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Hey all, new to this forum and a bit lost. I've decided to go with an AMD build although i'm open to suggestions. My price range is around 1300$ give or take for the pc build (not including monitor, mouse and keyboard). My goal is to get a good gaming computer but will probably be used for more things in the future.

So anyways I found that website pcpartpicker and came up with this so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t2CB
I'm missing a case, optical drive, and probably a hard drive to go with my SSD. I have sidewinder x4 as my keyboard on the list and if you guys could recommend a good bang for the buck mouse i'd be more then grateful. If there are other parts on here that you guys would recommend changing just say it, like I said i'm open to suggestions considering my lack of knowledge and experience in this.

For a monitor I was going to go with a Yamakasi Catleap. Read good reviews on it and liked it a lot. This expense, like I said, is separate from the pc build itself. I also have windows 7 as an OS so that can be left out as well.

Thanks so much for anyones help on this and I really appreciate it in advance!
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by stephmasta View Post

Hey all, new to this forum and a bit lost. I've decided to go with an AMD build although i'm open to suggestions. My price range is around 1300$ give or take for the pc build (not including monitor, mouse and keyboard). My goal is to get a good gaming computer but will probably be used for more things in the future.
So anyways I found that website pcpartpicker and came up with this so far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t2CB
I'm missing a case, optical drive, and probably a hard drive to go with my SSD. I have sidewinder x4 as my keyboard on the list and if you guys could recommend a good bang for the buck mouse i'd be more then grateful. If there are other parts on here that you guys would recommend changing just say it, like I said i'm open to suggestions considering my lack of knowledge and experience in this.
For a monitor I was going to go with a Yamakasi Catleap. Read good reviews on it and liked it a lot. This expense, like I said, is separate from the pc build itself. I also have windows 7 as an OS so that can be left out as well.
Thanks so much for anyones help on this and I really appreciate it in advance!

If you have a microcenter near you, you can pick up a 3770k or 3570k for around 200-250$ which will save you money. The also have great deals on FX procs/boards, and you can get away with the board and cpu for just the price of the cpu thumb.gif.

I'd recommend a 3750k regaurdless with a $1300 budget, If your going to game @ 1080p, drop back from the 7970 to a 7950 or 660ti and I'd say add another 8gb of memory depending on what you do or want to play with in the future.

Optical drive can be forgotten, install win7 from USB. (get a quality external usb3.0 if you must have an ODD)

Here's a start, if your going to OC change out the cpu from to a 3570k

If you need 8 threads, go with the 3820 and X79 (mid range boards are still awesome and around 1155 chipset costs).
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That build looks good, I would recommend going with the Sabertooth R2.0 though to a few dollars.
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post #4 of 15
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Nocturin I'm going to keep that build in mind incase I want to switch for an Intel build, it looks solid.

K4IKEN Thx man! Read a really good review on that mobo, it goes well with piledriver, and it'll save me a few bucks wink.gif much appreciated.
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Before going with it you sould look at this list before you buy a Corsair PSU you can find better or cheaper PSU´s there and maybe even both
http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies

All on that list are good units no crap there

If you dont mind the white color or the little higher price the NZXT HALE 90 650 is a much better PSU then the HX650
Edited by shilka - 12/18/12 at 5:49pm
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Originally Posted by stephmasta View Post

Nocturin I'm going to keep that build in mind incase I want to switch for an Intel build, it looks solid.
K4IKEN Thx man! Read a really good review on that mobo, it goes well with piledriver, and it'll save me a few bucks wink.gif much appreciated.

Check to see if you have a MicroCenter 2 hours or closer. Worth the trip for the deal alone (AMD or Intel) and you might be able to pick up your korean monitor at the same time biggrin.gif
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I would suggest any case from Cooler Master. My 912 is easy to work in, manage cables, and the fan set up options are awesome for air cooling. They are roomy and will fit that Noctua heat sink. I always want to reccomend the Cooler Master 212 EVO because it is a great price/performance heat sink and it rivals the Noctua for half the price. Don't forget to get more fans for the case, do some research on OCN about which fans to get. Also, do you really need a sound card? The MoBo comes with built in sound that is usually good. Take that extra money and get more RAM and a HDD that is 7200rpm/6gbs. Western Digital is a solid choice for a HDD. Everything else looks awesome. Good luck!
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for a case ive got to say the NZXT Switch 810, its the best it gets and its only about $120 if you can find it on sale thumb.gif
post #9 of 15
Switch to Intel, if your budget is $1300, then there really is no reason not to go with a 3570k / 3770k. Get a decent PSU, a Seasonic x650 will be fine, if you can find a Corsair AX 750 or AX 650 ( do they even still make these?) for cheaper then go for that as they are the same internals.
post #10 of 15
Good choice on monitor. If you think about swtiching brands to a different cheap Korean 2560x1440 monitor at the last minute, keep in mind that you should always get one of the monitors that only has one dual-link DVI inputs. There are some with multiple inputs and you don't want those because they have higher input lag.

As for mouse I have to heavily recommend the Mionix Naos 3200. It's a fantastic gaming mouse, comfortable as all get out (seriously, never realized how much I wanted a pinky rest until I had one), and I really can't say anything bad about it. Mine is still going strong after two years of heavy use.
http://www.amazon.com/Mionix-Naos-Wired-LED-optical-Mouse/dp/B0041SPG24/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355939563&sr=8-1&keywords=mionix+naos+3200

As for your build, you're spending way too much on motherboard. As a result you can get a better processor/mobo for less. If you're a gamer, get an i5-3570k + z77 board and call it a day. It will significantly out-perform an fx-8350 in many games. If you are looking for more of a workstation build, you'll still probably be better off with an i7-3770k, though that's harder to budget. My recommendation:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&vpn=BX80637I53570K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1285
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70264&vpn=GA%2DZ77%2DD3H&manufacture=Gigabyte&promoid=1285
Together those total $335, which is $85 less than the CPU+mobo you were going to get - and it'll be better for gaming! Edit: see, for example, this excellent thread (the i5-3570k will be roughly comparable to the i7-3820 in the tests):
http://www.overclock.net/t/1337699/sandy-bridge-vs-nehalem-vs-bulldozer-vs-piledriver-benchmarks

Note: If you switch to the motherboard I recommend you should probably get the Asus Xonar D1 instead of the DX you currently have selected:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=39269&vpn=Xonar%20D1&manufacture=ASUS
They're the same sound card, just one is the pci-e version and one is the pci version. In this case the gigabyte mobo above has PCI slots on the bottom of the board, hence the recommendation for the change.

PSU: If you don't plan on a second graphics card in the future, I recommend an XFX Core 550w. It'll be just as good if not better internally as the Corsair you have selected & it is still overkill on wattage... but not on wallet. If you do plan on a second graphics card in the future, go for an XFX XXX(modular) 750w, which is a pretty good price right now @ $85:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59615&vpn=P1550SXXB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1285
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62224&vpn=P1750BNLG9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1285

The rest of the build looks good. Nice video card choice, btw. Though if you want to save $50 you can get the HR-02 Macho instead of the Noctua heatsink you have selected.
http://www.amazon.com/Macho-BW-Support-Socket-Driver/dp/B008YTUN38/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1355940100&sr=8-3&keywords=hr-02+macho
The HR-02 Macho is just as quiet as the Noctua and only a small step down in terms as cooling performance.
    
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