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First Build! $800-Something Budget Gaming Rig

Niloc009
  • 71 months ago

Need some advice on my first build. I've been working on this for a few weeks whenever I have time, and I think it's turned out well! But I'm still looking for opinions on where I can cut prices without drastically cutting performance. Pretty new to the PC building scene, so any advice is appreciated! I'd like to try to get it down closer to $800, but still use it as a mid-range gaming PC that can run most new games well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $94.98 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard MSI A88X-G43 ATX FM2+ Motherboard $87.99 @ Canada Computers
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $80.81 @ Amazon Canada
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $84.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card $169.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case $65.52 @ DirectCanada
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.75 @ Vuugo
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $105.84 @ DirectCanada
Monitor Acer UM.WV6AA.A02 (V226HQL Abmd) 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $105.31 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $855.15

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $123.11 @ DirectCanada
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $32.21 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $74.98 @ Newegg Canada
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.98 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $84.99 @ Canada Computers
Video Card Club 3D Radeon R7 265 2GB royalQueen Video Card $139.99 @ NCIX
Case BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case $65.52 @ DirectCanada
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $36.99 @ NCIX
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.75 @ Vuugo
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $105.84 @ DirectCanada
Monitor Acer UM.WV6AA.A02 (V226HQL Abmd) 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $105.31 @ DirectCanada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $873.67
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Might want to get a 1x8gb stick of RAM, easier to upgrade

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual channel may perform better than single channel ram. *depending on mobo

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That is true, but the performance benifits are very minor and not worth the $100 lost if you want to upgtade to 16gb of ram.

Yours, bigbezz

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

True. I forgot that mobo only had two slots

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

If I don't plan to overclock, is the Cooler Master CPU cooler still required? Or will the stock fan work just fine?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, AMD cpu get pretty hot, so i would still use it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd just go for the 750ti.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That is what i thought, but i went with the 265 becuase it has more bang for the buck.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Shadowplay and other features avalable on ncidia gpus are also worth considering.

Yours, bigbezz

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Also hardware accelaration for many adobe products isnt avalable. This may not need to be considered unless you do any of those things :D

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