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Best value for gaming PC; First build

Hi guys, I have decided to build my first PC and get into PC gaming. I've been researching for a while now and I'm pretty confident that I know the basics of how everything works and that I can build one myself. Other than games I will just use it for casual things like Facebook, e-mail, YouTube, writing essays for school, and streaming live videos.

Approximate Purchase Date: 3 weeks
Budget Range: 700-800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching live sports
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: everything (except mouse and keyboard)
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any trusted / reliable websites
Location: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Parts Preferences: none, haven't had any experience with PC components
Overclocking: Maybe; if its worth it in the long run
SLI or Crossfire: No, I don't have enough money for multiple monitors
Monitor Resolution: the best resolution I can get for my money, at least 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I want this computer for playing new and old games like Battlefield 4 (and other shooters), Far Cry, Fallout, Mortal Kombat, Batman and some racing games . I want this system to play most games without a problem and want it to continue to do so for the next few years. I want higher frames per second than I would get on PS4 or XB1 and 1080p because graphics is one of the main reasons I want to switch from consoles) I want the most value for my money. I do not care for looks or noise regarding the components.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My Chromebook laptop is in its last days and I want to do some gaming.

I really need some advice before ordering everything. If there is anything important that I should know about PC gaming please let me know since I've been a console gamer all my life.
Thanks. :D
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  1. Best answer
    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Danbuscus250/saved/4rsI
    CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core $114.97
    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ $64.99
    Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $69.99
    Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $56.98
    Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB $210.74
    Case Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower $19.00
    Power Supply XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V $49.99
    Optical Drive LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $15.98
    Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $94.99
    Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" $109.99
    Total: $807.62

    this should play bf4 and the other games you listed at high 1080p, very-high 720p :P
  2. Wow that was fast. Thanks.
    A few questions though, is there any reason to go with AMD instead of Intel? All I know is Intel is more popular but why? And will I be able to overclock later when my PC starts to become out of date?
  3. HAHA PC master race!
    Best Parts Im getting upgrades in may too.
    AMD x4 760k
    f2a55 motherboard
    8 GIGS Vengance Pro Ram
    Corsair CX 500W
    1Tb WD BLUE
    ASUS R9 270X 2gb
    ANY micro ATX case YOU LIKE

    If this was helpful rate my answer. I had an Xbone also consoles are borring but be aware that PC's are a pain the bumm...
  4. mmm, the fx 6300 is significantly faster than the athlon x4 760K, and am3+ has a better upgrade path :P and corsair CX's are, eh, OK.
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($210.74 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.99 @ Best Buy)
    Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $822.64
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-21 19:52 EDT-0400)

    The fx-8320 is on sale today!

    Edit: straight up stole Danbuscus's build and threw an 8320 in it since his build is good and I don't have time :)
  6. ok, usually, amd gives more bang for your buck, but above ~$160 then you want to go with intel. if you are buying today, then you can get an fx 8350 for $130, or if you can stretch your money a little bit, and live near a microcenter, they have the i5 4670k on sale for $180.
  7. NAH_YUHMUHDA said:
    Wow that was fast. Thanks.
    A few questions though, is there any reason to go with AMD instead of Intel? All I know is Intel is more popular but why? And will I be able to overclock later when my PC starts to become out of date?


    Cause intel has hyperthreting AMD is cheaper and you can overclock better
  8. OK thanks for the input guys.
  9. no problem :P
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