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Building a PC, need help with reviewing and improving my part list

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February 25, 2014 10:12:14 PM

So, straight to the point, I'm on a budget of around $700, give or take, and after a lot of research, I put together a build. However, I'm no expert, and would greatly appreciate if someone here could review my build and make recommendations for what I should change around, if anything. and also what kind of performance I could expect from it, specifically in Battlefield 4, Titanfall, and Skyrim. Here's my build:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
MOBO: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
RAM: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card
Case: CFI Bastet ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)
Peripheral: Dell KM632 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse

All of this amounts to roughly $690. I didn't include a monitor because I felt it could wait a while, I have a 1080p LCD TV that I could use in the meantime and it was more important to dump as much money as I could into the important stuff.
February 25, 2014 10:20:43 PM

Do you live near a micocenter? They have the 8320 CPU on sale for $100 right now. You can't beat it and it will overclock to 4.0ghz on stock. It's instore only though.
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February 25, 2014 10:25:33 PM

Seems like a very good build. The FX 6300 or FX 6350 offer great gaming performance for the price. Though the R9 series GPU have gone up in price quite a bit since launch and many of them are 100 more than the original price and much more for the 280x and 290x. So it is hard to say what is a good GPU right now because of pricing. But alin all you will be able to run games without a hitch at 1080p
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February 25, 2014 11:16:52 PM

getochkn said:
Do you live near a micocenter? They have the 8320 CPU on sale for $100 right now. You can't beat it and it will overclock to 4.0ghz on stock. It's instore only though.


Unfortunately I don't. :l
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February 25, 2014 11:20:34 PM

Vitric9 said:
Seems like a very good build. The FX 6300 or FX 6350 offer great gaming performance for the price. Though the R9 series GPU have gone up in price quite a bit since launch and many of them are 100 more than the original price and much more for the 280x and 290x. So it is hard to say what is a good GPU right now because of pricing. But alin all you will be able to run games without a hitch at 1080p


Haha yeah I ended up going with the 270 even though I know they went up. I've been watching a ton of PC build videos within my price range and like 75 percent of them had set ups with that GPU/CPU combo, so it seemed like a good choice to me. But yeah thanks for the help, I'm trying to move away from console gaming since the ps4 and Xbox One have been disappointing me quite a bit with all of the things I'm hearing about them, and with Titanfall coming out on PC, it pretty much sealed the deal that this was the right time to build a proper gaming rig haha.
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