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Building my first gaming PC
05-06-2014, 10:31 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-06-2014, 11:01 AM by Zelthcon.)
Building my first gaming PC
Hello everyone,

I have not built a gaming PC before and I do not know a great deal about getting the best performance for my money.

I am looking to play games such as Skyrim, Starcraft 2, League of Legends, Dota 2 and so on. Display is likely to be 1600x900.

I have a budget of around $720, this does not have to include mouse, monitor or keyboard but should include windows 7 64 bit.

My goal is to be able to play game on medium-high settings with a FPS of around 40-60 if possible.

Need any more information then let me know but I am unsure where to start,

Thank you.

Was possibly thinking :
Processor - AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition - $118

Motherboard - Gigabyte ATX Socket AM3+ AMD 970 Chipset 2000MHz DDR3 SATA III 6Gbps Ready AMD 9 Series FX Motherboards GA-970A-D3P - $85

Ram - 8GB Kit (2x4GB Modules) of DDR3 Desktop Memory, Kingston HyperX Red - $77

Graphics card - EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card - $250

Hard Drive - Seagate Barracuda 500 GB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s - $50

LG Electronics Optical DVD Drive - $18

PSU - SilverStone Strider 500W - $55

Rosewill Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60

Total cost of $713.
05-06-2014, 01:09 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-06-2014, 01:11 PM by Zelthcon.)
RE: Building my first gaming PC
Other options are :
Found another two potential computers as well if you have your thoughts on them :

$730 - ht tp://pcpart NGc (remove spaces)


$779 -

Benchmarking on both seems like what I am after.
05-06-2014, 02:57 PM, (This post was last modified: 05-06-2014, 03:00 PM by Rapajez.)
RE: Building my first gaming PC
I think your original part list is the best bet. The Digital Storm PC is similar, but a very underpowered video card. Not to mention some of the other components will be inferior to the ones you selected. Plus it's more fun to build your own. Smile

A couple of recommendations:

If you didn't buy the monitor already, go with a 1920x1080p display instead. It's more popular for gaming, will look much better, and I don't think there's much of a price difference these days.

On Amazon, the FX 8350 is only $35 more, and adds 2 more cores. (Newer games are starting to take advantage of the additional cores.)

Likewise, the 1TB HDD is only $3 more than the 500GB model!

If you have any wiggle room, consider an SSD to really make those loading screens disappear, especially in games like Skyrim and StarCraft II. Of course with LoL, you still have to wait for everyone else to load. Smile You can pick up a small 120GB drive, for Windows and your games, while you move your documents, movies, etc to the big HDD. You could grab the recommended Crucial drive for $70.
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