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January 10, 2014 12:14:03 AM

Hi,
So I've been reading around and decided that because my laptop died, I was going to build a PC. I set a budget of around $1000 to spend, and this is what I came up with.

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CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($14.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($86.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $972.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-10 03:09 EST-0500)

I would primarily use this for gaming and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations, as advice before I start ordering parts/building would be much appreciated.

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January 10, 2014 12:42:33 AM

You could probably step up to a FX-8350. Little more power for little more money. I also would get a Full Modular PSU. Just makes things easier.
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January 10, 2014 12:53:32 AM

For PSU, I would get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and it's much better and has 7 year warranty and it's only $3 more. The PSU is actually built by Super Flower which is really good.
Also I would avoid buying ATX motherboards. Most of the time is unnecessary and it's just waste of space. I had a Coolermaster HAF 932 and I've downsized to Silverstone SG09 and I'm really happy with the airflow and temperatures. So my advice is to try to buy a MATX motheboard which will give the possibility to move later on to a smaller case.
Also you should buy a SSD for your OS.
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