I'm saving up money to buy a Gaming PC.

(I made a new list of my first gaming PC build. Please check it below and help me, Thank you!)

My build:

AMD FX-6300 = $123.77
ASROCK 960GM-VGS3 FX = $46.99
POWERCOLOR HD7870 2GB GDDR5 256BIT = $241.81
FSP RAIDER 750W 80+ SILVER = $75.64
ASUS 24D3ST BLACK 24X SATA = $20.63

My total budget which is I'm saving up for these parts is $637.19. By the way I'm in Philippines and I just converted Philippine Peso to US Dollars.

Are they all compatible to each other? I want to play games in ultimate settings like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Need for Speed: Rivals, etc.

Do you have suggestions that will improve the performance at the same-ish price? By the way, this is the site I looked for all those parts
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    The graphics card is overpriced, the motherboard is poor, and the power supply is poor quality. So I'd recommend a cheaper graphics card to make room in the budget for a better motherboard and power supply (though the PSU won't need to cost much more, since you don't need 750W).
  2. What specific kind of graphics card you recommend that can run any games in ultimate settings which is budget friendly as well as the motherboard and the power supply.

    P.S. This is my first time on building a gaming pc.
  3. Another 7870, or the R9 270 or 270X (they're practically the same thing).
  4. It's the cheapest 7870 I found. Can you recommend a better motherboard and power supply that will fit my build and budget?
  5. Sakkura said:
    Another 7870, or the R9 270 or 270X (they're practically the same thing).

    I saw Radeon HD 7870 Ghz for 129.99, I paid 189.99 for my ASUS Dc2 verison. 240 is way overpriced, and I don't really care much for the brand (not that its bad, just doesn't justify the cost). Are you buying from US/Canada?
  6. I'm at Philippines and will buy here at my country. I just converted the prices from Philippine Peso to US Dollars so it seems overpriced for your country's price.
  7. Even with 25% VAT here in Scandinavia, it's cheaper than that.

    The motherboard could be an Asus M5A97 R2.0, and the PSU an XFX Core Edition 550W.
  8. Sakkura said:
    Even with 25% VAT here in Scandinavia, it's cheaper than that.

    The motherboard could be an Asus M5A97 R2.0, and the PSU an XFX Core Edition 550W.

    both very solid parts and good companies
  9. So here's my new list: (Sakkura's recommendation included)

    AMD FX-6300 = $123.77 or P5400
    Asus M5A97 R2.0 = $109.99 or P4798.8637
    Radeon HD 7870 = $170-$230 or P7417.1-P10034.9
    G.skill RipjawsX 8GB = $85.95 or P3750
    XFX Core Edition 550W = $87.92 or P3835.9496
    Cooler Master Elite 430 = $50 or P2181.5
    Asus 24D3ST Black 24x SATA = $20.63 or P900

    Total = $708.23 or P30900

    I don't know if the motherboard, power supply and case are available here in Philippines but I'll try to find it once I have the money. Moreover, I still don't know what specific Radeon HD 7870 will I buy instead, I searched for the price range to have an idea on budget. Anyway, what specific Radeon HD 7870 would you recommend?

    Is the memory card compatible with the motherboard? There's are different M5A97 types here but I don't know if which one of those is the M5A97 R2.0. By the way, what are the differences between those R2.0, PRO, EVO, etc. Anyway, what memory card would you recommend for M5A97 R2.0?

    Lastly, is Cooler Master Elite 430 a good case?

    Please help me on building my first gaming PC. I need to have answers to my questions to settle my mind and budget. It will be much appreciated. Thank you!

    P.S. I'm buying these parts for brand new at retail locations instead of used because I don't trust it since it's my first time on building a gaming PC. If you know what I mean.
  10. It's not particularly important which 7870 you get - or R9 270 or 270X (like I said, practically the same thing as the 7870). Just try and avoid the reference cooler (it's rare on these cards anyway) and perhaps aim for ones with 2/3 fans instead of just one.

    The memory should be compatible with the motherboard.
    The M5A97 R2.0 is just an update of the M5A97. The M5A97 LE is a cheaper model, the M5A97 PRO is a more expensive one etc.

    The Cooler Master Elite 430 is a budget case. It's not bad for what it is, but it's missing a lot of nice-to-have features, like cable management holes.
  11. Thanks, It's my final build. I will check the parts if it is available at some stores in a couple weeks.
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