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July 22, 2014 5:57:39 AM

Hi all! I've never built a computer before, but it's a project I've been thinking about a lot lately. All I have currently is a laptop that isn't very good for playing any games. I'm on budget, but willing to spend extra to get what I need. But what I need isn't necessarily the best there is. I'm not much for fast paced games like BF4. I would like the capability to play most newer games on medium-high settings with good frames, no stuttering. I've never had a high end gaming computer, so I think my head would explode if I were actually able to play games in ultimate with 120 frames or something crazy like that. Sounds pretty cool, but not something I really need. So with that in mind, these are the pieces I've been looking at. I'm still learning a lot about compatibility among everything else, so if there is anything that won't go together, I'd appreciate that knowledge. I'm linking them all from amazon because I find it easier to navigate the site to search for them, but when I buy them I'll probably do it from Newegg mostly, as I've heard that's the best place to look for the best prices and stuff.

Motherboard: Gigabyte AMD FM2+/FM2 A88X Dual-Link DVI D-Sub Triple Monitor ATX Motherboard GA-F2A88X-D3H

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F8AFLG0/ref=ox_sc_a...

CPU: AMD Quad-Core A8-Series APU A8-6600K with Radeon HD 8570D (AD660KWOHLBOX

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CPLGGWS/ref=ox_sc_a...

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti Superclock w/G-SYNC Support 2GB GDDR5 128bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, HDMI, DP 1.2 Graphics Card (02G-P4-3753-KR)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IDG3IDO/ref=ox_sc_a...

PSU: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 744 Power Supply CX750M

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ALK3KEM/ref=ox_sc_a...

RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory Module BLS4G3D1609DS1S00

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006WAGG14/ref=ox_sc_a...

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BCXF6O4/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005T3GRNW/ref=ox_sc_a...

Thanks for taking the time to look at this. I'll take any advice I can get, though if I've neglected something completely obvious, don't be too hard on me :3
July 22, 2014 6:10:20 AM

An AMD APU (the CPU you have chosen) is not really something you want to get unless you are planning to use the onboard graphics.
750W power supply is complete overkill.
8GB of RAM is suggested.
You can get a better graphics card around that price.

So just before I do anything. What is your budget for this system?
What resolution monitor are you planning to use?
What games do you mostly look to be playing?
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July 22, 2014 6:11:53 AM

While you answer that, this would be my suggestion, but once you post your budget, I will make changes to fit in :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($108.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $585.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 09:15 EDT-0400


EDIT : Removed Windows since you don't seem to have it included in your cost.
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July 28, 2014 10:00:44 AM

My budget is flexible... I guess I'd like to keep it under 800, but if I need to go over that I can. I've been saving up a while in preparation.
As for the games I mostly would be playing stuff like um... Divinity: Original Sin, Civ 5, and maybe Dayz. Most of the things I want to play are games I can't get for a console. They technically run on my laptop (except Dayz I haven't tried), but they're laggy to the point of being basically impossible to play. Is that enough of a list to get a picture of what kind of equipment I'd need?
As for the monitor, I was considering hooking it up to my TV so I can keep it all around the same area. Is that a horrible idea? I have an HDTV that's 1080p. If that's a bad idea let me know please, I wasn't kidding about being a complete novice when it comes to computers and their inner workings. Technology in general sometimes stumps me.

Anyways, thank you so much for your help so far, and taking the time to reply and help fix my build. I really appreciate it :) 
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July 28, 2014 1:05:48 PM

Right in that case, here is a build around 800$.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $791.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-28 16:05 EDT-0400
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July 28, 2014 1:35:46 PM

Thank you very much for your continued help :) 
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