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December 7, 2013 12:21:24 AM

Hello all! As much as I love video games, I'm not very educated when it comes to the hardware compatibility and function. Before I order, I'd like some basic feedback on changes/fixes I should do! I'm on a budget of around $600 Canadian, ($750 w/ shipping) and this build cuts close. Any feedback would be great, so long as you're respectful and are aware that I'm a newbie.

Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- $65

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive -$65

MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard- $65

CORSAIR Vengeance LP 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M1A1600C10B - $75

AMD Athlon X4 750K Trinity 3.4GHz Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop Processor- $80

CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply- $70

MSI R9 270X GAMING 2G Radeon R9 270X 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $210


SO! The big question is, will everything work, will it work well, and if there are any changes you would make within budget, (All of this combines to $630~, Really cant go any higher) what would they be?

I really do appreciate it, and thank you all!

Ryan
December 7, 2013 1:15:27 AM

Ok build but I would suggest upgrading mono and processor. Intel processors are the best for me but that's my opinion. If you need help picking parts uk.pcpartpicker.com is really good.
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December 7, 2013 2:13:50 AM

moorzie10 said:
Ok build but I would suggest upgrading mono and processor. Intel processors are the best for me but that's my opinion. If you need help picking parts uk.pcpartpicker.com is really good.


Are these units compatible though? Upgrading would realistically require cutbacks in other areas, which would require a completely different setup, as I can't "throw $50 into upgrading" as I'm sure most can. I've heard good reviews on the CPU and graphics card, and the power supply in fine as is. Everything else I'm clueless about in regards to knowing what goes well with what. The parts picker seems like a good site, though again, I don't know what half the stuff does to benefit the system.
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December 7, 2013 2:21:22 AM

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($121.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $718.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 05:20 EST-0500)

how about this?
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December 7, 2013 3:01:32 AM

M0kujin said:
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($121.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $718.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 05:20 EST-0500)

how about this?


Hey there!

That sounds like a nice put together, but is also $100 over my budget. I'm quite open to anything as long as it is under $620 MAX. (Shipping will cost an arm and a leg.) I don't plan on playing Battlefield 4 on Ultra settings, but it would be nice to play an MMO with a fairly high quality. (I'm using an Acer Aspire laptop right now, and gaming isn't quite as fun). I do really appreciate it, but is there any way to have a decent gaming PC without going above my price? Thanks!
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December 7, 2013 4:55:25 AM

Lindo90 said:
moorzie10 said:
Ok build but I would suggest upgrading mono and processor. Intel processors are the best for me but that's my opinion. If you need help picking parts uk.pcpartpicker.com is really good.


Are these units compatible though? Upgrading would realistically require cutbacks in other areas, which would require a completely different setup, as I can't "throw $50 into upgrading" as I'm sure most can. I've heard good reviews on the CPU and graphics card, and the power supply in fine as is. Everything else I'm clueless about in regards to knowing what goes well with what. The parts picker seems like a good site, though again, I don't know what half the stuff does to benefit the system.


Yes they all look like they are compatible. I would sacrifice the graphics card a bit though as the rest of the system does not keep up with it may be worth re investing the money on your mobo.

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December 7, 2013 5:00:47 AM

I would drop the video card, get a 7850(around 150 bucks, in us), and bump up to a better cpu/motherboard combo. The gpu you have chosen is going to be bottlenecked by your gpu.
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December 7, 2013 5:32:52 AM

Lindo90 said:

That sounds like a nice put together, but is also $100 over my budget. I'm quite open to anything as long as it is under $620 MAX. (Shipping will cost an arm and a leg.)

If you look at the list it says,
Base Total: $699.20
Promo Discounts: -$5.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $30.32!!
Total: $704.52

which means the total price should include shipping costs to my best of understanding.

Are there any extra costs according to you?

If not and $750 would be your top budget the next would be nice too,

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gqEe

Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gqEe/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($77.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.35 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($188.22 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $740.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 08:12 EST-0500)

Why the gigabyte r9 270 in my partslist,well because this one needs two 6pin pcie connectors and since the 270 is just a clocked down version of the 270x with the need for only one pcie 6pin connector this is just a clocked down version of the 270x in total and clocking it to 270x levels should be possible in theory because of the extra power it can get,but that's my thought about things.

Just to be at what you want,for about $630 the next:

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gqMA

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($86.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($77.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.35 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($188.22 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.39 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $633.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 08:23 EST-0500)

Like i wanted to point out,check those shipping fees before you make choice and buy something.
With the first parts list you could still upgrade the psu and get another r9 270(x) and go for a nice crossfire set-up in the future.
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December 7, 2013 9:51:59 AM

Lindo90 said:
M0kujin said:
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($121.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($218.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $718.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 05:20 EST-0500)

how about this?


Hey there!

That sounds like a nice put together, but is also $100 over my budget. I'm quite open to anything as long as it is under $620 MAX. (Shipping will cost an arm and a leg.) I don't plan on playing Battlefield 4 on Ultra settings, but it would be nice to play an MMO with a fairly high quality. (I'm using an Acer Aspire laptop right now, and gaming isn't quite as fun). I do really appreciate it, but is there any way to have a decent gaming PC without going above my price? Thanks!


The price includes the shipping cost so you're still good if your budget is 750 w/ shipping, and I only checkout one supplier (Newegg Canada) so the shipping won't be a problem
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December 7, 2013 10:15:03 AM

Vic 40 said:
Lindo90 said:

That sounds like a nice put together, but is also $100 over my budget. I'm quite open to anything as long as it is under $620 MAX. (Shipping will cost an arm and a leg.)

If you look at the list it says,
Base Total: $699.20
Promo Discounts: -$5.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $30.32!!
Total: $704.52

which means the total price should include shipping costs to my best of understanding.

Are there any extra costs according to you?

If not and $750 would be your top budget the next would be nice too,

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gqEe

Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gqEe/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.79 @ DirectCanada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($77.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.35 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($188.22 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $740.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 08:12 EST-0500)

Why the gigabyte r9 270 in my partslist,well because this one needs two 6pin pcie connectors and since the 270 is just a clocked down version of the 270x with the need for only one pcie 6pin connector this is just a clocked down version of the 270x in total and clocking it to 270x levels should be possible in theory because of the extra power it can get,but that's my thought about things.

Just to be at what you want,for about $630 the next:

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gqMA

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($86.00 @ Vuugo)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($77.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.35 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($188.22 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.39 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $633.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 08:23 EST-0500)

Like i wanted to point out,check those shipping fees before you make choice and buy something.
With the first parts list you could still upgrade the psu and get another r9 270(x) and go for a nice crossfire set-up in the future.


So a base total of the first setup by M0kujin in under $700, though with the HST/GST ($36), PST ($51) and shipping($32), it goes up over $800; Which sucks because as noticed, I had misread the shipping before and got excited. I'd hate to drop so much that it would drastically change the outcome of the performance, (the $630 build ordering on Newegg is realistically the same price as the other ones, and I'd rather not have to deal with mixing and matching websites, as the shipping takes a toll). There may be something I'm missing that y'all are talking about, if there is I apologize. I do appreciate the time and effort you guys are taking to help me through my struggle, though! Thanks a lot!
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December 7, 2013 12:37:16 PM

Lindo90 said:

though with the HST/GST ($36), PST ($51)

I didn't know about these,but aren't they already factored in the price?
I also read it was either the one or the other on wikipedia?
Like it says on the list at the end/bottom;"(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts "when available.),i don't know wat the consequences will be from the underlined.For instance regarding the taxes,will/can there be more?

Lindo90 said:

and shipping($32),

like we said this is already factored in the total,so when it's fore example a total of $700 it already includes these $32 for shipping.

Lindo90 said:

and I'd rather not have to deal with mixing and matching websites, as the shipping takes a toll).

That's alright,i made some adjustments to my list and went for just newegg like M0kujin.
The list,

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gAxs

Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gAxs/by_merchant/


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($121.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($84.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($77.33 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($202.05 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $669.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 15:19 EST-0500)

if youi like the rosewill case more it would look like this,

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2gB4G

Total: $682.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-07 15:34 EST-0500)
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