First Time Build

Hi everyone, I'm wanting to build my first PC myself. Really leaning towards an AMD build since I'm on a budget.

Approximate Purchase Date: Wanting everything done in a month. No real rush

Budget Range: $800 before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Guild Wars 2, Crysis 2, Unreal Tournament 3), Photoshop, Sony Vegas, After Effects

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, Graphics Card, RAM, HDD, optical drive

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything that I won't get taxed on is what I prefer. I live in TN, so I wouldn't like. Unless possibly free shipping than I'm fine with that

Location: Nashville, TN US

Parts Preferences: AMD preferred

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1980x1080

Additional Comments: I'd like a quiet PC, but I can deal with noise so that's fine. Just something for gaming to run on high settings. Also using Photoshop, After Effects, Sony Vegas.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Just prefer a desktop over laptop when it comes to my needs. Gaming and Video Editing mostly.
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  1. Best answer
    Here is an AMD build:

    CPU: AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ $159

    MOBO: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA $94

    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower $49

    Ram: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $49
    Buy 2 sets for another $49 for 16 GB

    GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100358VXL Radeon HD 7770 $149

    PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W $59

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM $89

    DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $18

    CPU Cooler: use stock cooler

    Total = $652
  2. I was actually thinking about these parts. Really liking the GPU you're showing me for that price. Also looking for a good wifi card for PCI

    CPU: AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3+ $149

    MOBO: ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA $134

    RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $48
  3. If you are video editing I would go with 16GB of ram for the extra power and ram is so cheap. Try these for PCI wifi:

    Rosewill RNX-G300LX Wireless Adapter Card IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Up to 54Mbps $14

    ASUS USB-N13 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps $22
  4. Yeah I was thinking the same. I found a 16GB Corsair Vengence RAM kit for $97 on Amazon. Also you think it would be better if I were to purchase a monitor locally or save a couple of bucks buying online? Looking 27" LED
  5. At 27" 1080p looks too big. I'd aim for a 23" 1080p monitor.
  6. You think so? I might just go with a 24" 1080P monitor. I'm pretty used to that.
  7. yes purchase a monitor locally. Find the one you like with the features you like.
  8. Well I found a monitor that I like, but the only thing is, it just has VGA and HDMI. I prefer DVI but isn't DVI and HDMI similar except HDMI carries sound as well?
  9. yes and you can buy an adapter to fit your gpu and your monitor
  10. Actually, an Intel build would be a better option for what you've chosen to do.
    Check out my $650 build here:
    The i5 3450 is improved from the i5 2400 and even before then, the i5 2400 beats out the FX-8150 in the majority of benches especially gaming.
    FX-8150 vs i5 2400
  11. Best answer selected by DemonRagna.
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