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First Time Build, Need Advice

I've been working on assembling what will (hopefully) be a good choice of parts for my first computer build, but I wanted to get some advice before I started anything. I plan to use this computer for some lighter gaming, TF2, Simcity, etc, and maybe Battlefield on lower settings, as well as for schoolwork, internet browsing etc.

Here's a link to my computer build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2PV5S
Any advice will be appreciated, thanks in advance!

PS: In case it affects anything, I am planning to dual boot Windows with Linux, probably Fedora.
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  1. You don't need or want a 7850k.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    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 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.27 @ TigerDirect)
    Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($136.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $733.16
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 13:37 EST-0500)

    This will play better than the 7850k and is similar money NOTE it costs $717 excluding Optical drive > I put one in as you need one if you haven't got one already.

    Can play anything you like at Medium 1080p and some games higher.
  2. AshyCFC said:
    You don't need or want a 7850k.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    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 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.27 @ TigerDirect)
    Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($136.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $733.16
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 13:37 EST-0500)

    This will play better than the 7850k and is similar money NOTE it costs $717 excluding Optical drive > I put one in as you need one if you haven't got one already.

    Can play anything you like at Medium 1080p and some games higher.


    Thanks a lot, this is my first build so I wasn't sure exactly what I would need. Are the other parts (not the cpu and mobo) up to scratch?
  3. only two things I add to the build. one if your thinking of dropping in a better gpu when you have the cash then put in a 650w power supply. it be sized right to run any of the newer gpu that are out there now. as you picked out windows dvd but dont have a dvd in your build parts to you have an extra dvd drive from an older pc that your reusing?? if not you need another pc and a usb stick to make a bootable windows disk and one usb stick to put the mb drivers on.
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    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 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.27 @ TigerDirect)
    Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($136.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $713.17
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 13:45 EST-0500)

    Cheaper and better than the other build WITH disk tray, can't say no.

    It's cause the mobo in it is $30 off and it doesn't even seem bad quality > http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/ecs_a970ma/12.htm

    The stock AMD fans are a bit noisy on their CPU's as well so put the saved $$$ into this when you can >
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2
  5. Doesn't look to bad. With that CPU you should be able to get decent gaming out of it on the lowest settings. I can't find any benchmark with that CPU and RAM running at a full 1080 though, best I could find was Arkham City running 60fps at 1600x900 on low. That's pretty much maxing out the CPU.

    Over all not bad for $700, adding a dedicated GPU would help with gaming.
  6. smorizio said:
    only two things I add to the build. one if your thinking of dropping in a better gpu when you have the cash then put in a 650w power supply. it be sized right to run any of the newer gpu that are out there now. as you picked out windows dvd but dont have a dvd in your build parts to you have an extra dvd drive from an older pc that your reusing?? if not you need another pc and a usb stick to make a bootable windows disk and one usb stick to put the mb drivers on.


    I do have another and a usb stick (16gb) that I can use to make a bootable windows disk, and a few other smaller usb sticks as well.
  7. Honestly I'd just go with a $17 disk tray or steal one from an OLD PC if you can.

    You never know when you might need a disk every now and then.

    There's nothing wrong with the CPU and Mobo you chose just these ones are simply better and less money. Everyone wins.
  8. Jake Lloyd said:
    Doesn't look to bad. With that CPU you should be able to get decent gaming out of it on the lowest settings. I can't find any benchmark with that CPU and RAM running at a full 1080 though, best I could find was Arkham City running 60fps at 1600x900 on low. That's pretty much maxing out the CPU.

    Over all not bad for $700, adding a dedicated GPU would help with gaming.


    I was actually planning to get a GPU a bit later, so I thought I would build the pc first and then save up for a good GPU later.
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