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My first build. Looking for helpful input.


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#1 Conld

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Posted 14 July 2015 - 04:48 PM

This is my attempt at building a gaming PC in my budget. I'd like to keep cost in the low $700's and I don't plan to overclock. Are there any parts I should spend more or less on? Am I going to bottleneck? Any help is appreciated. Thank you for helping. 

 

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHZ 8-Core Processor (Would it be a horrible idea to downgrade to an AMD FX-600?)

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+

 

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

 

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

 

Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 370 4GB Video Card

 

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case

 

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

 

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

 

 



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 05:59 PM



This is my attempt at building a gaming PC in my budget. I'd like to keep cost in the low $700's and I don't plan to overclock. Are there any parts I should spend more or less on? Am I going to bottleneck? Any help is appreciated. Thank you for helping. 

 

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHZ 8-Core Processor (Would it be a horrible idea to downgrade to an AMD FX-600?)

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+

 

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

 

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

 

Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 370 4GB Video Card

 

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case

 

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

 

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

 

 

 

Conld,

 

Here's my recommended computer build. 

 

It's far more powerful computer build than you would have gotten for the AMD build.

 

 
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($91.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB Superclocked Video Card  ($119.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $713.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-14 18:58 EDT-0400


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Posted 14 July 2015 - 06:02 PM

My advise is to put your money on your system board and CPU.  You can add more RAM and upgrade the video card later if necessary.

 

I can't comment much on parts.  The 8GB RAM is what I recommend for most people and the 600W power supply gives you room to upgrade the video card later if you want.



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:23 PM

 



This is my attempt at building a gaming PC in my budget. I'd like to keep cost in the low $700's and I don't plan to overclock. Are there any parts I should spend more or less on? Am I going to bottleneck? Any help is appreciated. Thank you for helping. 

 

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHZ 8-Core Processor (Would it be a horrible idea to downgrade to an AMD FX-600?)

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+

 

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

 

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

 

Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 370 4GB Video Card

 

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case

 

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

 

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

 

 

 

Conld,

 

Here's my recommended computer build. 

 

It's far more powerful computer build than you would have gotten for the AMD build.

 

 
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($91.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB Superclocked Video Card  ($119.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $713.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-14 18:58 EDT-0400

 

 

Okay. Thanks for the advice. Is there any reason I shouldn't ditch the aftermarket cooler and just go with the stock fan though?



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:51 PM

 

 



This is my attempt at building a gaming PC in my budget. I'd like to keep cost in the low $700's and I don't plan to overclock. Are there any parts I should spend more or less on? Am I going to bottleneck? Any help is appreciated. Thank you for helping. 

 

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHZ 8-Core Processor (Would it be a horrible idea to downgrade to an AMD FX-600?)

 

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+

 

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

 

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

 

Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 370 4GB Video Card

 

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case

 

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

 

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

 

 

 

Conld,

 

Here's my recommended computer build. 

 

It's far more powerful computer build than you would have gotten for the AMD build.

 

 
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($91.98 @ Newegg) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB Superclocked Video Card  ($119.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case  ($44.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $713.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-14 18:58 EDT-0400

 

 

Okay. Thanks for the advice. Is there any reason I shouldn't ditch the aftermarket cooler and just go with the stock fan though?

 

 

Conld,

 

The aftermarket CPU cooler is superior to the one comes with the processor. It's a wise investment in keeping your CPU temperatures low as possible.



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 07:52 PM

You can do an aftermarket cooler later. Put the most you can into cpu and motherboard at the start. Everything else will be an easy upgrade.  If you can afford it also pick up a wd black drive. They have 5 year warranty and are normally 10-20% faster which is important considering it is your slowest part in most machines. 



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 08:11 PM

You can do an aftermarket cooler later. Put the most you can into cpu and motherboard at the start. Everything else will be an easy upgrade.  If you can afford it also pick up a wd black drive. They have 5 year warranty and are normally 10-20% faster which is important considering it is your slowest part in most machines. 

 

Aside from the warranty aspect...

 

Can you explain to me and everyone else why would a Western Digital Black Series HDD running at 7200 RPM is faster than a Western Digital Blue Series HDD running at 7200 RPM?

 

I am curious to see your response to this.



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 08:21 PM

I work at a shop where I have both on hand.  I put them through speed test normally using crystal disk mark, and or just feel of them.  The black faex drives normally have a speed increase.  Also I have found a few charts over the last couple years that show the same.  Also you have to make sure to get a FAEX model number not a FALS.  Have done some testing on that too. 



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Posted 14 July 2015 - 08:51 PM

Thank you guys. I've decided to drop the aftermarket fan for now and will upgrade later. I've done my own research and decided to stick with the WD blue drive instead of buying the black. Thanks for the help.




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