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~$1500 Gaming/Graphic Design Rig for May 2014 (Need Feedback)

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December 5, 2013 5:49:17 PM

COMPLETE Re-Edit

So I had posted about wanting someone to configure a rig for me but decided to do that by myself since I think this process is really personal. Anyways, all I want to receive as feedback is:

1. Wrong parts/combos/plugs/fans/etc.
2. Things I'll need such as fans for the components to work properly
3. Will this boot up? (Is there any type of conflict between hardware?)
4. Will this perform well for gaming and graphic designing?
5. Do I need anything else? Any cables, fans, etc.?
6. [With the current setup] is this machine using all it's resources to the max?
7. Is this machine overclockable?

This is my first build ever and I don't want anything to go wrong (living in Brazil, tech support won't be available [I will go to the US for the parts, of course]).

If you're going to change the please don't go over 1700$ as that is 200$ over my budget already but acceptable if there are any problems in the current setup.

Here's what I got so far:

PCPartPicker Part List / Price Breakdown / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse
Total: $1547.57

Do I need anything else? Any cables, fans, etc.?

Thanks guys,

mbarbantini

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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 10:57:37 PM

I think this will suit you more. Changed your 4 core to a 8 core and a better Cooler so you can overclock much better. Changed your RAM to a faster one as well. Did a few minor changes on the other items. But switch your GPU for a gtx 770 which is basically a 680 but slightly faster and cheaper. 600W PSU will give you some more headroom.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_RD 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.93 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($335.30 @ SuperBiiz)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($29.14 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($68.99 @ Mac Mall)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($63.97 @ B&H)
Total: $1508.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 01:54 EST-0500)

If your going to buy this build in 2014, prices will likely go down by quite a bit, so you may need to freshen up on other parts.
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December 6, 2013 2:12:49 AM

sportfreak23 said:
I think this will suit you more. Changed your 4 core to a 8 core and a better Cooler so you can overclock much better. Changed your RAM to a faster one as well. Did a few minor changes on the other items. But switch your GPU for a gtx 770 which is basically a 680 but slightly faster and cheaper. 600W PSU will give you some more headroom.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Phanteks PH-TC12DX_RD 68.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.93 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.13 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($335.30 @ SuperBiiz)
Wired Network Adapter: Intel EXPI9301CTBLK 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter ($29.14 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VG248QE 144Hz 24.0" Monitor ($266.99 @ B&H)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($68.99 @ Mac Mall)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($63.97 @ B&H)
Total: $1508.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-06 01:54 EST-0500)

If your going to buy this build in 2014, prices will likely go down by quite a bit, so you may need to freshen up on other parts.


Thank you that's a lot of improvement definitely.

I still need to know if I'll need fans, cables, stiches, thermal compound, etc. for the system to work. Will I?
Also, is this system overclockable?
Are you sure all hardware is compatible with each other and everything will work when the build is done?

Thank you,

mbarbantini
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December 6, 2013 3:24:41 AM

This is too early to worry about a build which is 6 months ahead.... I am 100% sure you won't buy the build you decide upon right now as computer industry changes quite fast and many new products will be launched by then.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2013 8:14:57 AM

^^ What he said, this is a long time away, parts will definitely change.

What I put together may be only good for this week, as next week, prices may change as well. To anwser your question, ofcourse the system is overclockable, imo much better then your build. The case comes with 1 fan in the front and 1 in the back, which is ok for now, you can buy other fans later which your budget opens up.
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December 6, 2013 10:37:47 AM

varundbest said:
This is too early to worry about a build which is 6 months ahead.... I am 100% sure you won't buy the build you decide upon right now as computer industry changes quite fast and many new products will be launched by then.


You're right. I was just thinking about what my build would look like even if there is a 20% chance I won't get it... So yeah, thanks everyone!
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