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April 13, 2014 7:40:20 PM

Warning: this is a long post. If you take the time to read it and provide your input/advice, it will be greatly appreciated! For those not interested in reading my book, I will post the build up top, the main thing that I would like answered is:

Will there be any issues using the case from my HP A6130 and a 400w power supply in this build?

Planned Build:

Athlon X4 760K: $85
MSI A88XM-E45: $63
Corsair Vengeance 2x4gb DDR3 1600: $70
MSI Raedon R7 260X 2gb: $120
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB HDD: $55

I want to reuse the case and optical drive from my HP A6130, and a friend is giving me a 400w power supply.

Total Cost (Not including OS): $393
My wife gave me a $400 budget not including OS.

For those interested in reading my book:

Hi all, this is my first post, and I am about to embark on my first every build. I have wanted to do a build for the past few years but have never pulled the trigger. Over the years, I have found this site to be incredibly helpful and have gained a great deal of understanding about PCs because of this site.

After plenty of web surfing, price checking, and mind changing I believe that I have my build figured out by I want to run it by the experts first before I pull the trigger. First let me give you a bit of background about what I'd like to accomplish.

Priority One: Desktop PC for College
MS Office, Web browsing (I like to have 3 or 4 windows up with 5 or 6 tabs each), Mini Tab, ect. No video editing or anything like that. Typical use would include multiple web windows, MS Word, and occasionally MS PPT running simultaneously. My 10+ year old HP can do it but struggles pretty bad as I pile more and more on. I am confident my new build will have no issues here.

Priority One(a): Budget Gaming
I've been a console gamer since the SNES days but would like to see what the PC can offer. Previously I believed a gaming rig had to cost $1000+ but after talking to a friend and doing some research it appears I was mistaken.

I don't need to run Crysis 3 maxed out at 1080p, but I would like to run current games on medium settings at 720p at a reasonable frame rate (40+fps). My research tells me that my planned rig will do much much better than that, but I'll leave that to the experts.

Thanks for reading! I'm very excited to purchase my components and finally step into the world of PC building.



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April 13, 2014 7:54:33 PM

That case should do fine. As a first build I would start with a FX 6300 and a nice motherboard so you can upgrade your system later on:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $442.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 22:53 EDT-0400)
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April 13, 2014 7:57:09 PM

Yeah that looks like you should be fine with that setup. The HP mobo that you currently have is Micro ATX form factor (9.6" x 9.6") so you should be fine with pretty much any Micro ATX mobo that you want. The only thing I would be concerned about a little is the PSU. 400w should be plenty for this build, but that is assuming it's a quality PSU. Most quality brands (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PCP&C, & XFX) are ones that I'd strive for. Do you know what the make and model of the PSU that your getting? And also how old it is?

I forgot to include a link to your old Mobo, so we can see it's dimensions for comparison. Here it is.
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April 13, 2014 7:59:33 PM

RazerZ said:
That case should do fine. As a first build I would start with a FX 6300 and a nice motherboard so you can upgrade your system later on:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $442.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 22:53 EDT-0400)


That would be good too, but his budget is $400, so that won't work for now. I would recommend a FX chip too, but it might not be as cost effective from where he's at (not sure on purchase location). Also there might be some concerns with the PSU that he'd be using and the FX 6300 uses a bit more power than the Athlon x4 760k, but it's just something to keep in mind.
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April 13, 2014 8:12:41 PM

How about this?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $392.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-13 23:12 EDT-0400)
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April 13, 2014 8:16:29 PM

First off, thank you both for the ultra quick responses!

I need to find out more info on the PSU, if need be I can probably convince my better half that an extra $50 or so is worth the peace of mind. I am glad to hear that my case will work and that a 400w PSU will be sufficient for this build.

In terms of the FX6300 and and AM3+ build:
lunyone nailed it on the price point. Going that route adds $60+ to my build, and I am already pretty much maxed out on my budget.

Also, I was under the impression that the extra cores aren't even utilized by games anyway and that frequency was more important. The FX-6300 runs at 3.5Ghz and can be OCed to 4.0Ghz? This is a first build and I am not really looking to overclock at this point. Thus, the Athlon X4 760K runs at 3.8Ghz, am I mistaken in believing that for my purposes the 760K is actually better? Is there more to this equation?

I have also read that the AM3+ socket is not going to be supported by future AMD chips while the FM2+ socket will be supported for the next year or so. Thus I actually thought I was giving myself a better potential upgrade path by going with an FM2+ mobo.


Im in the US BTW


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April 13, 2014 8:22:26 PM

Megaton said:
First off, thank you both for the ultra quick responses!

I need to find out more info on the PSU, if need be I can probably convince my better half that an extra $50 or so is worth the peace of mind. I am glad to hear that my case will work and that a 400w PSU will be sufficient for this build.

In terms of the FX6300 and and AM3+ build:
lunyone nailed it on the price point. Going that route adds $60+ to my build, and I am already pretty much maxed out on my budget.

Also, I was under the impression that the extra cores aren't even utilized by games anyway and that frequency was more important. The FX-6300 runs at 3.5Ghz and can be OCed to 4.0Ghz? This is a first build and I am not really looking to overclock at this point. Thus, the Athlon X4 760K runs at 3.8Ghz, am I mistaken in believing that for my purposes the 760K is actually better? Is there more to this equation?

I have also read that the AM3+ socket is not going to be supported by future AMD chips while the FM2+ socket will be supported for the next year or so. Thus I actually thought I was giving myself a better potential upgrade path by going with an FM2+ mobo.





I posted a second build that is under the $400 budget and you might want to consider it. Regarding CPU performance, clock speed isn't relevant. What is relevant is the individual core performance, and in that case the 6300 easily beats the 760k.

Also the FM2+ will be supported, but the roadmap so far consists of APUs, and not CPUs meant for gaming/ high performance.
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April 13, 2014 8:27:29 PM

RazerZ said:
Megaton said:
First off, thank you both for the ultra quick responses!

I need to find out more info on the PSU, if need be I can probably convince my better half that an extra $50 or so is worth the peace of mind. I am glad to hear that my case will work and that a 400w PSU will be sufficient for this build.

In terms of the FX6300 and and AM3+ build:
lunyone nailed it on the price point. Going that route adds $60+ to my build, and I am already pretty much maxed out on my budget.

Also, I was under the impression that the extra cores aren't even utilized by games anyway and that frequency was more important. The FX-6300 runs at 3.5Ghz and can be OCed to 4.0Ghz? This is a first build and I am not really looking to overclock at this point. Thus, the Athlon X4 760K runs at 3.8Ghz, am I mistaken in believing that for my purposes the 760K is actually better? Is there more to this equation?

I have also read that the AM3+ socket is not going to be supported by future AMD chips while the FM2+ socket will be supported for the next year or so. Thus I actually thought I was giving myself a better potential upgrade path by going with an FM2+ mobo.





I posted a second build that is under the $400 budget and you might want to consider it. Regarding CPU performance, clock speed isn't relevant. What is relevant is the individual core performance, and in that case the 6300 easily beats the 760k.

Also the FM2+ will be supported, but the roadmap so far consists of APUs, and not CPUs meant for gaming/ high performance.


I see, how can I tell that the core performance on the 6300 is better than the 760k? Every time I think I figure something it I end up realizing that I haven't figured anything out LOL. :) 


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April 13, 2014 8:42:16 PM

Ok, the PSU is actually 500w and made by antec so I should be solid there.

I did see the sub $400 AM3+ build but the mobo seems to leave a lot to be desired. Namely its lacking USB 3.0 and sata III. I can't seem to find any AM3+ mATX mobos that are decent. If I want to use my case the mobo needs to be mATX.

Ok on second look it does have USB 3.0, but not sata 6gb/s

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April 13, 2014 9:16:21 PM

I think I found an FX build that meets my requirements and budget.

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

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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $398.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 00:11 EDT-0400)

This is literally the only in-stock mATX AM3+ mobo that supports sata III. I'd like to add an SSD in the future so sata III is important to me.
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April 14, 2014 3:35:07 AM

Megaton said:
I think I found an FX build that meets my requirements and budget.

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

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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $398.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 00:11 EDT-0400)

This is literally the only in-stock mATX AM3+ mobo that supports sata III. I'd like to add an SSD in the future so sata III is important to me.


That works too, so whatever you decide you should be fine.

You could also look at:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $384.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 06:45 EDT-0400)

or FM2+ build (has probably a few more options than the FX build, but both will be fine):
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $372.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 06:48 EDT-0400)
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April 14, 2014 9:20:41 PM

I ended up going with this.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi B85S3+ Ver. 6.x Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $374.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-15 00:11 EDT-0400)

I decided to wait on the video card. For everything besides gaming it will be a huge improvement over my current setup. I can save some $$$ over the next few months and increase my budget for a video card a bit.
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April 14, 2014 9:22:50 PM

Megaton said:
I ended up going with this.

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi B85S3+ Ver. 6.x Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $374.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-15 00:11 EDT-0400)

I decided to wait on the video card. For everything besides gaming it will be a huge improvement over my current setup. I can save some $$$ over the next few months and increase my budget for a video card a bit.


Looks good I'd just change the mobo.
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April 14, 2014 9:32:05 PM

RazerZ said:


Looks good I'd just change the mobo.


Any suggestions? This one seemed to have the features I wanted and the price was right. 4 slots for ram, 4 sata III, and 2 USB 3.0.

I ordered from Amazon so I can always return it.
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April 14, 2014 9:34:46 PM

Megaton said:
RazerZ said:


Looks good I'd just change the mobo.


Any suggestions? This one seemed to have the features I wanted and the price was right. 4 slots for ram, 4 sata III, and 2 USB 3.0.

I ordered from Amazon so I can always return it.


Do you only want it from amazon or can you order it from some place else?
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April 14, 2014 11:01:43 PM

RazerZ said:
Megaton said:
RazerZ said:


Looks good I'd just change the mobo.


Any suggestions? This one seemed to have the features I wanted and the price was right. 4 slots for ram, 4 sata III, and 2 USB 3.0.

I ordered from Amazon so I can always return it.


Do you only want it from amazon or can you order it from some place else?


I can order elsewhere, but I get a 10% discount at amazon and have prime so amazon is preferred.
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April 15, 2014 4:42:01 AM

Megaton said:
RazerZ said:
Megaton said:
RazerZ said:


Looks good I'd just change the mobo.


Any suggestions? This one seemed to have the features I wanted and the price was right. 4 slots for ram, 4 sata III, and 2 USB 3.0.

I ordered from Amazon so I can always return it.


Do you only want it from amazon or can you order it from some place else?


I can order elsewhere, but I get a 10% discount at amazon and have prime so amazon is preferred.


Will get back to you later on today.
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