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January 26, 2014 4:51:19 PM

Hello there, I'm looking at building a pc that can run modern games (Battlefield 3/4, Crysis 3, etc...) on medium/high settings. This is the build that I put together:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2I4X6

This will be the first pc I will build, and I was wondering if this machine would do the trick for what I'm looking for and also if there are any unnecessarily expensive pieces that I've included. Thank you.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2014 5:06:02 PM

Try this out. I added the CPU cooler so that you can OC, and get better cooling, but if you don't want it, or don't want it right now, you can remove it and be right on the $700 line.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII M4 58.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($56.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $732.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-26 20:05 EST-0500)


With out the cooler...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($56.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $699.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-26 20:05 EST-0500)
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January 26, 2014 5:27:15 PM

I really like that first build, thank you. I like the idea of using a cooler. Also, am I going to need any other cords, fans, or anything of the sort when I'm putting the pc itself together, or is this everything I'll need?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2014 5:33:02 PM

No, you shouldn't need anything else. Cooler Master provides 2 case fans for you, and they provide one pre installed on the CPU cooler, as well as thermal compound, so you are all set in terms of hardware. One optional item is an anti-static wrist strap, to prevent any accidental static electricity when you are building your machine, but you can also ground yourself by touching the metal part of the case and working on a wooden surface, with a tile or wooden floor. An ESD strap is all your call- while not completely necessary, it can be a good thing to have. I didn't use one with my build, but other builders will always use one, even when installing a new fan or doing a bit or re-wiring. You can get one here, if you want it.
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January 26, 2014 5:50:36 PM

Okay, cool. I think I'll go ahead and spend the extra $2.85 just to be on the safe side. Thanks for the tip, I think I have everything I need to purchase the parts and start building now.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 26, 2014 6:38:17 PM

Good luck with your build! Just remember- all builders have minor hiccups with builds, so if anything goes wrong, don't hesitate to ask!
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