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May 17, 2014 7:42:21 PM

I am building a new pc soon and I was wondering if these parts were any good for gaming and if they were compatible with each other.

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
GPU: XFX Radeon R7 250X 1GB
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM2
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply: EVGA 500W ATX12V / EPS12V
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer

Also, do you guys think I should get a case fan and a cpu cooler? Thanks :) 

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May 17, 2014 8:04:20 PM

I like the 750k for gaming, it's a great budget cpu. I have never had a r7 250x, however, specs aren't bad on them for some entry games. What are you planning on playing? Why are you going with a micro atx board? I would just go standard atx, maybe pickup a few more features. The case looks fine, comes with 2 fans already I would say just get one more for the top for extra exhause and cooling and you would be good. If you are not planning on over locking you 750k, the stock cooler does great.
A great website for you to check out for compatibility is pcpartpicker, these guys here are great but sometimes it is a lot of work for them to check every part to make sure it goes together. That site chooses what is compatible when you choose one component and you build as you go. Good luck and have fun, hope this helped.
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a c 254 4 Gaming
May 17, 2014 8:17:19 PM

Drop the optical drive and start with 4GB RAM and use the extra money to get a much better video card. You can always add more RAM and a disc driver later when you get more money. I recommend going with a R7 260x or GTX750 at the very least, but a R7 265 or GTX750ti would be much better.


Also try to get a better motherboard. That motherboard is just terrible.
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May 20, 2014 1:21:49 PM

Thanks for your answers. I think I'll do what you said, CTurbo, when you said to drop the optical drive for later. I kinda want to keep the 8GB of ram though. And thanks, Prestomatic for telling me about the micro and standard motherboards. I don't know much about motherboards so I'll do some more research. I also used pcpartpicker to make this build. What do you guys think of this motherboard ASRock FM2A88X Extreme4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard?
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May 20, 2014 2:07:20 PM

ASrock is a really solid brand, can't go wrong with them. I would say if you like the colors of the board and it fits your budget and build go for it!
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a c 254 4 Gaming
May 20, 2014 7:38:20 PM

Adding RAM is quick and easy and could be done at anytime. 4GB is actually enough for 90% of all PC uses right now. The extra $30something you save on the RAM will go a long way towards a better video card.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YgbG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YgbG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YgbG/benchmarks/

Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card ($110.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $110.99


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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lHt1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lHt1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3lHt1/benchmarks/

Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $139.99


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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZqJh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZqJh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ZqJh/benchmarks/

Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Enthusiast Edition Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $139.99



It may not seem like it but the 265 and 750ti are a LOT better than the 250x


Another $10 gets you a 270

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2iNk5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2iNk5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2iNk5/benchmarks/

Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $149.99




Any A88 motherboard fro Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte, or MSI will be good. There's not a whole lot of difference in features between ATX and microATX.
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May 21, 2014 8:13:37 AM

I decided to downgrade to 4GB of Ram, saves me $40, and to also get rid of the optical drive for later. I'm thinking of getting this video card, MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card for $145 (I live in Canada so the prices are usually different, and when I say different, I mean higher). The Radeon R7 265 2GB was about $180 in Canada.

Update: I just found the GTX 750 Ti 2GB for $150, so I'll probably get that.
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a c 254 4 Gaming
May 21, 2014 8:28:29 AM

What about the GTX750ti?
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May 21, 2014 12:30:55 PM

CTurbo said:
What about the GTX750ti?

That's the one I'm thinking of getting. It is $150 on amazon.ca
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a c 254 4 Gaming
May 21, 2014 1:27:19 PM

Yeah it's way better than the 250x!!
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