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December 26, 2013 9:44:38 PM

I'm new to this whole computer building thing. I was putting together a computer parts list on pcpartpicker and I was just wondering how this computer would work. If one of you could kindly give me some advice on what to possibly change or upgrade, it would be greatly appreciated as I don't really know what to do.

Here it is:

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $595.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

So if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know, because I would really love to get the most bang for my buck. :) 

UPDATE: Just changed my Motherboard from the LE version to the Non-LE version in PcPartPicker, and I will be sticking with the 7870 gpu. Will invest in a good fan for overclocking and a few more fans for my case. Thanks for the help, if anyone else would like help me out, it would be greatly appreciated

UPDATE: I actually just went with the R9 270X after doing research. Thanks for the help!

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December 26, 2013 9:50:53 PM

looks good, though the m5a97 r.20 (without the "LE") will overclock a bit better.
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December 26, 2013 9:52:53 PM

Get a GTX 760 ;) 
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December 26, 2013 9:53:02 PM

Looks pretty good. Are you planing to OC down the road? if so i suggest picking up the non LE version of that Motherboard. Also, you can get the R9 270X for $199 which performs slightly better than the 7870.

Update; i just remember that most of the AMD R9 series cards went up about $100 in price so your best bet would be the 7870 unless you decide to stretch your budget for a GTX 760
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December 26, 2013 9:53:48 PM

ifreestylin said:
Looks pretty good. Are you planing to OC down the road? if so i suggest picking up the non LE version of that Motherboard. Also, you can get the R9 270X for $299 which performs slightly better than the 7870.


you mean $199 right?
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December 26, 2013 10:00:42 PM

airplanegeek said:
ifreestylin said:
Looks pretty good. Are you planing to OC down the road? if so i suggest picking up the non LE version of that Motherboard. Also, you can get the R9 270X for $299 which performs slightly better than the 7870.


you mean $199 right?


My bad yes, i was thinking about the R9 280X
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December 26, 2013 10:07:57 PM

ifreestylin said:
Looks pretty good. Are you planing to OC down the road? if so i suggest picking up the non LE version of that Motherboard. Also, you can get the R9 270X for $199 which performs slightly better than the 7870.



Will look into the R9 270X and the Non LE version of the motherboard. Once I get everything set up i'm sure I will more than likely be overclocking once I figure out how to do it without wrecking my pc. Thanks for the suggestions though! On other thoughts how much better is the R9 270X than the 7870?

Update I was looking through newegg and found this R9 270X for $209 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I was wondering if this was what you were talking about, and if this would be worth the $15 more than the 7870
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December 26, 2013 10:20:31 PM

if you are overclocking better get something like at least the hyper 212 EVO

i dont think its worth it. you can easily overclock the 7870 to 270X levels, but with the 270x you can still overclock it higher than the 7870 will go, its personal preference
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December 26, 2013 10:29:07 PM

airplanegeek said:
if you are overclocking better get something like at least the hyper 212 EVO

i dont think its worth it. you can easily overclock the 7870 to 270X levels, but with the 270x you can still overclock it higher than the 7870 will go, its personal preference
I'd say that the 7870 should be good for my needs of gaming at at least 1080p and if I can overclock it to the same levels as the R9 270X then I should be fine. What do you think I will get in fps in say battlefield 4 with my specs and the 7870? Using at least high settings*
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December 26, 2013 10:38:26 PM

airplanegeek said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-4-graph...

shouldn't go under 45 fps and the average will be close to 60
looks pretty good. I believe that I will just stick with the 7870 to save a few bucks. If I really wanted performance I might look into a gtx 760, but i'm pretty sure a 7870 will do just fine for my needs. Thank you!

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December 26, 2013 10:40:04 PM

for BF4 you might want to stick to AMD cards as they are incorporating mantle, which apparently will allow it to outperform the 760 in games that support it. but for most other games the 760 is still better
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