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Please Critique My Proposed Budget Gaming Build (Apx. $800)

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November 26, 2013 11:34:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27u14
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27u14/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/27u14/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($183.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $804.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 02:36 EST-0500)

Approximate Purchase Date: either Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or late December

Budget Range: After shipping, around $850

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Plan on gaming games such as the Total War series (whenever the problems with Rome TW 2 finally get fixed). I also planned on playing some FPS, such as Call of Duty titles, and also BF4, hopefully at ultra settings

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Wanted to reuse an Antec TP3-550 Truepower Trio 550w, although it is about six years old. However, it hasn't been used since that same amount of time. Do you think I can reuse this PSU? If I can, then you can ignore my proposed PSU listed above

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, preferably

Location: Los Angeles

Parts Preferences: AMD, but open to Intel

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Not at this time. However, I would like to reserve the ability to upgrade to a more powerful card such as the R9-290x card later in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Questions:My proposed build is an AMD build. However, if I am going the AMD route, should I wait until Kaveri APUs come out in January? I hate to buy an FX series CPU and a AM3+ mobo, as I hear the FX series will not be upgraded by AMD

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Been working out of a laptop for many years, would like the ability to upgrade components with ease. Plus, I would like to do some more heavier gaming. Thank you everyone.

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November 27, 2013 12:05:33 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $804.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-27 02:50 EST-0500)

Better quality motherboard.
Doubled your RAM.
Cheaper gpu, same performance.
Better quality case.
Better quality psu, allows for future crossfire.
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November 27, 2013 12:18:33 AM

Ditch the WD blue. Seagate spinpoint better thn blue.
Look for an xfx 550 pro psu, this is better made and cheaper than the cx600 (Which I own;ok but xfx better)
Buy windows 7 hp on ebay ($45), doesnt matter if o.e.m. code at that price.in 4 yrs W7 will be obsolete.
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November 28, 2013 3:41:10 AM

I appreciate the feedback realchaos and chrisso, I will definitely make the suggested changes you made.

However, I did ask this question: "My proposed build is an AMD build. However, if I am going the AMD route, should I wait until Kaveri APUs come out in January? I hate to buy an FX series CPU and a AM3+ mobo, as I hear the FX series will not be upgraded by AMD" Would like to know if any of you can answer this question?

Thanks again.
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