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June 8, 2014 8:25:10 PM

I'm building a new gaming PC this summer. I've picked out the parts and ready to go. All I need to know is if all the parts are compatible before I make the purchase. If any suggestions on changing the build, my max budget is $700.

Mobo-
Refurbished: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
HDD- Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
PSU- CORSAIR CX series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
RAM- CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
CPU- AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor
Aftermarket CPU Cooler- Rosewill RCX-Z1 Long life ball bearing for over 45,000/hrs CPU Cooler
GPU- ASUS R9270-DC2OC-2GD5 Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP
CASE- NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Dvd drive- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
OS- Windows 7

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a b 4 Gaming
June 8, 2014 8:32:03 PM

Wouldnt buy a refurbed mobo personally. If you aren't going to overclock then an m5a97 LE is ok.

I would recommend an XFX 550w as your PSU aswell. Better quality and a bit more overhead incase you want a better GPU/slight overclock in the future. 8gb of ram is pretty necessary, and it's all you'll need. If you can afford it I'd get it.

What is your total budget and where are you buying from?

a hyper t3 or hyper 212 would be a better cpu cooler
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June 9, 2014 6:19:23 AM

I'm on a tight budget of 700 and Im getting all from one place, new egg.

So would this mobo be good?-
BIOSTAR TA970 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Also for the ram, can a G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model fit?
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 6:40:25 AM

Hi, you generally want DDR3 1600 for ram, but as long as it is DDR3 and 240 pin it will fit

The motherboards you listed will probably be bad with the 6300 I imagine.

Give me 5 minutes as I'm building you a $700 system right now :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 7:04:04 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $711.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 10:03 EDT-0400)

Newegg didn't have windows 7; when I looked they were sold out.

AMD is not a bad build, but really any $700+ build should have a 8320 or it's not worth building because the 8320 is only $20 more. Then because of this you need a good 6+2 VRM mobo which is hard to find.
https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ag...

So I basically was sitting there thinking about which way to go and when it came down to the 8320+$74 mobo or an i5 and a $74 mobo, the choice becomes intel for many reasons. The 1150 will also have a longer socket life than the am3+, so you can get an i7 in a year or so if you want to, though you may not need it.

Since you can't OC at this budget , the i5 and the r9 270 will be perfect as they won't over heat your build, your CX500 will be a little safer on the i5, while the 8320 would be a little more iffy and you don't need to spend extra cash on a CPU cooler.
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June 9, 2014 7:10:08 AM

I'm buying all the parts at one time, and probably not going to have enough since I not going to do the mail-in-rebate. So that build is a bit to much for me.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 7:12:52 AM

...can you please list anymore restrictions that you may have forgot? :p 
Like what kind of games you'll be playing?
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June 9, 2014 7:15:08 AM

Can't do mail-in-rebates, Tight budget at 700, Buying all from one place- new egg.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 7:16:09 AM

What kind of games will you be playing?
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June 9, 2014 7:18:41 AM

Bf4, dayz, rust, arma 3, payday 2- going for medium to high settings on 1080p.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2014 7:34:34 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $634.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-09 10:33 EDT-0400)

It's $704 before rebates. Again, Newegg doesn't have Windows 7.
If you can buy a CPU cooler later I think you will be ok with the stock for now. The board I have here has 8+2 VRM that are heatsinked which should help in the mean time. It's the best cheap 970 chipset you can get for the FXs
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