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January 25, 2014 12:42:16 PM

Hey guys, I'm building my first gaming PC that I'm really looking forward to using it for gaming, programming in my future careers, and just surfing the internet + multi-tasking.

Current Laptop - i5-2430M 2.4Ghz, 4 GB DDR2, Integrated HD3000 Graphics.

Games I play at the moment - League of Legends (Low settings 40-60FPS), Hearthstone (No Lag).
Games I want to play - Rust (ATM, everything low, all grass off (20-25 fps ish), World of Warcraft (I haven't played WoW since Cata, but I remember my computer wasn't too bad playing it), Minecraft (Minecraft is scratchy to play). Also I would look forward to playing other games depending on how well my computer could run it.

CPU - I have my mind set on the AMD FX-6300, I think that will do me good for a bit, should I be a step-ahead and go on to buying the 8320?

GPU - I haven't set my mind on anything, hopefully you guys can help me narrow down the best one for my budget.

Mobo - I think the Asus M5A97 R2.0 (Non LE) will be a good motherboard, if anyone objects please justify and recommend.

I don't need - Monitor(1440x900), Mouse, Keyboard, Windows 7 Home Premium

Questions - Will I be able to run games like Rust fine? How big of an improvement will this be from my current computer build?

Also - Also, I don't know if its necessary,but if its safe, I would be willing to try overclocking a little bit if it helps.

Thanks for the help in advance. I'd really like to get this right!

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January 25, 2014 1:04:57 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling ACALP64-GT 25.6 CFM CPU Cooler ($8.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X EXTREME4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $569.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-25 15:58 EST-0500)

When someone mentions anything about future games, I'll always recommend a socket that has options for the future. This board has a lot of great options like SATA III, USB 3.0, and 4 DIMM slots, so it will last you a long time. If you overclock the CPU, which is another great feature of the board, you can easily reach the power of the 6300. Rust is a pain because it runs on an engine that, quite frankly, is poor optimized. I threw a 660 in there to be safe, and you should be able to play Rust on close to max settings.

If you can't afford it, you can always drop down to a 650 Ti, although that is a really good price for a 660.
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January 25, 2014 1:15:53 PM

I mean It would be okay if I would be able to run Rust at medium settings with 60 fps, I'm not really a quality junkie or anything. I've been playing low res games for most of my life. Is the Athlon you recommended better then the 6300?
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January 25, 2014 1:43:50 PM

Go with the FX-6300 then and the motherboard you chose, because it is a bit faster. Socket AM3+ is kind of a dead socket, so if you want to upgrade in the future, you are probably going to have to buy a new motherboard to upgrade to anything worth the money.
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January 25, 2014 1:46:05 PM

Good board, good processor

At that resolution a Radeon 7850 ,R7 270x or GTX 650ti boost will all game exceptionally well
Depends on your budget really
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January 25, 2014 2:16:06 PM

How do you guys feel about the HD7790, is that a good GPU for the price.
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