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i'm looking to build a desktop again. i don't have much requirements, but i'm not sure what's good now since i haven't been paying attention for quite some time now. the case i'm looking at getting will most likely be the corsair 550d, which runs about $150. that leaves $550 for everything else!

the desktop will be used for light gaming, video editing, picture editing, good amount of web surfing and most likely movie watching.
 

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I was bored.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3iUGT

CPU - AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $119.99
Cooling - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $124.00
RAM - Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99
Graphics Card - MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $119.99
Power Supply - Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99

Base Total: $567.94
Combo Discounts: -$25.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $548.93
 
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I was bored.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3iUGT

CPU - AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $119.99
Cooling - Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $29.99
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $124.00
RAM - Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99
Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99
Graphics Card - MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card $119.99
Power Supply - Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99

Base Total: $567.94
Combo Discounts: -$25.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $548.93
thanks. that gives me a good jumping off point! and with room to spare! i'll prob switch out the cpu and mobo, i'm more of an intel guy. i've had bad experiences with amd.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman ZM-CNPS14X CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
Total: $718.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 12:52 EDT-0400)

For video and image editing an fx 6300 oced is better than a i3,also the opencl can accelerate the process
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman ZM-CNPS14X CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
Total: $718.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 12:52 EDT-0400)

For video and image editing an fx 6300 oced is better than a i3,also the opencl can accelerate the process
i probably won't be OCing this. just want to keep something simple. how are the bulldozer series?
 

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I'd also recommend going with a cheaper case. Put that extra 60-70 bucks towards a better GPU or a small SSD.
 

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I'd also recommend going with a cheaper case. Put that extra 60-70 bucks towards a better GPU or a small SSD.
i'll probably wind up going with the 300r. reviews seem pretty good for it. this is my list as of now. thanks to those who helped on this thread! http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j8U8

i just can't decide on gpu, psu, and i might need an optical drive. are all psu's coming sleeved these days? if yes, that makes deciding a lot easier. haha. i used to have an unsleeved psu, never bothered sleeving it, and it just made the case look so messy.
 

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That cpu is Piledriver.is 5-10% better thab the fx 6100/6200

What programs are you going to use?

A fx 6300 doesnt make a lot of heat and that cnps14x handoes very well the job
 

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I like corsair cases (I used to have a 500r, but upgraded to the 540 air) but I'd almost suggest this guy if you are trying to save money:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146102
Not that bad of a case for the price 45$ + tax - 15$ mir
I would advise against getting a optical drive unless you actually use it, I've not had one for about 5 years.
For the power-supply I'd suggest looking into the capstone series by rosewill, can save 10$ by choosing the non-modular version of them as well.
 

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That cpu is Piledriver.is 5-10% better thab the fx 6100/6200

What programs are you going to use?
sony vegas, adobe lightroom, and for gaming.. probably just gonna be csgo.
 

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j53E/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Zalman ZM-CNPS14X CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
Total: $718.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 12:52 EDT-0400)

For video and image editing an fx 6300 oced is better than a i3,also the opencl can accelerate the process
This is actually quite solid for the 700$.
e) NCIX also has their 10$ off coupon for first time customers
 

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Don't get Bulldozer... I am glad I jumped from the 4170 to the 6350. The 63XX Overclocks better, performs better, multitask/singletasks better and has better temps. +Piledriver is beastly compared to Bulldozer...
 

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Here is an i5 option with a little room to spare:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3j9Lg

CPU - Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99

Motherboard - MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $94.99

Memory - Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99

Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.99

Video Card - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $149.99

Case - Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99

Power Supply - Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99

Base Total: $669.93
Shipping: $3.99
Total: $673.92
 
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Not really overclocking?

Go with a locked multi Xeon with Hyperthreading (its basically an i7 3770 for less money)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($68.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 15:30 EDT-0400)

For the record, I obviously just tweaked GerneralKayoss' build since he did such a great job and basically picked the same parts I would've. Tip my hat to him.
 

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This is actually quite solid for the 700$.
e) NCIX also has their 10$ off coupon for first time customers
I agree if the OP was into overclocking and wanted an amd rig and was primarily gaming.

However, due to the OP's preferences, there may be better options
 

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Not really overclocking?

Go with a locked multi Xeon with Hyperthreading (its basically an i7 3770 for less money)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($68.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 15:30 EDT-0400)

For the record, I obviously just tweaked GerneralKayoss' build since he did such a great job and basically picked the same parts I would've. Tip my hat to him.
My last "gaming PC" died in 2008. So i've been on console exclusively for the last 6 years or so. I just started ordering hardware for my new rig recently, and the leap in power and technology over the last 5 years has been astounding. Have spent the last month or so catching up
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PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($101.39 @ Mwave)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $701.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Combo discount on the i5-4440 and Capstone 450-M (semi-modular) at newegg, pay the same as i5-4440 and Capstone 450 (non-modular). A little cleaner build as i belive only 20+4pin and 4+4pin cables are pre-attached, so no unused cables laying around. You could also step down to a 750ti as suggested by others for 20-30 less than the 660 and invest in something else like an optical drive maybe? Different case?
 

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Not really overclocking?

Go with a locked multi Xeon with Hyperthreading (its basically an i7 3770 for less money)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($68.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $681.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-30 15:30 EDT-0400)

For the record, I obviously just tweaked GerneralKayoss' build since he did such a great job and basically picked the same parts I would've. Tip my hat to him.
I second the Xeon build. If you can find a 650ti, I would get that instead of the 750ti. More CUDA cores, and it supports SLI unlike the 750ti which does not. Draws a little more power, but not by too much.
 
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