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April 27, 2014 4:58:30 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/PhoKingTasty/saved/4vnT

Budget: Under $700

I want to build a PC mainly for gaming. 1920x1080 resolution. I'll mainly be playing league of legends but for other games, (Guild wars 2, Battlefield 4, DAYZ, Watch dogs to name a few) I'd be completely satisfied if I could run medium settings and get a steady 60fps.

Aside from that, is there anything wrong with this build? Any parts you would swap out? Any compatibility issues with parts I am not aware of? I have no idea what that means when it says my motherboard will require an update for vishera CPUS. What?

(The motherboard on there is only $30 because I'm buying a special cpu/motherboard bundle from microcenter).

Thanks for the help guys!

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April 27, 2014 5:19:50 PM

Budget for the build?
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April 27, 2014 5:25:16 PM

RazerZ said:
Budget for the build?


Including the OS and everything, under $700
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April 27, 2014 5:32:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $683.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-27 20:31 EDT-0400)
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April 27, 2014 5:32:42 PM

Microcenter is nice for those bundles. I suggest a psu under 550 watt if you arent overclocking on that motherboard. The xfx 550w or the evga 500w are good ideas. Even the corsair cx 500 watt would be sufficient.
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April 27, 2014 5:33:43 PM

Also there may be some issues with that drive. Maybe a wd blue instead.
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April 28, 2014 6:02:47 PM

RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $683.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-27 20:31 EDT-0400)


schau314 said:
Microcenter is nice for those bundles. I suggest a psu under 550 watt if you arent overclocking on that motherboard. The xfx 550w or the evga 500w are good ideas. Even the corsair cx 500 watt would be sufficient.


schau314 said:
Also there may be some issues with that drive. Maybe a wd blue instead.


http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.as...

Just wondering, looking at the microcenter bundles, why would you pick that board over the others? Why not the first board?

Also, why not the fx 6350? Is the performance increase of the fx 8350 really worth it? I could save some money by picking the first motherboard bundle with the fx6350.
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April 28, 2014 6:20:31 PM

DO NOT buy any other power supply other than the xfx 550w for $50. the only other power supply worth buying that is under that is the antec vp-450 450w for $40.

corsair cx is not an option for a quality build.

RazerZ's build is perfect, if anything i would get a sapphire, msi, gigabyte, or asus r9-270 though instead of the club 3d one. also i would go with windows 8 instead of win7, unless there is a specific reason for wanting win7.

the first gigabyte board for free is a 760 chipset while RazerZ's board is a 970 chipset that has much more features.
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April 28, 2014 7:01:36 PM

nikoli707 said:
DO NOT buy any other power supply other than the xfx 550w for $50. the only other power supply worth buying that is under that is the antec vp-450 450w for $40.

corsair cx is not an option for a quality build.

RazerZ's build is perfect, if anything i would get a sapphire, msi, gigabyte, or asus r9-270 though instead of the club 3d one. also i would go with windows 8 instead of win7, unless there is a specific reason for wanting win7.

the first gigabyte board for free is a 760 chipset while RazerZ's board is a 970 chipset that has much more features.


Right looking back I would switch it out for a XFX Double D 70 for $10 more.
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April 28, 2014 7:19:20 PM

To build on RazerZ's build:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $708.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 22:19 EDT-0400)
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April 28, 2014 7:31:53 PM

camohanna said:
To build on RazerZ's build:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $708.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 22:19 EDT-0400)


Yes that's what I meant, but I'd rather get the R9 270 version for $10 less and overclock it to the same level as a 270x.
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April 28, 2014 7:41:59 PM

Either way
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April 29, 2014 12:46:09 PM

RazerZ said:
camohanna said:
To build on RazerZ's build:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $708.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 22:19 EDT-0400)


Yes that's what I meant, but I'd rather get the R9 270 version for $10 less and overclock it to the same level as a 270x.


If I had to cut down on something, would you recommend:

- Downgrading the motherboard bundle, to the first tier on microcenter
- Downgrading the video card
or
-Downgrading the processor to an fx6350?
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April 29, 2014 12:54:32 PM

GrannySmith1 said:
RazerZ said:
camohanna said:
To build on RazerZ's build:

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $708.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 22:19 EDT-0400)


Yes that's what I meant, but I'd rather get the R9 270 version for $10 less and overclock it to the same level as a 270x.


If I had to cut down on something, would you recommend:

- Downgrading the motherboard bundle, to the first tier on microcenter
- Downgrading the video card
or
-Downgrading the processor to an fx6350?


Downgrade the motherboard to Gigabyte's cheapest full sized ATX. Seeing the 8320 is only $15 more than a fx 6300, it'd be a waste not to get it.
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