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Hello, I have always wanted to build a pc, never quite had the money, but finally decided it is time. I have really been looking around a lot a different processors, video cards and such, but I could really use some help here.

Budget: 600$ (If there is a golden opportunity, I'm willing to go 650$, but it really has to be worth it)

Parts Needed

CPU, GPU, Motherboard, Hard Drive, RAM, Power Supply, CD/DVD Burner, Case (Aftermarket cooler if needed) **Let me know if I forgot something**
For the case, I like the classy, no LED or crazy designs. (I absolutely love the Corsair Carbide 300r, but I know it doesn't fit in this budget)

*Edit* For the Hard Drive, 500GB is plenty for me, if you can get more, I don't see why not.

I am open to everything, AMD, Intel, Nvidia, etc. All I require is that it be quality, proven parts.
I know there are a lot of Intel "followers", and for a good reason I guess, but I was looking at the FX 4300/6300 and they seemed like a good way to go for my budget.

I would like to OC, but if the build you give me does not really allow it, that's fine.

I would use it mostly for browsing, homework, videos, movies, multitasking, programming and, ofc, video games (1920x1080).
I don't know if there are specific needs for a programming computer, I imagine fast processor and RAM, but this is not just a hobby, I'm going to University in Computer Science, so if you have any insight about that, it would be appreciated.

(Guild Wars 2 (very cpu intensive so I will understand if I can't max it out with 600$), Skyrim, shooters, etc.) **Don't build it for a specific game, but games in general**
I really like eye-candy (Crysis) in my games, even though I have never really experienced it.

I am coming from an HP laptop, i5 430m (2.27ghz) and 5650 radeon, so it won't take much to see a noticeable upgrade, but still, I would like a system that is relatively future-proof, and by that I mean upgrade able.

I don't know if I forgot to mention something you need to know, but thanks in advance!
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $555.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 19:47 EST-0500)

    If you have a microcenter near, this would be cheaper.
  2. Hi, thanks a lot, that's pretty much the build I was looking at prior to posting this. I forgot to mention something important, I'm from Canada. Also, would it be worth the 30$ for a hyper 212 to OC that 6300?
  3. why-me said:
    Hi, thanks a lot, that's pretty much the build I was looking at prior to posting this. I forgot to mention something important, I'm from Canada. Also, would it be worth the 30$ for a hyper 212 to OC that 6300?


    Yes it is one of the best budget coolers.
  4. Hi, wait if you are planning to overclock. I'd change the mobo.

    Wait a bit bro.
  5. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.06 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($50.65 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($50.71 @ DirectCanada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $572.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 20:25 EST-0500)

    Go with this.
  6. You know you can use your 300R case for just a few $'s more.
  7. Yep ^. What he said is true. I just wanted to get the best value case since your budget isn't really that high. :)

    The 200r is a great buy :).
  8. Wow thanks a lot. I was also wondering, isn't 450w cutting it short if I want to OC? I've heard the FX cpus are pretty power hungry. I don't intend on going CF.
  9. Not really. It's good.
  10. Best answer selected by why-me.
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