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Is this a good gaming pc build (this is my first time building)

Case:NZXT Source 210 Black Mid Tower Gaming Case with 120mm Quiet Fan w/o PSU
CPU:AMD Athlon X4 760K Black Edition, Unlocked, Richland, Quad Core, S FM2, 3.8GHz, 4MB Cache, 100W, Retail
GPU:3GB XFX Radeon R9 280 Black, 5.2GHz GDDR5, GPU 1000MHz, 1792 Streams, DVI/HDMI/mDPort
Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H, AMD A88X, FM2, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/DVI-D/HDMI, MATX
RAM:8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Racing Red, PC3-12800 (1600), Non-ECC, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V
PSU:500W EVGA 100-W1-0500-KR, 80PLUS, Single Rail, ATX, PSU
HDD:1TB Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
OS:Microsoft Windows 8.1 64Bit DVD English International OEM
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  1. Your build looks alright, the processor is the only thing i might change. You selected the Athlon x4 which is fine for your more basic computing tasks but it will be the bottleneck if you are planning to game heavily on it. Look at Best Gaming CPU's for the Money to get an idea of what would work best for your budget.
  2. Yes, it is. What is your budget? Why not Intel platform?
  3. EasyLover said:
    Yes, it is. What is your budget? Why not Intel platform?


    my budget is 530 sterling as i am gonna buy my components from uk. i am gonna upgrade to intel 6 months after i get this build as i will have more money. i went for this cpu because i need a pc really bad.
  4. EasyLover said:
    Yes, it is. What is your budget? Why not Intel platform?


    would this be a better cpu Intel Pentium K Anniversary G3258 Socket 1150 Dual Core Processor (Haswell) Overclock to 4.5Ghz
  5. Here is an earlier post that might help you.
    Take from it what you will:

    ------------------------------ budget build ---------------------------
    For a budget build, I like to recommend that one builds for future expandability.
    That means paying a bit more up front for some parts that allow for an easier future upgrade.
    Let me start where you might not expect:
    1. Buy a good 620w psu. Such a unit will run any future graphics card.
    I would normally suggest Seasonic 620w:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    But this EVGA 600w unit is going for a very good price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    2. Buy a Z97 based motherboard. Z97 will allow you to install a overclockable cpu and even offer a future 14nm broadwell upgrade.
    You should find one for under $100.
    Here is a M-ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157529
    3. I suggest a G3258. It is a overclockable dual core at a budget price of about $75.
    Here is what it can do: http://techreport.com/review/26735/overclocking-intel-p...
    In time, you can upgrade to any cpu that you want and market the G3258.
    4. The intel stock cooler will do the job up to a point. But, I suggest a $30 tower type cooler like the cm hyper212 with a 120mm fan. It will cool better and be quieter under load.
    5. For ram, speed is not important. Buy a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb DDR3 1.5v ram.
    If you will be using the integrated graphics, I suggest faster ram. It improves the performance. 1866 is good. You will get a WEI of 6.4.
    6. Cases are a personal thing. Buy one you love. Most will do the job for <$50.
    It would be hard to beat $34 delivered for this Antec GX500 :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    7. The graphics card is the most important component for gaming. My usual rule of thumb is to budget 2x the cpu cost for the graphics card. I like the GTX750ti and EVGA as a brand.
    Here is a superclock version:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    You could go stronger in the video card if your budget permits and your games need it.
    On the other hand, you could build using the integrated graphics and see how you do.
    By deferring on the graphics card, you will get a better idea of what you really need.
    Integrated is fine for sims, but not fast action games.
    8. Lastly, I will never build again without a SSD for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do so much quicker. 120gb will hold the OS and a handful of games. With 240gb you may never need a hard drive at all. Defer on a hard drive until your ssd approaches 90% full.

    -------------good luck------------
  6. geofelt said:
    Here is an earlier post that might help you.
    Take from it what you will:

    ------------------------------ budget build ---------------------------
    For a budget build, I like to recommend that one builds for future expandability.
    That means paying a bit more up front for some parts that allow for an easier future upgrade.
    Let me start where you might not expect:
    1. Buy a good 620w psu. Such a unit will run any future graphics card.
    I would normally suggest Seasonic 620w:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    But this EVGA 600w unit is going for a very good price:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    2. Buy a Z97 based motherboard. Z97 will allow you to install a overclockable cpu and even offer a future 14nm broadwell upgrade.
    You should find one for under $100.
    Here is a M-ATX : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157529
    3. I suggest a G3258. It is a overclockable dual core at a budget price of about $75.
    Here is what it can do: http://techreport.com/review/26735/overclocking-intel-p...
    In time, you can upgrade to any cpu that you want and market the G3258.
    4. The intel stock cooler will do the job up to a point. But, I suggest a $30 tower type cooler like the cm hyper212 with a 120mm fan. It will cool better and be quieter under load.
    5. For ram, speed is not important. Buy a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb DDR3 1.5v ram.
    If you will be using the integrated graphics, I suggest faster ram. It improves the performance. 1866 is good. You will get a WEI of 6.4.
    6. Cases are a personal thing. Buy one you love. Most will do the job for <$50.
    It would be hard to beat $34 delivered for this Antec GX500 :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    7. The graphics card is the most important component for gaming. My usual rule of thumb is to budget 2x the cpu cost for the graphics card. I like the GTX750ti and EVGA as a brand.
    Here is a superclock version:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    You could go stronger in the video card if your budget permits and your games need it.
    On the other hand, you could build using the integrated graphics and see how you do.
    By deferring on the graphics card, you will get a better idea of what you really need.
    Integrated is fine for sims, but not fast action games.
    8. Lastly, I will never build again without a SSD for the "C" drive. It makes everything you do so much quicker. 120gb will hold the OS and a handful of games. With 240gb you may never need a hard drive at all. Defer on a hard drive until your ssd approaches 90% full.

    -------------good luck------------




    i want to stick with the the build i shared . I just want to know if the pentium g3258 is a better processor for now. is it better than the athlon 760k?
  7. Best answer
    jeffrey1999 said:
    EasyLover said:
    Yes, it is. What is your budget? Why not Intel platform?


    would this be a better cpu Intel Pentium K Anniversary G3258 Socket 1150 Dual Core Processor (Haswell) Overclock to 4.5Ghz


    If you are planning to upgrade within six months then G3258 is a way to go. Just make sure that you have Z97 series mobo for future upgrade. Rest will do fine.
  8. EasyLover said:
    jeffrey1999 said:
    EasyLover said:
    Yes, it is. What is your budget? Why not Intel platform?


    would this be a better cpu Intel Pentium K Anniversary G3258 Socket 1150 Dual Core Processor (Haswell) Overclock to 4.5Ghz


    If you are planning to upgrade within six months then G3258 is a way to go. Just make sure that you have Z97 series mobo for future upgrade. Rest will do fine.


    can i get the H97 or it is better to get the Z97
  9. jeffrey1999 said:
    EasyLover said:
    jeffrey1999 said:
    EasyLover said:
    Yes, it is. What is your budget? Why not Intel platform?


    would this be a better cpu Intel Pentium K Anniversary G3258 Socket 1150 Dual Core Processor (Haswell) Overclock to 4.5Ghz


    If you are planning to upgrade within six months then G3258 is a way to go. Just make sure that you have Z97 series mobo for future upgrade. Rest will do fine.


    can i get the H97 or it is better to get the Z97



    If you plan to get k-series CPUs of Intel like i5 4690k then get Z97 series mobo otherwise grab H97 series.
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