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Greetings folks, so i'm looking to build myself a nice little gaming rig on a budget, hence why i'm going to be going the AMD route. I figure i've been using this laptop for long enough now as a main desktop, it's time to finally get some change. I'll be upgrading the computer before long, primarily the motherboard, and the processor as well as buying another 7870 down the road for crossfire, when i do i'll be replacing the power supply as well. The parts i'll be upgrading however won't be going to waste since I plan on putting them in an HTPC rig i'm looking to build. Here's what I have planned so far, it's a tiny bit over budget, but i can manage that. I already have the optical drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse and operating system, so that's not an issue.

Case (Has Promo code): Cooler Master HAF 912 - $49.99

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM - $89.99

Power Supple (Has Promo Code): Corsair Builder Series CX600 600Watt PSU - $64.99

Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M 760G Micro ATX - $59.99

Graphics Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 (Tahiti LE) 2GB - 259.99

Memory (Has Promo Code): Patriot Limited Edition 2x4GB DDR3 1600 - $48.49

Processor (Has Promo Code): AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHZ AM3 - 139.99

Total before promo's: $713.43
Total after promo's: $694.43 (after $19 promo savings)
Total after shipping price, and taxes: $816.99

If you guys have any advice or recommendations, i'm open to them. It's my first build in about 3 years so it's been a while. I don't think i missed anything obvious. I'll probably be ordering it by the end of the day.

Edit: Changed some things, most likely final build.
Edited by tylerand - 2/7/13 at 11:32am
 
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Originally Posted by tylerand View Post

Greetings folks, so i'm looking to build myself a nice little gaming rig on a budget, hence why i'm going to be going the AMD route. I figure i've been using this laptop for long enough now as a main desktop, it's time to finally get some change. I'll be upgrading the computer before long, primarily the motherboard, and the processor as well as buying another 7950 down the road for crossfire, when i do i'll be replacing the power supply as well. The parts i'll be upgrading however won't be going to waste since I plan on putting them in an HTPC rig i'm looking to build. Here's what I have planned so far, it's a tiny bit over budget, but i can manage that. I already have the optical drive, monitor, keyboard, mouse and operating system, so that's not an issue.

Case (Has Promo code): Cooler Master HAF 912 - $49.99

HDD (Has promo code): WD Black 500GB 7200RPM 64MB Cache - $89.99

Power Supple (Has Promo Code): Corsair Builder Series CX600 600Watt PSU - $64.99

Motherboard (Has Promo Code): MSI 760GM-P23 Micro ATX - $50.99

Graphics Card: GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7950 3GB - $299.99

Memory (Has Promo Code): Patriot Limited Edition 2x4GB DDR3 1600 - $48.49

Processor (Has Promo Code): AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHZ AM3+ - $139.99

Total before promo's: $744.43
Total after promo's: $694.43 (total promo savings: $50)
Total after shipping price, and taxes: $819.05

If you guys have any advice or recommendations, i'm open to them. It's my first build in about 3 years so it's been a while. I don't think i missed anything obvious. I'll probably be ordering it by the end of the day.

I would be very wary of that motherboard

http://www.overclock.net/t/943109/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-125w-tdp-processors
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database
Board: Phase count: Heatsinked? CPU TDP support Recommended? Known for problems? VRM protection?
760GM-P23 (FX) 3+1 No 95W Avoid for OC Yes None
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 2/7/13 at 10:31am
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AMD 8350 over the 6300. More power than my proc.
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I would be very wary of that motherboard

http://www.overclock.net/t/943109/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-125w-tdp-processors
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database
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Basically MSI has become known for making some lesser AM3+ boards that burn up, and take out other components.

Check those threads for other boards in your budget range. But this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795 should be fine.
I wouldnt expect huge OC's here either, but atleast it will shutdown/throttle if it hits a thermal limit, as opposed to going up in flames.
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I speak from experience OP that 6300 is a beast of a CPU I play all games 100% maxed. My GPU's are equivalent to GTX 580 in sli and my CPU does not bottleneck them in the least. So good CPU, but invest in a better board.

You could grab a tahiti LE 7870 which will perform close to a 7950 and save some cash, to invest in a better board.
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AMD 8350 over the 6300. More power than my proc.
Oh please ,i5-3570k is better than the FX-8350.Not by much,but better.
For the OP,the FX-6300 is indeed a decent CPU but you'll see big improvement if you invest in the 8320.It'll be close to i5-3570k for real.
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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post

I would be very wary of that motherboard

http://www.overclock.net/t/943109/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-125w-tdp-processors
http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database
Board: Phase count: Heatsinked? CPU TDP support Recommended? Known for problems? VRM protection?
760GM-P23 (FX) 3+1 No 95W Avoid for OC Yes None

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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post

Basically MSI has become known for making some lesser AM3+ boards that burn up, and take out other components.

Check those threads for other boards in your budget range. But this http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795 should be fine.
I wouldnt expect huge OC's here either, but atleast it will shutdown/throttle if it hits a thermal limit, as opposed to going up in flames.
Thank you very much for the info, i had absolutely no idea. I'm going to give those threads a read, it's the first time i've heard about it. Been a while since i've done any reading on here.

I changed the board to the one you posted in my original post, and backed down some on the graphics card so i could maintain within my price range. I've got about $40 wiggle room now, in case there's something else that should be changed.
 
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As Lucky just posted, I'd avoid that MSI motherboard. That VRM looks very weak. Not to mention it lacks native support for DDR3 1600 ram.

I'd spend a bit more to get a quality motherboard I know will last me, and will also be able to overclock the FX-6300 without a problem. Otherwise you're losing out on potential performance.

If you can fit it into the budget, I'd get this one. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
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Oh please ,i5-3570k is better than the FX-8350.Not by much,but better.
For the OP,the FX-6300 is indeed a decent CPU but you'll see big improvement if you invest in the 8320.It'll be close to i5-3570k for real.
I changed my processor to the 8320 and got the HIS 7870 instead of the Sapphire to save a bit more and keep it within budget, i edited it in my original post.

Right now with the current config, i'm JUST below the max i could spend, with about $10 to spare.
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You're far better off with this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

BTW, the Caviar Blue here performs better than the Black you selected althrough being a Blue because it's WD's first single-platter 1TB drive thus it's faster, more info here. thumb.gif

The 7870 here is the XT based on the Tahiti LE GPU (7950 with cut-off cores).
I live in Canada, for me to buy that same build in Canada it'd put me over budget by $90
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236345&nm_mc=AFC-C8JUNCTION&cm_mmc=AFC-C8JUNCTION-_-EMC-020513-Latest-_-InternalHardDrives-_-22236345-L0B&PID=6146846&SID=1kl055l00x0vw&AID=10446076 80.00$

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70136&vpn=KHX1600C9D3B1K2%2F8GX&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1312 = 39.99

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76934&vpn=FD6300WMHKBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1312 130.00

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=41979&vpn=BP-550%20Plus&manufacture=Antec&promoid=1312


here you could get some parts from ncix.us
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