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First Time Build. HELP!!!

This is my first PC build (See link at the bottom) and I would like to know if I can improve it in any way. I don't feel like spending more that 1000$ Canadian on it (Monitor and keyboard included). Right now I'm looking at an MSI Radeon RX 470 8GB but if the price is right when I go to buy I would like to upgrade to an RX 480.

I will only be playing games such as SMITE and Minecraft (and the occasional Kerbal explosion) but I would also like to record these games for youtube. my main questions are:



Here's the link to my build: https://.ca.pcpartpicker.com

PS. I also have a laptop (Asus VivoBook Max X541UV 15.6" Laptop) that I am currently using for my gaming needs. I want to know if I could take the system memory and use it in my PC? And would it keep the windows installation? I want to save money on anything I can and this would give me some nice HDD storage and remove the need to spend 150$ on windows.
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  1. No you cant use the laptop ram, it's DDR4 that mobo uses DDR3 ram. Theyre not compatible with each other

    And no Windows will be tied to the laptop
  2. Stop what you're doing. Don't buy FX. AM3+ is dead.

    You cannot use SODIMM memory (laptop RAM) in a DIMM slot (desktop memory). The two slots are different sizes.

    You can transfer Windows from a desktop to another desktop, but not from a laptop to a desktop.
  3. It's worth noting that the main difference between the RX 470 8GB and the RX 480 8GB models is that the 480 has more compute power. This is useful in heavy calculations like Folding@Home, but doesn't really impact gaming performance. Your RX 470 will serve you well.

    I've thrown together a machine using modern components that will serve you much better than the FX potato you had linked.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($258.34 @ Vuugo)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: PNY CS1111 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($95.50 @ Vuugo)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.93 @ Vuugo)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.33 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($116.76 @ Vuugo)
    Monitor: Asus VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard ($32.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $953.55
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-20 22:35 EDT-0400
  4. weberdarren97 said:
    Stop what you're doing. Don't buy FX. AM3+ is dead.

    You cannot use SODIMM memory (laptop RAM) in a DIMM slot (desktop memory). The two slots are different sizes.

    You can transfer Windows from a desktop to another desktop, but not from a laptop to a desktop.


    I know that laptop RAM is not compatible. I wanted to know if the 1TB HDD in my laptop will work.
  5. If it's SATA it will. Thats if it's not locked to that laptop. Some are
  6. weberdarren97 said:
    It's worth noting that the main difference between the RX 470 8GB and the RX 480 8GB models is that the 480 has more compute power. This is useful in heavy calculations like Folding@Home, but doesn't really impact gaming performance. Your RX 470 will serve you well.

    I've thrown together a machine using modern components that will serve you much better than the FX potato you had linked.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($258.34 @ Vuugo)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($64.75 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: PNY CS1111 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($95.50 @ Vuugo)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.93 @ Vuugo)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.33 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($116.76 @ Vuugo)
    Monitor: Asus VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard ($32.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $953.55
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-20 22:35 EDT-0400


    Thank you for this. I made a mistake and said I had an RX 480. I'm building from scratch.
  7. Soretrag said:
    weberdarren97 said:
    Stop what you're doing. Don't buy FX. AM3+ is dead.

    You cannot use SODIMM memory (laptop RAM) in a DIMM slot (desktop memory). The two slots are different sizes.

    You can transfer Windows from a desktop to another desktop, but not from a laptop to a desktop.


    I know that laptop RAM is not compatible. I wanted to know if the 1TB HDD in my laptop will work.


    Assuming it's SATA, it will, but it will be incredibly slow. Laptop hard drives are optimized for battery life, not performance.
  8. Best answer
    Here you go, GPU is included in this build. I had to step down the CPU to fit it into your budget. However, just take a few months to build up some cash and you can simply upgrade to an i5.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($77.50 @ Vuugo)
    Motherboard: ASRock B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($74.50 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: PNY CS1111 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($95.50 @ Vuugo)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.93 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 470 4GB STRIX Video Card ($204.05 @ Vuugo)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($116.76 @ Vuugo)
    Monitor: Asus VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard ($32.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $994.17
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-20 23:40 EDT-0400
  9. weberdarren97 said:
    Here you go, GPU is included in this build. I had to step down the CPU to fit it into your budget. However, just take a few months to build up some cash and you can simply upgrade to an i5.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($77.50 @ Vuugo)
    Motherboard: ASRock B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($74.50 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: PNY CS1111 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($95.50 @ Vuugo)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.93 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 470 4GB STRIX Video Card ($204.05 @ Vuugo)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($116.76 @ Vuugo)
    Monitor: Asus VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard ($32.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $994.17
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-20 23:40 EDT-0400


    TY kindly. you've been really helpful. :D
  10. Soretrag said:
    weberdarren97 said:
    Here you go, GPU is included in this build. I had to step down the CPU to fit it into your budget. However, just take a few months to build up some cash and you can simply upgrade to an i5.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($77.50 @ Vuugo)
    Motherboard: ASRock B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($74.50 @ Vuugo)
    Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: PNY CS1111 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($95.50 @ Vuugo)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.93 @ Vuugo)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 470 4GB STRIX Video Card ($204.05 @ Vuugo)
    Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ NCIX)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($116.76 @ Vuugo)
    Monitor: Asus VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor ($149.99 @ Memory Express)
    Keyboard: Thermaltake CHALLENGER PRIME Wired Gaming Keyboard ($32.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $994.17
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-03-20 23:40 EDT-0400


    TY kindly. you've been really helpful. :D


    You're welcome!

    I'm going to bed. If you have more questions, hopefully Paul will be online to answer them. He knows what he's talking about, even though sometimes his wording doesn't make much sense to me.
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