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April 14, 2014 3:12:20 PM

Ok so just letting you know that english is not my first langage so please don't be hard on me :) 


So for the pc build i kinda need help cause i've been watching guides and reading forum posts about it, but i feel overwhelmed by all of the information.

I would like the price to be around 700$-800$ (canadian) and i might need an os (don't know yet). I don't have any preference so feel free to suggest what ever you feel is good.

What i have chosen so far: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/3rKNM

Really not sure about it. :) 

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April 14, 2014 5:37:14 PM

For your price range you will probably need to go the AMD cpu route.
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April 14, 2014 5:42:07 PM

This is what I came up with for your price range (without OS):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.75 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($78.90 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($269.04 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $793.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 20:41 EDT-0400)
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April 14, 2014 6:10:55 PM

numanator said:
This is what I came up with for your price range (without OS):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.75 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($78.90 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($269.04 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $793.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 20:41 EDT-0400)


What would be the main difference between a i5 and the fx-6300 because a lot of people seem to like while others seem to don't.

Should i overclock this cpu, i'm new to this stuff but i've read that almost everyone is ocing it.

what does the 1333 mean on the memory because i see some with 1600/1800...

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April 14, 2014 9:18:48 PM

So the i5 has 4 cores and the fx-6300 has 6 cores. However the intel cores (i5) have better performance per core. Basically, games that are designed to use more than 4 cores will perform better on the fx-6300 but most only utilize 4 cores or less at this time. Overall, I prefer the i5 over the fx-6300 with the fx-8320 being more on par with the i5 for performance. However, the i5+motherboard typically costs around $350 (USD) and the fx-6300 + mobo costs around $200 (USD). In my personal opinion, the i5 is better than the fx-6300 but for your budget the i5 would not be fully utilized by the other components that would go into the build and the money saved by switching to the 6300 can be put towards the gpu's price which will give you a noticeable improvement in graphics, fps, etc.

The fx-6300 overclocks really well and when overclocked can close the distance between it and the i5. However to OC the cpu, you will need an aftermarket cpu cooler. I put one into the build below for around $30.

The 1333 mHz is the ram speed. I actually meant to put in 1600 mhz ram so it was an oversight on my part. Faster is better but anything above 1600 mhz is usually more expensive than it is worth.

This is the build with a cpu cooler and 1600 mhz ram:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.75 @ Vuugo)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.79 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.12 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($269.04 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.99 @ NCIX)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $826.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-15 00:18 EDT-0400)
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April 14, 2014 9:21:56 PM

Also, if you are interested in the 8-core fx-8320, it is about $50 dollars more than the fx-6300 and uses the same motherboards
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