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January 14, 2014 2:53:33 PM

I watched a Gaming PC build video and these are the components. Please kindly advise which component can I change out and where to get it.

AMD Athlon X4 750K Processor: http://amzn.to/16BboCC

MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Motherboard: http://amzn.to/18gKQx8

XFX Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition Graphics Card: http://amzn.to/139Kfc6 (Are there any cheaper GPUs?)

4GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM: http://amzn.to/15EjmOe
or 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM: http://amzn.to/13HVP12 (Only playing League of Legends and Maplestory. Would the 4GB Ram suffice?)

500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue Hard Drive: http://amzn.to/1bytfj5 (Can I buy the 320GB Hard Drive instead? Will it be compatible with the Motherboard?)

NZXT Source 210 Case: http://amzn.to/13ZbiIR (Any better casing?)

430W Corsair CX430 Power Supply: http://amzn.to/18UZKsr (Is this the best power supply for the price? Any better ones?)

Also, I will need a Monitor, Windows 7 Installation Disk, Eternet Cable. Am I missing out on any thing else? And please provide me with the links to buy these items.

Thank you.

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January 14, 2014 2:58:05 PM

What is your budget? Can get you something put together with everything if I know this :) 
January 14, 2014 3:03:11 PM

My budget is 400USD to 800USD(Not including the monitors and stuff)

But I want to minimise spending as much as possible :) 
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January 14, 2014 3:08:07 PM

That build would be absolutely fine for the games you want to play, 4gb will be enough . Don't go for a cheaper card than a 7770 and you could go for a 320gb as it is compatible if you don't think you'll need the extra space.
January 14, 2014 3:36:22 PM

Here you go. You should upgrade memory when necessary:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $687.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 18:35 EST-0500)
January 15, 2014 12:49:58 AM

filippi said:
Here you go. You should upgrade memory when necessary:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($82.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $687.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 18:35 EST-0500)


May I know how or where can I check the compatibility of the motherboard with the GPU? And is it okay if I leave out the Optical Drive?(I can't do that right? Will need it for installation?)
January 15, 2014 1:20:07 AM

All Modern GPU's will be compatible with all modern motherboards. You can install Windows from a usb stick which is faster than a disk. You will very rarely use a DVD drive these days so there is no point buying one.
January 15, 2014 1:24:15 AM

bluehowell said:
All Modern GPU's will be compatible with all modern motherboards. You can install Windows from a usb stick which is faster than a disk. You will very rarely use a DVD drive these days so there is no point buying one.


So you are saying that I leave out the Optical Drive and install using a USB stick? (How do I do that?)
January 15, 2014 1:38:03 AM

bluehowell said:
Yes the installation will be much faster, here is a guide http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows7/a/install-window...


Ok. So I just have to buy the DVD and put it in a Flash drive then use it to install it on the Gaming PC?

And if all the parts and everything is right, I will go ahead and order the stuff right now?

January 15, 2014 1:45:53 AM

Pretty much, just follow the guide and it will work. Which parts list are you going with?
January 15, 2014 3:50:34 AM

bluehowell said:
Pretty much, just follow the guide and it will work. Which parts list are you going with?



I should be going with the latter one. It has a better CPU and Storage and I am able to afford it :D 

If you were me, would you go for the latter one?
January 15, 2014 4:32:07 AM

Yes, those are the components I would have picked.
January 15, 2014 4:35:57 AM

bluehowell said:
Yes, those are the components I would have picked.


Okay. Thank you so much. I am going to order the parts now. Will be leaving the Optical Drive out.

January 15, 2014 4:41:48 AM

I got another question. Let's say I want to get 4GB of Memory. Would the RAM be faster if I bought 2x2GB RAM or 1x4GB RAM? (Does this have something to do with the dual/quad core?)
January 15, 2014 5:29:19 AM

2 sticks will be better than one as they will run in dual channel
January 15, 2014 6:47:42 AM

bluehowell said:
2 sticks will be better than one as they will run in dual channel



I doubt there is any 1GB RAM right? So I suppose I can "upgrade" my Memory by adding 2 more 2GB Stick to make it 8GB?
January 15, 2014 6:50:37 AM

Olivarius said:
bluehowell said:
2 sticks will be better than one as they will run in dual channel



I doubt there is any 1GB RAM right? So I suppose I can "upgrade" my Memory by adding 2 more 2GB Stick to make it 8GB?


Yes, that is how you would want to do that.
January 15, 2014 6:56:58 AM

HiTechObsessed said:
Olivarius said:
bluehowell said:
2 sticks will be better than one as they will run in dual channel



I doubt there is any 1GB RAM right? So I suppose I can "upgrade" my Memory by adding 2 more 2GB Stick to make it 8GB?


Yes, that is how you would want to do that.


Thank you!

January 15, 2014 6:58:35 AM

Got another question, is it alright to remove both Casing Covers to improve airflow? Or does this make it worse?
January 15, 2014 7:16:46 AM

Probably wouldn't do anything noticeable either way for your build, I would just keep it all together. Being closed allows for a specific path of airflow.
January 15, 2014 8:43:13 AM

Got a problem, the PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card is Out of Stock on SuperBiiz.com and I do not live in the US/CA so I can't order from Newegg. And on Amazon, it is too expensive.

Please help me pick another GPU. Thanks! :D 

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January 15, 2014 10:21:06 AM
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Olivarius said:
Got a problem, the PowerColor Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card is Out of Stock on SuperBiiz.com and I do not live in the US/CA so I can't order from Newegg. And on Amazon, it is too expensive.

Please help me pick another GPU. Thanks! :D 


Get the 7770 it is only slight worse than the 7790 but is a bit cheaper and will do fine for the games you want to play.

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