New PC Build Help

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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  1. I also was looking at this RAM

    Pretty well priced after the mail in rebate.
  2. Best answer
    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 :)
  3. Gawnfeeshin said:
    I also was looking at this RAM

    Pretty well priced after the mail in rebate.

    The ram is good but did you notice that the CAS latency of it is 10 where as almost all the 1600 rams have a latency of 9
  4. I did notice that and was worried about it. I figured it was low priced for a reason.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
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