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February 3, 2013 10:21:49 PM

This is my first build and I want to know what I could do to make it less expensive or even better.
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $659.69

My price range is around $650 but the graphics card and the case will be paid for. I really don't care what the case looks like. I will play games like minecraft and BF4(when it comes out so somthing that can play BF3). I might record minecraft but with any build like this that is fairly easy.

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February 3, 2013 10:55:49 PM

max budget?
overclocking?

get win7 instead
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February 3, 2013 10:56:28 PM

That looks good! Alternately you could do this:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $666.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-03 19:56 EST-0500)
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February 3, 2013 10:58:37 PM

Good build to me, but of course i do have a couple of comments...

First, idk, i'm not a big fan of the PSU choice. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad at all, i just think there's better if you're willing to spend a little more. but that's always the case i suppose. plenty of power though, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. however, if you want to crossfire with that build, you'll want a bit more.

What resolution are you gaming at? that makes a big difference in what i would suggest for your GPU.
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February 3, 2013 10:58:45 PM

In that price range I think you have the best possible build
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February 3, 2013 11:04:41 PM

Best answer selected by OGxPRED.
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February 4, 2013 12:12:20 AM

I have not seen the performance of the 3550p , but looking at some benchmarking it doesnt perform as well as the $130 FX 6300
http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/cpu/Intel+Core...

so definitely not worth paying $50 more and getting less, and if you really wanted to pay $180 for a processor then the FX 8320 eats it alive
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