Building my first gaming PC! Help me future proofing.

Hi!

I'm planing to build my first gaming PC at a budget of around $700 or less (OS and peripherals included) instead of a PS4. I want to make this first build somewhat future proof just in case I want to upgrade graphics card without having to buy more than just that down the line. I would like to overclock the CPU as well. I don't have much space, so I can't have a big tower style case.

I have a list that I want to show you just in case I missed something, or you have better suggestions. I could easily buy what I have and call it a day, but I want to it to be a worthwhile investment in the future.

CPU: AMD Athlon 2 X4 760K ~$90
Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ Micro ATX $60
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600 $70
Storage: 1TB WD Caviar Blue $60
Graphics: Radeon R7 260x or Radeon R9 270x
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ~$30
Optical Drive: Asus $17
Display: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor
OS: Windows 7 64-Bit ~$90
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ~$40

This is all I have so far.

Should I buy a better AMD processor and a full size motherboard with AM3+ socket? What video card should i go with?

Thank you so much!
Guato
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  1. guatomallin said:
    Hi!

    I'm planing to build my first gaming PC at a budget of around $700 or less (OS and peripherals included) instead of a PS4. I want to make this first build somewhat future proof just in case I want to upgrade graphics card without having to buy more than just that down the line. I would like to overclock the CPU as well. I don't have much space, so I can't have a big tower style case.

    I have a list that I want to show you just in case I missed something, or you have better suggestions. I could easily buy what I have and call it a day, but I want to it to be a worthwhile investment in the future.

    CPU: AMD Athlon 2 X4 760K ~$90
    Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ Micro ATX $60
    RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB 1600 $70
    Storage: 1TB WD Caviar Blue $60
    Graphics: Radeon R7 260x or Radeon R9 270x
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ~$30
    Optical Drive: Asus $17
    Display: Acer V226HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor
    OS: Windows 7 64-Bit ~$90
    Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ~$40

    This is all I have so far.

    Should I buy a better AMD processor and a full size motherboard with AM3+ socket? What video card should i go with?

    Thank you so much!
    Guato




    Not bad friend, and good choice on the gaming PC. I would recommend stepping up to an FX-6300 and AM3+ board though. You can get the CPU+ASUS board from Microcenter for 109.99 (if you have one close by).
  2. If you want this instead of the PS4 get the 270x.
    As toddybody says you should consider the FX-6300 and AM3+ board
  3. Ah, that bundle would have been nice, but no microcenter close by. What motherboard brand do you guys recommend?
  4. Personally i use Gigabyte boards and think they are top quality. I have never had a problem with them.
    I have however had problems with Msi and Asrock boards.
    Also i have always thought Asus are a good brand but i have helped 2 people on these forums this christmas who have received faulty motherboards.

    Whatever brands people recommend it will usually be based on their personal experience which differs from person to person.:)
  5. Thanks for the advice! I don't want to run into any problems as a first time builder. Does mobo size matter? I know I have to fit an after market cooler on it if I want to OC. I have space for a mid tower, and full ATX mobo, but that brakes my budget :/

    What do you recommed? Do you have any cheap mid tower case recommendation?
  6. At the end of the day a case is just something to house your components but i always recommend at least a midi size as they get better airflow especially for overclocking.
    You could look at this one on sale with $10 off for $24.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147182&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=


    If this is your first build i recommend you look at this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuzWUCXp5Ro

    And read this
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/faq/id-1657114/step-step-guide-building.html
  7. The case i recommended fits ATX size as well:)
  8. Awesome! Last question, would you give me some mobo suggestions?
  9. Sure. Did you decide on FM2 or AM3+?
  10. AM3+!
  11. Thank you, Jay2377. Happy new year!
  12. no problem. happy new year too:D
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