Solved First Time Build Tags: Build Systems Product Last response: August 4, 2012 1:02 AM in Systems Share DemonRagna July 22, 2012 12:27:12 AM 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 newegg.com 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. More about : time build Best solution avenseth12 July 22, 2012 1:43:35 AM Here is an AMD build: CPU: AMD FX-6200 Zambezi 3.8GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ $159 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MOBO: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA $94 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower $49 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Ram: CORSAIR XMS 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $49 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Buy 2 sets for another $49 for 16 GB GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100358VXL Radeon HD 7770 $149 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PSU: Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W $59 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM $89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $18 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CPU Cooler: use stock cooler Total = $652 Share DemonRagna July 22, 2012 2:05:42 AM 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MOBO: ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+ AMD 990X SATA $134 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $48 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l Related resources Opinion on first time build - Forum Booting a new build for the first time. - Forum FIRST TIME Pc BUILD - Forum Is this a good *first time* gaming build?! - Forum First time media server build feedback would be much appreciated. - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer avenseth12 July 22, 2012 2:40:26 AM 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASUS USB-N13 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Up to 300Mbps $22 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... m 0 l DemonRagna July 22, 2012 3:06:46 AM 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 m 0 l azeem40 July 22, 2012 4:14:55 AM At 27" 1080p looks too big. I'd aim for a 23" 1080p monitor. m 0 l DemonRagna July 22, 2012 1:10:12 PM You think so? I might just go with a 24" 1080P monitor. I'm pretty used to that. m 0 l avenseth12 July 22, 2012 1:28:17 PM yes purchase a monitor locally. Find the one you like with the features you like. m 0 l DemonRagna July 24, 2012 3:46:42 AM 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? m 0 l avenseth12 July 24, 2012 10:52:54 PM yes and you can buy an adapter to fit your gpu and your monitor m 0 l aznshinobi July 24, 2012 11:37:21 PM Actually, an Intel build would be a better option for what you've chosen to do. Check out my $650 build here: http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore 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 http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/434?vs=363 m 0 l DemonRagna August 4, 2012 1:02:38 AM Best answer selected by DemonRagna. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedFirst Time PC Build: Antistatic help Forum SolvedNeed help for a new first time build with a budget of $400-500. Forum SolvedFirst Time Desktop Build. Need Help! 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