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Is building a computer for the first time a hard process?

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September 4, 2013 4:15:13 PM

Hello everyone,

Not only is this my first time building a PC, but it is my first time using these forums (figured this was a good community). As I have never built a PC before, I decided to come to these forums for help and suggestions for what parts I should purchase. Any and all suggestions and help is appreciated. More information is below. :) 

Budget: $500

Primary Use: Moderate/Heavy Gaming

Games Played/To Be Played: Arma 2 & 3, COD: BOZ, Minecraft, Need for Speed, Saints Row 4, GTA 4, Bioshock Infinite, Planetside 2, Crysis 3, Skyrim, etc.

Currency: USD

Experience building PCs: None. :( 

Extra information: I already have a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

When are you buying parts?: I plan to buy parts within the next month or so.

Do you need an OS?: I do need an OS.

Preferred website for purchase: www.newegg.com

Overclocking?: No.

Why are you upgrading?: I currently have a laptop. It works alright for gaming, but I'd like a desktop with better gaming capabilities.

If any other information is needed/required please let me know and I will add it.

Thank you so much!
General_Fail
September 4, 2013 4:36:21 PM

Before I begin, I must say that your budget is a bit weird..
There's a huge difference between 500$ and 800$.
There's even difference between 400$ and 450$. Every dollar makes a difference.

So what should I do? A build for 500$ or 800$?
September 4, 2013 4:41:05 PM

Sorry about that. $500 will be my budget. A build for $500 for moderate-heavy gaming would be great.

Thanks for taking the time to reply!
~General_Fail
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September 4, 2013 4:51:51 PM

The OS is a real killer here..

Quote:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($8.70 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $526.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 19:48 EDT-0400)


I pushed your budget to the 525$~ area, I hope it's OK.

Enjoy,
Omga4000 :) 
September 4, 2013 4:53:13 PM

Omga4000 said:
The OS is a real killer here..

Quote:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($8.70 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $526.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 19:48 EDT-0400)


I pushed your budget to the 525$~ area, I hope it's OK.

Enjoy,
Omga4000 :) 


Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. One last question for you. :)  Will this run high-end games at a decent FPS and quality?

September 4, 2013 4:57:06 PM

Wouldn't count on it. If you want constant 30fps+ you'd probably be best at medium or so (if you're playing 1920x1080).
September 4, 2013 5:01:40 PM

Edit: didn't see you need OS, I'll see what I can do.
September 4, 2013 5:06:15 PM

RazerZ said:
Edit: didn't see you need OS, I'll see what I can do.

A problem Indeed.
I didn't see that too at first and built him a different system.
Too bad I had to change it all again after I built it. It's a total mood killer to downgrade a system :( 
September 4, 2013 5:08:12 PM

Is it possible for a build to be created by one of you that can handle medium/high-end games well in my budget range? I'd appreciate it if it's possible and you could.
September 4, 2013 5:15:00 PM

Better parts and cheaper:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-818WB MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $527.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 20:14 EDT-0400)
September 4, 2013 5:15:47 PM

General_Fail said:
Is it possible for a build to be created by one of you that can handle medium/high-end games well in my budget range? I'd appreciate it if it's possible and you could.


If you want high end games you'll need $100 more.
September 4, 2013 5:23:51 PM

RazerZ said:
General_Fail said:
Is it possible for a build to be created by one of you that can handle medium/high-end games well in my budget range? I'd appreciate it if it's possible and you could.


If you want high end games you'll need $100 more.


That's fine, I can raise my budget by $100. Will that enable you to make a good build for high-end games?

Really appreciate you taking the time to do this. :) 
~General_Fail
September 4, 2013 5:36:04 PM

Omga4000 said:
11480835,0,1393065 said:

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
said:

Motherboard doesn't support MHz over 1600 and therefore the memory you chose is useless and expensive for nothing.
Other than that it's a great build!


So you are saying that it is a good build for high-end games? He said that I would have to raise my budget by $100 for it to handle high end games well. I'm willing to raise my budget by $100 if a better build that can handle high-end games is created. ;) 

Thanks again,
~General
September 4, 2013 5:37:48 PM

Here it is. Also later on if you want to overclock I would save a little more for a CPU cooler. If you want it silky smooth overclock it with a hyper 212 evo for $30 more.

Gameplay, note that this is while recording, without recording it will be really smooth with no lag at all. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjKnF_HRb48


Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $669.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 20:32 EDT-0400)
September 4, 2013 5:44:21 PM

RazerZ said:
Here it is. Also later on if you want to overclock I would save a little more for a CPU cooler. If you want it silky smooth overclock it with a hyper 212 evo for $30 more.

Gameplay, note that this is while recording, without recording it will be really smooth with no lag at all. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjKnF_HRb48


Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $669.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 20:32 EDT-0400)


This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you so so much RazerZ. I really appreciate it!

~General_Fail

EDIT: Not to forget Omga4000. Thanks to you, my friend. :) 
September 4, 2013 5:49:40 PM

General_Fail said:
RazerZ said:
Here it is. Also later on if you want to overclock I would save a little more for a CPU cooler. If you want it silky smooth overclock it with a hyper 212 evo for $30 more.

Gameplay, note that this is while recording, without recording it will be really smooth with no lag at all. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjKnF_HRb48


Build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $669.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 20:32 EDT-0400)


This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Thank you so so much RazerZ. I really appreciate it!

~General_Fail


No problem, also don't forget to pick a solution to close this thread :) 
September 4, 2013 5:52:15 PM

I apologize for not understanding how to do that; I am new to the forums. How do I pick a solution?

EDIT: I saw this in the video comments. "You need to have a higher PSU wattage. That may cause´╗┐ your system to glitch." Is this a concern I should have with the build?
September 4, 2013 6:05:55 PM

General_Fail said:
I apologize for not understanding how to do that; I am new to the forums. How do I pick a solution?

EDIT: I saw this in the video comments. "You need to have a higher PSU wattage. That may cause´╗┐ your system to glitch." Is this a concern I should have with the build?


Well unless your planning to overclock the PSU should be fine. If you want to play it safe I added a new one in this build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $697.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 21:04 EDT-0400)
September 4, 2013 6:08:17 PM

Alright, that should do it. Thanks once again. How do I choose the solution?
September 4, 2013 6:12:25 PM

General_Fail said:
Alright, that should do it. Thanks once again. How do I choose the solution?


I think there's a pick as solution button next to the comments, doesn't matter if you can't find it. Also I noticed in your poll there is no "easy option" lol. As long as you have you can use a screw driver you'll be fine :) .

If this guy can do it so can you :D 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx9iNyigvtY
September 4, 2013 6:16:57 PM

Well, since I'm stupid, and cannot find the pick a solution button, I'll just say that this has been solved. No more replies are needed. Thanks to everyone who helped! :D 
!