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December 5, 2013 4:29:26 AM

Hello, I'm from the Philippines and I want to build my own gaming PC. Not really a High End One.
I only have a budget of Php30,000 (Currency here in Philippines) = $683.76 Though I can increase it to $700 but will not exceed $750

Here are my specs that I have in mind:
Build 1
Processor:
AMD FX-8350 Php9,400= $214.24
GPU:
EVGA GTX660 2GB DDR5 192BIT (02G-P4-2661-KR) Php10,450.00= $238.18
Mobo:
ASROCK 960GM-VGS3 FX Php2,050.00= $46.72
HDD:
SEAGATE 500GB 7200RPM 3.5" SATA (ST500DM002) 2,400.00= $54.70
Case:
AEROCOOL V3X GREEN 1,350.00= $30.77
Ram:
GSKILL RIPJAWSX 4GBX2 1600MHZ (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL)3,900.00= $88.89
PSU:
FSP RAIDER 550W 80+ SILVER 2,550.00= $58.12
Total: Php32,100= $731.62

Build 2
CPU
AMD FX-6300 Php5,400.00=$123.08
Mobo
ASROCK 960GM-VGS3 FX 2,050.00=46.72
GPU
MSI GTX660TI TWIN FROZR IV 2GB DDR5 192BIT (N660Ti PE 2GD5/OC)12,800.00=291.74
Ram
GSKILL RIPJAWSX 4GBX2 1600MHZ (F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL) 3,900.00=88.89
HDD
SEAGATE 500GB 7200RPM 3.5" SATA (ST500DM002) 2,400.00=54.70
PSU
FSP RAIDER 550W 80+ SILVER 2,550.00=58.12
Case
AEROCOOL V3X ADVANCE 3.0 BLUE 1,680.00=38.29
Total: Php30,780= $701.54

Since this is my first time, I want some comments, suggestions and recommendation for my gaming pc with the budget I only have.
Thank you! badly needed this. Might build this in the coming week. :) 

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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 5:03:27 AM

A suggestion build from me is:
cpu:
fx-6300
gpu:
r9 270 / 7870{ghz} depending which is cheaper
case:
cheap case u like, i recommend the cooler master N300 if its under 40$
mobo:
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX
ram:
cheapest 8gb kit u can find that has a well known brand name
psu:
FSP RAIDER 550W 80+ SILVER
hdd:
1TB WD blue
cpu cooler (optional):
cooler master tx3 evo
should come under $700, if it does, get a cpu cooler.
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December 5, 2013 5:23:45 AM

H4X3R said:
A suggestion build from me is:
cpu:
fx-6300
gpu:
r9 270 / 7870{ghz} depending which is cheaper
case:
cheap case u like, i recommend the cooler master N300 if its under 40$
mobo:
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX
ram:
cheapest 8gb kit u can find that has a well known brand name
psu:
FSP RAIDER 550W 80+ SILVER
hdd:
1TB WD blue
cpu cooler (optional):
cooler master tx3 evo
should come under $700, if it does, get a cpu cooler.


How about MSI N760 TF OC 2G DDR5 as my GPU? What do you think?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 5:30:21 AM

the 760 is way more expensive than the r9 270. If you overclock the r9 270 you can get gtx 760 performance while it is about 70$ / 50 pounds / 60 euros cheaper, not sure about the phillipines.
And something i have to tell you: NEVER CONSIDER MSI, their quality control has gone down, and still is, that is why it is dropping out of the market
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December 5, 2013 5:40:11 AM

H4X3R said:
the 760 is way more expensive than the r9 270. If you overclock the r9 270 you can get gtx 760 performance while it is about 70$ / 50 pounds / 60 euros cheaper, not sure about the phillipines.
And something i have to tell you: NEVER CONSIDER MSI, their quality control has gone down, and still is, that is why it is dropping out of the market


Oh.. Thank you for the info. You're a savior then for saving me from MSI.. Hehe. I'll wait more suggestion if some other people reply to me. I'm considering your build! Thank you so much!

Hmm.. Can I upgrade the CPU to FX-8320? What you think?
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December 5, 2013 5:54:44 AM

H4X3R said:
A suggestion build from me is:
cpu:
fx-6300
gpu:
r9 270 / 7870{ghz} depending which is cheaper
case:
cheap case u like, i recommend the cooler master N300 if its under 40$
mobo:
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX
ram:
cheapest 8gb kit u can find that has a well known brand name
psu:
FSP RAIDER 550W 80+ SILVER
hdd:
1TB WD blue
cpu cooler (optional):
cooler master tx3 evo
should come under $700, if it does, get a cpu cooler.


Sapphire HD 7870 2Gb is $224.501 here.
While ASUS r9 270x 2gb is 250.69 here.

Which is better if you don't consider the price? Is Sapphire a good brand?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 5:58:16 AM

Is the r9 270 (without x) available? that is the best value for money performance oriented gpu, if not, the 7870 is the better choice.
Sapphire is the best brand for AMD cards, i personally have 2 sapphire r9 280x's and they are working flawlessly. Before that i had a sapphire 6850 which also worked flawlessly.
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December 5, 2013 6:09:06 AM

H4X3R said:
Is the r9 270 (without x) available? that is the best value for money performance oriented gpu, if not, the 7870 is the better choice.
Sapphire is the best brand for AMD cards, i personally have 2 sapphire r9 280x's and they are working flawlessly. Before that i had a sapphire 6850 which also worked flawlessly.


Nope. All r9 270's here are with (x). Even the saphhire ones.
Here are the Sapphire r9 270x's available:
Sapphire R9-270X 2GB DDR5 DualX OC Boost Full $204
Sapphire R9-270X Toxic Boost 2GB DDR5 256bit $262.11
Sapphire R9-270X Vapor-X Boost OC 2GB DDR5 $227.69

What are their differences?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 6:14:44 AM

Sapphire R9-270X 2GB DDR5 DualX OC Boost Full $204 is the way to go then :) 
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December 5, 2013 6:22:15 AM

H4X3R said:
Sapphire R9-270X 2GB DDR5 DualX OC Boost Full $204 is the way to go then :) 


Thanks. Two more question if it's okay.
1. The mobo you mentioned is not available, is ASRock 960GM-VGS3 FX alright?
2. Can I upgrade the CPU to FX8320 so that I can have a 8-core? or FX6300 is more than enough?
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December 5, 2013 6:42:15 AM

Here is the Final Build that I have based on your suggestions.

AMD FX6300
ASRock 960GM-VGS3 FX
Sapphire R9-270X 2GB DDR5 DualX OC Boost Full
Corsair Vengeance 8GB Dual 1600 CL9
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
FSP Raider 550W 80Plus SILVER
Cooler Master N300 Side Window

Corsair AF120 LED Quiet Edition 120mm Fan
DeepCool Gammaxx S40 CPU Cooler

Total of $696.

But if I upgrade to FX8320, total will be $738.46 whick I'am willing to.

What do you think? :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 7:17:00 AM

I think that if you want to skype, game and maybe live stream at the same time then the 8320 is better. The fx 6300 does the job although the 8320 is a little better in gaming and multi tasking. Depends on your needs. Also, the motherboard isn't very good, it doesn't even have USB 3.0 which is becoming a standard now. Is there no other motherboard at that price range available to you?
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December 5, 2013 7:33:58 AM

H4X3R said:
I think that if you want to skype, game and maybe live stream at the same time then the 8320 is better. The fx 6300 does the job although the 8320 is a little better in gaming and multi tasking. Depends on your needs. Also, the motherboard isn't very good, it doesn't even have USB 3.0 which is becoming a standard now. Is there no other motherboard at that price range available to you?


The cheapest is this.. Asrock 970 Extreme3 for $90

This DeepCool Gammaxx S40 CPU Cooler good?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 7:39:12 AM

You only have 2 motherboard options??? wow. The cooler is good, if you dont have another choice, go with the cheaper mobo then.
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December 5, 2013 7:45:22 AM

H4X3R said:
You only have 2 motherboard options??? wow. The cooler is good, if you dont have another choice, go with the cheaper mobo then.


Well it's the only mobo with 2x 3.0USB that is near in my price range. Other choices are all 2.0. -_-
Can I overclock with the cheapest mobo I chose?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 7:54:32 AM

Yes, but not by alot
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December 5, 2013 7:58:56 AM

H4X3R said:
Yes, but not by alot


What if I increase the Budget to $800 What are the changes in the specs?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 5, 2013 10:18:46 AM

the better motherboard and fx 8320, but do as you like, its your money.
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