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December 16, 2013 10:23:47 PM

Hi all, i am considering making a gaming rig for myself. but before that let me you give you some other details to keep in mind:

  • I am from Fiji so i deal with Fijian Dollar (FJD), i use xe.com conversion rates as reference
  • That being said, I would be in Atlanta for a short time, so I am limited to online buying, so i would prefer buying components from stores, at the moment i am considering Microcenter and Fry's
  • So now my budget for this rig is something between $2500 to $3000 Fijian Dollars
  • Power in Fiji runs at 240V

  • So going over the products at those two stores, this is the build i have come up with:

    • FX 8350 4GHz AM3+ Black Edition $179.99 at Microcenter
    • SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 Motherboarrd $179.99 at FRY's
    • Corsair Vengeance 8GB CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B $75.99 at FRY's
    • GV-N780OC-3GD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 rev.2.0 $519.99 at Microcenter
    • WD Caviar Blue 1TB $59.99 at Microcenter
    • Crafted Series Phantom 410 $84.99 at Microcenter
    • EVGA SuperNOVA NEX650G PSU $109.99 at Microcenter
    • ASUS DRW-24B1ST $19.99 at Microcenter
    • Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit $139.99 at Microcenter

      These are optional:
    • 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 120GB $99.99 at Microcenter
    • Kraken X60 Ultra Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $149.99 at Microcenter

    • I think at microcenter, there are motherboard and CPU bundles which are cheaper together


  • So at the moment, i am considering this build without the optional items, which puts my cost at $1,370.91 USD, which converted comes to around $2,561.54
    However at this point I am also thinking, to buy the CPU cooler also which now puts my cost at $1,520.90 USD, which converted comes to around $2,858.84.

    So I would just like to know what you guys think of this build and also if this build can also be done at a lower cost or for the same cost how can i make this build a better one or what components are better?

    Thanks in advance
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    December 17, 2013 12:22:25 AM

    I assume you are overclocking you are are getting a $150 water cooler, in which case you should get the 8320, which is the same chip as the 8350, but with a lower clock that doesn't matter when you overclock it. That will save you a bit of money, but besides that, it all looks pretty good.
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    December 17, 2013 12:48:26 AM

    ewok93 said:
    I assume you are overclocking you are are getting a $150 water cooler, in which case you should get the 8320, which is the same chip as the 8350, but with a lower clock that doesn't matter when you overclock it. That will save you a bit of money, but besides that, it all looks pretty good.


    Not really gonna be overclocking, i just thought it would be just nicer to have the CPU running even cooler then what it would be running at with stock.
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    December 17, 2013 12:59:06 AM

    There is no reason to get that cooler, you can get a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo and it'll be pretty close to room temperature. That would just be a massive waste of money.
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    December 17, 2013 1:02:47 AM

    ewok93 said:
    There is no reason to get that cooler, you can get a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo and it'll be pretty close to room temperature. That would just be a massive waste of money.


    ah okay cool, how about if i just go with the stock? because as far I am concerned, I won't be doing much heavy CPU intensive tasks most of the time, the only computational intensive time will be when i will be gaming.

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    December 17, 2013 1:38:32 AM

    Stock will be more than fine if you aren't overclocking.
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