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Would like an opinion on the gaming PC I want to build

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January 7, 2014 4:48:50 PM

Hey all, I just want to know, is this a good enough build? This will be built in Canada, and I'm in high school with a low income(~$200/month).

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor-$121.75

Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard-$59.50

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory-$76.41

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive-$62.44

Video Card: Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 270X DUAL-X With Boost Video Card - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI Express 3.0 x16 - CrossFireX Ready - HDMI - DisplayPort - 2 x Dual-Link DVI- $217.50

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case-$53.13

Power supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply-$24.99

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer-$18.00

OS: Windows 7(Not too sure, I think 64 bit?)-Free

It comes to a total of around $613.52

I have a budget of $700. As for games, I'd like to run Civ 5, CS:GO, DayZ, BF4, Fallout 3&NV, and Skyrim.

Thanks in advance.

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January 7, 2014 5:01:00 PM

Go for an Asus M5A97 R2 LE, much better board with more features. The 7870 is pretty much equal to the 270x, but generally much cheaper. You should also use that money to get a stronger power supply.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Mobo

This may not give you an apparent performance boost, but you will not regret it.
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January 7, 2014 7:06:31 PM

ewok93 said:
Go for an Asus M5A97 R2 LE, much better board with more features. The 7870 is pretty much equal to the 270x, but generally much cheaper. You should also use that money to get a stronger power supply.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 7870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Mobo

This may not give you an apparent performance boost, but you will not regret it.


Great, thanks! Are you recommending a better PSU so I can upgrade it later? Will these parts fit in my case, or should I get a better one? I'm reading through the reviews on the mobo, and I see that quite a few people are having problems with it; is this just bad luck?

If I increased my budget to something like, say, $750, what else could I change?

EDIT: I looked for the 7870, and I can't seem to find it in stock in Canada. Any other card?

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