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November 20, 2013 6:34:21 PM

So ive decided for the holidays to switch to PC gaming instead of console (i need a new pc anyways) and i plan on building one myself. My budget is around ~$800. I have a list of components and id like some input on them since im new to this. Id really like to hear some recommendations, and opinion of this build. Thanks

CPU- AMD FX-6300 (3.5GHz)-$119
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 -$84 (after rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU- GIGABYTE Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256bit -$199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -$79
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU- CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W ATX12V -$59 (after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD- Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM -$69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive- Under $20, nothing fancy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case- Rosewill Challenger black ATX mid tower case -$49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM -$99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL- just under $800

Will i need a more high powered PSU? and is this a good deal considering my budget. Is getting an SSD really worth it?

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November 20, 2013 6:38:55 PM

All in all not bad at all. You might be able to squeeze in an R9 280X though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($298.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.36 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $809.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-20 21:38 EST-0500)
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November 20, 2013 6:51:58 PM

Blaise170 said:
All in all not bad at all. You might be able to squeeze in an R9 280X though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($298.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.36 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $809.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-20 21:38 EST-0500)


Thanks for responding so quick! i know the graphics card is probably the most important part of a gaming pc build. and i will definitely make some changes based on what you showed. but will an SSD make a major improvement on my build? i wouldnt be able to afford a large one.
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November 20, 2013 6:54:19 PM

If you can get one for a decent price, then you might like to get one. You won't see any huge performance gains while gaming though. They are good for installing Windows for boot and for running programs like Firefox that you run extremely often.
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November 20, 2013 7:01:46 PM

Do NOT buy an OEM copy of Windows 7. Trust me on this, if your system breaks, you're screwed, as that serial number ties with the motherboard. Get an OEM copy of Windows 8, as that grants a system builders license, so you don't need to worry. Anyway, here is a counter-build -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial V4 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($191.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $795.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-20 22:01 EST-0500)

This build is faster and has a great SSD with it.
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November 20, 2013 7:04:20 PM

dottorrent said:

This build is faster and has a great SSD with it.


I would agree with you, but that 7870 XT has been out of stock for quite some time and SuperBiiz has it listed that it may not come back in stock.
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November 20, 2013 7:08:50 PM

@Blaise170 okay i wont get one initially than. Thanks for your help.

@dottorrent i will definitely get windows 8 now, although i hate the Windows-Phone like menus, but ill be able to manage. does the Radeon 7870 XT you listed match performance with a R9 270X or 280X? thanks. I would love to run most games i play on high settings, maybe even ultra. Thanks
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November 20, 2013 7:11:57 PM

The 7870 XT performs up to par with a stock 7950, it will be playing on ultra for most games for a while
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