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First time gaming build looking to budget around $600

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February 13, 2014 1:52:19 PM

So I am going to attempt my first build from scratch. I will be using it primarily for gaming and possibly streaming. I'd like to keep the budget around $600. I'm not sure about compatibility issues and things like that... But I have come up with a list of parts that I like and have read good reviews about them. Here it is.

Case - RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

HDD - Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM

Motherboard - ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Optical Drive - ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818AAT (DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GE) - OEM

RAM - Kingston HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8X

CPU - AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX

GPU - GIGABYTE GV-R726XWF2-2GD REV2 Radeon R7 260X 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

This is a list of items all on newegg that total out to around 600 so it is in my budget just would like some more experienced opinions. Feel free to suggest any changes or anything. Thanks for any advice.

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a c 284 4 Gaming
February 13, 2014 2:53:34 PM

You would need a different power supply, the one that comes with Raidmax cases are horrible. Here's what I would do, was able to squeeze one step better of a GPU into it under $600.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($195.99 @ Staples)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $607.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-13 17:52 EST-0500)
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February 13, 2014 3:19:41 PM

Is it smart to buy from so many retailers it seems like shipping might end up costing a lot?
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a c 284 4 Gaming
February 13, 2014 3:22:26 PM

bcain1787 said:
Is it smart to buy from so many retailers it seems like shipping might end up costing a lot?


Those prices are after shipping. And even buying everything from Newegg you would still be charged the shipping cost on each item.
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February 13, 2014 3:33:22 PM

Ok noted on the shipping. a few more things what about cooling that case only has one rear fan would that and the fans on the gpu be enough? Also what is the difference on the motherboard as apposed to the one i had chose other then costs. I may want to eventually install a second video card well a capture card so that I can stream or record from my xbox.

Can we change this to a discussion and not a question please mods?
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February 13, 2014 5:15:19 PM

I can not find the R9 anywhere in stock for under $240 are the R7s a huge downgrade or can they still run most games.
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a c 284 4 Gaming
February 13, 2014 6:09:54 PM

Hmm, sorry about the out of stock issue :(  You could go the 660 route. There really isn't anything else in that range without pushing up to $250 for the GTX 760.
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February 13, 2014 6:19:38 PM

I think I want to go with this case Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm and the PSU that you had suggested and keep everything else the same. Would I be able to run most newer games at medium to high settings with the R7 card I chose because it is only $150. if the gtx 660 is a big jump from the R7 which one do you suggest?
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a c 284 4 Gaming
February 13, 2014 6:26:38 PM

I would recommend this 660: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00942TK8I/?tag=pcpapi-20

The 660 is markedly better than the 260x. Will definitely get you High in most newer games :) 

And that's a great budget case, was actually my first case lol
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February 13, 2014 6:44:13 PM

Thanks man I appreciate the advice I'll definitely shell out the extra 40 for the 660.
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a c 284 4 Gaming
February 13, 2014 7:04:24 PM

Sounds like a plan, you'll enjoy the combination!
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