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Check my budget gaming comp (under $800), need opinions and assurance on compatibility

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March 7, 2014 12:32:34 AM

Working on building a basic but powerful, cheap "gaming" computer. I will mostly use it for normal video watching/web surfing/very light photoshop/a little bit of gaming. This is what I have come up with and to me it seems perfect. Thoughts about the build? Or potential compatibility issues? Also I have windows 8 selected but I will most likely go Windows 7 64 bit OEM.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Stooku/saved/3YFA

Thanks!
a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2014 12:58:17 AM

Played around with a few parts.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($195.99 @ Staples)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($98.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $790.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-07 03:56 EST-0500)

Put in CPU cooler(the stock one is terrible) and this one is very good a lot more efficient at moving air and quiet
Changed PSU as this 550w is plenty
Changed RAM to cheaper but just as good.
Upgraded GPU to a 270
Changed motherboard as you don't need the 990fx chipset, this board is perfectly good for you.

ALSO is there a reason why the build includes no HDD?
March 7, 2014 1:10:19 AM

Oh nice, I like that set up. I was considering a cooler, but was hoping the stock would be sufficient. The video card is out of stock everywhere, and where its not its $300 which is too much for me.. Though I do like the R9. PSU Looks better.
To keep the build as good as possible for my budget I will just use my current HDD on it. Basic SATA drive for now.

Thanks AshyCFC!
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March 7, 2014 1:16:07 AM

I've been surfing thru cases and this one seemed to be the cheapest one with decent air flow. I will only do light gaming and I think the R7 260X should be plenty, and if I decide later on to upgrade I can. if anything I am trying to bring the cost down some

Oh, I am all for a quiet machine. Cooler is worth it. nice
a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2014 1:33:28 AM

I know you said you wanted to bring the cost down but I thought i'd tempt you with this system...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($223.21 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($98.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $784.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-07 04:29 EST-0500)

270X for pure gpu speed(sure you said light gaming but isn't life easier when you can just stick the game on high and not worry about it being unplayable)
Also you don't need to OC this build to compete with i5's as well...you own an i5.
Stock cooler on this isn't too noisy.
*I can recommend one that you can put it and it won't go over 800 though*

Here's the same build with a 260X

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($125.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) ($98.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $687.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-07 04:32 EST-0500)

You can of course spend the $30 on the hyper 212 evo for this system it's a bit overkill in terms of cooling power(not a bad thing) but is of course quiet.
March 7, 2014 1:48:24 AM

That R7 with i5 build is pretty close to the other build I was considering. As much as I love the i5, I like the (Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+) because it is cheap and has a couple PCIE slots, in case I expand in the future.

I think I like the build, but I will definitely watch for a R9 270X to go down. I might be able to scrape a few more $$ and get it anyways. It seems a big improvement for little cost
a b 4 Gaming
March 7, 2014 2:08:08 AM

yeah, there may be one that comes on promotion sometime.

I run a HD 7870 which was effectively the 270x equivalent model of the HD 7series.

It's a good card because it has a very good synergy between cost and premium performance.

and yeah the 970 UD3P is a great board.
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