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December 10, 2013 9:22:33 PM

Hello everyone,
I have posted my build before, but I am running on a bit tighter of a budget, and my build will be starting pretty soon. Before I start committing to parts and such, could I just get some quick feedback on how this system will run?

I will be running Blender and possibly Sketch-Up for 3-D modeling (nothing too demanding: i.e. not going to do fluid simulations or the likes, just basic stuff)

For gaming: possibly BF4, Arma 2/3, War Thunder, and maybe some others, those are just what I have in mind ( at least with BF4, I am hoping to get 60 fps on high, but the benchmarks have been all over the place, does anybody have a reliable source? I am not sure what to expect especially with mantle coming out)

Simulators: Phoenix 2.0 (it's an RC simulator), X-Plane

My Build:

CPU: AMD FX 8320 @ 3.5 Ghz
Mobo: Asus M5a97 LE R2.0
GPU: MSI Radeon R9 270x 2gb
RAM: 2x Crucial ballistix sport (1x8gb) DDR3-1600mhz CAS-9
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
PSU: Corsair CX600w
DVD: Asus DRW F1ST

My budget is about $750 U.S.

Also... does anyone have any input on the case? I am not really sure what to look for here in terms of space, maybe for crossfire in the future etc...

What do you think? :heink: 

Thanks!

a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2013 9:36:35 PM

If you plan on overclocking the FX 8320 I would suggest changing the board to M5A97 R2.0 as it has heatsinks on the VRM and a 8pin connector to the cpu vs 4 pin.

Otherwise I would change the PSU to the antec one for better quality.

Gonna edit this post when I have your build in pcpart for u to look at sec.
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December 10, 2013 9:42:06 PM

sportfreak23 said:
If you plan on overclocking the FX 8320 I would suggest changing the board to M5A97 R2.0 as it has heatsinks on the VRM and a 8pin connector to the cpu vs 4 pin.

Otherwise I would change the PSU to the antec one for better quality.

Gonna edit this post when I have your build in pcpart for u to look at sec.


I already have the build in pcpartpicker,
http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

thanks though!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2013 9:44:04 PM

Thats the wrong link :p  you have to get the one on the left side in the white box hehe

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.48 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($20.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $680.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 00:42 EST-0500)

^ this is what I have so far. I wasn't sure if u needed 16gb from the 2x of 8gb ballestic but this ram I picked is faster and very cheap atm.

edit: You mention Crossfire, but with tat board and the other one I suggested, you can do crossfire but won't get the same result as the PCI lanes aren't both 8x. So I picked a much better board for you.

edit2: O and I wasn't sure if you needed a HD as you didn't list one.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2013 10:56:11 AM

Yup thats a very good board.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2iJwz

I modified some things, from your build. Found a set thats 1866mhz which is on sale atm. Switched the PSU to a more quality one made which is made by seasonic. As the CX series aren't that great from corsair. People also been saying MSI QC is going down so I swapped the gpu for a gigabyte one.

This leaves you at $2 over budget. Something to consider is, a R9 270 is basically the same as a 270x and you can overclock it alot to get the same performance and save some money off there if you wanted. Or you can try to find a 7870 if there's any left in stock.
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December 11, 2013 11:53:29 AM

sportfreak23 said:
Yup thats a very good board.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2iJwz

I modified some things, from your build. Found a set thats 1866mhz which is on sale atm. Switched the PSU to a more quality one made which is made by seasonic. As the CX series aren't that great from corsair. People also been saying MSI QC is going down so I swapped the gpu for a gigabyte one.

This leaves you at $2 over budget. Something to consider is, a R9 270 is basically the same as a 270x and you can overclock it alot to get the same performance and save some money off there if you wanted. Or you can try to find a 7870 if there's any left in stock.



Ok, but since I don't think that I will be filling in many rebates...
I guess that will work, I that RAM is good :) 
I don't think I need a PSU any more than 600w, do have recommendations besides the $80 one?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2013 12:02:02 PM

Well since your not filling in many rebates, guess you can settle with the CX one as I'm having trouble finding something better without rebates at a lower cost.
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December 11, 2013 12:13:33 PM

sportfreak23 said:
Well since your not filling in many rebates, guess you can settle with the CX one as I'm having trouble finding something better without rebates at a lower cost.


So this is the final build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2iJnj

total cost is $790 w/out rebates, but I think that will be acceptable.

Thanks for all the help! :) 

I stuck with the MSI gpu, but I will be looking at more reviews. since they have the same price it doesn't matter here.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2013 12:19:23 PM

No problem, have fun, remember to select the best anwser ;p
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