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My First Gaming build: AMD Budget System

Paragondovah
  • 72 months ago

Hi, I decided to try my hand at building a gaming PC, and wanted some feedback for my parts before committing. Here is my part list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $119.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $87.99 @ Amazon
Memory Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $75.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card $221.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Monitor BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $170.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $839.80

I appreciate any insight you have to give

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the 6350 if possible (not a big difference)

Change that RAM with G.Skill Ripjaw X 1866mhz RAM (1333 ram is crap now)

Check if you can find a 280 for that price, if not 270x is fine

Everything else is good

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor $129.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $87.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $54.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $219.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Monitor BenQ RL2455HM 60Hz 24.0" Monitor $170.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $916.84

The SSD will greatly improve system response for Windows as well...this build is actually pretty solid...we just helped make it a little more solid :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

That SSD is a bad choice. It is not great at all and has many issues.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Really...I've owned 10 of them...not a single issue. 120's and 240's, I wouldn't recommend something I've never used....

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I decided against an SSD because I'd rather sink the money into parts that will improve performance. It sounds like it would only improve boot time right?

But besides the SSD, the changes you recommended look great. I totally overlooked the 6350

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It will increase the boot time yes....which if it doesn't bother you then thats fine :)

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the advantage of the Ripjaw over the HyperBlue?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

For one its faster Mhz/sec. which is that much faster at accessing data. 1866 is the lowest you want to go on an AMD rig.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I'll change that then.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Reason being is underclocking the RAM greatly bottle-necks the gaming rig, resulting in more lags in the game.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The M5A97 Motherboard may have good reviews and seem good, but I recommend getting a different motherboard. My friend has it, and his computer has constant problems. Other motherboards aren't much more expensive anyway, try an Asus Z97 or Z87. Those are good.

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