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$800-1200 First Build! Need Help!

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December 10, 2013 10:01:23 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: January

Budget Range: $800-1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School work, Photoshop, Web Browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No


Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MSY (www.msy.com.au), because it's local and i can go there, and anywhere in Australia that ships.

Location: Adelaide, Australia

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Don't care about brand, as long as it performs good and is durable.

Overclocking: Maybe, if the computer is fast enough for my likings probably not.

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, maybe in future but for now, no.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm fine with any case as long as I can do cable management and make it look neat :) . I'm also look at the TTE Challenger Pro which is around $60-70. Unless there's a better keyboard for less or same price then list it as long as it's at msy.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I got the 'nod' that I was allowed to so why not! I got a choice between a Mac Mini and a custom pc, so why not a custom pc?

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December 10, 2013 10:08:23 PM

Try matching these parts to the site you prefer. I put this quickly together, you can modify or add stuff if you need to fit your budget. Any questions just ask and someone will anwser you :p 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($115.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($409.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1134.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 17:07 EST+1100)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2013 10:16:18 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($159.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($389.00 @ Scorptec)
Case: Zalman MS800 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1129.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 17:16 EST+1100)
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December 10, 2013 10:20:35 PM

Thanks :)  I'm not the person with the biggest computer knowledge but what is the difference between AMD and Intel? what are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 10, 2013 10:28:03 PM

Well basically intel core to core performance is better then AMD. But ofcourse they cost more, atm in games an i5 4670k will outperform an AMD counterpart as games don't utlize more then 4 cores yet.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($267.00 @ CPL Online)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.00 @ PLE Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($409.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($23.00 @ CPL Online)
Total: $1287.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 17:35 EST+1100)

Here's an intel build to compare. It went over $87 with same parts except the processor. Its up to you which one you'll like as I'm not really biased towards either brand and rather not start a debate in every thread about amd and intel
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December 11, 2013 4:22:34 AM

I changed up the parts a little bit and combined both of your builds, and i thought the video card was just a bit too pricey, is there a big difference between the 3gb r9 280x and the 2gb r9 270x?
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December 11, 2013 11:39:03 AM

Beside the 3gb vram which would only benefit if you use maybe more then 1 monitor or higher Res then 1080p, the 280x is a more powerful card then the 270x.

You can try considering a gtx 760 2gb which is cheaper then a 280x but better then a 270x. You can also just get a R9 270 as its basically an underclocked 270x and just overclock it up to get roughly the same performance at a even lower price.

280x > 760 > 270x > 270 imo.
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December 11, 2013 11:15:57 PM

okay i've pretty much done most things here's what i've finished off with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.00 @ Mwave Australia)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ CPL Online)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($309.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($78.00 @ CPL Online)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1101.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 18:15 EST+1100)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2013 11:38:53 PM

If you want you still have room for the 8320. Otherwise looks good if your satisfied with that :)  Pick your anwser to close the thread :D 
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December 12, 2013 1:16:13 AM

Thank you very much for your help :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 12, 2013 11:07:18 AM

no problem, have fun with the build :) 
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