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Building 1st gaming PC, need some help looking at a build

Hello, my first time posting here,

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.2305617

I was wondering if this DIY combo from Newegg.ca is

1) compatible
2) is a good set-up for the price (Canadian$$$)

I'm using the PC for mid-high end gaming. Something that will run very nicely today and won't be completely outdated in 5-7 years. 500$-600$ is basically the budget I'm working with.
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    This PC is pretty outdated already.

    AMD CPU's aren't as good as Intel in general.

    The PSU is really low quality.

    You should get even numbers of RAM sticks, instead of 1 stick of 8, it should be 2 sticks of 4.

    I don't suggest using Toshiba HDD's, you're better off with a Seagate, Samsung, Western Digital, Crucial, etc.

    The GTX 750 is already pretty outdated and probably going to chug through most modern games.

    This is the build from Newegg:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.56 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($102.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX Power Supply ($38.25 @ Newegg)
    Total: $437.55
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-31 14:46 EDT-0400

    This is what I suggest you change it to, feel free to look it over and change anything:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($176.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($50.94 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($239.95 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($80.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $765.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-31 14:52 EDT-0400
  2. CPU - This is a good entry level gaming CPU, however it ideally needs to be overclocked to let it stretch its legs.
    CPU Cooler - This bundle doesn't include one. This is needed to any type of overclocking.
    MB - Eh... Biostar doesn't make the best stuff (IMHO), but at least it is a 970 chipset motherboard.
    HD - That Toshiba isn't the best performer, but would work fine.
    GPU - Again.... eh... There are better vendors out there.
    PSU - No. Cheap capacitors. Look toward a unit from the Tier 1 or Tier 2 list.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

    For a budget of $550, consider something more like the build below. Better quality parts all around... FWIW, any system you build now will be outdated in 5-7 years. If you want a longer return on your investment, an Intel i5 build would show a longer life before needing to be upgraded / replaced. The Intel build is also more expensive...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.89 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.78 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Mushkin Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $547.51


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($176.95 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $606.69
  3. Even a top end PC isn't going to be playing games at ultra settings in 5-7 years, a half decent PC should manage them at low-medium at that time though. That Newegg build isn't ideal really.

    - Most games only use 4 cores, some only use 2. I don't know of any that utilise more than 4. Intel CPU's give much more performance per Mhz at the moment as well so they're much better suited for games. That FX-6 would be equivalent to a Pentium or something in games.

    - That GPU isn't really designed for high end gaming, it is more of a casual gaming card. I'd get the 750Ti as a bare minimum.

    - Biostar/Toshiba/Zotac/Rosewill aren't top quality brands for these things, there probably isn't a huge difference in quality but other brands seem to be more trusted.


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

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($80.97 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.50 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($124.50 @ Vuugo)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $509.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-31 15:21 EDT-0400

    That would give you slightly better performance at a slightly lower price, you can overclock that CPU as well if you want a performance boost in future.
  4. Thanks Guys. Yes, I'm trying to build a PC that can handle Blizzard games on ultra, and also do some multi-tasking (video editing). These are great suggestions, still new to navigating pcpartpicker, but I think it will help me with finding Canadian shippers. And yes, I'm trying to keep the budget under $600.
  5. jmsellars1 said:
    Even a top end PC isn't going to be playing games at ultra settings in 5-7 years, a half decent PC should manage them at low-medium at that time though. That Newegg build isn't ideal really.

    - Most games only use 4 cores, some only use 2. I don't know of any that utilise more than 4. Intel CPU's give much more performance per Mhz at the moment as well so they're much better suited for games. That FX-6 would be equivalent to a Pentium or something in games.

    - That GPU isn't really designed for high end gaming, it is more of a casual gaming card. I'd get the 750Ti as a bare minimum.

    - Biostar/Toshiba/Zotac/Rosewill aren't top quality brands for these things, there probably isn't a huge difference in quality but other brands seem to be more trusted.


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

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($80.97 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.50 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($124.50 @ Vuugo)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Memory Express)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $509.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-31 15:21 EDT-0400

    That would give you slightly better performance at a slightly lower price, you can overclock that CPU as well if you want a performance boost in future.


    Nice avatar :)
  6. I made a few changes to the build by jmsellars1. I think the 750Ti should give you adequate performance for the games you want to play. It is more expensive, but if you take advantage of the rebate it should be below your budget. I also added a CPU cooler if you want to overclock, and a different case by Zalman because it's cheaper and honestly, air flow should not be such a big concern.

    http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2pC6t6
  7. $11 more goes a long way for a better CPU. You are going to get much benefit from that Z97 motherboard paired with the Pentium G...

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($144.74 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($104.75 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.98 @ NCIX)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($48.75 @ Vuugo)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($56.46 @ shopRBC)
    Total: $627.65
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