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November 30, 2013 6:01:10 PM

So this will be my first experience with building a computer. I would really appreciate any and all advice I can get.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-AC53 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($48.96 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Antec 75024 79.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($5.70 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: A4Tech G800V Wired Gaming Keyboard ($20.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: AZIO Levetron Wired Optical Mouse ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $757.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 20:48 EST-0500)

Thanks guys!

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November 30, 2013 6:06:07 PM

Are you planning to overclock?
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November 30, 2013 6:07:27 PM

Looks pretty good ! How about a CPU Cooler - might look at the Hyper 212 EVO
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November 30, 2013 6:07:29 PM

Good build overall id put a better power supply brand like corsair but great overall
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November 30, 2013 6:14:01 PM

I haven't researched too much into overclocking, how much would that add to my total cost as far as extra things I need for cooling? How much would the benefits affect gaming performance?
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November 30, 2013 6:16:04 PM

ItsKoto said:
I haven't researched too much into overclocking, how much would that add to my total cost as far as extra things I need for cooling? How much would the benefits affect gaming performance?


Costs about $30 to get a decent CPU cooler. The benefit is it would help out with more demanding games and can help reduce lag.
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November 30, 2013 6:17:59 PM

I always go with an aftermarket cooler, neither AMD or Intel put out very good stock coolers, and are often loud. Ocing can gain you you a few or many FPS depending on how CPU intensive the the individual game is
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November 30, 2013 6:19:52 PM

RazerZ said:
ItsKoto said:
I haven't researched too much into overclocking, how much would that add to my total cost as far as extra things I need for cooling? How much would the benefits affect gaming performance?


Costs about $30 to get a decent CPU cooler. The benefit is it would help out with more demanding games and can help reduce lag.

Thanks for the info! I'm guessing it wouldn't be too much harder to install an aftermarket CPU cooler than the stock one. Speaking of that, I would really appreciate any advice on the actual assembly part of the process, as I will be doing it myself.
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November 30, 2013 6:58:48 PM

If you can save some more or get a deal on Cyber Monday I would highly suggest to go with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $799.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 21:57 EST-0500)

If it's too much just swap out the CPU for a FX-8320 and your mobo.
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November 30, 2013 7:04:30 PM

Something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $713.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 22:04 EST-0500)
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November 30, 2013 7:09:05 PM

RazerZ said:
If you can save some more or get a deal on Cyber Monday I would highly suggest to go with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $799.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 21:57 EST-0500)

If it's too much just swap out the CPU for a FX-8320 and your mobo.


Performance-wise what difference would I see between the AMD and Intel systems you recommended?

Edit: Because the cost increase isn't an issue as long as the performance increase warrants it.
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November 30, 2013 7:18:59 PM

ItsKoto said:
RazerZ said:
If you can save some more or get a deal on Cyber Monday I would highly suggest to go with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $799.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 21:57 EST-0500)

If it's too much just swap out the CPU for a FX-8320 and your mobo.


Performance-wise what difference would I see between the AMD and Intel systems you recommended?

Edit: Because the cost increase isn't an issue as long as the performance increase warrants it.


There is a big difference, close to 65% better performance when gaming.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/437/AMD_FX-Series_FX-6...
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November 30, 2013 7:28:05 PM

RazerZ said:
ItsKoto said:
RazerZ said:
If you can save some more or get a deal on Cyber Monday I would highly suggest to go with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $799.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 21:57 EST-0500)

If it's too much just swap out the CPU for a FX-8320 and your mobo.


Performance-wise what difference would I see between the AMD and Intel systems you recommended?

Edit: Because the cost increase isn't an issue as long as the performance increase warrants it.


There is a big difference, close to 65% better performance when gaming.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/437/AMD_FX-Series_FX-6...


Well then, I'm pretty much sold. I suppose I'll wait for Monday to see if I can get some decent deals. Thanks for all the help! Is there a way I can thumbs you up or something like that on here?
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November 30, 2013 7:30:01 PM

ItsKoto said:
RazerZ said:
ItsKoto said:
RazerZ said:
If you can save some more or get a deal on Cyber Monday I would highly suggest to go with this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($6.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Mouse: ROCCAT Kova+ Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $799.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-30 21:57 EST-0500)

If it's too much just swap out the CPU for a FX-8320 and your mobo.


Performance-wise what difference would I see between the AMD and Intel systems you recommended?

Edit: Because the cost increase isn't an issue as long as the performance increase warrants it.


There is a big difference, close to 65% better performance when gaming.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/437/AMD_FX-Series_FX-6...


Well then, I'm pretty much sold. I suppose I'll wait for Monday to see if I can get some decent deals. Thanks for all the help! Is there a way I can thumbs you up or something like that on here?


Ehh not really but best answer is close enough ;) 

And yea the i5 will go on sale on Monday so watch out for a good deal.
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December 2, 2013 4:53:18 PM

Any tips for a newbie? Or better yet, any go-to guides for a first-timer that you guys could recommend?
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December 2, 2013 5:00:41 PM

ItsKoto said:
Any tips for a newbie? Or better yet, any go-to guides for a first-timer that you guys could recommend?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

This video and many others on youtube can help you when building your pc. I would build it on a place with the least friction possible such as a counter top or table. Also when building regularly touch the metal part of the pc case to remove the charge from your fingers. As long as you follow all the instructions in your manuals on on youtube then you should be good to go. If it doesn't work the first time it's usually due to wrong cable connections or the PSU switch being turned off. Hope you have fun and good luck with your build :D 

P.S Cyber Monday this year is terrible.
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December 2, 2013 5:11:54 PM

RazerZ said:
ItsKoto said:
Any tips for a newbie? Or better yet, any go-to guides for a first-timer that you guys could recommend?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls

This video and many others on youtube can help you when building your pc. I would build it on a place with the least friction possible such as a counter top or table. Also when building regularly touch the metal part of the pc case to remove the charge from your fingers. As long as you follow all the instructions in your manuals on on youtube then you should be good to go. If it doesn't work the first time it's usually due to wrong cable connections or the PSU switch being turned off. Hope you have fun and good luck with your build :D 

P.S Cyber Monday this year is terrible.


Thanks!

And yeah I ended up spending about $50-80 more than if I would have ordered everything Sunday, haha.

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