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December 22, 2013 1:57:22 PM

Here is my build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2odyr
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2odyr/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2odyr/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($176.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($204.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $802.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 16:53 EST-0500)

My budget is $800 MAX. I plan on playing games like League of Legends, Diablo 3, and newer titles like those. Again, this is my first time building a PC and I'm not sure if I'm doing it right; help is appreciated! Feel free to ask any questions!

Thanks TomsHardware Community!
December 22, 2013 2:06:02 PM

Looks good to me
December 22, 2013 2:19:59 PM

That's decent. The Corsair CX series are terrible PSUs, and you should get the newer i5-4430 CPU:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($170.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $808.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-22 17:19 EST-0500)
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December 22, 2013 2:41:13 PM

The r9 270x is much better than the 7850. OP's build is better for gaming
December 22, 2013 3:24:34 PM

lucasz said:
The r9 270x is much better than the 7850. OP's build is better for gaming


No they're like exactly the same card. It's a newer variant of the processor but otherwise the architecture of the card hasn't changed at all. But again the CX series - terrible power supplies, I've seen them fail to power multiple builds, I've had a couple short out on me, and a couple just flat out fail to boot.
December 22, 2013 3:32:53 PM

No, the 7850 has 1024 shader units, and the 270x has 1280
December 22, 2013 4:25:07 PM

lucasz said:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7503/the-amd-radeon-r9-27...
here are benchmarks to prove that the 270x is better


Well spec wise the 7870 and R9 270X are nearly identical. It is better but I generally balance out my builds with quality parts in all areas, not just picking a high end GPU and then a bunch of low end components.

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I'll let you two discuss the GPU's, but what do you think about this power supply? I like it because it's modular.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Anything Seasonic makes will be infinitely better than the Corsair CX.
December 22, 2013 10:06:10 PM

Do you suggest I go ahead and buy a CPU cooler or will the stock one be fine?
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