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First Build - $550 Gaming PC

deraj234
  • 71 months ago

Any comments would be appreciated as i'm considering buying this soon. Generally going for value with enough performance to play most games with at least decent settings. If there's any parts with better quality at a similar price or just issues with any of these parts i'd like to know. I also added a note about my considerations for each part.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VXXxRB

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
-Can't beat this price and the performance seems top level.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
-Considering overclocking a little so I thought i'd go with this as it has great reviews.

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.97 @ OutletPC)
-Just wanted Sata III and a couple PWM fan headers really

Memory: Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
-Mostly based on low price for 8GB and didn't think 1 stick vs pair matters

Storage: Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Micro Center) -One of my main considerations was just getting the OS, basic programs and a couple games onto SSD

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC) -Additional storage at decent price

Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg) -was considering a GT 650 or 730 but it seemed like this would be the bottleneck on this PC so for an extra $50 it would probably be worth it. Also good reviews/value

Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg) -Not looking for much except good airflow (top exhaust and a couple fan options)

Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US) -Needed to be stable and fairly cheap. Certified is a plus

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC) -Cheapest

Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg) Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($2.99 @ Newegg) Case Fan: LEPA Vortex 12 PWM 63.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ Newegg) Case Fan: LEPA Vortex 12 PWM 63.9 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ Newegg) -Probably dont need all these fans but i'd like to be able to run them at low speeds to keep it quiet

Total: $553.75 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-02 12:50 EDT-0400

Thanks for any advice

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems pretty good, but you might want two channels of RAM instead.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the difference? I was looking it up and some people say it matters and some say it doesn't. Before I just assumed a pair of RAM would be better but there were tests showing minimal difference so I couldn't convince myself to spend a couple more dollars but now I just looked and there is 2x4GB for a dollar less

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Two 4 gigabyte sticks is always cheaper than one 8 gigabyte stick.

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