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April 21, 2014 4:31:15 PM

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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a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2014 4:48:48 PM

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 
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April 21, 2014 4:54:00 PM

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?
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April 21, 2014 4:49:45 PM

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

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a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2014 4:54:24 PM

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.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2014 4:53:17 PM

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 :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2014 4:57:50 PM

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.
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Anonymous
April 21, 2014 5:01:05 PM

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
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April 21, 2014 5:09:22 PM

OK thanks for the input guys.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 21, 2014 5:23:02 PM

no problem :p 
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