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First build. Advice on PC less than $750?

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January 18, 2014 2:47:57 PM

I am going to be building a gaming PC. What would you change about this build? I am going to be shopping at Amazon, the local Micro Center, and maybe Newegg. I would like to be able to play high-end games at 1080p. This is my first build so Windows 8 and the monitor are included below. Thanks!

-Note: On the text list below, it shows Micro Center as the seller for the motherboard and processor, but on the link it goes back to default and the prices increase.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2DrXW) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2DrXW/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2DrXW/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $149.99 @ Microcenter
**Motherboard** | [Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20) | $94.99 @ Microcenter
**Memory** | [Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls8g3d1609...) | $66.99 @ Microcenter
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.99 @ Microcenter
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-02gp42761k...) | $249.99 @ Amazon
**Wireless Network Adapter** | [TP-Link TL-WDN3200 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/tp-link-wireless-network-c...) | $24.99 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300r) | $59.99 @ Microcenter
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600) | $39.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $19.99 @ Microcenter
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $99.99 @ Newegg
**Monitor** | [Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs247hp) | $157.73 @ Amazon
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $984.63
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 17:32 EST-0500 |

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January 18, 2014 3:06:55 PM

Changed the ram to a dual channel kit and replaced the PSU with a better unit.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($134.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN3200 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($157.00 @ B&H)
Total: $1037.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 18:06 EST-0500)
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January 18, 2014 3:13:40 PM

Thank you! But what about this potential incompatibility message:

Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs.

How do I know if I need this update?
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January 18, 2014 3:15:39 PM

Connor822 said:
Thank you! But what about this potential incompatibility message:

Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs.

How do I know if I need this update?


That was there before I made any changes, but you should be fine.
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