Hey guys, finally after a long time of doubt and planning I build my gaming pc. I build this pc so that I could get into gaming. This is also the first time I will be building a pc. Feel free to speak your opinion, but read the description first so that you understand why I did certain things. Also I build it for gaming, an rc flight simulator (Phoenix rc flight sim) and some other games. I have been playing F1 2013 and gta 4, still have to get more games.
CPU: FX-6300 (AMD) - I decided to go for this cpu because I felt like intel (the i5 series) was above my budget and this processor seemed to have better performances then the i3 series for an equal or even lower price.
MotherBoard: Gigabyte-990FXA-UD3 - This board was my second choice. I first wanted to get the Gigabyte GA-970-UD3P but as it wasn't in stock at the moment I decided to go with this more expensive, but better board (especially for overclocking).
RAM: G.Skill 2*4gb DDR3-1600mhz - First I was planning on getting Corsair ram, but I found out that the G.Skill ram was around 10 euros cheaper. After searching around on the internet I concluded that they are both good, so I went with the cheaper option.
Hard Drive: Wester Digital Blue 1TB 7200RPM - This was not really a tough choice. I went onto the site I was ordering from, clicked on hard drives, western digital, 1TB, and this was the one with the best reviews. Then I searched the internet to make sure that is correct and I put it into my cart.
GPU: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Oc + Boost - I chose this card as it had a good price to fit into my budget, and it should do the job. I was first going to buy the GTX 760, but then I informed myself about the newer cards and decided that the extra 50 euros I would be spending on the GTX 760 was not worth it performance wise.
Case: Antec One - It took me a while to choose a case. First I wanted something cheap (<35) but most of those cases didn't have reviews. One of the cases that seemed to be a good option was the Zalman Z3, but due to a lack of reviews and popularity I decided to go the safer way and buy a more expensive, higher quality case.
Power Supply: XFX 550 - This choice was not too hard, after browsing forums and looking at similar builds this seemed like the way to go. It is supposed to have more quality then the corsair CX series, which were my second choice.
Operation System: Windows 8.1 64-bit: Currently I am a mac user (and windows now) and I have only used windows a long time ago when I was a young kid. That is also why I got Windows 8 instead of 7, either way I would have to relearn the operating system.
Monitor: Actually I am not using am monitor, I am using our family projector. I hope it will be alright for gaming.
Possible improvements: I am planning on getting an SSD in the future. Also I am planning on getting a cooler to do some overclocking. I will only do that when I get the urge for better performance (that might take a year or two). Other than that, as stated before I would have gotten the GA-970-UD3P motherboard for a lower price.
Some other options I was considering were: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/larsje39/saved/34jk --> A lot less performance, and for around 100 euros more I could get a dedicated GPU. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n5dolXyyg0 --> I wanted to do this with a better GPU, but I read that the CPU would bottleneck it.
Thanks to this forum and Toms hardware for helping me out, a lot. It has been interesting to know hardly anything about pc's (not even knowing which GPU or CPU companies are out there), and to learn a lot about pc's in less than a year.
Building notes: It turned out my PSU was broken, which kind of stressed me out as it was my first build. I was able to get a new one luckily.
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core||$102.00|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+||$114.00|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$71.00|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$51.00|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X||$176.00|
|Case||Antec One ATX Mid Tower||$54.00|
|Power Supply||XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V||$57.00|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)||$89.00|
|AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.5GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|