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$700 Light Gaming and Photo Editing Build

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December 14, 2012 12:07:47 AM

Well, I think I am ready to order. I have taken into account many previous posts on this forum, and have compiled them into 1 post.
Build : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/snZs

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.00 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($112.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($60.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Rosewill RCR-IC001 ($15.00)
Other: Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan [X3] ($15.00)
Total: $697.38

I only have $600 to spend on this, but looking at price history, it appears that now is a high in an up-down pattern with sales, etc. If nobody else comments, I will be ordering this tomorrow! As for the video card, I was going to go with a 650, but one of my main goals is to have this thing be decent in 2015, and the didn't support SLI, causing me to go with the radeon 7770 instead, in the hopes of getting CrossFire in the future. I'm going to try and limit my parts to SuperBiiz, NewEgg, and NCIX US, if at all possible. Anyway, cheers to all, and have good holiday season.

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December 14, 2012 12:26:44 AM

I assume you know the AMD alternative is the i5 3450 for only$5 more. Also you could easily find a good motherboard for $100 to $130.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drop your psu down too 500/520w and save some money. A 550w is overkill for your system. I use 520w and mine is built for overclocking and gaming.
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December 14, 2012 12:47:18 AM

envy14tpe said:
I assume you know the AMD alternative is the i5 3450 for only$5 more. Also you could easily find a good motherboard for $100 to $130.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drop your psu down too 500/520w and save some money. A 550w is overkill for your system. I use 520w and mine is built for overclocking and gaming.


Thank you very much for the reply.
I have chosen to go with AMD as I really want to be able to upgrade to future, latest generation processors, and AMD has said that they are going to keep AM3+ for a while.

As for the motherboard, I was going to go with the M5A97, but it's 2 PCI slots, when used at the same time, ran at x16 and x4, which would bottleneck the future CFX 7770 I plan to put in when a single 7770 isn't enough for light gaming anymore. The M5A99X can run 2 at 8x, which supposedly isn't going to be a bottleneck. Same reason for the PSU; I want to make sure that I am able to support multiple GPUs, a possible OC, and a possible Hyper 212+.

Cheers!

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December 14, 2012 12:51:33 AM

Drop the FX-8350, you should be getting the FX-8320 and saving yourself a whole bunch of money, for that matter the motherboard is way overpriced too.

Per your build, you could be getting a MUCH better build especially for gaming. The 7770 is definitely not the route to go.

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Total: $652

You get the FX-8320, you get the 7870 which is a much better GPU, you get a better case in my opinion, a more affordable motherboard with more features and it's cheaper. Plus it'll perform just about the same with 8x/8x. Overall you save money and you get way more performance.
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December 14, 2012 1:37:47 AM

I think you can save some $$ on both the motherboard and power supply.

I also can't recommend an SSD more strongly. It dramatically enhances your entire experience. Once you go SSD, you will never go back, especially with phtoto work. Depending on how serious you are about photo work, more RAM could be useful as well.

Aznshinobi is right about the video card, it would be fine for photo editing, but will be hurting in the gaming department. I agree with him that you should shoot for a 7870 or at least a 7850.

I know you are on a budget here, but if I were you I would save some money on the motherboard, CPU, and PSU, and do whatever I could to get an SSD and better video card. Consider dumping the optical drive, everybody likes to get one, but if you own a few USB sticks do you really need one?
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December 14, 2012 5:04:06 PM

Thanks to everyone who contributed!
I wasn't sure about ASRock as a brand, but apparently it's OK, so I will swap out the MoBo. I wasn't sure if I should get a Hyper 212+ and a 8320, or, for the same price, just use a 8350 with stock cooling. What do you guys think about this build?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/stUU

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($156.85 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3R 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($61.38 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Zalman MZ230ED 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Other: Rosewill RCR-IC001 ($15.00)
Other: Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan [X3] ($15.00)
Other: Anti-Static Band ($5.00)
Other: GEAR HEAD WC1300BLK ($13.00)
Total: $844.01

Added some small stuff at the end so I don't have to order separately as well. The only reason I'm not going with an SSD is because this build is still a bit more expensive than I'd like it to be. Anyway, thanks again for the replies!
Cheers!
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 14, 2012 9:59:28 PM

Looks pretty decent. I dig it.
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December 15, 2012 2:00:25 PM

Thanks dude, I ordered it today! Bunch of crap on sale, got it for less than what it actually says there :p 

Cheers!
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a c 91 B Homebuilt system
December 15, 2012 6:06:12 PM

Alright good luck, close out the thread by selecting a best answer!
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December 17, 2012 1:42:03 PM

click yes on envy14tpe post.
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