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: newegg.com
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.
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.
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.
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.