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February 5, 2013 4:14:09 AM

I need suggestions for my gaming build. Here's what I have planned:

-AMD FX-6300 (Six Core 3.5GHz - 4.2GHz turbo, AM3+ 95W) Processor

-BIOSTAR TA990FXE Motherboard
*four 240 pin DDR3 slots (32GB max supported - dual channel - 800/1066/1333/1600/1866/2000(OC)
*AM3+ socket
*AMD 990FX Chipset
*FSB: 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)

-Sapphire HD Radeon 7770 GHz OC edition -- $115
*1GB DDR5

-G.Skill Ripjaw X series 8GB -- $52
*(2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600

-Thermaltake W0388RU PSU -- $58
*600W
*120mm fan
*20+4 pin main connector

I will have all of this probably in a Rosewell Challenger, NZXT Gamma, or an AeroCool VX-R case. (all are right around $50).

I am only going for the FX-6300 and the BIOSTAR mobo because they are sold as a combo deal on Newegg. ($245)

How well would the HD 7770 perform game wise?
*I have a people saying it runs Skyrim on high settings w/o any lag running at right around 55-60FPS. Game-Debate also gives it an 8 star rating for ultra settings on Metro 2033, which a lot of people are saying is the most demanding PC game out right now.*

PRICE OF BUILD: $520

I already have Windows 8, but could get my hands on Windows XP or Windows 7. Which OS would you recommend?
a b 4 Gaming
February 5, 2013 4:46:21 AM

What is your max budget, and what parts do you need? Which parts are not needed? The reason why I'm asking is because I do not see any HDDs listed. I also may be able to come up with a bit stronger build tailored to your budget.

I would recommend Windows 7. It's fast, familiar, and mature. However, if you don't have Windows 7 already, just use Windows 8. It'll work fine. No need to spend more money on an OS.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 5, 2013 5:22:40 AM

If you can afford $7 more, here's what I'd consider with the FX 6300:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar TA990FXE ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ 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: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $526.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 02:21 EST-0500)

Personally the CPU is good, but I'd rather have a bit less CPU and more GPU, especially if I'm building a "Budget Gaming" system. These parts and prices are hard to beat for the $, so check them out.

* CPU is good for anything you throw at it and should last longer than a cheaper one (of coarse).
* Mobo is 990 FX and might allow you install some of the newer CPU's coming out this year and in the future. It also has support for onboard USB 3.0 (use this with the Front USB 3.0 ports on the case listed above to take full advantage of that technology)!
* RAM is good and has a lower profile heat spreader, so you can have more room for aftermarket CPU HSF's, if you want one later.
* GPU is good and should last a while, just upgrade down the road if you want more gaming power.
* Case has 2 x USB 3.0 ports and your mobo supports this, so use it! There is room for up to 12" GPU's in this case, if you need it, so you should be able to use this computer for several upgrades down the road!
* PSU has 40A on the 12v rail (used mainly for GPU power), so you good with any single GPU out! Has 1 x 6 pin and 1 x 6 + 2 pin PCI-e power connectors, for any single GPU out on the market!
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February 5, 2013 5:24:45 AM

I have about $600, minus $520 leaves me $80 for a HDD.

Can I use my 2.5" LAPTOP SATAs on my desktops?

And what do you mean what are needed and not needed? This is the BARE minimum if you want a running computer (decent enough for gaming anyway).
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a b 4 Gaming
February 5, 2013 5:39:39 AM

Try this...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ 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: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $558.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 02:36 EST-0500)

To clarify, I was asking if you already had certain parts such as a HDD. If so, then we could exclude this from the build and save some money or put it towards a beefier GPU.

Anywho, I'm not sure if you can use a laptop HDD. Never tried it. However, with the build above you can easily achieve high-ultra settings on just about any game out there.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this helps; good luck!
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February 5, 2013 5:40:55 AM

Oh yeah, how well do Thermaltake CPU water coolers perform? I would like one of those, make it so I won't have to fight with the heatsink to get the RAM to fit (or vice-versa).
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a b 4 Gaming
February 5, 2013 5:43:19 AM

Dude13450 said:
I have about $600, minus $520 leaves me $80 for a HDD.

Can I use my 2.5" LAPTOP SATAs on my desktops?

And what do you mean what are needed and not needed? This is the BARE minimum if you want a running computer (decent enough for gaming anyway).

You can use your Laptop HD's on a desktop. You usually will need an adapter to fit the small HD in the the Desktop 3.5" bay. I don't recommend using Laptop HD's, because they are a bit slower than 7200 rpm Desktop HD's, but it's up to you. Most stock laptop HD's usually run around 5400 rpm and are designed for low power to minimize battery drain, but they can definitely be used if you need to.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 5, 2013 5:44:44 AM

They are ok. I would just use something cheaper such as the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo. They will give you similar performance for a lot less money. And with any of the RAM suggested above, you won't have to worry about clearance issues.

The stock cooler that comes with the CPU would suffice until you acquired enough cash to purchase a decent upgrade. You honestly won't need to overclock. At stock clocks, the FX 6300 and HD 7850 will run games at high-ultra settings without any trouble at all.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 5, 2013 5:45:56 AM

Dude13450 said:
Oh yeah, how well do Thermaltake CPU water coolers perform? I would like one of those, make it so I won't have to fight with the heatsink to get the RAM to fit (or vice-versa).

I usually don't recommend water cooling. There are several things that can go really wrong with water cooling and can have adverse affects if it goes bad. Unless your living in the tropics or somewhere where you have pretty high temperatures in a room, I don't recommend water cooling. Most reasonably priced aftermarket CPU HSF's can do quite a good job and don't need much maintenance to keep them running well.
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