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February 19, 2013 9:44:02 PM

Hello Everyone,
I’m looking to replace my current pc with a new custom build. I done minor research and learned that I will get more power for the money, will save some money, and I’m also excited to learn the ways of building a PC.
The PC will have multiple purposes. Mostly I will be gaming on it, when school allows. I’m also a programmer, I’m not doing fancy stuff but I would like to be able and use the full power of the pc for Graphic applications using OpenGL and similar APIs. I rarely on occasions do video editing and use Photoshop. I have seen most post have a build and people then recommend what to change. While I’m fairly good at using the computer, I cannot figure out which components might suit me. I was limiting my budget to $600, because I have other needs. But I decided to wait 3 months and am now limiting my budget from $700-$1000. If anyone could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Pardon me for my bad english.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 19, 2013 10:53:55 PM

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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCx 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.79 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $705.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 19:54 EST-0500)

I just aimed for $700. Great build for the money.
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February 20, 2013 12:01:04 AM

cutebeans said:
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: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCx 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.79 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $705.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 19:54 EST-0500)

I just aimed for $700. Great build for the money.


Thanks a lot cutebeans. I din't even know that website existed.
Another minor question will this support something like Far cry 3, Crysis 3, similar games? Also could I upgrade it if needed in the future?

Again Thanks for the build.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 12:03:19 AM

No need to upgrade it :) .

The 7870 XT is a beast.

You will last 3~5 years easily.

You will high~max @more than 30 fps most games out now when the last 4~5 years come, you should be able to med~high them.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 12:07:01 AM

Do you plan to OC in the future though?

If so, let's get a better motherboard. If not then the motherboard is good.
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February 20, 2013 12:19:50 AM

Nice Build, spend a few bucks more for a ASUS DVD burner though.
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February 20, 2013 1:11:05 AM

cutebeans said:
Do you plan to OC in the future though?

If so, let's get a better motherboard. If not then the motherboard is good.


I don't believe I will need it at all.
Now do you think an SSD will come in handy to place the OS on?

Also thanks for the tip, Firespert. Any major reasons why I should?
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February 20, 2013 1:17:06 AM

If your willing to up the price of the above stated build... by £100 ($170) you could go for a socket 1155 motherboard with i5 3570k. Still within the max budget but will increase performance from the 6300 dramatically... if you need me to get links for the parts, just ask...
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a b 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 1:19:26 AM

Of course! SSD would really help you.

Samsung 840 Pro is the best.
Plextor M5S is the poor man's alternative to 840 pro. :) 

Your SSD should be at least 120gb.
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February 20, 2013 1:23:14 AM

I would suggest that you go ahead and add an SSD and get the AMD FX-8350 CPU. The SSD will substantially improve your load times during games and the FX-8350 will come in handy when you do video editing.

This still fits within your $1000 budget and if you really wanted you still have some room to get an even bigger SSD.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.15 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.69 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCx 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($16.79 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $865.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 22:17 EST-0500)
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March 11, 2013 1:18:50 AM

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