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April 1, 2014 4:20:36 PM

I'm ordering a new gaming computer tomorrow because I desperately need an upgrade. I'm fairly new to gaming PC's. My budget is 1200-1400. I was wondering if this build is good for the price? If not what should i remove/add/change? Thanks. -----(By the way, I know that it's better to build my own PC, and I respect that, but right now, I really don't know anything at all about computers and would like to just have a good PC to start with. In the future I'm definitely planning on building one though, just not in the next couple of years.)

*BASE_PRICE: [+725]
BLUETOOTH: None
CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CARE2: Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]
CARE3: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
CAS: Raidmax Viper w/ USB 3.0, Side Window Panel [-14] (Black Color)
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.00 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+90]
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
DOCKINGSTATION: None
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Asetek 510LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_VC: AMD NEVER SETTLE FOREVER SILVER: 2 Free Games
HDD: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Drive)
HDD2: 128GB ADATA SP900 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 550 MB/s Read & 520 MB/s Write [+104] (Single Drive)
HEADSET: Rocksoul Stereo Headphone with MIC
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Delta Gaming Keyboard w/ Anti-Ghosting & red backlight
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: * GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P AMD 970 ATX w/ Ultra Durable 4 Classic, On/Off Charge, GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI
MOUSE: AZZA Alpha 1600 DPI Gaming Mouse
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NOISEREDUCE1: Power Supply Gasket [+5]
NOISEREDUCE2: Anti-Vibration Fan Mounts [+9]
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) [+19]
POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - Standard 80 Plus Certified Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready [+8]
RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN NEXT BUSINESS DAY [+109]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR [3 Year Labor, 1 Year Parts] LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014 [+0]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 x16 Video Card [+169] (Major Brand Powered by AMD)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
XWNC1: * ASUS USB-N53 802.11a/b/g/n 300Mbps Dual-Band Wireless N300 USB Adapter [+49]
_PRICE: (+1330)

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April 1, 2014 4:32:05 PM

There's a lot of money wasted.
- Get an FX 8320 if possible. They can overclock it to FX 8350 speeds if you want it faster.
- You don't need the maximum amount of fans supported by the case. 2 intake, 1 exhaust should be enough.
- The power supply gasket and anti-vibration fan mounts are useless, your build will still be silent without them.
- McAfee is the most useless program on the face of the planet. A free antivirus like Avast or AVG will be just as powerful and (IMO) less annoying.
- $50 is a ton of a wireless adapter. You can get ones just as good for $25 at your local Bestbuy. Buy it separately.

With the money saved from those components:
- Get a better power supply. One with 80+ Gold Certification if possible.
- Upgrade the graphics card. an R9 270 is mid-ranged. Get a GTX 770.

Also: ***Make sure you make the Solid State Drive HDD #1! Otherwise, your OS will be installed on the hard drive, which you obviously don't want.***
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April 1, 2014 4:49:40 PM

Okay, so following your advice, this is what the new build would look like. By the way, the Anti-virus is free right now, so i guess its a bonus.

*BASE_PRICE: [+725]
BLUETOOTH: None
CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CARE2: Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]
CARE3: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
CAS: Raidmax Viper w/ USB 3.0, Side Window Panel [-14] (Black Color)
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.50 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+34]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
DOCKINGSTATION: None
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Asetek 510LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_VC: NVIDIA FREE TO PLAY - Warface, Path of Exile, and Heroes of Newerth
HDD: 128GB ADATA SP900 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 550 MB/s Read & 520 MB/s Write [+13] (Single Drive)
HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+102] (Single Drive)
HEADSET: Rocksoul Stereo Headphone with MIC
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Delta Gaming Keyboard w/ Anti-Ghosting & red backlight
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1866MHz Dual Channel Memory (Corsair Vengeance)
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: * GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P AMD 970 ATX w/ Ultra Durable 4 Classic, On/Off Charge, GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI
MOUSE: AZZA Alpha 1600 DPI Gaming Mouse
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: Pro OC (Performance Overclock 10% or more) [+19]
POWERSUPPLY: 650 Watts - Corsair CSM Series CS650M 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular Ultra Quiet Power Supply [+62]
RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN NEXT BUSINESS DAY [+109]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR [3 Year Labor, 1 Year Parts] LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014 [+0]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+259] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+1357)
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April 1, 2014 4:52:18 PM

Looks good, that's the build I would get if I had the same budget. I would wait for one more person to comment on this just in case I missed something (although I'm pretty sure I didn't).
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April 1, 2014 5:00:59 PM

Couple of things to note:
Case - That Raidmax (as far as i know)has pretty bad airflow, might be worth it to spend a little extra on that.
CPU - Drop to a 8320 if that is an option (if you want,should save $20-30)
Noise Reduction - Not needed
Overclock - It would probably be fun to learn to do this yourself. CPU OC on your 8320/50 will not provide too much of an fps improvement in games (2-3 fps) but OCing is somewhat of a hobby item, Dont pay them $20 for this
Power Supply - They say the PSU is SLI/CF ready but 600w will not be enough power to SLI/CF so if you plan to SLI/CF in the future then consider 750w or plan on buying a new PSU at that time.
Rush!!! - Wow, this is a waste of money man, be patient and put the $100 towards your GPU, you will not regret getting a gtx 770 instead of the 270x but you are going to forget that you had your PC 5 days earlier really fast. If you need a comp immediately for school or something, go to library :) 
GPU - Push it to a gtx 770 or R9 280x

Edit: looks like I took too long typing this out :) 

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April 1, 2014 5:04:45 PM

I like the 8350 better than the 8320. The RAM is OK. A Corsair PSU is way better than a No Brand. The 770 is better than the 270 but which 770? Keyboard, mouse and case I've never heard of. Have a look at reviews and benchmarks for all your components.
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April 1, 2014 5:22:29 PM

Thanks for the input guys :) 
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April 1, 2014 5:30:05 PM

Personally, I would cut out the middle man and buy the parts yourself. You'll be getting a much better deal. For $1300 you could get a PC that would destroy the current configuration. Let me know if you're interested and I'll make a parts list for you.
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April 1, 2014 5:31:23 PM

Here is the build with some changes, still not perfect

*BASE_PRICE: [+725]
BLUETOOTH: None
CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]
CARE2: Cooler Master Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]
CARE3: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]
CAS: Apevia X-Trooper Junior Mid-Tower Gaming Case Black/blkred & Side Panel Window [-8] (Black Color with Red LED Light)
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: None
COOLANT: Standard Coolant
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.50 GHz Eight-Core AM3+ CPU 8MB L2 Cache & Turbo Core Technology [+34]
CS_FAN: Default case fans
DOCKINGSTATION: None
ENGRAVING: None
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Asetek 510LC 120mm Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler - Enhance Cooling Performance (Single Standard 120MM Fan)
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FREEBIE_VC: NVIDIA FREE TO PLAY - Warface, Path of Exile, and Heroes of Newerth
HDD: 128GB ADATA SP900 SATA-III 6.0Gb/s - 550 MB/s Read & 520 MB/s Write [+13] (Single Drive)
HDD2: 2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+102] (Single Drive)
HEADSET: Rocksoul Stereo Headphone with MIC
IUSB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
KEYBOARD: AZZA Delta Gaming Keyboard w/ Anti-Ghosting & red backlight
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/2133MHz Dual Channel Memory [+34] (Corsair or Major Brand)
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: * GIGABYTE 970A-DS3P AMD 970 ATX w/ Ultra Durable 4 Classic, On/Off Charge, GbLAN, 2 PCIe x16, 3 PCIe x1, 2 PCI
MOUSE: AZZA Alpha 1600 DPI Gaming Mouse
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
OS: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
POWERSUPPLY: 750 Watts - Corsair CSM Series CS750M 80 Plus Gold Certified Modular Ultra Quiet Power Supply [+81]
RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN 3 BUSINESS DAYS [+69]
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR [3 Year Labor, 1 Year Parts] LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOFT1: McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2014 [+0]
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: None
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: None
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB GDDR5 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+259] (EVGA Superclocked ACX Cooling)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+1357)
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