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First build to switch from a console to PC gaming

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December 31, 2013 4:33:35 PM

As the title implies, instead of buying a PlayStation4 right now, I've decided I want to go over to the PC world of gaming. That being said, I have little idea to how to put different components together to make a budget gaming. I would like to use the PC for basic functions (browsing, watching movies installed on the HD, occasional college course work), but isn't a necessity as I have a laptop as well that can be used for these tasks.

So far, I've put this together:

CPU: AMD A10-5800k 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI FM2A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 MB (this gave me troubles to find)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HD
Video: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Card
Case: NZXT Tempest 210 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power: Corsair CX 500@ 80+ Bronze Certified Simi-Modular ATX Power Supply

Total: $552.22

Feel free to offer suggestions. Again, I have little idea what really is optimal for a system, as this is going to be my first build. The games played will be primarily DayZ Standalone, BF4, BioShock Infinite(?), Watchdogs (?), Skyrim(?), MMOs, and whatever games the next-gen has in store.

I have a mouse, OS (Win 7), and plan to use my HDTV as the monitor. Thanks for the replies ahead of time.

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December 31, 2013 4:57:48 PM

Hi Seif52
Id recommend a little more powerful videocard since the next gen games need a good videocard in order for you to have an enjoyable experience and good fps. The Radeon R9 270x is a good option. And more ram wouldn't do bad either :) 
January 1, 2014 5:23:03 PM

I've decided to do some more research and have swapped out the 7850 for the R9 270x. As far as the RAM goes, I think I'll stick with the 2x2 simply for the fact that RAM prices are rather high. If it becomes a real issue that I can't handle, I'll get some 2x4s. I would rather put the money into the Videocard instead.

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Are there any others with comments or suggestions? Any help, even a "That will work" would be appreciated!
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January 1, 2014 5:58:29 PM

switch motherboard to this

cpu to this amd 760k, out of stock at newegg but the 750k is good also

You want the fm2+ a88 chipset so you can have a upgrade path to kaveri, in fact i would just wait a few weeks and decide then when kaveri is launched
January 1, 2014 9:20:23 PM

Unless anyone else has suggestions, I plan to go with this build. Upgrading isn't something that I feel compelled to do right away versus having a mid-level build, but it's nice to know that I will have the option in the future. I have definitely learned a lot in the last few days.
January 2, 2014 6:35:28 AM

if you really like the size of that case and dont plan on showing off your build then id say go for it :)