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My First Build - Seeking advice. $800

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February 3, 2014 1:47:18 AM

Hello all,

I am currently in the process of choosing parts for a PC that will be mainly used for schoolwork and light gaming (exc. BF4). I intend to add to this over the coming years, but to start out with I am considering these parts:

Processor: Intel Core i3-4130. $135.00
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty. $122.00
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X 4 gb. $58.00
Power Supply: Corsiar VS650. $79.00
Graphics Card: Gigabyte R9 270x OC w/ BF4. $269.00
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I. $145.00
(All prices are in AUD and are correct at the time of publishing)

All parts are likey to be brought through CPL Computers. I have an $800 AUD budget as it stands. One thing I will not be changing is the graphics card.
I thank all that contribute towards my project and I look forward to reading your advice.

Thanks,
AngiMacca
February 3, 2014 4:47:25 AM

I don't see a hdd,do you already have one?
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February 3, 2014 4:52:33 AM

performance>aesthetics. why 150$ case on a 800$ budget? that's easily a 770 in this build.. also go with amd for this price range fx 6350>that i3. you will be disappointed when you go to fire up bf4 for the first time and come to find out that the 270x can't handle it on the higher settings.
February 3, 2014 5:47:58 AM

AngiMacca,

Here is an idea for an AMD FX-8350 eight core system, with good performance in general use in mind. The FX-8350 has about the best cost /performance ratio of any CPU.

BambiBoom PixelPusher GrapharificBlazarama iWorkPlay 9000 £®©™?^(SM)©_$800_REV 2.3.14

1. AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX > $200

2. Cooler Master Hyper 101i - CPU Cooler with Dual Direct Contact Heatpipes - AMD Version > $15

3. GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard > $85

4. 8GB Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX > $57

5. PNY VCGGTX7602XPB GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card > $240

6. WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX > $65

7. SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply > $80

8. SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $20

9. LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case > $80

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TOTAL = $747.

These are US prices (Newegg) so if you're down under, it will cost more. If there are savings to be made, the graphics card is an obvious place to economize, for example, a GTX 650 2GB is $175, there are some good values in Radeons, and there are some decent cases in the $60 range such as Antec and Corsair (and those also can be a bit more interesting looking than the very plain Lian Li).

If the budget is not extremely tight, you might consider having 16GB of RAM.

Cheers,

BambiBoom
February 3, 2014 6:22:00 AM

AngiMacca,

Here is an idea for an AMD FX-8350 eight core system, with good performance in general use in mind. The FX-8350 has about the best cost /performance ratio of any CPU.

BambiBoom PixelPusher GrapharificBlazarama iWorkPlay 9000 £®©™?^(SM)©_$800_REV 2.3.14

1. AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX > $200

2. Cooler Master Hyper 101i - CPU Cooler with Dual Direct Contact Heatpipes - AMD Version > $15

3. GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard > $85

4. 8GB Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX > $57

5. PNY VCGGTX7602XPB GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card > $240

6. WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX > $65

7. SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply > $80

8. SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA Model SH-224DB/BEBE - OEM > $20

9. LIAN LI PC-7B plus II Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case > $80

_____________________________________________________________________

TOTAL = $747.

. If there are savings to be made, the graphics card is an obvious place to economize, for example, a GTX 650 2GB is $175, there are some good values in Radeons, and there are some decent cases in the $60 range such as Antec and Corsair (and those also can be a bit more interesting looking than the very plain Lian Li).


The above are US prices (Newegg) so if you're down under, it will cost more. Here are prices using Partpicker.au >

BambiBoom PixelPusher GrapharificBlazarama iWorkPlay KangaRand Signature Edition £®©™?^(SM)©_$800_REV 2.3.14

CPU
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $149.00 PCCaseGear

CPU Cooler
Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler $9.00 CCaseGear

Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard $114.00 CPL Online

Memory
Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $108.00 PCCaseGear

Storage
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.00 PCCaseGear

Video Card
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $239.00 Mwave Australia

Case Cooler Master K380 ATX Mid Tower Case $54.00 CPL Online

Power Supply
Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $99.00 CPL Online

Optical Drive
LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $22.00 Mwave Australia
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Total: $864.00 (or $961 with FX 8350)

Sorry, a bit over.


Cheers,

BambiBoom
February 5, 2014 3:03:35 AM

Hi Guys,
I have gone away and reconsidered, combining your advice... etc.
Processor: AMD FX-6300. $148.00
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P. $114.00
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866. $108.00
Power Supply: Corsiar VS650. $82.00
Graphics Card: Gigabyte R9 270x OC w/ BF4. $269.00
Case: Thermaltake Chaser A21. $75.00
All this totals up to $796.00.
Also, something I didn't mention before.
I do not need to buy the following:
A Storage device. I have an OCZ Agility 3 240gb ( Do not worry about a HDD, I have a spare one floating around)
An Optical Drive. I have an LG Blu-ray Burner.
An OS. I have purchased Windows 7 Ultimate ( Weirdly enough got a refund for no apparent reason.)
I'd just like to say thanks and I am still open to suggestions and advice.
Thanks,
AngiMacca.
February 5, 2014 3:19:40 AM

The GTX 760 will perform better than the R9 270X if you can find it at a lower price.

Everything else is fine :) 
February 5, 2014 9:30:32 PM

gameboy1998 said:
The GTX 760 will perform better than the R9 270X if you can find it at a lower price.

Everything else is fine :) 

The only problem is that I'm in Australia, so everything is around - minimum - 50% more expensive. The best I could find is a GTX 660, HD 7870 or a GTX 650 Ti.

AngiMacca.
February 5, 2014 9:49:12 PM

Also, I have another query. Would I still be able to run my Gigabyte R9 270x OC 2gb card in a PCIe 2.0 port, or do I have to spend a few bucks to hunt for one with PCIe 3.0?
Thanks,
AngiMacca.
February 6, 2014 9:20:03 AM

You will be fine with a R9 270X then.

Yes the R9 270X will work with your motherboard.
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