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Budget gaming PC $700 Help? Opinions on parts so far?

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November 14, 2013 1:43:51 PM

CPU- AMD FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition
Motherboard- ASUS M5A97 R2.0
Memory-Kingston HyperX Blu 16GB Kit (2x8 GB Modules) 1600MHz 240-pin DDR3 (2)
Graphics card- ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5 Radeon 2GB DDR5
Power supply- Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt
November 14, 2013 1:47:58 PM

I would ditch the 7870 and get an R9 270X if you're set on AMD. It's faster and costs less.
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November 14, 2013 1:50:11 PM

You can chop the RAM down to 8GB, particularly if it lets you get a better PSU. The non-modular Corsair "CX" units are made with some inferior Samxon capacitors that don't like heat and are known for early failure. I'd get something built by Seasonic (their own, XFX, some Antec, some PC Power & Cooling) or Super Flower (Rosewill Capstone, NEW Kingwin). You'll only need 500W for a HD7870.
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November 14, 2013 1:55:29 PM

Onus said:
You can chop the RAM down to 8GB, particularly if it lets you get a better PSU. The non-modular Corsair "CX" units are made with some inferior Samxon capacitors that don't like heat and are known for early failure. I'd get something built by Seasonic (their own, XFX, some Antec, some PC Power & Cooling) or Super Flower (Rosewill Capstone, NEW Kingwin). You'll only need 500W for a HD7870.


The Rosewill Hive series are also good budget PSUs. And I've had great experiences with PC Power and Cooling.
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November 14, 2013 2:01:41 PM

Here is something for your budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $706.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 17:00 EST-0500)
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November 14, 2013 4:07:32 PM

Get a R9 270X instead; it outperforms the 7870 and should be cheaper!
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