63 months ago
Okay so I'm planning on buying the parts for my build next weekend. I've got roughly about $450-500 to spend. The lower the better. So I've been doing a lot of research trying to decide which parts would give me the most bang for my buck.
So this is what I came up with. I'll share a little bit of my thoughts behind why I chose each part. I'd really appreciate thoughts, opinions, improvements, and maybe even similar build ideas.
First things first. I selected certain merchants because I wanted to bundle shipping into as few orders as possible. I don't want to be waiting around for three or more merchants to get things sent and have all different shipping times. So I know I ate a little bit of my budget with shipping costs that could've been avoided by going to a different source. Second, while there are parts that have rebates on them (which I'll take advantage of) I've budgeted according to the price before rebate only. I anticipate the final cost to be slightly lower once I get all the mail-in rebates taken care of.
CPU: I picked the AMD FX-6300 because all my research seems to indicate that it's still one of the best price-to-performance CPUs in my price range. I've also read that it can easily be overclocked to at least 4.0GHz possibly more with the right motherboard and cooler.
CPU Cooler: I chose the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 but I'm still iffy about it. I really want something that's going to help keep the CPU cool while under-load and especially if I end up overclocking.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3. I had several reasons for picking this one. The first was the 990FX chipset. It seems that this chipset should support the Vishera based CPU without any additional tweaking. I also double, and triple, checked and I'm fairly certain this motherboard will be fine if/when I eventually overclock. I also wanted Crossfire support and the USB 3.0 headers.
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 2x4GB DDR3-1600. To be fair I could probably get away with 4GB, but I'm seeing more new PC games with 8GB in the recommended settings so I figured it was worth it and the price per gig at this size is pretty good. I think with two sticks I'll be able to take advantage of the dual-channel memory of the Motherboard as well. This particular brand also has a combo deal with the motherboard, which only sweetened the deal.
Storage: I've already got two 1TB harddrives in my current PC that I'll be pulling out and putting into this new system. My current PC can't take advantage of the SATA 6 speeds on the newer harddrive so it'll be nice to get it into a PC that can use it. My only issue is that my OS is currently loaded onto the slower SATA 3 hard-drive which means that the new PC will be booting from a dinosaur and consequently suffering. Anyone have any tips on how to solve this?
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 260X. Again I'm not 100% sold on this. The R7 260X seems to be the best video card that I can currently afford, but if anyone else has any suggestions I'd love to hear them. I wanted a video card that I could potentially crossfire in the future, but there's the distinct possibility that anything I can afford right now will be outdated before I'm ready to purchase a second card. :(
Case: Enermax OSTROG ECA3253-BR. Picked this because it was cheap, offered decent cable management options, seems to have lots of places to mount fans, and had the side window. The window is more of a bonus and not a requirement. Also has a 120mm fan already installed at the back.
Power Supply: Fractal Design FD-PSU-IN2B-650W. I needed something that would give me enough breathing room if I do end up adding a second card. But I'm not sure about the power requirements of both an overclocked CPU and Two Graphics cards so I might have to go for something bigger. Or go with a cheaper 450 or 500w PSU for now and worry about getting a bigger one when/if I get a second graphics card. That might save a little bit of cash for now.
Optical Drive: Another part I'm pulling from my Current PC. This isn't the exact model, but it's similar enough. Simple, no frills optical drive.
Case Fan: Rosewill RFA-80-BL x2. They're only 80mm fans, but they seem to have good reviews. The case has a 120mm fan already, so I thought I'd set that to exhaust and have these on the front and top as intakes? Not sure if that makes a lot of sense.
So I guess what I'm really after is options. I have the option to crossfire if I'm able and the option to overclock if I want. I just want to make sure that this build makes sense and that I'm making the best use of my money here.