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Need advice for this build *Budget less than $700*

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January 30, 2014 8:52:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Late Feb

Budget Range: Less than $700 before Rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, blender, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Buxton, Maine

Parts Preferences: Anything with the most upgradeability for price.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: At most Full HD 1080p or close to.

Additional Comments: Here is a link to what I've done and I just need help because I'm completely new to this. So please bare with me. I'm looking for something that will last for a while but when it comes time I can upgrade down the road. The price and vary maybe +50 or 60 but that's really it. The Case is the only thing that has to stay. Need to have the mobility and compactness. Thank you very much.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2KB8O

January 30, 2014 9:37:30 PM

You've chosen good parts just swap out that a10 5800k for an athlon 750k (exact same thing except no igpu which isn't needed cos you're getting a discrete gpu)
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January 30, 2014 9:51:44 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.98 @ Best Buy)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $664.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-31 00:51 EST-0500)

-Stronger processor.
-Stronger gpu.
-Bigger psu.
-ATX mid tower case.
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January 30, 2014 9:53:21 PM

realchaos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($132.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($27.98 @ Best Buy)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $664.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-31 00:51 EST-0500)

-Stronger processor.
-Stronger gpu.
-Bigger psu.
-ATX mid tower case.


At least read his question carefully. He said the case has to stay

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January 30, 2014 9:55:32 PM

If you are going to make suggestions, could you please give me some form of information to go along with it. Like I said very new to this.
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January 30, 2014 10:04:47 PM

What could I replace for these components? Could you please elaborate.
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January 30, 2014 10:17:20 PM

Here: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard ($107.99 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $661.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-31 01:13 EST-0500)

-Went for the Athlon 750k because it's a good budget processor. There's no point of buying an APU because the only advantage of an APU is that it has integrated graphics, but since you're getting a discrete gpu you don't need integrated graphics.
-I went for a mini-ITX form factor. It's just as compact and cheaper, though you don't have all of the expansion slots of a regular ATX build. Nonetheless, I don't think you'll need those extra features anyways.
-Went for faster RAM and it's dual channel. Motherboards support dual channel RAM, which is just having two slots filled. Having two of them allows better performance and it's also rated at CAS 9 over CAS 11, which should also offer better performance.
-Better GPU. The GTX 660 is a great gpu for the budget and it performs better than both the 7770 and R7-260X.
-Removed the wireless adapter. The motherboard has a built in wireless adapter.
-Cheaper and more compact case for better mobility.
-Bigger psu and it's semi-modular so there'll be less cables in there.
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January 30, 2014 10:36:00 PM

realchaos said:
Here: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard ($107.99 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $661.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-31 01:13 EST-0500)

-Went for the Athlon 750k because it's a good budget processor. There's no point of buying an APU because the only advantage of an APU is that it has integrated graphics, but since you're getting a discrete gpu you don't need integrated graphics.
-I went for a mini-ITX form factor. It's just as compact and cheaper, though you don't have all of the expansion slots of a regular ATX build. Nonetheless, I don't think you'll need those extra features anyways.
-Went for faster RAM and it's dual channel. Motherboards support dual channel RAM, which is just having two slots filled. Having two of them allows better performance and it's also rated at CAS 9 over CAS 11, which should also offer better performance.
-Better GPU. The GTX 660 is a great gpu for the budget and it performs better than both the 7770 and R7-260X.
-Removed the wireless adapter. The motherboard has a built in wireless adapter.
-Cheaper and more compact case for better mobility.
-Bigger psu and it's semi-modular so there'll be less cables in there.


Thank you very much!! Would air cooling be fine for this build?
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January 30, 2014 10:40:05 PM

Roxas_Boy said:
You've chosen good parts just swap out that a10 5800k for an athlon 750k (exact same thing except no igpu which isn't needed cos you're getting a discrete gpu)


Thank you!! =]
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January 30, 2014 10:42:07 PM

Yes the stock cooler would definitely be fine if you don't want to overclock.
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January 30, 2014 10:45:38 PM

realchaos said:
Yes the stock cooler would definitely be fine if you don't want to overclock.


Awesome, glad to have someone knowledge to help me out!!
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