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August 7, 2014 5:37:58 PM

Building a computer to play The Sims 4 on and I am need of advice on whether to get an Intel or AMD CPU. Also, would it be worth it to get a quad core over a dual core if I am just going to use it for this one game. I know I read somewhere that AMD is good for over clocking but I probably won't even end up doing that. Just looking for a good CPU that will run my game well out of the box. Also am on a budget and not looking to spend more than $100 but was hoping to get a processor that runs 3.2GHz or better

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August 7, 2014 5:45:25 PM

The sims is not very intensive, but is single threaded. That means a dual core intel should do fine. Do you live near a microcenter? Otherwise it is hard to find a CPU and mobo for $100.
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August 7, 2014 5:47:43 PM

You can't compare two different processor by their speed. There is a lot more to look at before that.

You can't just buy any CPU and put it into your actual computer. So we need to know what computer you have with the motherboard or your actual cpu model.

Also, there is not only CPU that matter for playing a game. You also need a graphic processing unit (GPU) wheter it is integrated (IGP) or not. Do you have one ? if yes what model ?
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August 7, 2014 6:00:45 PM

for now we need a powerful cores
for future we need more cores
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August 7, 2014 6:04:33 PM

Haven't bought parts yet but I have picked out a video card so in regards to the motherboard, I am open to whichever will work well with a decent CPU. I do not expect to get both a CPU and motherboard for under $100. I was talking about just the CPU in general to be under $100. Altogether, I would spend $200 or less on both. The video card I had picked out is the EVGA GeForce GT 630 2048mb GDDR3.
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August 7, 2014 6:18:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $139.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Or switch this CPU for a I3 4330 and you will be better. unless overclocking this Pentium which would be slightly better in single thread.
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August 7, 2014 6:30:20 PM

For sims 3 and 4, you really need a video card like a 5770/6770/7770 or better. A 630 is far too slow.
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August 7, 2014 7:29:12 PM

courtney1121 said:
Building a computer to play The Sims 4 on and I am need of advice on whether to get an Intel or AMD CPU. Also, would it be worth it to get a quad core over a dual core if I am just going to use it for this one game. I know I read somewhere that AMD is good for over clocking but I probably won't even end up doing that. Just looking for a good CPU that will run my game well out of the box. Also am on a budget and not looking to spend more than $100 but was hoping to get a processor that runs 3.2GHz or better


Is that $100 just for the CPU ?
And also, a single is all the sims 4 will use; so a dual core CPU would be fine. Based on your budget, an AMD is surely the better choice as it relates to quality for that amount of money. You really don't need a quad core processor- that is really for games of the future. Also, please don't really focus too much on the GHZ as that does not always tell much about the true performance of a processor.

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August 7, 2014 7:42:36 PM

Well I am leaning towards this CPU and motherboard per poster's suggestion but not sure if I picked out the correct video card. PC Part Picker cannot even locate the one I found on TigerDirect.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qMfWbv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qMfWbv/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $199.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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MSI Radeon HD 7770
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Is this what was suggested earlier or am I looking at something completely different?

Also any good suggestions on type of memory to get? I figured 1 DDR3-1600 4gb would be enough but not sure.
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August 8, 2014 7:12:32 AM

What is your budget and need a os
Buying a computer is not just to focus on what you wamt to do currently. You are going to use that computer for quite some time, so spend on parts that won't have to be upgraded in the long run.
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August 8, 2014 7:31:21 AM

I guess between the CPU, Motherboard, and Video Card, I feel comfortable spending around $350. That leaves me with the rest of the parts which I am only looking to spend between $100-150. The other parts I'll need are power supply, hard drive - SATA 7200RPM(500GB or 1TB), DVD-ROM, 4-8GB of memory, and wireless card/adapter.

Going to use Windows OS, but not sure yet on whether I'll use Windows 7 or 8. Leaning towards Windows 7 for now.
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August 8, 2014 7:43:20 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.95 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $487.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 8, 2014 9:01:21 AM

What is the maximum you're willing to spend on your new PC? Saying $350 here and then $100-150 there isn't helping as it's difficult to configure a build without a solid amount. Also does the OS have to be included into that total? If not then adding the OS will add about $100 extra to the entire build.

Here is a build. OS is included as well as a Wifi card. The wifi card can be installed in the PCIe x16 slot even though the wifi card is PCIe x1. The CPU is unlocked so it's OC friendly, but I doubt you'll be doing that.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.49 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($55.18 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.44 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($110.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $553.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 8, 2014 9:06:18 AM

A quad core will be better, because it will allow you to run the game on one or two cores meanwhile there are other two cores that can handle the system and processes load without interfering in the game.

Not to mention you will get a more soft experience while opening simultaneous applications, browser tabs...
Dual cores are not longer relevant. Not even for office use.
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August 8, 2014 9:37:37 AM

PandaBear270 said:
A quad core will be better, because it will allow you to run the game on one or two cores meanwhile there are other two cores that can handle the system and processes load without interfering in the game.

Not to mention you will get a more soft experience while opening simultaneous applications, browser tabs...
Dual cores are not longer relevant. Not even for office use.


Well I was thinking the more cores the better but someone earlier said that dual core is sufficient because the game is a single core game.
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August 8, 2014 9:44:24 AM

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What is the maximum you're willing to spend on your new PC? Saying $350 here and then $100-150 there isn't helping as it's difficult to configure a build without a solid amount. Also does the OS have to be included into that total? If not then adding the OS will add about $100 extra to the entire build.

Here is a build. OS is included as well as a Wifi card. The wifi card can be installed in the PCIe x16 slot even though the wifi card is PCIe x1. The CPU is unlocked so it's OC friendly, but I doubt you'll be doing that.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.49 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-HD3 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($55.18 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.44 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($110.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BL ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $553.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-08 12:01 EDT-0400


Not bad at all. You didn't need to include the OS in cost calculation so it comes out to around $450ish which is what I was hoping to spend altogether - between $450-500. Now is the motherboard able to handle an additional hard drive if I decide to install one down the road? I'm sure it says on the motherboard's spec page but for whatever reason it wasn't loading for me.
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August 8, 2014 9:48:52 AM

courtney1121 said:
PandaBear270 said:
A quad core will be better, because it will allow you to run the game on one or two cores meanwhile there are other two cores that can handle the system and processes load without interfering in the game.

Not to mention you will get a more soft experience while opening simultaneous applications, browser tabs...
Dual cores are not longer relevant. Not even for office use.


Well I was thinking the more cores the better but someone earlier said that dual core is sufficient because the game is a single core game.


Get a quad core, not because of Sims 4, but for other task that you'll eventually do in the long run. Say you want to record your game play and show them to your friends. Encoding that will benefit with a quad core.
As for the board, yes you can install another HDD down the road. The board has 6x SATA Ports. You can instal up to 4 additional SATA HDDS or other SATA drives.


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August 8, 2014 9:51:15 AM

lp231 said:
courtney1121 said:
PandaBear270 said:
A quad core will be better, because it will allow you to run the game on one or two cores meanwhile there are other two cores that can handle the system and processes load without interfering in the game.

Not to mention you will get a more soft experience while opening simultaneous applications, browser tabs...
Dual cores are not longer relevant. Not even for office use.


Well I was thinking the more cores the better but someone earlier said that dual core is sufficient because the game is a single core game.


Get a quad core, not because of Sims 4, but for other task that you'll eventually do in the long run. Say you want to record your game play and show them to your friends. Encoding that will benefit with a quad core.



+1, you use a computer for lots of tasks, not just playing The Sims.
A FX-4300 or Athlon X4 760K is unbeatable for the price.
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August 8, 2014 9:54:21 AM

I agree, in 2014 and with the future ahead, a dual core Pentium is simply not enough, and your money would be better spent on an Athlon X4 750K with a cheap motherboard:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.49 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $132.48
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 8, 2014 10:00:30 AM

My suggestion, a slightly better revision with cheaper motherboard:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($45.38 @ Newegg)
Total: $130.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-08 13:00 EDT-0400

If we were to compare a Athlon X2 to a Pentium, I would probably reccomend the Pentium. But a Athlon X4 is a totally different history. Is more competing with a i3.
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August 8, 2014 10:35:22 AM

PandaBear270 said:
My suggestion, a slightly better revision with cheaper motherboard:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($45.38 @ Newegg)
Total: $130.11
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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If we were to compare a Athlon X2 to a Pentium, I would probably reccomend the Pentium. But a Athlon X4 is a totally different history. Is more competing with a i3.


Only problem with those motherboards, and why I don't use them, is that they have no SATA III support, so things run in SATA II.

I agree though, upgrading to a 760K is a good idea.
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August 8, 2014 11:23:24 AM

Without the OS, Here is another build.
This one has a Intel Core i5, but ram has to be downgraded to 4GB

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.44 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $493.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 8, 2014 11:26:33 AM

Look how the cheapest i5 still have a outrageous price compared to AMD.
Intel is really a pain in the ass while building in a budget.
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August 8, 2014 6:46:20 PM

what about Fx4300 or athlon x4 760k or G3258 ?
so you can cut the budget for proc and invest for a good GFX card and ram
i feel sorry for i5 if you will paired it 4Gb of ram and r7 260x and also that PSU
i knew Ip231 youre trying only your best to limit his budget....
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August 9, 2014 4:03:56 PM

So with all your suggestions, these are the parts I have picked out -

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cxDcgs
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cxDcgs/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A78M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.89 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.94 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $462.51
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 18:57 EDT-0400

Now looking for a compatible reasonably priced case that has a see thru side window. I also was looking at CPU coolers. The CPU coolers are something I do not know much about. Is this something a CPU comes with? Also if I'm not over clocking, is a CPU cooler necessary - even in the long run? Anyone have some suggestions on this? I don't want my CPU overheating but at the same time, I don't know if what I am doing would even cause it to overheat. Not sure either if an AMD CPU are prone to overheat without a cooler or not.
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August 9, 2014 4:35:50 PM

The best match for a Athlon X4 760K is a Radeon R9 270X, consider it if you can afford it.
(Radeon R7 250X for Athlon X4 740 and Radeon R7 260X for Athlon X4 750K).

Yes, it comes with a CPU cooler. You do not need anything else unless you overclock past of 4,30 GHz. (I am speaking of the 760K only).
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August 9, 2014 6:52:25 PM

PandaBear270 said:
The best match for a Athlon X4 760K is a Radeon R9 270X, consider it if you can afford it.
(Radeon R7 250X for Athlon X4 740 and Radeon R7 260X for Athlon X4 750K).

Yes, it comes with a CPU cooler. You do not need anything else unless you overclock past of 4,30 GHz. (I am speaking of the 760K only).


yeah papa bear is right
R9 270x/non-x is perfect for X4 760k
get a CM hyper evo sooner for OCing
and i think its better to have a dual ram (4GBx2) than a single ram (8GBx1)
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August 9, 2014 8:16:25 PM

Setup looks good, but it will run into a problem if you don't change your motherboard.
The single 8GB is fine, if you're planning to max out to 16GB in the future.
Here is a window case
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $99.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 23:16 EDT-0400

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Case: Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $39.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 23:17 EDT-0400

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.19 @ Amazon)
Total: $79.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-09 23:18 EDT-0400
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August 9, 2014 10:10:59 PM

PandaBear270 said:
The best match for a Athlon X4 760K is a Radeon R9 270X, consider it if you can afford it.
(Radeon R7 250X for Athlon X4 740 and Radeon R7 260X for Athlon X4 750K).

Yes, it comes with a CPU cooler. You do not need anything else unless you overclock past of 4,30 GHz. (I am speaking of the 760K only).


This might be a stupid question but how come when I search for Radeon R9 270x on the parts picker website, a bunch come up and look like a few different manufacturers make them? I thought Radeon was made by AMD, formerly ATI.
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August 9, 2014 10:53:14 PM

courtney1121 said:
PandaBear270 said:
The best match for a Athlon X4 760K is a Radeon R9 270X, consider it if you can afford it.
(Radeon R7 250X for Athlon X4 740 and Radeon R7 260X for Athlon X4 750K).

Yes, it comes with a CPU cooler. You do not need anything else unless you overclock past of 4,30 GHz. (I am speaking of the 760K only).


This might be a stupid question but how come when I search for Radeon R9 270x on the parts picker website, a bunch come up and look like a few different manufacturers make them? I thought Radeon was made by AMD, formerly ATI.


Nvm I see now that is just the chipset. So what about the memory size on the r9 270x - could I do the 2gb over the 4gb just cause of costs?
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August 9, 2014 10:56:15 PM

Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card - yes/no?
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August 10, 2014 5:29:09 AM

if its within budget then go for it. Also change your board.
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August 10, 2014 6:29:56 AM

Yup, the Sapphire cards are the best in my opinion.
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August 10, 2014 1:17:45 PM

courtney1121 said:
lp231, how about this MB?

MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No, it will still have problems
Here are those that will work with your setup
Micro ATX Either Micro ATX or ATX cases will fit these boards
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ATX If you get one of these, get a ATX case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 10, 2014 3:47:05 PM

courtney1121 said:
lp231, how about this MB?

MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Don't buy MSi boards. They have terrible quality control.

I bought an MSi A88X FM2+ board just a few months ago, and I was plagued with audio issues, USB issues, and other quality issues, and the BIOS also lacked key features for overclocking.

Avoid MSi, and spend another $10-15 on an ASUS or Gigabyte or ASrock board, and you won't regret it.
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So here we go...little over budget but what are you gonna do lol

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hCQP8d
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hCQP8d/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI A88X-G41 PC MATE ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.89 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($164.80 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($11.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $574.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-10 20:29 EDT-0400
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August 10, 2014 5:40:54 PM

Nice build, you will enjoy it.

Happy fragging.
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August 10, 2014 6:59:11 PM

Zircoben said:
courtney1121 said:
lp231, how about this MB?

MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Don't buy MSi boards. They have terrible quality control.
I bought an MSi A88X FM2+ board just a few months ago, and I was plagued with audio issues, USB issues, and other quality issues, and the BIOS also lacked key features for overclocking.
Avoid MSi, and spend another $10-15 on an ASUS or Gigabyte or ASrock board, and you won't regret it.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/asus-rog-crossblade-fo...

courtney1121 said:
So here we go...little over budget but what are you gonna do lol
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hCQP8d
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hCQP8d/by_merchant/

Looks good!
The two boards you've picked:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The reason I say to change your board was because of your wifi card.
Also the Wifi card you pick tops out at 150Mb/s
Pick one at that gives you at least 300Mb/s
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August 10, 2014 7:10:51 PM

Lp231,
Oh ok! Thanks so much for your help!

Everyone else, thanks so much as well! Going to start putting in some orders for parts this week!
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