Solved New computer build for around $800.

May 6, 2015 at 02:45:14
Specs: Windows 7, 3.108 GHz / 3327 MB
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($209.25 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($57.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.98 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($65.95 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($257.00 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 500W ATX Power Supply ($58.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Total: $719.15 Canadian
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

I'm getting my price from Newegg.ca and I'm at Grand Total: $875.38.
What isn't included is a secondary Hard Drive which I have already, a Case and DVD Burner. My intentions for this rig isn't for hardcore gaming. Just games like CS-GO or similar. It may be overkill but I want this to last a little longer then my previous one.

Input on this would be very appreciated. Thanks,

Asus M4A78-EM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ 3.11
Patriot PC2-6400 4Gig
MSI R4830
Seagate 160Gig SATA
Seagate 320Gig SATA
External 1T


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#1
May 6, 2015 at 10:03:46
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- Choose a different motherboard. The one you selected is based on the old 700-series chipset. Look for a board based on the 900-series.
- Choose different RAM. At least DDR3-1600. If you're going to overclock, you might wanna consider DDR3-1866.
- Choose a different PSU. That one isn't 80 Plus certified, it lacks active PFC, & it has two +12v rails rather than a single rail. How about this Corsair 430W?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produc...

"My intentions for this rig isn't for hardcore gaming. Just games like CS-GO or similar"

Then why are you getting a $250+ gaming card that's very near the top of the performance charts? In fact, the specs you have listed at the bottom of your post should handle "CS-GO or similar" without any problem.

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#2
May 6, 2015 at 15:44:34
Thanks for the suggestions. I will make the appropriate changes.

Yes, the bottom specs can run CS:GO just fine but it's for my brother I'm building this. The higher end card is just so we don't need to upgrade that for a while. You suggest bringing that down and spend the money elsewhere?


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#3
May 7, 2015 at 15:45:08
Here's a better PSU, not sure if it's on sale in Canada too:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

"The higher end card is just so we don't need to upgrade that for a while. You suggest bringing that down and spend the money elsewhere?"

Yes, I suggest getting a cheaper card. What you do with the savings is up to you.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#4
May 7, 2015 at 18:47:01
What riider is saying is that is typical and cost effective later are upgrading graphics card and adding more RAM. Most will never replace motherboard, or CPU and will only upgrade a power supply if it fails or it is required for a new graphics card. These core components are what you should spend your 'extra' money on to get the most performance and life out of your system now and later. It is very simple if your graphics needs are more later to just replace the graphics card if your core system and power supply is up to the task already, if not then you will be spending much more later or simply waiting until you can upgrade or replace the system again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
May 7, 2015 at 18:57:28
Thanks Fingers. I didn't see it that way. And you're right.

Here's my updated list:

- ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950
- EVGA 02G-P4-3753-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 750 Ti Superclocked
- XFX TS Series P1550SXXB9 550W ($80 with $25 rebate)
- G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

The rest is the same and I wanted to keep the SSD. My total is $840 Canadian and the rebates total to $55 off.

Thanks riider for the help and direction.

Asus M4A78-EM
AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ 3.11
Patriot PC2-6400 4Gig
MSI R4830
Seagate 160Gig SATA
Seagate 320Gig SATA
External 1T


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#6
May 9, 2015 at 07:43:14
You're very welcome. And I like the new list - you done good. lol

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