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January 9, 2014 3:28:16 PM

I am building a PC for my brother in law for gaming. The budget is really tight but I think I found a few good buys. I live in Chicagoland and can get a AMD FX-6350 and MOBO bundle really cheap.

Considering the PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($205.98 @ Newegg)

vs. GeForce GTX 760 $239 @ MicroCenter.

Here is my complete build list.



CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($59.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($205.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $615.87


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2yyuK


I am just not sure if there is any unseen benefit with sticking with AMD/ATI vs mix match. Also - I don't game so is it worth it to go to Nvidia because Steam works better or?? Seems like I read something (that I didn't understand) about Steam and ATI or??

Simple for you - hard for me. Thanks in advance for double checking my work and any comments or hints.

Thanks,
Frank

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January 9, 2014 3:36:04 PM

760 has 10~15% higher performance compare to the 270x.
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January 9, 2014 3:46:53 PM

For only 615 dollars thats an awesome build. For 30 bucks you could get a Cooler master hyper 212 evo cpu cooler. For that price you cant really beat it and you might even be able to overclock a little bit with it. The WD blue is an awesome choice as well I have a WD black and a WD blue, the black is kind of loud but the blue is fairly silent. Corsair makes awesome power supplys I put a CX 500m in my friends budget build and so far so good! So yea your pretty much good to go
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January 9, 2014 8:25:52 PM

Thanks gang. Looks like I accidentally stumbled into a good build. I presume the mix of Nvidia GPU and AMD CPU concerns are old folk lore and I should see no problems on the horizon.

As for OC and extra coolers - I plan extra memory and coolers and OC as that future Merry Christmas answers in a year or two that makes him go - Holy Crap that's cool... I know - that might sound a little sneaky but with his skill (none) and distance (too far to drive if it crashes) I am trading stability now for future performance boost. Funny how no one wants a brand new machine to have any stability issues. But 2 years later - squeezing a few FPS out of the same machine on a new game with a couple of reboots every once in a while... not so bad.

Anyway - thanks again!

Frank
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January 9, 2014 8:28:23 PM

HeyyScott said:
760 has 10~15% higher performance compare to the 270x.


Thanks for the info!
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