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Assembling 1st Time PC with ATI R7-260x Graphics Card

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July 17, 2014 10:32:55 PM

Hi!

I want to configure an amd Desktop and I am only(kind of) sure about the Graphic Card - MSI AMD/ATI R7 260X 2GD5 OC 2GB.

I am thinking of going with
1. AMD FX 8320 processor
2. Asus M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard
3. CORSAIR CMPSU-500CXV2UK 500 Watts PSU
4. WD Caviar Green 1 TB Desktop Internal Hard Drive
5. Dell S2240L 21.5 inch LED Monitor
6. Gskill 8Gb X 1 Ddr3 1866Mhz Cl10 Ripjaws X RAM (F3-14900CL10S-8GBXL

Question: I have been reading that there are some isssues of RAM with this Mobo, i would like to know a configuration that works.
Also, what set up i need to do in BIOS while assembling? I am not sure why it is posted everywhere to configure that.
Will this PSU be enough for the system or I will need anything else?
Please suggest any other configuration that is known to work in this budget.
Thanks in advance.
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July 18, 2014 5:35:29 AM

You could go with a FX-6300 and then get a R9 270X or R7 265 which will perform much better on demanding games.
The PSU is enough. ASUS is a good brand and I am pretty sure you will not get any problem with them. There is the chart to check out the officially supported RAM modules: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM3+/M5A99FX_...
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July 19, 2014 7:17:27 AM

Thanks PandaBear.
If I go with Intel system, what configuration would you suggest in the same budget.

I will be running games like WD, Tomb Raider (2013) Heavy Rain (When PC version comes) and Video Editing.
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July 19, 2014 7:59:57 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($185.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $565.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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July 19, 2014 8:22:32 AM

PandaBear270 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($185.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $565.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available


I am finalizing this config. But, The motherboard is not available in India. Could you please help me a little more with that?
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July 19, 2014 9:28:22 AM

Give me the link of your store.
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August 1, 2014 5:26:06 AM

PandaBear270 said:
Give me the link of your store.


I have come up to this point. Still, there are some issues.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nCtzhM

1. I want a ATX mobo and not sure if opting for 97 series is worth it (still it fells better to have latest mobo).
2. Cabinet isn't yet selected - want the cheapest and coolest :) 
3. Not sure abt the quality of the monitor also. Reviews are good but still no comments by Tom's trusted members.
4. Will I need a 500W or 600W PSU?
5. If am missing something, please suggest.

I have extended budget to 63-64K (In INR).
Please make sure that products are avialable in this store: http://www.snapdeal.com/
Will be buying in a week or two.
Your help will be really appreciated.
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August 1, 2014 5:24:52 PM

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I want a ATX mobo and not sure if opting for 97 series is worth it (still it fells better to have latest mobo).

Not really. The next generation (Broadwell) will need a new motherboard, and the Haswell Refresh works on 8* series with a simple BIOS update. Just pick the best for the money at this moment. My personal requests on motherboarding are: heatsinks on the chipset and VRMs, good integrated audio, and enough USB ports.

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Cabinet isn't yet selected - want the cheapest and coolest

My personal recommendation: Skip aesthetics and focus on functionality and endurability. Some fancy cases are really shitty, while lots of "office" cases are solid.

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Not sure abt the quality of the monitor also. Reviews are good but still no comments by Tom's trusted members.

The monitor is an average one and does not look bad. You will probably not need more than that.

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Will I need a 500W or 600W PSU?

Since the Intel chips draw less power, the 500w will be enough and inside the 270x requirements. Even a 450w could handle it.

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If am missing something, please suggest.

I am concerned about what you said (video editing). That is not compatible with the words "Intel" and "Budget". People who buy Intel chips for productivity are not in a budget. This is why I am seriously reccomending you a FX 6300 or a FX 8320. Will bring more performance on editing/encoding and almost same FPS on games. That i5 4440 might serve too, but I am not sure, because it is a quad core without hyperthreading and low clock speed. An Intel enthusiast on this forum will give you more valuable advice on that.

Everything else looks correct for me. I can give you my sweet spots for CPUs:

AMD: Athlon X4 760K, Phenom II X4 965, FX 6300, FX 8350.
Intel: Core i3-4360, Core i5 4440, Core i5-4670, Xeon E3 1230 V3.
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