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February 1, 2013 7:52:05 PM

So I have never built a PC before and got sick of dealing with my consoles crappy graphics and all the other restrictions that come with it so I'm building my first PC. I have some knowledge when it comes to PCs but I'm by no means an expert and it's really overwhelming with the massive amount of choices for each componant and all within the same price range. Since this will be used mostly for gaming but also a everyday PC this is what I came up with.

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX

BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

PowerColor PCS+ AX7870 2GBD5-2DHPPV3E Radeon HD 7870 MYST. Edition (Tahiti LE) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0

16g G Skill Ripjawz 1600 RAM

Cooler Master 650w Bronze certified PSU

Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 64MB chache 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Samsung Optical Drive

Mid ATX Gaming PC Case (can't remember exact name)

A couple of fans w/ red leds to pimp it out a little


Between the sales on Newegg and using different promo codes and rebates I ended up spending about $675 for everything. So I guess my question is will this be an OK gaming build for the price. I am really nervous about having buyers remorse or wishing I would have spent the extra money to get something better but from the research I have done I hope I will get a decent price/performance build out of this.

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February 1, 2013 7:55:18 PM

Never get a cooler master PSU. Get one from Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

Get 8gb of RAM. 16gb is only needed for video editing. Games only use 4gb anyways.



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February 1, 2013 7:55:47 PM

Wow $675 I need to find that setup for that much lol I have a build right now with a 6 core and only 8 GB/s of ram for about $710
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February 1, 2013 8:20:11 PM

The time to ask questions is BEFORE you buy so that you can make changes.

I liked the Samsung Optical Drive
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February 1, 2013 8:23:29 PM

For a gaming PC you really want to be getting the intel i5 3570K, it doesn't even compare to the AMD piledriver
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February 2, 2013 12:59:39 AM

yeah i knew about the intel. I spent alot of hours watching youtube and reading reviews. I ended up paying about $150 for the fx-8350 and have always had amd in my pc so i figured I would go with them
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February 2, 2013 1:01:46 AM

BTW the 16g of ram is from my current piece of junk PC so I didn't actually pay for that but I did get 8 gigs of ram in a deal with my graphics card so it probly would have been about $750 with the ram
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