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March 28, 2014 5:45:28 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3icbj
Hello , this is my attempt at finding the right parts for a PC, i havent picked a keyboard, monitor or a mouse because i already have those , but is this a good PC , and will the GPU be bottlenecked?

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($37.64 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $424.44

Is there anything wrong with this setup? I'm so clueless and but ive been going on this website and learning quickly from it...

Any recommendations to improve it? i'd really appreciate it, thanks.

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March 28, 2014 5:58:57 PM

That's not bad, but there are a few pointers I would give you:

1) You want dual channel memory - look for 2x2GB or 2x4GB.

2) Consider if you really need a DVD drive - if you install windows from USB, you might not need one.

3) You'll get much better connection speeds and reliability from a wired connection rather than wireless.
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March 28, 2014 6:08:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3idkF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3idkF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3idkF/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.93 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($62.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($37.64 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $431.38

Close to price, but better for gaming and also has better upgrade potential.
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March 28, 2014 6:29:46 PM

DarkSable said:
That's not bad, but there are a few pointers I would give you:

1) You want dual channel memory - look for 2x2GB or 2x4GB.

2) Consider if you really need a DVD drive - if you install windows from USB, you might not need one.

3) You'll get much better connection speeds and reliability from a wired connection rather than wireless.


thanks for the tips, ill just install it through USB now, but im planning on setting my new PC in the second floor of my house, since the router is downstairs on the television platform. I'm transitioning from laptops to desktops so how faster would my connection be if its through ethernet? I have 3mbps from comcast...
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March 28, 2014 6:37:01 PM

woltej1 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3idkF
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3idkF/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3idkF/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.93 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($62.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($37.64 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $431.38

Close to price, but better for gaming and also has better upgrade potential.


Thanks!, i like the i3 but i'm probably gonna stay with the fx-6300, i'm going to look into the i3 to see if it does better for certain games of my liking :)  Also do you know if that 90$ Sapphire Radeon 7770 is the same as those 100-110$ Radeon 7770s? or is does it not matter much?
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March 28, 2014 6:55:17 PM

they are all 770 ghz editions. Differences are some have a factory OC. For a card at this price range there's no point in spending more than what you have to. I highly recommend the i3 over the 6300 as it does benchmark better and just the upgrade potential to an i5 is worth it.
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