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First time builder - Need a second opinion on budget gaming/protools rig

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May 27, 2014 7:12:10 AM



Hey guys, I'm looking to build my first PC which will be used primarily for gaming/protools audio recording (nothing overly processed, just a stripped down 4 piece rock band). I initially posted my request to the buildapcforme subreddit and received one response, so I'm looking for a second opinion before I start purchasing.

Thanks!

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When do you plan on purchasing: I would like to have everything purchased within a month to two months.

Budget Range: 400-450 before rebates/After shipping (although I do have free 2 day shipping with amazon Prime)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Protools audio recording, gaming, internet browsing, watching movies, email

Are you buying a monitor: I will not be purchasing a monitor

Parts to Upgrade: I will not be reusing any parts.

Do you need to buy OS: I do not

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tigerdirect, any others I might not know about

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Portland, Maine (i'm 2 hours from a micro center)

Parts Preferences: I don't necessarily have a parts preference. AMD seems to be cheaper for the CPU, but I'm open to all options

Overclocking: If it will drastically enhance the experience, yes.

SLI or Crossfire: Possibly in the future

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I will be running Protools 9 on this system as well as games like Civ 5, CoD: MW3, Skyrim, Mass Effect 3, Age of Empires (keep in mind, I'm used to gaming on a PS3, so anything with better performance than that will be wonderful.)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Not upgrading, first time builder.

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Now when I initially posted this to reddit, I received a response with the following specs:

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

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.99 @ Amazon)

Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.49 @ Amazon)

Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.23 @ OutletPC)

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)

Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Micro Center)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $403.67

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-27 10:09 EDT-0400)

My question is, is this a good build for what I'm looking for? Would you suggest anything different?

Thanks again guys, I really appreciate the help!

-Mike
May 27, 2014 8:30:16 AM

That is a decent build but I suggest this build. Its better than the one from the reddit user:


PC Part Picker List: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KGvMwP


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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ( $109.99 @ NCIX US )

Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ( 53.99 @ Newegg )

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ( 69.99 @ Newegg )

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ( 54.43 @ OutletPC )

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ( 119.99 @ Newegg )

Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ( 34.99 @ Newegg )

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ( 26.99 @ Newegg )



Total : $455.76
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I did not include a DVD Drive as I didnt know if u needed it, and if u do, you could probably pick it up real cheap from some local shop.

Now the reasons why this build is better than the one the reddit user submitted are :


1) The CPU I have included is a 6-Core Processor.

2) The Video Card Is an AMD R7 260x. It is a bit faster than the GTX 650.





Hope I helped.


P.S: Dont forget to ask any question that concerns you.








EDIT: I replaced the Hd 7770 with the faster R7 260x.

Here is the new link to the system: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KGvMwP
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May 27, 2014 8:37:20 AM

Would definitely go to an i3 for the Hyperthreading. The 250x here is better than the 650, and is essentially a 7770 rebranded.

The i3 will give similar if not better gaming performance than the 6300, and will give you better every-day performance as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.28 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 250X 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar MG100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $419.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-27 11:35 EDT-0400)
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