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Attempting first build (Gaming computer). Feedback please

aproximate Purchase Date: sometime within the next few weeks

Budget Range: about $1000 before shipping and rebates (can spend a bit more if necessary)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching movies, and everyday use

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anything Canadian preferably NCIX

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Parts Preferences:
Here's what I'm planning on getting so far:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB 100 Million Edition Video Card
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
Case: NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case


I also plan on eventually upgrading to get an SSD (in a few months), and in a few years likely to an intel i5 processor and intel motherboard.

If you know any parts that you think would work better in this build please let me know!
Also, general feedback on what you think about this.


Overclocking: Maybe

Additional Comments: Using windows 10, already have speakers, monitor, etc.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old laptop isn't getting the job done anymore and I'd like to be able to enjoy my games more


Thank you!
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  1. Sorry to do this to you, but you should be able to fit an i5 in that budget and it would perform so much better. The rest of your parts are good.
  2. Yeah for that budget range the Intel i5 with a cheaper mobo is highly recommended over the FX-6300 in combo with an expensive mobo.
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/ZJ6nVn
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/ZJ6nVn/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.50 @ shopRBC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($98.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.00 @ Vuugo)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 390 8GB Nitro Video Card ($431.95 @ Vuugo)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($52.25 @ Vuugo)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($89.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $1016.65
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-06 13:55 EDT-0400

    this does not include mail in rebates but it would be cheaper if it did.

    the r9 390 will consume more power but if you play a few hours a day on average for a few years it will only cost you 10 - 20$ more assuming you have 12 cents per kilowatt hour. And the performance is worth it IMO
  4. Build is fine. CTurbo is overestimating the I5s performance.
  5. CTurbo said:
    Sorry to do this to you, but you should be able to fit an i5 in that budget and it would perform so much better. The rest of your parts are good.


    If I do do this which i5's should i be looking at?
  6. ToxicFantom said:
    Build is fine. CTurbo is overestimating the I5s performance.


    an i5 is WAY better than a 6300 CTurbo is absolutely right.
  7. Best answer
    This is $983 before rebates


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.50 @ shopRBC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($73.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.00 @ Vuugo)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card ($379.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($52.25 @ Vuugo)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $919.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-06 14:02 EDT-0400


    And will perform much better than a FX6300 build. No overestimating at all.
  8. Sure it's better. Sure you will lose frames. But the price performance in games is hardly worth it. You will lose about 10 frames at the worst of times, most times no loss. If you're rendering, i'd go with the I5. If strictly gaming, paying almost an extra $100 for a few frames is hardly worth it imo.
  9. The FX6300 + 212 Evo + 990FX motherboard is no where near $100 cheaper than an i5 4460 + H97
  10. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.50 @ shopRBC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($73.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $298.49
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-06 14:06 EDT-0400


    vs


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.96 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($37.50 @ Vuugo)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.50 @ Vuugo)
    Total: $301.96
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-08-06 14:07 EDT-0400


    So as you can see, nobody is asking the OP to pay an extra $100 for anything.
  11. I would suggest a similar buils to Rhezner's with a few changes.

    http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/JDBgf7

    Did include a very high quality power supply in this one though.
  12. Alright thanks a ton guys!
    I think I'll end up going with the i5-4460 and the AsRock motherboard
    Also, may change up the case and power supply too.
  13. ciskgo said:
    Alright thanks a ton guys!
    I think I'll end up going with the i5-4460 and the AsRock motherboard
    Also, may change up the case and power supply too.


    I would take the Gigabyte H97M-D3H and ASRock H97M Pro4 over the H97M Anniversary.
  14. RCFProd said:
    ciskgo said:
    Alright thanks a ton guys!
    I think I'll end up going with the i5-4460 and the AsRock motherboard
    Also, may change up the case and power supply too.


    I would take the Gigabyte H97M-D3H and ASRock H97M Pro4 over the H97M Anniversary.


    I'll check that one out too
  15. Any H97 will do. There are no bad ones. I've used the ASRock H97 Anniversary a lot and it's a fine board.
  16. The H97M Anniversary lacks PCIE features.

    For example, no PCIe 2.0 x16 slot which imo every motherboard from today should have.

    Also, the motherboard uses quite a poor audio codec, the Realtek ALC662.
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