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Gaming PC Build. Thoughts/ Suggestions please!

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May 18, 2014 7:02:12 PM

I am planing on putting these parts together to make my first gaming PC sometime this week. I am hoping for it to run new/ upcoming games on Medium/High settings and I would like to know if it will or not. Please leave me thoughts/ suggestions on this build and tell me if its good or not. I'm still pretty new at this. Thanks!

Here is the build:

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($258.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply:EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Total: $940.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 20:54 EDT-0400)

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May 18, 2014 7:10:56 PM

You can do better for the price.

Intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.02 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280X 3GB IceQ X² Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $999.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 22:09 EDT-0400)


AMD Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($142.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 280X 3GB IceQ X² Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $897.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-18 22:10 EDT-0400)

Both will run games at high- ultra settings, but the Intel build would get better FPS in single threaded games such as Skyrim.
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May 18, 2014 7:15:00 PM

add an old drive or 30gb ssd for swap space and set lcd above 60hz get msi afterburner for over clock and get high dpi mouse for fps. find diamond based thermal grease or arctic silver .add a good serge protector
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May 18, 2014 7:20:42 PM

baka187 said:
add an old drive or 30gb ssd for swap space and set lcd above 60hz get msi afterburner for over clock and get high dpi mouse for fps. find diamond based thermal grease or arctic silver .add a good serge protector


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May 18, 2014 7:20:50 PM

I like RazerZ's build for you. I would get the Intel build but if you must shave a few dollars off don't get the AMD build but rather get a H87 mobo and i5-4570.

@baka187 can you try that again?
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May 18, 2014 8:05:15 PM

Spectre694 said:
I like RazerZ's build for you. I would get the Intel build but if you must shave a few dollars off don't get the AMD build but rather get a H87 mobo and i5-4570.

@baka187 can you try that again?


I will most likely go with RazerZ Intel build but I was wondering what is wrong with the AMD build? I'm trying to learn about this stuff. Thanks
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May 18, 2014 8:16:41 PM

Jgonalez99 said:
Spectre694 said:
I like RazerZ's build for you. I would get the Intel build but if you must shave a few dollars off don't get the AMD build but rather get a H87 mobo and i5-4570.

@baka187 can you try that again?


I will most likely go with RazerZ Intel build but I was wondering what is wrong with the AMD build? I'm trying to learn about this stuff. Thanks


There is nothing "wrong" with the AMD build it is just with AMD's failure to make a competitive high end processor recently or even to refresh the FX (almost two generations old now with the new steamroller/kevari APU's) line with the piledriver cores has made it so that Intel's processors are simply that much better for gaming at the moment regardless of the different core counts.

The FX are still a decent budget choice for Video editing etc. (highly multithreaded tasks) but even that is starting to slip now.

Basically, the FX- 8350, and FX in general are old processors and showing their age.
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