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Hi! I'm new to the computer business, and I was wondering if this was a good pc build? I have an $1000 budget, advice is good!

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April 24, 2013 9:08:50 AM

hey guys, this is the first build I have made EVER. I was wondering if this is a good budget build gaming pc. I put it together in about 20 minutes, so please post a comment if there is something wrong. my budget is around $1000 (AUD) give or take a few hundred.

I am using pc case gear: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php
to get all of my computer components.

here is my build: http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/SuTQ
I am using the stock cooling fan for the CPU, because I will not be overclocking it any time soon.

advice is appreciated, and I do not mind any recommendations.

Purchase date: hopefully OCT-DEC

Budget Range: $1000 (AUD)- $1500 (AUD). I would like to save as much money as possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording (fraps, etc), commentating, streaming/live streaming, movies, producing music, cd's, pretty much everyday stuff.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes. Preferably 21.5" to 22".

Parts to Upgrade: everything. I will need some help to see if my build is good for gaming.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, i will be buying windows 7 home premium as the OS, as windows 8 is meant for PHONES not COMPUTERS.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pc case gear: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php
(they have the cheapest prices for Australian users).

Location: Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia. I will be buying all of my components from pc case gear, as there is no parts shop where I live.

Parts Preferences: I would like to keep with the AMD preference, as I here they are the best for budget builds. (I am not a fanboy, and do not want this feed to become a battlefield for INTEL/AMD enthusiasts).

Overclocking: Definately not

SLI or Crossfire: No, not needed

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: none, unless you have something to say.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I am upgrading because my laptop is not the best choice for gaming. I have the HP ENVY14 SPECTRE (you can search up the specs and correct me if I am wrong).
April 24, 2013 9:33:47 AM

All very good, however I stress you must get a better power supply I have nearly the same specs and need a 850w PSU with some extra power for upgrades, since you are getting an FX-6300 it would be a waste not to overclock even though you said you dont want to, get a good aftermarket cooler for it if you do want to overclock, because it is unlocked so easier overclocking, overall a great first build.
April 24, 2013 9:39:05 AM

Gathorisx said:
All very good, however I stress you must get a better power supply I have nearly the same specs and need a 850w PSU with some extra power for upgrades, since you are getting an FX-6300 it would be a waste not to overclock even though you said you dont want to, get a good aftermarket cooler for it if you do want to overclock, because it is unlocked so easier overclocking, overall a great first build.


Thank you for the advice. I had chosen the 520 watts, as on all of the psu calculators on the Internet had said, " 471 watts recommended psu" so I went for the best low one I could find.

I hadn't bothered with the aftermarket cpu cooler, as I will not be overclocking, and on another forum it had said that the stock cooler could help the cpu oc to 4.1Ghz, which is more than enough.
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April 24, 2013 9:42:13 AM

The stock cooler is "good enough" for 4.1ghz, however the temperatures will be very high, you want to idle at very low temps and when over clock it's safer to be cooler, if you want to keep at the PSU, it's fine. Also uses more power when you over clock.
April 24, 2013 9:49:50 AM

Ok. I will see if I can add on an aftermarket cooler. Is there any you would recommend for an amd cpu? I know that the cm 212 Evo is good for 1155 socket intel CPUs.

Would a 600w - 650w surfice for the power?

Thank you
April 24, 2013 9:56:24 AM

Christopher Valentine said:
Ok. I will see if I can add on an aftermarket cooler. Is there any you would recommend for an amd cpu? I know that the cm 212 Evo is good for 1155 socket intel CPUs.

Would a 600w - 650w surfice for the power?

Thank you


Yeah a 650w would do fine, a good cooler would be a http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... on the website you said, it's cheap and much better than the stock cooler.
April 24, 2013 10:05:04 AM

Dont worry your system won't use more then 300w.
Better buy i5 cpu, better in games.
April 24, 2013 10:09:19 AM

Stick with the extreme 4, yeah I guess you could get a 620w If your budget is low.
April 24, 2013 10:10:32 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Dont worry your system won't use more then 300w.
Better buy i5 cpu, better in games.


Dude, there's a HD7870 GHZ edition in there, are you high?

April 24, 2013 10:17:41 AM

Marcopolo123 said:
Dont worry your system won't use more then 300w.
Better buy i5 cpu, better in games.


Sorry, my internet is slow. well all internet is slow in australia compared to other places. The budget for the cpu is $145
And according to cpuboss, the fx 6300 has better ratings than the i3 3240 which is at the same price: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-3240-vs-AMD-FX-63...

Same with the i3 3225 and the i3 3220T: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-3225-vs-AMD-FX-63...

April 24, 2013 10:20:58 AM

Don't worry the fx is fine, he is just saying intel is better. If you did want an i5 get a 3570k, however is out of budget, the fx is better than any i3.
April 24, 2013 10:34:21 AM

Christopher Valentine said:
Okay. This is the updated build so far, I am willing to go over the main budget ($1000) by a few hundred if necessary.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...


Yeah that's great, will run BF4 for sure atleast at med probably high, bf3 on ultra with AA, and great for rendering etc.
April 24, 2013 10:39:41 AM

That is amazing! Thank you so much, I thought there would be a lot more mistakes, as it is my first time.

Do you know if there are any new developments between now and December that might change my build? I am leaving it for that long to see if any new parts come out, and there are normally Christmas specials :p 

Thank you
April 24, 2013 10:59:26 AM

Christopher Valentine said:
That is amazing! Thank you so much, I thought there would be a lot more mistakes, as it is my first time.

Do you know if there are any new developments between now and December that might change my build? I am leaving it for that long to see if any new parts come out, and there are normally Christmas specials :p 

Thank you


Since we are on AMD, nothing however should've you gone intel, haswell is coming soon. You're welcome, good luck with your new PC.
April 24, 2013 2:11:41 PM

Gathorisx said:
Marcopolo123 said:
Dont worry your system won't use more then 300w.
Better buy i5 cpu, better in games.


Dude, there's a HD7870 GHZ edition in there, are you high?



Dude a total system with a hd 7970 under full load uses ~400w

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5805/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

A hd7870 uses 144w maximum,fx6300 ~ 125w
144+125~ 270w when gpu and cpu are 100% which is very unrealistic/ will never happen.

April 25, 2013 1:17:13 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
Gathorisx said:
Marcopolo123 said:
Dont worry your system won't use more then 300w.
Better buy i5 cpu, better in games.


Dude, there's a HD7870 GHZ edition in there, are you high?



Factor in ram, a HDD, and CD driver - over 500w

Dude a total system with a hd 7970 under full load uses ~400w

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5805/nvidia-geforce-gtx-6...

A hd7870 uses 144w maximum,fx6300 ~ 125w
144+125~ 270w when gpu and cpu are 100% which is very unrealistic/ will never happen.



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