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I'm building my first-ever PC soon. I have most of the important parts already -- CPU, motherboard, RAM, HDD, GFX Card, CPU Fan, PSU, all of which I will list in a moment. This PC will be used for gaming, mostly Sims 3 but I am going to be trying my hand at Bioshock Infinite and any other game that strikes my fancy, and is meant to replace my aging Toshiba Satellite P105 laptop that I've had since 2007. I'm completely new to this whole PC building thing, but I did about as much research as I could, sometimes obsessively (I have OCD -- seriously.) but I still have a feeling my build won't be what I envisioned it to be. Newbie jitters, that's all it is, right?

Here's a break down of the parts I have in my possession. Please be gentle with the criticism. ph34r-smiley.gif

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor (Purchased For $89.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $30.00)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For $85.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $64.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $74.00)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (Purchased For $150.00)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $50.00)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (Purchased For $75.00)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: AZIO Large Print Tri-Color Illuminated Keyboard Wired Ergonomic Keyboard ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Mouse: Logitech G300 Wired Optical Mouse ($33.92 @ Amazon)
Total: $780.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-11 16:47 EDT-0400)

I'm not looking to play games on Ultra settings @ 1080p or anything like that. I also don't plan on Overclocking because I don't want to mess something up. I just want to have a more enjoyable Sims 3 gaming experience when compared to playing on my laptop, which as of late, I can't even play on anymore because of the severe lag and game crashing. I should note, as I know I'll get crap for it, I went with the FX-6100 because it was cheap and I didn't necessarily want to go with a 3-4 year old CPU like the Phenom II, and that The Sims 3 is more CPU than GPU dependent, and benefits from extra cores. If I could afford the FX-6300, I would have gotten it. I plan to upgrade once I'm able to find a job.
post #2 of 25
Only thing I would of changed was the processor to a 6300
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post #3 of 25
Everything is good an balanced, except:

-You could have saved a bit by going with a 520w by Seasonic, or generally just any quality, lower wattage PSU that is cheaper
-Instead of getting the CM case, I would have gotten the NZXT Tempest 410

Overall it should be pretty nice though, enjoy OP!
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agreed, the 6300 woulda been better. otherwise looks solid for a budget gamer build. good board, good psu, good cpu cooler, the only thing I would suggest maybe is adding some fans to that case as it only comes with 1 fan. for $39.99 from a microcenter if you have one nearby a better budget case would have been a diablotek evo chassis, its a midtower and comes with 4 fans. otherwise looks good. the official part number for the diablotek evo chassis is cpa-6170. ive done a few customs in them and they are clean and efficient and are cheaper still then the cooler master chassis you picked.
Edited by Dt_Freak1 - 5/11/13 at 2:13pm
 
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Power supply to a lower capacity and higher rating, and +1 on the FX-6300. Overall good first PC build! Don't worry about the OCD researching, probably read more content in the past 2 years from all of my schooling years combined! It just feels good to be armed with knowledge, but the drawback is as you stated is jitters tongue.gif Welcome to the world of actually having your hands on legit hardware smile.gif It's just like LEGOs... with an expensive price tag! tongue.gif
   
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Not bad for a first rig. welcome smile.gif
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BTW there is a forsale/fortrade section here and with craigslisting, some newer parts they sell have transferrable warranties smile.gif Just a tip from a skimper! Cheers!
   
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post #8 of 25
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As luck would have it, right after I purchased the FX-6100 from a Southern California Micro Center during a recent vacation, a few days later, I read that AMD lowered the price of the FX-6300 after releasing the FX-6350 and 4350. I just can't win, lol. rolleyes.gif Oh well, my birthday is coming up in a couple months, so maybe I'll hint around for a 6300 and an SSD biggrin.gif

In concerns to the PSU, I chose the 600 W because the 7790 is recommended to have a 500W, so it was mainly one of those "better safe then sorry" purchases. smile.gif

About the case, I'm going to be getting 2 green LED fans for it -- 1 to replace the blue fan in the front, and the other to be put in the back of the case. My dad is also in the middle of "modding" it for me a little bit by painting parts of the front lime green (my favorite color) and covering the remaining front parts of it with carbon fiber. Then he's going to paint the sides the same green. Going to get some lime green cable sleeves (eventually) as well. Heh, even still, I'm kinda envious because he just bought himself an Antec Six Hundred (which he is going to mod too) for his own build. It's got the biggest case fan (200mm) on top that I've ever seen, lol.
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230 mm BitFenix fan here tongue.gif
   
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post #10 of 25
all in all a good solid first build. like some of the others have stated you could tweak a few of the items, but no need to worry it will work biggrin.gif welcome to the club of computer builders! thumb.gif
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