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First time PC build! How can I reduce it's price? $870

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November 16, 2013 10:29:37 PM

Hi, I am just getting into PC gaming and I am thinking about building a PC. I originally wanted my PC to be around $700 if not less. However when I chose all the parts I wanted it came out to be in the high $800s. Here is a link:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/23zDt

Now I will buy most of these parts around Black Friday/Cyber Monday so I can get a better price on all the parts or at least try to. I will also buy second hand and off of Ebay possibly. But, can anybody tell if this build is good and what I can improve on it? Can you guys list parts that I should replace? Can you guys tell me cheaper parts that are about as good?
November 16, 2013 10:30:38 PM

Also can this run BF4 on ultra and what about Crysis 3?
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November 16, 2013 10:45:29 PM

The Cooler Master V6 price is a mislink. It says $9.99 at Mwave, but the link leads to a fan, not a heatsink.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $729.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-17 01:44 EST-0500)

The gpu is stronger. The psu is higher quality.
Cheaper ram, same performance.
Better quality board.
Downgraded processor to FX-8320. Add in the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO in the future and overclock it past 8350 levels.
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November 17, 2013 3:22:11 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($189.00 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $672.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-17 06:21 EST-0500)

At that budget, I wouldn't even bother with the SSD.
Stock CPU cooler will do just fine.
If you're just gaming and with a budget that low, the FX-6300 will do everything you need. I was actually considering getting the 6300 myself but I bumped up my budget.
If you want to cut down more, get one stick of ram now and buy another stick later. Can always add more ram :-)
Also changed the case to a bit cheaper one.
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November 17, 2013 3:25:27 AM

HiImPancake said:
Also can this run BF4 on ultra and what about Crysis 3?


I know for SURE it can run it on high at 60 fps with no problems.
Crysis 3? Doubt it, maybe on high with some settings played with.

That is, if you're talking about 1080p. If you play at a lower resolution, you can definitely max them out.
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November 17, 2013 11:59:28 AM

It should run Ultra on 30~50 FPS with a 1080p monitor like dopeysaidso said.
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November 17, 2013 2:21:35 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/23Tkl
I am going to go with the 8350 to future proof my build further. The difference in price is minimal anyways. Do you think it's worth it or not?

The 2 things I am most worried about is if the case and motherboard are compatible I know the front USB won't work, but is there any other issues besides that and the other thing is if I will be able to get the graphics card or not. I'm fine if I have to go with the MSI R7950 for $50 more however.


What do you guys think about this build?
Are there any issues in it?
Any things that I should change?
How much do you think I will be able to get it for on Black Friday/CyberMonday?
What parts are mainly on sale on Black Friday/Cyber Monday?
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November 17, 2013 2:47:02 PM

Only APUs will benefit from faster RAM. You'll be fine 1600mhz ram.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($170.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $768.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-17 17:43 EST-0500)

Cheaper ram, you won't notice the performance difference.
FX-8320 can be overclocked to FX-8350 levels and beyond. 8350 won't "future-proof" your build because its the same as a 8320 except clocked 500mhz higher.
Better quality case and psu.
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November 17, 2013 4:01:03 PM

realchaos said:
Only APUs will benefit from faster RAM. You'll be fine 1600mhz ram.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($72.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($170.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $768.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-17 17:43 EST-0500)

Cheaper ram, you won't notice the performance difference.
FX-8320 can be overclocked to FX-8350 levels and beyond. 8350 won't "future-proof" your build because its the same as a 8320 except clocked 500mhz higher.
Better quality case and psu.


If you're planning to have more overclock range, a 990fx board will be A LOT better.
I went up to 4.2GHz on a M5A97 R2.0 with a 8320 but haven't tried to go any further (perfectly fine at 4.0GHz).

Save the money and get the 8320, not the 8350. Although it has better overclocking range, it isn't worth it with your budget.

realchaos supplied you with an extremely nice build, I would take that.
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November 17, 2013 4:54:05 PM

Yeah a 990FX board will overclock better due to more power-phases and overall higher quality, but it's also more expensive as well. A 970 chipset overclocks decently, not as great as a 990FX board, but still decent. Either way, OP should be happy with the new build.
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November 17, 2013 9:13:49 PM

Thanks realchaos, you've helped me out a ton. I had a few questions left: Is it possible to just torrent the Windows 8.1 and use a KMS activator? Has anybody tried this if so what is your experience with it?
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