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Good Gaming PC Build for Under $700

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January 18, 2014 3:57:03 PM

First time build...Any thoughts on the following configuration? Any feedback would be much appreciated.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2DtZg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2DtZg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2DtZg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.31 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $699.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 19:01 EST-0500)

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a c 343 4 Gaming
January 18, 2014 5:38:30 PM

wow very good AMD build,
i made some changes for your consideration
- cheaper ram
- corsair case is on sale
- more power GPU, Radeon 270 from Gigabyte

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $707.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 20:36 EST-0500)
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January 20, 2014 5:26:38 AM

Thank you for the response. I had another question about the build. When it says "Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs." as a potential incompatibility, what does that mean, and how do I get that corrected?
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a c 343 4 Gaming
January 20, 2014 7:32:30 AM

^ it is just a common warning for amd 970 chipset, usually for older mobo
while asus mobo is this forum fav mobo for fx 6300
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January 20, 2014 11:55:08 AM

AMD Radeon said:
wow very good AMD build,
i made some changes for your consideration
- cheaper ram
- corsair case is on sale
- more power GPU, Radeon 270 from Gigabyte

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($27.95 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $741.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-20 14:49 EST-0500)


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January 20, 2014 4:30:47 PM

Thank you for the help LmeAde2 and AMD Radeon. I'm probably going to start the build next week. Any thoughts on adding a Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk and using Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) instead of Windows 7 ?
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a c 343 4 Gaming
January 20, 2014 4:48:29 PM

^ samsung evo and win 8.1 will be good
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a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2014 4:52:37 PM

AMD Radeon said:
wow very good AMD build,
i made some changes for your consideration
- cheaper ram
- corsair case is on sale
- more power GPU, Radeon 270 from Gigabyte

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $707.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-18 20:36 EST-0500)


Agreed :) 

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July 21, 2014 5:59:36 PM

Wow you guys are awesome at helping people out. I'm looking into building this PC and because this was posted last January I wanted to see if this parts list still stands as the way to go.

Games I'd like to play: BF4, TItanfall, Blacklist, Saints Row 4.

Thanks guys, really appreciate your feedback.
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