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New budget gaming build. Questions/Suggestions

Hello, I revised my earlier build to make it look like this: Click Here

Games that I want to run is mainly heavily modded Skyrim and any new games like Bioshock Infinite. (I don't really care for battlefield 4 but the r9 280x is cheaper in Canada so...ya)


With a budget of 750$, I was wondering if I should buy it now, or wait until Christmas or Black Friday for better deals.

Any suggestions or revisions on my build will be appreciated. (I heard that the most important thing is Graphics card for gaming but I'm afraid that the cheap motherboard/CPU might bottle neck the r9 280x)

Also, is there any news of new Graphics card model coming out? If so, would it be better to wait for newer models or does it not really matter.
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  1. Do you not need a storage device like a HDD?
    Also do you want a pc to play games now. If you do get it now, if not you can wait until you can.
    The motherboard is fine.
  2. Looks good, but no storage? Do you already have a HDD? Also I would get this PSU instead:

    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $49.99

    I simply don't trust Thermaltake, they make a few really bad PSUs, I am not positive if the SMART series is one of them.
  3. Best answer
    Just realized you only had 4 gb ram, try this instead:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.01 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $733.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:12 EDT-0400)

    This is assuming that you don't need a HDD.

    Edit: The r9 280's 3gb ram should help with mods in skyrim.
  4. numanator said:
    Just realized you only had 4 gb ram, try this instead:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.01 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $733.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:12 EDT-0400)

    This is assuming that you don't need a HDD.

    Edit: The r9 280's 3gb ram should help with mods in skyrim.


    Can i adjust something on your list, change gpu to this :http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100363l
  5. Suztera said:


    Can i adjust something on your list, change gpu to this :http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100363l


    Didn't notice the 280x for that price, Yes that would be better than the r9 280.
  6. Thanks for the fast responses.

    Suztera said:
    Do you not need a storage device like a HDD?
    Also do you want a pc to play games now. If you do get it now, if not you can wait until you can.
    The motherboard is fine.


    I already have a 1tb hard drive and I can make do with the slower load times compared to a ssd (which costs more). And I'm not really that in need of playing anything asap since I have a ps3 with Skyrim on it. So I'm just debating whether waiting would be really worth it (50$+ overall saving/never really shopped during Christmas or Black Friday)

    numanator said:
    Just realized you only had 4 gb ram, try this instead:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.01 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $733.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:12 EDT-0400)

    This is assuming that you don't need a HDD.

    Edit: The r9 280's 3gb ram should help with mods in skyrim.


    Is the extra ram really important if I'm not multitasking? Also, how does the 280 fair compared to the 280x? I want to buy a system that could last for 3-4+ years and ram is always easily replaceable.
  7. 8GB is kinda important for gaming. Windows 'occupies' roughly 2GB of your ram so the rest is left for any other programs. Having 4GB ram leaves you 2GB which is limiting.


    Revised build:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.01 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($308.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $732.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:48 EDT-0400)


    If you want to use the front panel USB 3.0 use a Corsair 200R case:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.01 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($308.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $728.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:46 EDT-0400)
  8. Suztera said:
    8GB is kinda important for gaming. Windows 'occupies' roughly 2GB of your ram so the rest is left for any other programs. Having 4GB ram leaves you 2GB which is limiting.


    Revised build:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.01 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($308.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $732.29
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:48 EDT-0400)


    If you want to use the front panel USB 3.0 use a Corsair 200R case:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($101.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.01 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($308.32 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($55.75 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $728.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 18:46 EDT-0400)



    Thanks, but I a bit confused on the different brands for r9 280x. From one source (a thread on this forum i think) said that sapphire is the best brand for r9s but from the newegg reviews, there seems to be a majority of defects or poor quality. So I don't really know which one is right, or maybe I shouldn't worry so much
  9. Don't worry about reviews on retailer. Thoses who comments on these generally have the defects cards or other problems. Generally majority of buyer who has no problems rarely put a review. All 280X are similar.
  10. Suztera said:
    Don't worry about reviews on retailer. Thoses who comments on these generally have the defects cards or other problems. Generally majority of buyer who has no problems rarely put a review. All 280X are similar.


    Ahh, thank you for the assurance.
    One last thing, having no experience with the deals during Christmas/Black Friday, do you know if computer hardware gets better deals that warrant waiting 7 months?
  11. Hulu said:
    Suztera said:
    Don't worry about reviews on retailer. Thoses who comments on these generally have the defects cards or other problems. Generally majority of buyer who has no problems rarely put a review. All 280X are similar.


    Ahh, thank you for the assurance.
    One last thing, having no experience with the deals during Christmas/Black Friday, do you know if computer hardware gets better deals that warrant waiting 7 months?


    Sure hardware does have sale around those times but i would not wait 7 months for that personally.
  12. Last christmas I bought my gtx 760 for $250 (same price as now) but it came bundled with 2 games. That was the only difference. It is probably not worth the wait if you want to game now.
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