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March 19, 2014 2:42:06 PM

I was wondering if someone could double check my build because i keep second guessing my motherboard and cpu, this is my first build and any feedback would be appreciated.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3cO4S

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March 19, 2014 4:34:27 PM

Supported memory for Athlon X4 760K is DDR3 1866MHz. The motherboard supports dual channel memory so it is best to use a matched pair of DIMMs.

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 19, 2014 4:37:32 PM

Get this build instead.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 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: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($178.60 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $456.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 19:35 EDT-0400)

More reliable CPU, faster Memory (or you could use the memory above one post), better Hard Drive, much better Graphics Card, etc.

May I ask what you're going to do about your PSU and case? You don't have any picked out. I'd personally recommend these if you're still deciding:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $109.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-19 19:37 EDT-0400)

Good luck.
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March 19, 2014 10:38:18 PM

Calvin7 said:
Supported memory for Athlon X4 760K is DDR3 1866MHz. The motherboard supports dual channel memory so it is best to use a matched pair of DIMMs.

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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March 19, 2014 10:48:01 PM

The CPU you've chosen is 4 years old, Motherboard you chose is 'okay', RAM speed is slow and you will not get very good performance if you don't use dual channel, Western Digital Blue Drives are more reliable than Seagate, and for $45 or so more the R9 270 is a much better graphics card.

I have to say, go with the build I posted before or if you want an AM3+ CPU and Motherboard swap out the CPU + Motherboard from the build I posted before for these:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $184.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 01:46 EDT-0400)
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