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First PC AMD Build with $1000 USD Budget. Constructive Criticism needed.

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May 27, 2013 5:03:42 PM


CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.99)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.99)

Motherboard: Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($179.98)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99)

Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($322.98)

Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($71.99)

Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 )

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($26.98 )

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (32-bit) (Purchased For $0.00)

Total: $967.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


This is my first pc build ever. I will be primarily using it for multimedia, gaming, and school work. Let me know what you think!

Thanks!

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May 27, 2013 5:44:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($11.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $981.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-27 20:38 EDT-0400)

Your overpaying for the mobo, you can go cheaper and still get good performance. And overpaying for the CPU if your intending to OC just get the 8320 and OC it if you want an 8 core CPU, but for gaming their 6 core CPU's are more than enough as a lot of games cannot even utilize all the cores. So I went with the newer 6350 as it's higher clocked, higher L3 cache, and cheaper with combo for a halfway decent (not the best) close loop water cooling.

Don't recall seeing RAM in your build but I threw it in anyway, as well as a 64bit OS as if I recall you will run into problems running 32bit OS with 4gb ram or more.
May 27, 2013 6:02:26 PM

assasin32 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($359.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 110.0 CFM 200mm Fan ($11.93 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $981.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-27 20:38 EDT-0400)

Your overpaying for the mobo, you can go cheaper and still get good performance. And overpaying for the CPU if your intending to OC just get the 8320 and OC it if you want an 8 core CPU, but for gaming their 6 core CPU's are more than enough as a lot of games cannot even utilize all the cores. So I went with the newer 6350 as it's higher clocked, higher L3 cache, and cheaper with combo for a halfway decent (not the best) close loop water cooling.

Don't recall seeing RAM in your build but I threw it in anyway, as well as a 64bit OS as if I recall you will run into problems running 32bit OS with 4gb ram or more.


Wow haha looks like I have a lot to look into. I didn't think there were any water cooling system decent enough in this price range and I had heard a lot of good things about the 212 eve for air cooling.
I agree I guess the sabertooth is kind of overkill but I liked the 5 year warranty and micro center has a combo sale where the sabertooth costs 145 plus tax. But I guess I could get the 970 for under 100 with the same combo deal.
I meant to put corsair vengeance 8gb for ram but I guess the Crucial ram you posted has the same performance for slightly lower cost.

I guess the 2 main questions I have are
1. Heard of any issues with the ga970a ud3?
2. I've heard good things about the corsair enthusiast, why do you recommend the ocz over that one?
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May 27, 2013 7:35:08 PM

Ronaldino when you go to Microcenter they will price match NewEgg/Frys/Tiger Direct Local stores.
You can buy everything at one place and be getting everything at the lowest posible prices without splitting the order.
When I go to buy my stuff I make a list of what I want and then check the other locations for sales on simular items and is the list changes slightly to save all the better.
May 27, 2013 8:02:54 PM

giltyler said:
Ronaldino when you go to Microcenter they will price match NewEgg/Frys/Tiger Direct Local stores.
You can buy everything at one place and be getting everything at the lowest posible prices without splitting the order.
When I go to buy my stuff I make a list of what I want and then check the other locations for sales on simular items and is the list changes slightly to save all the better.


I would go and get everything at micro center with the price matching but the thing is I get charged sales tax at micro center while I don't get charged sales tax buying from newegg. So the only two things I am getting from micro center are the cpu and mobo because I can get them for a good amount cheaper at micro center.

Also, I am looking into all these am3+ motherboards and it seems I am finding a variety of different issues with each besides the sabertooth. I might just bite the bullet and pay the extra 40-50 dollars on it to avoid the headache. I heard about a ton of vrm problems with the gigabyte 990fx and also have heard about issues with the as rock extreme 990fx series.
May 27, 2013 8:14:40 PM

Tax is a fact buying local for sure.
Hving the ability to walk in and swap any part priceless.
Have you ever been in the middle of a build and something does not work? you pay to ship it back and wait a week and hope the mailorder place gets the new part out quick and wait another week.
You are also overpaying on the DVD Drive and CM 212