. Also, i still need a good case, mouse, and keyboard.

CPU: AMD FD8320FRHKBOX FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition ($160)

GPU: MSI AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMini DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card R7950 TWIN FROZR 3GD5/OC ($285)

MoBo: MSI Computer Corp. Socket AM3+ AMD 970 DDR3 SATA3 and USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard 970A-G43 ($60)

Memory: Corsair 8 GB DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory ($67)

HDD: Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Internal Desktop 3.5" Hard Drive ($85)

Power Supply: XFX ATX 550 Power Supply - P1550SXXB9 ($61)

OS: I would like to have windows 7, but i'm not sure where to get it. Everywhere I look, the reviews say that it is either not compatible/working or pirated.(expecting around $100)

Optical Driver: Probably, any OC from newegg or something similar around $25 will do. (any recommendations) ($25)

Total is around $860 so far. Basically, i just need to know if i should switch anything, if the parts work well together, and recommendations for the parts i still need.
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October 27, 2013 2:00:24 AM

LG Internal Super Multi Drive 24X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $21.99
This video card Gigabyte R9 280X http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-3GB-2xMini-Graphic... is much better than 7950 and is with 15$ more expensive than 7950
Read a review to compare these two cards http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/gigabyte_radeon_r9...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 27, 2013 2:26:47 AM

Here is a basic build.You may edit anything you se fit

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.60 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($73.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($297.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $869.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-27 05:18 EDT-0400)

Not sure if your budget for the monitor is included in the $1000. Anyway,this build will change if you decide you want to crossfire and OC.You'll need a better mobo and PSU.
The Carbide 200R is a great case for your needs.Unsure of the keyboards and mice.These are really subjective.
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