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April 20, 2014 10:52:40 AM

Hi guys, I am in the process of building my very first PC all by myself and was wondering if you guys had any pointers on the parts I am getting.

This is my list on pcpartpicker.com: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/oquadros/saved/4qwz

Please let me know what you think guys, much appreciated!

P.S: I am looking at what I could improve, if there is anything I could do to bring the price down while keeping similar performance, and also whether I need an aftermarket cooler (not really sure how to OC so dont know if i will be doing that), and if my build is good overall!

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April 20, 2014 10:57:09 AM

Since it's for gaming, go for Intel i5-4670K.
Read the various reviews on the gaming performance of FX 8350 - it's not competitive with Intel for gaming.
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April 20, 2014 12:41:16 PM

Thats a good point. I was actually just looking at more reviews on the fx-8350 and realized it was a waste. Since I am on a budget and am trying to minimize cost whilst maximizing performance, I am looking at changing it for the fx-6300 since it has been featured in a lot of budget builds and seems to be pretty solid. What do you think?
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April 20, 2014 1:07:42 PM

TheLivingRefuge said:
Thats a good point. I was actually just looking at more reviews on the fx-8350 and realized it was a waste. Since I am on a budget and am trying to minimize cost whilst maximizing performance, I am looking at changing it for the fx-6300 since it has been featured in a lot of budget builds and seems to be pretty solid. What do you think?


You should spend more on the GPU than the CPU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Belkin F9L1001 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Genius KB-110X Wired Standard Keyboard ($6.25 @ Mwave)
Total: $726.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 16:07 EDT-0400)
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April 20, 2014 1:34:31 PM

Suztera said:
TheLivingRefuge said:
Thats a good point. I was actually just looking at more reviews on the fx-8350 and realized it was a waste. Since I am on a budget and am trying to minimize cost whilst maximizing performance, I am looking at changing it for the fx-6300 since it has been featured in a lot of budget builds and seems to be pretty solid. What do you think?


You should spend more on the GPU than the CPU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Belkin F9L1001 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Genius KB-110X Wired Standard Keyboard ($6.25 @ Mwave)
Total: $726.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 16:07 EDT-0400)



This looks really good. Could you please tell me why you changed the mobo? Is it because of the lower price point? I saw the one you replaced it with does not have SLI support. What are your thoughts on this?

Again I am thankful for all responses :) 
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April 20, 2014 1:41:43 PM

TheLivingRefuge said:
Suztera said:
TheLivingRefuge said:
Thats a good point. I was actually just looking at more reviews on the fx-8350 and realized it was a waste. Since I am on a budget and am trying to minimize cost whilst maximizing performance, I am looking at changing it for the fx-6300 since it has been featured in a lot of budget builds and seems to be pretty solid. What do you think?


You should spend more on the GPU than the CPU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Belkin F9L1001 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Genius KB-110X Wired Standard Keyboard ($6.25 @ Mwave)
Total: $726.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-20 16:07 EDT-0400)



This looks really good. Could you please tell me why you changed the mobo? Is it because of the lower price point? I saw the one you replaced it with does not have SLI support. What are your thoughts on this?

Again I am thankful for all responses :) 


Mostly price to fit it nearer to the price you originally had. Also, most people say they would so SLI in the future but rarely do. You can go get that motherboard you had originally as that will be fine and is better in terms of features.
If you do SLI in the future, remember to replace your PSU to at least 750W 80 bronze depending on what you are SLI.
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