Help creating a new Gaming PC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid July (Not Quite sure, depends on once i have renovations done to my room)

Budget Range: $1000-$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, School work, Surfing the internet, watching videos, Very Light Video Editing

Parts Not Required: None

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, Ncix, MicroCenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Possibly a cpu like the fx-8350, case: Corsair air 540, Somewhere along the lines of a gtx 770, an SSD (If possible), 21-24 Inch Monitor

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 (Or better is possible)

Additional Comments: I also need windows, a keyboard, a mouse, and a networking card. I would prefer to have a sound card but if not that is fine.
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    This gets pretty close to your needs:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Micro Center)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($73.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($146.58 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1193.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:44 EDT-0400)

    If you are just looking for a cheap mouse/keyboard set then those combos run for about $20, if you want a nice keyboard/mouse then those can range from $20-$200+ so it depends what you are looking for. I am not the greatest at picking out mice & keyboards though.

    Edit: I went with the fx 8320 instead of the 8350 for a few reasons: 1) It was on sale for $30 off, 2) the FX 8320 is the same as the FX 8350 but the 8350 comes with a stock overclock which can be achieved easily by overclocking your 8320. If you are adamant about the 8350 over the 8320 then it would be $60 more for not a huge performance increase.
  2. I have recently created a build on pcpartpicker that happens to be quite similar. The main things that seem to make mine a bit more are peripherals, soundcard, and a mobo that is a bit more expensive. On my build I decided to go with 1866 mhz ram as it is only $5 more while providing a bit better speeds. Thanks for your Response :D
  3. You have no need for a sound card. Don't even consider one. The motherboard will have great audio.

    Also, there will be no real performance difference (non at all that you can see) between1600 and 1866 RAM. But for $5 more, why not.
  4. really one of the only reasons I had picked a sound card was For the optical output port, so I could use my headset for ps4 with the pc.
  5. The motherboard in the build posted DOES HAVE an optical S/PDIF port for a Headset.
  6. Oh thanks! I hadn't noticed that when I had originally looked over the Specifications for the motherboard. :D
  7. No problem! They are becoming more common on motherboard for people with stereo surround sound systems.
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