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Trying to build a decent first gaming setup

Jhaynes210
  • 71 months ago

I've always been a console gamer and have recently been persuaded to make the switch to PC gaming. Ideally I want something in the $300-$400 range, but I also don't want to make bad choices for the sake of saving a few bucks. Right now, this is what I'm looking at.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Xh9KK8 Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Xh9KK8/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($88.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC) Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg) Case Fan: Aerocool DS 120mm Blue 81.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($14.99 @ Newegg) Total: $493.84

I'm pretty new to the whole thing so I'd love input from experienced PC builder/gamers!

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

$400 budget - PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $45.32 @ Mwave
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.49 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $33.49 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Core Edition Video Card $142.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $408.25

$500 budget - PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $45.32 @ Mwave
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.49 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.49 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $33.49 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $492.75
  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything I've read has talked about the 6300/R7 260X being a great bang for your buck combo while still providing good framerates. Would either of these be better? I really want to build something that will be good for a few years and can be upgraded a little at a time

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The 260x has enough power to run most modern games on lower settings. The 270/280 will be enough to keep you going for quite some time seeing as they can run most modern games on high-ultra settings. With a little overclocking you can get the 270 to perform at the same level as the 270x. Sure, the 6300 has 2 more cores but the 760k is a great budget processor. So the $500 build will last you a couple of years and then if you're not getting good fps, you can crossfire with this build. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus F2A55-M/CSM Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard $74.97 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.49 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.49 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $33.49 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Commander MS-I ID ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply CoolMax 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $537.40

I swapped the motherboard out for one with crossfire support and I upgraded the psu so you can upgrade this PC later.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

My understanding of CPUs and cores is pretty limited, so this might be a dumb question, but is there any real world difference between 4 and 6 cores for gaming? Will a 4 core CPU run into any issues down the road with gaming? I do like the idea of getting a cheaper CPU and stepping up the GPU. Thanks for the advice so far.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Well... All current games utilize 4 cores. Even when newer games that utilize 6 or 8 cores come out, you'll still be able to play those games with very playable frame rates. Granted you might want to crossfire or get a newer gpu. That processor can overclock heftly, which means it'll be in the game for a while. If you do overclock, you'll definitely want a CPU cooler. Even the hyper 212 evo will let you oc pretty far.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, given the price difference between the R7 260X and your suggestion of the R9s I am going to have to make a choice somewhere to lower my overall cost, either in the CPU or GPU, would it be easier down the road to upgrade the CPU or the GPU?

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