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#1 magatjohn27

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Posted 11 October 2014 - 11:35 PM

Good Day! :bounce:
 
Im from the Philippines and 20y.o and I'm a gamer. Once i got my work and started earning money I decided to build
my dream PC. can you guys help me! I already build one I just have some questions.
 
Questions:
1. I would like to ask you guys if this build is good enough to any games at mid settings?
2. Will this build work or there will be no conflict once I started building it?
3. With this build,  can I get the same performance from a lower cost build? my actual budget was $850.
4. If not, can you suggest a good build for me, because i dont really know what I'm doing. Hehe. 
 
BTW: I'm a member here for 2 years now but i forgot my username and password so I have create a new one just 
          to post here. because I know I'll get a good answer here. 
 
Thanks in advance! :D  :love4u:
 
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7vtKNG
 
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor  ($179.99 @ Newegg) 
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CL-P0503 18.6 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler  ($6.99 @ Micro Center) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($74.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($79.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($53.98 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card  ($353.98 @ Newegg) 
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($84.99 @ NCIX US) 
Power Supply: CoolMax 600W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($19.99 @ Newegg) 
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer  ($14.99 @ Amazon) 
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2037A-LED 20.0" Monitor  ($99.99 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series White 2 pack 52.2 CFM 120mm  Fan  ($19.73 @ Mwave) 
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($28.18 @ NCIX US) 
Total: $999.79
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-12 00:23 EDT-0400
 
 
 
 
 


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 12:45 AM

Hello it looks good on the whole except for a few aspects.  The power supply is not a very respected brand, and I would not trust such high power draw components to this PSU.  Really I would suggest a high quality 750w and preferably higher PSU for the build as is.  The screen is also fairly low end and won't make the most of a powerful video card like the R9-290X - it can't even display 1080p.

 

You have no operating system in the build.  You will need to budget for one unless you are going to be using Linux, or you already have a full retail copy of Windows you can use.

 

To answer the specific questions:

 

1) Easily..

2) There are a few parts I question but most of the major ones are fine.  The $6.99 CPU cooler is pointless.  And the power supply and screen I've already mentioned.

3) No.  But I'd actually recommend spreading your budget a bit differently.

4) Here is a link with some suggested changes - better screen, better PSU, better CPU cooler, and a few cheaper bits here and there to allow for them (FX8320 can be clocked to FX8350 speeds relatively easily) - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gkQf23  The GTX 780 is perhaps a controversial choice as the GTX 970 is only another $40 and is the latest tech, but the GTX 780 is still a sweet card and price has dropped a lot since the new range came out... This is just some suggestions based on my own preferences and you or others might not agree!


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 10:13 AM

Hello it looks good on the whole except for a few aspects.  The power supply is not a very respected brand, and I would not trust such high power draw components to this PSU.  Really I would suggest a high quality 750w and preferably higher PSU for the build as is.  The screen is also fairly low end and won't make the most of a powerful video card like the R9-290X - it can't even display 1080p.

 

You have no operating system in the build.  You will need to budget for one unless you are going to be using Linux, or you already have a full retail copy of Windows you can use.

 

To answer the specific questions:

 

1) Easily..

2) There are a few parts I question but most of the major ones are fine.  The $6.99 CPU cooler is pointless.  And the power supply and screen I've already mentioned.

3) No.  But I'd actually recommend spreading your budget a bit differently.

4) Here is a link with some suggested changes - better screen, better PSU, better CPU cooler, and a few cheaper bits here and there to allow for them (FX8320 can be clocked to FX8350 speeds relatively easily) - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gkQf23  The GTX 780 is perhaps a controversial choice as the GTX 970 is only another $40 and is the latest tech, but the GTX 780 is still a sweet card and price has dropped a lot since the new range came out... This is just some suggestions based on my own preferences and you or others might not agree!

 

Hi! Thanks for the response :D

 

I really like the adjustments you made, but to be honest this build is way off my budget. If I'll go with this build it will take 2 more months before i start building  this, but I'm so eager to build this already  . It will be great if you can suggest a powerful $700 build.

 

Thanks :D   :thumbup2:



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Posted 12 October 2014 - 12:14 PM

$700 with monitor is a tougher ask ;)

 

Had a play about and I came up with a couple, each with an R9-270X card, and a 22" 1080p IPS monitor.  There are R9-280's also worth considering at a little more too.  I picked the cheapest PSU's I'd feel comfortable suggesting in these (Corsair CX's).

 

Intel i3-4160 based:

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor  ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card  ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Neos Black ATX Mid Tower Case  ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer  ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor  ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm  Fan  ($5.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm  Fan  ($5.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($27.83 @ NCIX US)
Total: $688.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-12 12:52 EDT-0400

 

This should run most games well as is.  This setup does not have much in the way of tweaking or overclocking capability.  Despite the i3 only having two cores (4 logical with Hyper Threading) they do perform well in many tasks, including games.

 

AMD FX-6300 based:

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($98.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler  ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($73.80 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card  ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Neos Black ATX Mid Tower Case  ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer  ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC i2267Fw 60Hz 22.0" Monitor  ($119.00 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm  Fan  ($5.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: BitFenix BFF-SCF-12025KK-RP 43.5 CFM 120mm  Fan  ($5.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse  ($27.83 @ NCIX US)
Total: $707.52
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-12 13:01 EDT-0400

 

The AMD setup uses the 3.5ghz FX6300, but it should be quite overclockable to gain performance.  I picked the 600w non-modular PSU for a little extra headroom with this one.

 

Here are some benches for similar CPU's at Anandtech - Core i3 4360 vs. FX-6350


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Posted 19 October 2014 - 11:51 AM

Hi thanks for your response!

 

I've been reading some stuff on internet about how my build will be and i found out that AMD is more on editing/rendering operation while Intel can do both editing and gaming. So I'll will be building a Intel based PC. I really like your input but I'm thinking how long that build will last so I decided to wait and save more money so I can buy a future proof build. 

 

Thanks for your time! See you soon.  :thumbup2:






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