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First time build under $1000 - Need advice


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#1 wildtree

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 08:04 PM

I would really appreciate some input on this build. I've spent ages constantly refining it. I'll list the reasons why I've done some things and things I'm tossing between also.
This computer I'm not going to be using for any major 3D gaming or anything along those lines although as a graphic designer I'm going to be processing and using large amounts of information
 
Firstly the CPU I've chosen AMD not Intel both because of the price and also because of the 6 core in the AMD which will help me process information quicker
 
Memory I was tossing up between using the Corair Vengeance DDR3-1600 ($102) and the Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($125) is it worth getting the higher DDR3 because although its higher Ive been told the computer
can't process at that speed.
 
Storage I've chosen to install my windows and programs onto the solid state hardrive (intel was the cheapest 120gb) and use space on the 1TB seagate for files etc
 
Power Supply I've chosen to buy the more expensive power supply because although I understand its probably not needed if I get a cheaper one it may not last as long and/or blow up
 
Operating system Windows 7 feels so much better then windows 8 and although you can change windows 8 to look the same I can't be bothered
 
 
 
 
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($125.00 @ CPL Online) 
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard  ($125.00 @ CPL Online) 
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($102.50 @ Centre Com) 
Storage: Intel 320 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($72.00 @ Mwave Australia) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card  ($139.00 @ PCCaseGear) 
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer  ($19.00 @ CPL Online) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($115.00 @ CPL Online) 
Total: $973.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Posted 05 October 2014 - 11:35 PM

You are going to need an aftermarket CPU cooler for AMD CPUs. Get an CM Hyper212 EVO for the very least.

 

Memory I was tossing up between using the Corair Vengeance DDR3-1600 ($102) and the Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($125) is it worth getting the higher DDR3 because although its higher Ive been told the computer

can't process at that speed.
 

 

DDR3 1600-2133 has little to no performance bearing (except when using an APU). Go with the cheapest one. Also you might have clearance issues using the Corsair Vengeance, its heatsinks are high profile. If you want alternatives, G.skill and HyperX are good.

 

Power Supply I've chosen to buy the more expensive power supply because although I understand its probably not needed if I get a cheaper one it may not last as long and/or blow up

 

Kudos for not skimping on the PSU, but IMO that price range is a bit overkill. Corsair and Antec make decent PSU's too. Nevermind, my eyes read $199 at first. 

 

Storage I've chosen to install my windows and programs onto the solid state hardrive (intel was the cheapest 120gb) and use space on the 1TB seagate for files etc

 

I recommend a Samsung EVO instead. for about 9 dollars more, you will have more features and performance. Let me know if you need more info on this. Crucial M500 is another good alternative.


Edited by Zerue, 06 October 2014 - 12:04 AM.

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