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Okay, so I've been around the net looking for places that might be able to help with this. I think you guys are perfect, and since I've nosed around a bit I've seen that you're all pretty awesome people.

I'm a stay at home mom on a budget. I have a strict $1200 limit for *everything* including monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I'm looking to play Skyrim at the highest settings possible (but no AA, as I could care less about that) at 1080p. Also, I've been playing on a notebook for the last 3 years. I'm going to be blown away by about anything. So this is what I've come up with.

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII S 69.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($48.47 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 990XA-GD55 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($112.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus ML228H 21.5" Monitor ($149.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Rosewill RK-8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($37.55 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6880 Wired Laser Mouse ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1050.98

Under budget with components that aren't crap. Who'da thunk it?

What would you spend more money on to make this build more expandable/nicer/more able? I mean, I don't plan on adding another monitor (or two) any time soon so gaming will be done at 1080p and the 7870 can handle that just fine. Do I *need* an SSD for boot? Optical drive? Should I spring for water cooling now instead of later even though I don't plan to go past Turbo speed at present? More RAM for Photoshop usage? Better keyboard/mouse combo?

Help! This is the first time I'm building something like this for myself and I don't want to make a huge mistake. Heh.
post #2 of 9
get an intel 2500k/3570k instead of the 6300. it is significantly faster especially in games. also get a cooler master 212 evo instead of the geminii since the difference between the two is only 1-2 degrees so it isn't worth the extra money. also get the 2x4gb kit of samsung ram instead since it can OC to 2400mhz easily and is cheaper. everything else looks good though

Samsung Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096

ASRock Z77
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

Cooler Master 212 Evo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

Intel 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
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I also run Photoshop and Illustrator. So...no. Heh. I posted in the AMD forum because I want to go AMD.
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I also run Photoshop and Illustrator. So...no. Heh. I posted in the AMD forum because I want to go AMD.

then get an 8350 instead of the 6300. it's way better for gaming and photoshop and is almost comparable to the 2500k
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Go for FX-8320, 16GB RAM (you can use part of it as a ramdisk), SSD and an Asus mobo (better than MSI).
If you don't plan OC (or if you plan mild OC) you don't* need any aftermarket cooler smile.gif

Edit: stock cooler is enough wink.gif
Edited by cez4r - 1/11/13 at 5:51pm
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Replying to say that I've figured it all out.

I ended up going with the 6300 and an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 motherboard. I've decided I *am* going to upgrade when Steamroller drops, so I just wanted something adequate without spending a crap ton of money right now. Husband will get this CPU/motherboard when I'm done. I went with a Sapphire 7870 XT because it was just smart, and I ended up falling in love with the Corsair 500R. To facilitate my upgrades I'm going with a 750w PSU, and skipped the SSD for now. I'll be getting one in a couple of months.

So the final build looks like this:


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.04 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($132.58 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Call of Duty: MW3 Edition Wired Gaming Keyboard ($28.45 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1133.94

Now all I have to do is build it, then use the Rig Builder here. I'm really curious to see how a mildly overclocked 6300 will do with the XT. biggrin.gif
post #7 of 9
everything looks good. In case you didn't buy the PSU and HSF yet.


Also, CM 212+ is $20 after $10 MIR at newegg (Evo is about 1c cooler).


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$1200 and NO SSD?! you NEED a SSD SAMSUNG 840
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SSD wasn't quite in the 'spend as little money as possible while waiting for Steamroller' plan. I will, however, be watching Back to School and Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales later in the year for a 240-256GB drive. I plan to put Windows on a partition accordingly.

As to the PSU, no, but I want the 750w to allow upgrades later without upgrading it, too. As to the cooler, it's already bought. I'm kind of nervous. I've seen what temps others get with the EVO. I'm only really going to try to get to 4-4.2GHz so the Plus may have been fine, but...better safe than sorry. I have to figure out which way I'm going to point the fan, too. Since I'm thinking of throwing 2 120s up on top to exhaust, I think I'll throw the fan that direction unless it blocks the RAM. And if it does...I may think about going with the low profile Corsair instead and returning the regular Vengeance.
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