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December 1, 2013 8:38:35 PM

Tried to use some of the sticky guides on making this thread as best as I could.

Looking for any expert advice I can get.

Reason for build: My PC is no longer in working condition, and after messing with it, the Motherboard and or the GPU are both fried. I saw the static pop and smelt the cooking.

Approximate Purchase Date: When I feel comfortable with my part list.

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Browsing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Mobo, GPU, CPU, RAM, SSD

Do you need to buy OS: Yes but not included in price.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Dayton, OH USA

Parts Preferences: I would prefer to stick to AMD, have used them my entire life. I'm not opposed to switching to Intel.

Overclocking: Maybe, if required to reach optimal gaming performance on my budget

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, I want to have a Mobo, and GPU capable of this. I will purchase a new PSU and GPU (to match) in the future as an upgrade.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 preferred.

Additional Comments: Bang for my buck. I want a solid PC that will last me 3+ years. Future proofing would be nice but I doubt I can get it with this budget.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I need a computer! I've always used VERY sub par gaming rigs, consisting of store bought set-ups with poor cases and oem parts. Last year I upgraded my computer by adding the EVGA GTX 460 SE and Corsair GS 600w PSU.


Existing pieces to use:

Corsair GS 600w Power Supply

Pieces I was looking at buying:

Case - NZXT Source 530 - I love the wire management on this case but not the $90 sticker.

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 - I hate the idea of not getting a top of the line Mobo.

Processor - AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor - At $70 cheaper than the 8350 I figured its not worth the extra $.

Video Card - MSI RAdeon R9 270X 2G - Not sold on this card, I like EVGA products, and feel a certain loyalty to them.

RAM - Really not sure. Probably some cheaper Corsair or G.Skill. 8 GB of DDR3-1600.

CPU Cooler - Not sure here either. I was liking the push/pull deal I'm seeing around but they get pretty expensive and I've ready many posts where the big CPU push/pull setups and RAM had issues all fitting into the setup.

SSD Drive - Samsung 840 EVO - I read Samsung and Intel have the best SSD's. This was the cheapest.

Monitor - BenQ RL2450HT 24"

Again, if you see anything in my part list that I could go cheaper on or could bump performance for a small margin of extra cheddar please point it out. I also realize my 600w PSU probably will be utilized to the fullest with this new build and would need replaced if I decide to crossfire or SLI later.

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December 1, 2013 8:48:55 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.96 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $657.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-01 23:53 EST-0500)

If you can go upto $700 then you MUST go with a R9 280X. It's really worth the upgrade.
If you want to save then get the R9 270x, just picked up the MSI one myself :) 
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December 2, 2013 6:05:44 AM

I did notice that and was worried about it. I figured it was low priced for a reason.
December 2, 2013 10:29:08 AM

Gawnfeeshin said:
I did notice that and was worried about it. I figured it was low priced for a reason.

I'm sorry, A Data XPG has got great reviews, by linus etc
December 2, 2013 1:50:10 PM

Well I had to scramble and buy the processor I wanted. (FX8320) because the price zoomed up to near $170 instead of the $129.99 it was at this morning. Luckily I caught a notable website selling some in stock at that 129.99 price around lunch time and snagged one up. So I'm now firmly set into an AMD build.

The problem I am worried about now is finding a Motherboard that will be compatible with overclocking, so this thread is really obsolete now. Thanks for your help rattlehead.