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April 4, 2014 12:22:10 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:within the next two weeks (4/4/14-4/18/14)

Budget Range: $750 - $900

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Gaming, internet surfing, movie watching.

Parts Not Required:Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg.com

Country: Newegg.com

Parts Preferences: Preferably AMD

Overclocking: More than likely not.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: Since this is my first build I would like to make sure that this combination of parts is going to work as well as advice on more efficient or price efficient parts other than what I have already chosen.

Here is my current list of Parts for this computer
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Thank You for any help and opinions!

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April 4, 2014 12:30:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($68.40 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $845.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-04 15:30 EDT-0400)
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April 4, 2014 12:42:27 PM

Good thing you asked. There are several flaws with this built:

1. The AMD APUs sacrifice processing power for having a powerful GPU. Since you are getting a dedicated GPU, you will want an FX series CPU. They have no APU, but are much more powerful. You could get an FX 8320 or 8350 for example. You'll obviously have to change the motherboard if you switch to the FX-series.

2. Get a better GPU. Save money elsewhere if you must. Most games are very GPU bound. With a CPU like the FX 8320/8350 most games will run pretty much exactly as fast as your GPU can handle them, because your CPU will have no problems anyway (save for a few exceptions). I would at least double your GPU budget.

3. The PSU you chose is very good, but complete overkill for the weak GPU. Save some money and get a 600-650w PSU and put the money you save towards a better GPU.

4. I am not really too familiar with wireless adapters, but you might want to check if you really need to spend that much money on one. I have seen PCI wireless cards for as low as 5 bucks. No either if they are any good though.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 4, 2014 12:53:48 PM

Graphiicz said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($68.40 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $845.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-04 15:30 EDT-0400)


The above is a good build for the money. But the motherboard will not support an FX 8320 well with 4+1 power phase. And the RAM is 1333. You should really have 1600 or 1866.

Here is another option, very similar to the above. It's a 6 core instead of 8 core but has a better board and RAM that you *COULD* use with the rest of the parts suggested above as well. If you are willing to spend $70 more, you could bump this back up to an FX 8320.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lYTK

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $820.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-04 15:53 EDT-0400)
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