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November 8, 2013 3:57:54 PM
November 8, 2013 4:02:38 PM

I don't even know what processor that is you have listed...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.31 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($47.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Essential 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $981.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-08 19:06 EST-0500)
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November 8, 2013 4:07:34 PM

i would at least get a motherboard with am3+ and SLI supported and minimum a 6-core processor, then later down the road you get the same video card and dual them. i use the Cool master Scout case and its flawless when cooled with my corsair h80i, 120mm noctual fans,120mm jetflos fans, and 120mm Corsair sp120(never reaches over 40'c and nice looking too. AMD stock fans are terrible, they are there so you can use them, but i would recommend buying a after market cpu cooler
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November 8, 2013 4:09:47 PM

Hey mate. Here are a couple tips:
- you want 2 sticks of RAM, not one. Otherwise your motherboard won't take advantage of dual channel memory technology.
- you can afford a way better CPU...that one kinda sucks, no offense
- if you only use Amazon, you're gonna spend way too much
- you could skimp on the below build and get a better graphics card or something, it's just an example

Here's one I put together for you, based on your existing ideas:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($197.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $897.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-08 19:07 EST-0500)
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November 8, 2013 4:19:50 PM

Considering your budget, your build is reasonable.

The graphics card is more important than the cpu. you did well to budget 2x the cpu cost for the graphics card.

I might buy a 2 x 4gb ram kit so you get dual channel operation. It should cost no more.

Cases are a personal thing, I actually like the one you picked.
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November 9, 2013 8:07:40 PM

ACTechy said:
Hey mate. Here are a couple tips:
- you want 2 sticks of RAM, not one. Otherwise your motherboard won't take advantage of dual channel memory technology.
- you can afford a way better CPU...that one kinda sucks, no offense
- if you only use Amazon, you're gonna spend way too much
- you could skimp on the below build and get a better graphics card or something, it's just an example

Here's one I put together for you, based on your existing ideas:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($197.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($150.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $897.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-08 19:07 EST-0500)


Hi,
The reason why they are all amazon is I'm from Australia, and new egg etc doesn't ship internationally.

Also, I don't have enough money in my budget to upgrade the cpu!
What should I do?
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November 9, 2013 9:51:36 PM

Oh gotcha, didn't know you were in Australia. Here's a revised version from stores you could order from, had to back up the graphics card a little bit...you could always upgrade later if you need, or if you can spend a little over $1000 now, get something better. I think starting with a strong CPU would be better, but that's just me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($149.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($12.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1010.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 16:48 EST+1100)
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November 9, 2013 10:10:03 PM

ACTechy said:
Oh gotcha, didn't know you were in Australia. Here's a revised version from stores you could order from, had to back up the graphics card a little bit...you could always upgrade later if you need, or if you can spend a little over $1000 now, get something better. I think starting with a strong CPU would be better, but that's just me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($149.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($12.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1010.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 16:48 EST+1100)

This; I honestly say CPU over GPU.
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November 10, 2013 1:03:38 AM

ACTechy said:
Oh gotcha, didn't know you were in Australia. Here's a revised version from stores you could order from, had to back up the graphics card a little bit...you could always upgrade later if you need, or if you can spend a little over $1000 now, get something better. I think starting with a strong CPU would be better, but that's just me:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($95.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ PLE Computers)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($149.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN781ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($12.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($85.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($104.00 @ PLE Computers)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1010.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 16:48 EST+1100)


Thanks for your help,
I was actually gonna order from amazon anyway as currency exchange is low atm and shipping etc. So if you come up with a build of no more then $950 including everything, with my asus vx23ah monitor that would be great. From amazon please!
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November 10, 2013 8:12:37 AM
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