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April 16, 2013 1:25:37 PM

My first time building my own rig, I just need tips/suggestions on what I should get.
On a budget of around max $150 per part(if its reasonable)
I'm trying to build a "gaming pc" not meant to go on max settings on everything.. just looking for performance and good FPS.

This is what I came up with so far:

Motherboard: I am currently looking for MSI boards unless there are better ones for a good price
a)Z77A-G43 w/ Dual DDR3 1600 -
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX41938
b)Z77A-G45 w/ DDR3 1600 -
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX37645
c)A85XA-G65 FM2 w/ DDR3 -
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX42547

CPU: This is the CPU that i'm currently looking at rn.. (hint im not trying to use this for onboard graphics)
Intel Core i3-3220 $129.99

Graphics Card:EVGA Nvidia GTX550Ti 1GB (current graphics card, will stick with this one)

Memory: If there are any other good suggestions I will take it
a) Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB)
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX31392
b) Sniper Series 8GB PC3-14900 Dual Channel Kit (2 x 4GB)
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX34254
I can upgrade to 16GB if recommended.

Case: Cooler Master - HAF XB Gamer Case - $99.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX43201
I just seen this and found it interesting.. because it was different

Power supply:
Silverstone Strider Essential 700W Power Supply -$79.99
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX32276

My first post on the forum and if you guys can find any better parts please tell!!
We'll be working with www.memoryexpress.com

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April 16, 2013 1:48:15 PM

Let me steer you in the right direction...

You don't need a Z77 motherboard with an i3, they're not unlocked and you will see zero benefit.

Additionally, might I recommend you go with atleast a quad core...if you're gaming, you'll thank me. The i3 in newer games is very underpowered and struggles to keep up with games like Crysis 3, Battlefield 3 multiplayer, Planetside 2, Far Cry 3...and many others. Not to mention the next generation of games will all be geared toward a 4+ core CPU.

If your budget is tight, consider the FX6300, for the same money as the i3 you chose, instead of 2 cores, you can get 6 cores...with a faster clock. It can also be overclocked, and it runs games better than the i3, and as well as most i5 CPUs...especially if you overclock later.

Also, 8 GB RAM is plenty go DDR3-1600 MHz...your choice is fine there.

Case is good, for the PSU I prefer Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, and Antec. Especially if you like modular PSUs consider PC Power & Cooling, plus their PSUs tend to be a bit quieter than others out there.

If you want to consider AMD, then look at similar boards for them. You would want at minimum a 970 series chipset, if you want to go all out, get a 990FX chipset. For those, I would recommend:

Asus Crosshair V Formula Z (for heavy overclocking)
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 (for light or no overclocking)
Asrock 970/990FX Extreme9 (for heavy overclocking)
Asrock 970/990FX Extreme3 (for light/moderate overclocking)
Gigabyte 970/990FX UD5 or UD7 (for heavy overclocking)
Gigabyte 970/990FX UD3 (for light/moderate overclocking)
MSI 990FXA-GD65V2 or GD80V2 (for heavy overclocking
MSI 990XA-GD55 (for no/light/moderate overclocking)

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April 16, 2013 1:54:47 PM

I second going with an FX 6300 over an i3. I would go with ram that doesn't have tall heatsinks though. They tend to get in the way of aftermarket coolers.
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April 16, 2013 2:06:10 PM

logainofhades said:
I second going with an FX 6300 over an i3. I would go with ram that doesn't have tall heatsinks though. They tend to get in the way of aftermarket coolers.


+1 forgot to mention low height on the RAM, nice catch.

@OP:

Also, $150 per part or less means you have about $1000 to spend, if you buy the FX6300 for $129.99 and the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 for $119.99 and save money on the other areas as you are...you should be able to buy something like a HD7870XT or HD7870LE for about $230-240 and drastically upgrade your performance in many games...as many games are GPU bound more than CPU bound these days. Though, the ones that are CPU bound are brutally bad for dual core CPUs and weaker 4 core CPUs.

EDIT:

Here's a $770 AMD build that will really be great for you, if you want to wait on the HD7870XT that saves you $239 right now, and you could acquire a similar card later.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/R8ki
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/R8ki/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/R8ki/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($62.68 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($238.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF XB (Black) ATX Desktop Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $756.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-16 17:13 EDT-0400)
April 16, 2013 2:34:13 PM

for cpu/motherboard, do you think FX-8320 Processor w/ Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 would be good? i can get it for around $260
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April 16, 2013 4:48:18 PM

mdang27 said:
for cpu/motherboard, do you think FX-8320 Processor w/ Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 would be good? i can get it for around $260


That is an amazing combination, it would serve you very well, and you will be able to run anything you want with that!
April 16, 2013 4:58:45 PM

thx for all your input! I think i'm set on what i'm getting.. now i just have to get 800w for $80.. but since its sold out ill settle for 750w for $90
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April 16, 2013 5:02:07 PM

mdang27 said:
thx for all your input! I think i'm set on what i'm getting.. now i just have to get 800w for $80.. but since its sold out ill settle for 750w for $90


You can get one cheaper than that :)  The 750W I posted a link to is only $70...and it's a good buy. Corsair makes good products.
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