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Can somebody check my parts list for building a $600 gaming PC?

Hi,

I'm getting ready to build a gaming desktop and was wondering if this would be a good build. I don't really want to spend more than $600, including the OS.

I already have an external 1 TB hard drive that i'm planning on using in the build.
I don't think I need an optical drive because I already have an external CD drive if that will work.

Do I need to buy a fan? I am not going to be overclocking at this point.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cKKwwP)(http://pcpartpicker.com/p/cKKwwP/by_merchant/)


CPU** | [AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8350frhkbox) | $157.95 @ Amazon

Motherboard [Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga78lmtusb3) | $54.88 @ OutletPC

Memory | [Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-ct102464ba160b) | $26.99 @ SuperBiiz

Video Card | [EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-04gp43967kr) | $209.99 @ Amazon

Case | [Corsair 100R ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011075ww) | $39.99 @ Newegg

Power Supply | [EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100b10500kr) | $39.99 @ SuperBiiz

Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |
Total (before mail-in rebates) | $539.79
Mail-in rebates | -$10.00
Total | $529.79
Generated by [PCPartPicker](http://pcpartpicker.com) 2016-05-01 14:37 EDT-0400

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  1. You can build a dead-end system with AMD or you can build an Intel system that can be upgraded later on. OS included-

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($111.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H110M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($26.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($73.48 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) ($79.89 @ OutletPC)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.79 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $596.10
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-01 15:05 EDT-0400
  2. If I were building one today I'd go with Skylake and DDR4. But that's a nice system you picked out.
  3. What about these?

    Intel Boxed Core I5-6400 FC-LGA14C 2.70 Ghz 6 M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I56400
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0136JOMXC/?tag=xtremegaminer-20

    Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard GA-H110M-A
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165YUDTM/?tag=xtremegaminer-20

    The processor is clocked at 2.7Ghz. Would that be enough to realize the full potential of the GTX 960?

    And I will be getting DDR4 RAM.

    Also, is this a good build that i can easily upgrade in the future? (better GPU ect.)
  4. Much better but the faster i5-6500 is only $10 more and clocks at 3.2Ghz. instead of the i5-6400 2.7Ghz.

    http://www.amazon.com/Intel-I5-6500-FC-LGA14C-Processor-BX80662I56500/dp/B010T6CWI2/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1462154555&sr=1-1&keywords=i5-6500

    The Skylake CPU's are new and a system made with them will be upgradable for a few years to come.
  5. Daniel16d said:
    What about these?

    Intel Boxed Core I5-6400 FC-LGA14C 2.70 Ghz 6 M Processor Cache 4 LGA 1151 BX80662I56400
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0136JOMXC/?tag=xtremegaminer-20

    Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel H110 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboard GA-H110M-A
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165YUDTM/?tag=xtremegaminer-20

    The processor is clocked at 2.7Ghz. Would that be enough to realize the full potential of the GTX 960?

    And I will be getting DDR4 RAM.

    Also, is this a good build that i can easily upgrade in the future. (better GPU ect.)


    *Edited*</>

    You would save money and have more performance in the long run to go with the Skylake rather than with the FX.
  6. To be honest you would get a far better value out of your money on the second hand market, than getting some bottom line cpus and gpus.
  7. MrN1ce9uy said:

    You might get slightly better performance out of the FX-8350 over the i5-6400, but at least you would have room to upgrade your processor to an i7 if you still have it any number of years from now; and you will have DDR4 memory which is much faster than DDR3.

    I think the FX-8350 would still be a capable processor years from now. While it can't support DDR4 now, it may support DDR4 later(I'm unsure), but you would need to buy a new motherboard and DDR4 RAM even if it did.

    You would save money and have more performance in the long run to go with the Skylake rather than with the FX.



    1. No. Only in video editing, and 8 core benchmark software.
    2. No, never.
    3. Correct.
  8. James Mason said:
    MrN1ce9uy said:

    You might get slightly better performance out of the FX-8350 over the i5-6400, but at least you would have room to upgrade your processor to an i7 if you still have it any number of years from now; and you will have DDR4 memory which is much faster than DDR3.

    I think the FX-8350 would still be a capable processor years from now. While it can't support DDR4 now, it may support DDR4 later(I'm unsure), but you would need to buy a new motherboard and DDR4 RAM even if it did.

    You would save money and have more performance in the long run to go with the Skylake rather than with the FX.



    1. No. Only in video editing, and 8 core benchmark software.
    2. No, never.
    3. Correct.


    Thanks. After looking further I found I was wrong.

    I found this video that shows real world performance differences in the i5-6400 and the FX-8350. I also found where the Haswell i5s were better in gaming performance than the FX-8350.
  9. Alright. Thanks for the help everybody!

    I think I'm going with the i5-6500 and the Gigabyte LGA1151 motherboard unless anybody has any other better suggestions for my price range.

    I'm planning on collecting the more inexpensive parts first and then saving up for the processor and GPU. Can't wait!!!
  10. Hey guys,

    I'm rethinking and I think I might want to spend a bit more and go with the gtx 970 instead. Would that still be a good fit for the parts I have already chosen?
  11. yes.
  12. Should I spend more money on a motherboard and get something other than the Gigabyte LGA1151?
    I would like to spend as little as possible on a motherboard but I don't want problems with it in regard to other parts.
    I want it to be DDR4 RAM compatible.

    I am not going to be overclocking, using two graphics cards or anything fancy like that.
  13. Do I need a better PSU? I was looking at some other threads and people were saying you might need more than 500W for a GTX-970.
    I won't be overclocking or using two graphics cards.

    I f I do need a differnt PSU, howabout this one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600m
  14. Best answer
    The 1st reply has a good build if you want to go the Skylake/DDR4/970 route, just change the GPU and you'll be fine.
  15. OK! I figured out what I want. Thanks for the help everybody
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