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First timer, PC build for game/photo/video editing

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May 26, 2012 11:32:58 PM

Hello all, I am a newbie in the PC world. I am on a tight budget of around 700 to build a very good gaming PC + video/photo editing, as I am a camera-touting longboarder and a newbie photographer.

So far, I've bought an ASUS M5a97 EVO motherboard + AMD FX-8510.

I am in need of a PSU, graphic card, and RAMs recommendations.

I have a keyboard + mouse, monitor, and 4 hard drives lying around from my Fry's everyday PC, as well as 3 optical drives.

So any suggestions would be great!

thank you all!
May 27, 2012 12:59:31 AM

$700 is plenty for the things you need. Where would you like to buy it?
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May 27, 2012 1:25:11 AM

anywhere with a good deal? cheaper would be better
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May 27, 2012 1:30:12 AM

Where do you live? Newegg charges sales tax in California and New Jersey. And it would be usefull if you have a Microcenter near you.
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May 27, 2012 7:20:27 AM

I am from Oregon and I don't think I get charged for sales tax. Um what kinda parts should I get to perform well with my core and mobo?
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May 27, 2012 6:09:35 PM

Good, then we'll just order from Newegg.
Do you have a case? And are all your hard drives SATA?

First of all, I recommend getting a SSD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With your budget, we can get a very nice PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any 8 or 16 GB RAM kit will be good, unless you will overclock. Try this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you need a case, get this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You will need to get this video card though:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't need a case, get this video card instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, you should upgrade your motherboard when you have the money, because of it's weak chipset (970). I suggest you get a motherboard with a 990FX chipset.
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May 27, 2012 8:39:50 PM

Thanks fpoon I never thought about the chipset. HOw about the GIGABYTE GA-990XA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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May 27, 2012 9:00:20 PM

Or any mobo recommendations are also appreciated!
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May 28, 2012 6:17:47 PM

I've never had a good experience with Gigabyte, so I suggest ASrock instead. How much is your budget for another motherboard?
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May 29, 2012 3:28:34 AM

i could always return the ASUS mobo i have now, it's unopened, sitll in the box. I heard newegg has a 15% restocking fee (....) i'll probably return that and get a different one.

the asus i got was around a 100, so asrock wouldn't be bad. any recommendation fpoon?
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