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  lovetheone1

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OP  4/22/13 3:13:43 PM#1

Hello everyone, I'm looking to buy a new gaming pc with $700 budget, please let me know if the following looks good so far or if there's any improvement.

 

STORAGE: (Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL041813&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL041813-_-EMC-041813-Index-_-InternalHardDrives-_-22148840-L0B

CASE:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139018&Tpk=Corsair%20200R%20ATX%20Mid%20Tower%20Case%20%28&IsVirtualParent=1

CPU: (AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

MEMORY: (CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233180&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL041813&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL041813-_-EMC-041813-Index-_-DesktopMemory-_-20233180-L05A

POWER SUPPLY (SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1291664

GRAPHIC CARD (ASUS HD7850-DC2-2GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

OPTICAL DRIVE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151256

MOTHERBOARD (MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637

Thank you.

Total:$680.52

  Karaethon

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4/22/13 3:21:19 PM#2
looks pretty good.  Not sure how firm your budget is but I might suggest, paying a bit more and getting the unlocked CPU.  Being able to overclock might help down the road.  I would also recycle an old HD for storage and then get a SSD.
  eyelolled

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4/22/13 3:23:42 PM#3
Originally posted by Karaethon
looks pretty good.  Not sure how firm your budget is but I might suggest, paying a bit more and getting the unlocked CPU.  Being able to overclock might help down the road.  I would also recycle an old HD for storage and then get a SSD.

I wouldn't bother with an unlocked CPU on an H77 series mobo.

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  Tsuru

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4/22/13 3:31:52 PM#4

I would replace the memory with 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231445

  lovetheone1

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Joined: 8/26/09
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OP  4/22/13 3:34:18 PM#5
Thanks for the reply, yeah the reason I'm getting the unlocked cpu is because I don't think i'm going to bother with overclocking the cpu.
  Epicent

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4/22/13 3:35:35 PM#6
Go ahead and throw in the few extra bucks for a better power supply.
  lovetheone1

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OP  4/22/13 3:35:45 PM#7
Originally posted by lovetheone1
Thanks for the reply, yeah the reason I'm getting the unlocked cpu is because I don't think i'm going to bother with overclocking the cpu.

What is the difference between these two memories except the color ?

  Quizzical

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4/22/13 3:36:46 PM#8

You're already over budget, even without an operating system or peripherals.  If you're going to reuse peripherals from an old system, that's fine, but you presumably your gaming PC isn't meant to run Linux.

The easiest place to cut back is to go AMD on the CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

A different processor socket necessitates a different motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637

You can also get two of the exact parts you chose in a combo deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1269135

Also, that's too much for that video card when you can get a 2 GB version of the same thing for cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

 

  lovetheone1

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Posts: 17

 
OP  4/22/13 3:37:34 PM#9
Originally posted by Epicent
Go ahead and throw in the few extra bucks for a better power supply.

Thanks, do you have any suggestion?

  Epicent

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Posts: 662

Die clickers Die!!!

4/22/13 3:38:45 PM#10
Originally posted by lovetheone1
Originally posted by Epicent
Go ahead and throw in the few extra bucks for a better power supply.

Thanks, do you have any suggestion?

Quizzical would be the one to talk to about this. Hes really good at helping you get the best bang for your buck. Quizzical=Hardware Guru.

  Quizzical

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4/22/13 3:40:15 PM#11
Originally posted by lovetheone1
Originally posted by lovetheone1
Thanks for the reply, yeah the reason I'm getting the unlocked cpu is because I don't think i'm going to bother with overclocking the cpu.

What is the difference between these two memories except the color ?

The main difference is latency timings, but it's silly to pay an extra $9.50 for that difference.  Even if you were inclined to pay extra for faster memory (which you shouldn't on your budget), the right way to do it is to get something that is faster by a larger margin like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231550

But really, the memory you picked out the first time is the one to get unless you find a combo deal on something else.

  lovetheone1

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Posts: 17

 
OP  4/22/13 3:41:28 PM#12
Originally posted by Quizzical

You're already over budget, even without an operating system or peripherals.  If you're going to reuse peripherals from an old system, that's fine, but you presumably your gaming PC isn't meant to run Linux.

The easiest place to cut back is to go AMD on the CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

A different processor socket necessitates a different motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637

You can also get two of the exact parts you chose in a combo deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1269135

Also, that's too much for that video card when you can get a 2 GB version of the same thing for cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

 

Thank you Quiz! I didn't even realized I was overbudget already. As for the CPU, I have been using Intel for my entire life so I didn't know much about AMD. I will go ahead and change some of my parts accordingly.

  Quizzical

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4/22/13 3:43:59 PM#13
Originally posted by lovetheone1
Originally posted by Epicent
Go ahead and throw in the few extra bucks for a better power supply.

Thanks, do you have any suggestion?

The power supply you linked would probably work, but it's low on wattage and very much a budget model, so it could easily restrict future upgrades.  Here's what you should get:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1291664

The memory is basically the same as what you picked before except that it costs $7.50 more.  But that gets overwhelmed by the $20 combo discount.

  Quizzical

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4/22/13 3:48:01 PM#14
Originally posted by lovetheone1
Originally posted by Quizzical

You're already over budget, even without an operating system or peripherals.  If you're going to reuse peripherals from an old system, that's fine, but you presumably your gaming PC isn't meant to run Linux.

The easiest place to cut back is to go AMD on the CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

A different processor socket necessitates a different motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637

You can also get two of the exact parts you chose in a combo deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1269135

Also, that's too much for that video card when you can get a 2 GB version of the same thing for cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

 

Thank you Quiz! I didn't even realized I was overbudget already. As for the CPU, I have been using Intel for my entire life so I didn't know much about AMD. I will go ahead and change some of my parts accordingly.

The point of going Intel is to get faster cores, even though you pay more for fewer cores.  Going AMD gets you more cores for cheaper, but they're slower cores.  But picking a lower bin rather than a Core i5-3570K gives up a substantial fraction of the "faster cores" advantage, while leaving you still paying a lot more for fewer cores.  On a big enough budget, sure, you get a Core i5-3570K with a decent Z77 motherboard and an aftermarket cooler.  But $700 really isn't big enough for that.  Even if you were inclined to spend a little more, I'd add an SSD before jumping to an Intel processor.

  lovetheone1

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Joined: 8/26/09
Posts: 17

 
OP  4/22/13 3:51:03 PM#15
Originally posted by Quizzical
Originally posted by lovetheone1
Originally posted by Quizzical

You're already over budget, even without an operating system or peripherals.  If you're going to reuse peripherals from an old system, that's fine, but you presumably your gaming PC isn't meant to run Linux.

The easiest place to cut back is to go AMD on the CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286

A different processor socket necessitates a different motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130637

You can also get two of the exact parts you chose in a combo deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1269135

Also, that's too much for that video card when you can get a 2 GB version of the same thing for cheaper:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121651

 

Thank you Quiz! I didn't even realized I was overbudget already. As for the CPU, I have been using Intel for my entire life so I didn't know much about AMD. I will go ahead and change some of my parts accordingly.

The point of going Intel is to get faster cores, even though you pay more for fewer cores.  Going AMD gets you more cores for cheaper, but they're slower cores.  But picking a lower bin rather than a Core i5-3570K gives up a substantial fraction of the "faster cores" advantage, while leaving you still paying a lot more for fewer cores.  On a big enough budget, sure, you get a Core i5-3570K with a decent Z77 motherboard and an aftermarket cooler.  But $700 really isn't big enough for that.  Even if you were inclined to spend a little more, I'd add an SSD before jumping to an Intel processor.

Got cha! Thanks everyone for the help. Really appreciated it.