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Is this a good build for under $700?

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March 16, 2014 11:47:34 PM

This is my first PC build, so I need to know if this will be a good build strictly for gaming? I'm not worried about maxing out the settings for games, so that will not be an issue. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, but I am not willing to go above $700 in the total build. Also, will I need a CPU cooler for this? Thank you for the help!

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3biHU) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3biHU/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3biHU/benchmarks/)

**CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $139.99 @ Amazon
**Motherboard** | [Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97r20) | $79.79 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m2a1...) | $79.99 @ Amazon
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $57.98 @ OutletPC
**Video Card** | [MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9270gaming...) | $178.60 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210001) | $37.99 @ Micro Center
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600) | $49.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $624.33
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-17 02:46 EDT-0400 |

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a c 344 4 Gaming
March 16, 2014 11:52:24 PM

yes it is, with some improvement
cpu cooler for OC
better ram
270X
better PSU and case (with usb 3.0)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($215.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $673.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-17 02:51 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2014 12:05:22 AM

This is what I would get for your budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $699.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-17 03:04 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2014 11:04:20 AM

And my two cents (why not),

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3310A-B ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $691.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-17 14:00 EDT-0400)

The r9 270 in this build is (imo) physically already a r9 270X with it needing two power connectors.it should be easy to overclock this one to r9 270X values.I can't be sure about that,but it seems logical.

Or if you don't want to overclock a nice intel build,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CLP0605 79.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 KILLER ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $701.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-17 14:16 EDT-0400)
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