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Whats up dudes!

I've been out of the building game for a bit, I did a bit of research, threw together something I thought was good, but a fresh set of eyes never hurt. If you have any thoughts on how we can improve the build while keeping the price <$600, that is ideal.

Keyboard/Monitor/Mouse isn't needed. He will be gaming on a 1080p HDTV to start. May upgrade in the future.

Here is what I have:
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CPU: AMD FX-6300
MOBO: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
MEM: G. Skill Ares 8GB (2x4GB)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
GPU:Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 2GB
CASE:NZXT Source 210 Elite
PSU: XFX 550W Bronze Certified
OPT: LG GH24NS95

Thoughts on what we can change? He isn't into overclocking, but I guess it is always a possibility.

He plays mostly MMORPGs, but he is an avid gamer. I would imagine that he may play anything from Titanfall to Minecraft, with future proofing as much as the budget will allow. I'll update with a more precise list of games as it comes to me.


As always, any help is much appreciated!!
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post #2 of 15
looks pretty solid however what is the price difference between the wd black and the one you speced?

as i prefer the wd blacks over MOST mechanical hdd;s
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post #3 of 15
i wouldnt bother with the 2gb GTX 650 since the 128 memory bus cant fully utilise

try get the GTX 750 since its more effiicient and you can run with that setup while using under 400 watts PSU

also WD blues are faster than blacks if its the 500gb model
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i wouldnt bother with the 2gb GTX 650 since the 128 memory bus cant fully utilise

try get the GTX 750 since its more effiicient and you can run with that setup while using under 400 watts PSU

also WD blues are faster than blacks if its the 500gb model

well he specked a 1 terabyte one so was speaking of the 1 terabyte but even if it was the 500 i would still go black as the warranty difference is 3 years verse 5 years
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I would rather try to scoop up a 750/750ti considering you can get them close to the same price as the 650.
    
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/36E3m
go for matx, not the best mobo but good enough
750ti
and fx6300 instead i3xxx
and lower watts coz 750 consume less,
it would give you more idea but this just suggestion thumb.gif
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i also agree with the decision to go with the 750ti or 750.
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post #9 of 15
I've got a pretty good build here, I think. Although it lacks the ability to overclock, that should be fine. The case has a lot of LED fans, but that could be a plus, depending on how he views it.

CPU($175 with promo code EMCPGPC26) - Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116895

Optical($15 with promo code EMCPGPF37) - LITE-ON DVD Burner 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106393

Motherboard($65) - MSI B85-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130699

GPU($120) - GIGABYTE GV-R726XOC-1GD Radeon R7 260X 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125497

RAM($69) - Team Zeus Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313431

HDD($60) - Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

PSU+Case Combo($95) - Rosewill CAPSTONE-450-M + Rosewill LINE GLOW ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, USB 3.0,come with Four Fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1588217

Total Price - $604 with shipping included. Rebates not included.
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post #10 of 15
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Thanks for the replies all, I originally had the 750ti in the build, but took it out once I went over $600. He said if it is a worthy upgrade, he'll get it.

I like that build Alanin, slightly more expensive in terms of mobo/cpu. But better performance as well. I did some reading and read that the 6300 is a great buy for the value, but with $15 off the 4430, I'm liking that Intel build though.

How reliable is 'TEAM" Ram? I've always gone with G. Skill and had great luck.
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