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November 28, 2012 6:39:50 AM

I am currently in the process of buying a new Gaming PC. I would just like it to be able to run the newer games and be able to last me a couple years. I have everything except for Power Supply/Hard Drive and I could use some help for that. I don't want to go past 650$ if I don't absolutely have to. Here's the build I have so far;

Motherboard-
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Processor-
AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX
Graphics Card-
XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Memory/Ram-
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Case-
RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

This comes out to about 415$~
I still need a Hard Drive, and Power Supply.
Now my main questions are;
1. Will these parts work together (I know the processor/motherboard etc are compatible, I'm talking about size and space.)
2. Will this last me for the next couple of years?
3. Do you have any suggestions for my build?
4. What's a good Hard Drive for my build? (I need at least 500GB)
5. What's a good Power Supply for my build?

I think that pretty much covers it, thank you for the help!

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November 28, 2012 7:06:23 AM

1. Yes they will
2. Only if you are willing to compromise or upgrade in that time period
3. yes,
3a.the 6300 is $20 more but newer, faster, better architecture
3b. the GPU 6770 is on the low end, the 7770 is seeing big price brakes and sales that put it LESS that the 6770 at times. Shop around, if you game consider something a more powerful. Of course if you don't, forget i mentioned it.
3c. The case is a little pricey for a budget build, and it doesn't have USB3.0 front panel ports which I'd expect at that price, you could easily cut that price in half and get the 3.0 front panel, or just cust the cost and forget the 3.0 if its unnecesary
4. Today most get an SSD for the boot drive (64-128) and a hard drive for storage (500gb+)
5. Look at 500w range PSU's from a quality brands, Corsair, OCZ/PC P&C, Seasonic, etc. For a budget build look around $50 and mid-grade model from a high-grade company.

edit: I made some assumptions since I'm not sure if this is supposed to a gaming build or what. It make's a big difference.
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November 28, 2012 7:10:42 AM

For question 2, will the motherboard last me the next couple years? I could upgrade everything else if need be.
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November 28, 2012 7:10:59 AM

How about this build?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.76 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $511.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-28 04:10 EST-0500)
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November 28, 2012 7:17:07 AM

That mobo may support a better GPU and CPU but only a high end system can do what you want (limited future proofing)
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November 28, 2012 7:22:48 AM

The mobo will be fine, and with the adjustments suggested (i think technoholic has a good build suggestion) you will get a couple years out of it, unless you have specific needs like high end gaming or frequent blu-ray encoding.

I'm not sure about that PSU, I would double check it is the "exception to the rule" that Rosewill makes crappy PSUs
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November 28, 2012 7:25:32 AM

abbadon_34 said:
The mobo will be fine, and with the adjustments suggested (i think technoholic has a good build suggestion) you will get a couple years out of it, unless you have specific needs like high end gaming or frequent blu-ray encoding.

I'm not sure about that PSU, I would double check it is the "exception to the rule" that Rosewill makes crappy PSUs

I have no experience with that PSU but i read carefully the comments in newegg. People are fine with it. Can replace with another brand though

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 28, 2012 7:44:44 AM

Rosewill has been known for cheap and crappy power supplies. They made one recently that got good reviews for the first time, can't remember what it was, but that would be the only one I'd be comfortable with. Still, I see cheaper alternatives at that Wattage and more wattage at that price. I'd go with one of

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...

The 430w would be fine for the low powered 7770 and the Corsair builder series 430w has had great reviews though I have no personal experience. I'd prefer a 500w+ to not be limited in choosing a single card, assuming single card of course and not dual or greater configs needing more power..

edit: links
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November 28, 2012 7:45:14 AM

I like the build Technoholic gave me, but unfortunately that video card is out of stock, is there a substitute?
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November 28, 2012 8:05:37 AM

With Black Friday et al alot of good deals are changing all the time. I saw the same chipset for $70 last week. Keep you eyes peeled and cross your fingers! I guess it depends how much gaming means to you. You can make due at MSRP or wait till after christmas or new years.
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November 28, 2012 8:10:58 AM

How about this? Changed PSU and GPU
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.76 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-RL01B-USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $550.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-28 05:10 EST-0500)

* This system is ready for CPU overclocking
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November 28, 2012 8:17:33 AM

looks good to me
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