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New gaming PC build advice
« on: April 23, 2014, 01:44:15 PM »
I am fairly new to the building side of computer. I know quite a bit but I still could use advice.

Budget: 1200$

Power Supply:
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-152-036
Motherboard:
MSI A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton) Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-130-744
CPU:
AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7 series AD785KXBJABOX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-113-359
RAM:
Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9D-16GXH http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-231-571
Graphics Card:
AXR9 280X 3GBD5-T2DHE/OC Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=14-131-533R
Case:
Fractal Design Define R4 Black Pearl w/ USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Silent PC Computer Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-352-020


I already have the hard drives and all of the peripherals. All I need is suggestions in what to change if anything.

Thanks for your help!

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 03:10:36 PM »
Your budget is really high - No reason to go down the route of an AMD APU.  That power supply is also extremely low quality - I wouldn't trust it to power any of my PCs.

Your budget can easily accommodate an Intel CPU like an Intel Core i5 4670k which would perform much better than the APU you specified.  You would then be able to get something like a GeForce 760 or 770 video card and a high quality motherboard and power supply (MSI is pretty low end and as already said, that Raidmax PSU is really bad).  As you already have drives, your budget already leaves loads of room to get something like an SSD.

I'd suggest something like this which would be much better value for money and perform a lot better in games: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/camerongray/saved/4sJ4

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 03:23:38 PM »
Thanks for the feedback!

If I already have a SSD, CD/DVD Drive, and Windows where would you recommend putting that extra 200$?

Also I would like to add that I do have and like to use 2 monitors if that changes anything.

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 03:27:13 PM »
In that case I would use the money to bump the video card up to the best you can afford - Either a 770, 780 or 780ti.

Also, if you plan on using the system for things like video editing or other CPU intensive stuff, you may want to consider swapping the i5 to an i7 4770k.

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2014, 03:35:39 PM »
The main use for this PC is class work, programming, and gaming. So nothing too intensive.

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 03:39:51 PM »
In that case the i5 would be fine.  I'd maybe consider upgrading the video card to a 770 but other than that you may as well just save your money.

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 03:41:03 PM »
Ok, I'll look at upgrading the graphics card!
Thanks so much for you help again!

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014, 03:45:38 PM »
No problem.

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2014, 03:57:17 PM »
Does this look pretty good?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xfaG

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2014, 04:16:22 PM »
Looks great!

I'd maybe bump up to a 650w PSU to be on the safe side with the 770 - This would be fine: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1650snlb9

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2014, 08:18:47 AM »
I just wanted to double check, with this build I should be able to risky use two monitors right?

Another question, if I wanted to reuse my current hard drives would you recommend that? If so how would I go about wiping them and starting fresh on these hard drives. (One of which is a SSD I plan on using for a boot drive)

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« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2014, 08:45:26 AM »
Yeah, that will work fine with two monitors.  You won't be able to really game spread across two though as the borders are right in the middle of your viewpoint but gaming on one with the other displaying other things will be fine.

Reusing your hard drives/SSDs is fine - Just format them before installing your OS (The OS installer should allow you to do this).

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2014, 10:07:00 PM »
Thanks for all the help! I've been asking a lot of questions...

That said, I have another question. Can I get a list of cables I will need for the PC or will most of them come with there respective components?

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2014, 05:01:07 AM »
The cables for all the internal parts will be included - All power comes with the power supply and all the SATA cables for your drives come with the motherboard.

The PSU may or may not come with the cord to connect it to the wall outlet, but if it doesn't it's just the same 'kettle lead' that you would use for any PC.

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Re: New gaming PC build advice
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2014, 07:35:51 AM »
Awesome! Thanks again...