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December 11, 2013 7:05:33 PM

Hello guys/gals!

I'm looking to start building my first custom gaming computer. I understand most of the basics, how-to, etc. However, I'm not entirely sure on what the exact parts that would best be suited for my wants/needs. Right now I'm looking at a max budget of $500-$600 including Os (win7). The lower the cash the better, without sacrificing too much performance of course. I want to be able to upgrade as the funds become available as well. I want to be able to play games like Minecraft with no problems, as well as some higher end games like Skyrim or Battlefield. I understand that ultra settings on a budget system isn't always possible, but I'd like to at least hit mid to moderate settings. I'd like to stick to AMD due to budget as well as experience, but I'm willing to use Intel if its within budget to performance ratio. SSD is coming in the future so I need room/support for that. I want to stick to an ATX case and Motherboard if at all possible. I've put together a PCpartPicker list and some info that I'll post below, but feel free to suggest changes as nothing is set in stone yet. I'm especially not sure of the graphics card and the processor as they seem "crappy" for some reason. The more detailed information you give the better, as I'm new to all this. Thank you if you took time to read this and Thank you in advance for your help.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 500-600 Before Rebates; After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming,internet, possible streaming gameplay video, photoshop. (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (doesn't have to be in parts list)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, others are fine if they have good deals

Location: Scottsboro, Alabama, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD. Intel is ok if within budget

Overclocking: Maybe in future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future

Your Monitor Resolution: Want to get 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like a case with a window and at least 3 internal 3.5 bays.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.88 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.18 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.93 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($103.53 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Skyline-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.59 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 400W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.57 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.59 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.01 @ Amazon)
Total: $624.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 22:02 EST-0500)

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December 11, 2013 7:42:44 PM

Check out this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.16 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $621.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 22:41 EST-0500)

Fx-6300 is a great cpu for a $600 gaming pc. That build has a faster GPU than HD7770.
Great case and PSU for this budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 11, 2013 8:18:52 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($115.38 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.16 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $621.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-11 23:01 EST-0500)

If you wont find a cheap GTX650 ti boost that HD7790 is another good option right now.
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December 11, 2013 8:38:27 PM

I don't mind switching to a GTX650 ti boost. To be frankly honest and show my noobish side, I'm lost when it comes to graphics cards and what they can do. I chose that card because I knew it was last gen ( i think) and thought it would do what I want. I'm open to any suggestions I get! :)  Also, I've read a lot of comments saying that the stock cooler with this cpu isn't good enough. Is this true and if so what should I look for in an aftermarket cooler?
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December 11, 2013 11:21:47 PM

Get a aftermarket cooler for overclock this (very overclockable) cpu. But you dont need to do that right now. You could upgrade later. That motherboard should reach a modest overclock though. A Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 for $115 would do a better oc.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $29.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 02:20 EST-0500)
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December 12, 2013 1:10:25 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2j506

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
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) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $634.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-12 04:08 EST-0500)

I think you can get away with a gtx 660
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December 12, 2013 11:39:42 PM

I noticed you listed a micro atx board. is really the only drawbacks the fact that it doesnt support sli or crossfire, no usb 3.0 support, and SATA 3.0 instead of 6? Is that really a big deal? I know speed wise it could be but how much?
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December 13, 2013 3:39:58 AM

This is what i have so far. feel free to improve. :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($125.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Apevia X-TRPJR-GN ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $569.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-13 06:39 EST-0500)
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December 13, 2013 11:16:31 PM

Taking from a few different suggestions I've narrowed it down to this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($134.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($67.99 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $665.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-14 02:12 EST-0500)

The case will probably be changing because it doesn't have usb 3.0 headers. The CPU cooler will probably be bought at a later date should I choose to overclock. So final word on this build?
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