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Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
08-08-2014, 09:30 AM,
#1
Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
Hi, I live in Chennai, India, I wanna assemble my first PC for around $900 or Rs.60,000. I would play assassin's creed mostly on it and use it for practising AutoCAD. At this price range, I wanna future-proof it and amd looks like a good choice for value for money. I'm quite unsure about the specs, as I've fixed on only a few. My confirmed specs are-
Amd fx8350 CPU
Sapphire amd r9 270x gpu
Corsair carbide spec 02 cabinet
Dell s2240 l 21.5 inch monitor
Corsair vs650 w PSU
Kingston hyperx 2x4gb ram
Asus or LG DVD writer (sorry, but I hate Samsung, [emoji16])

Now, the confusing part
Some mobos don't have integrated graphics, some have it. My main req for mobo are -
4 memory slots
Integrated graphics
Finally, a TRUSTED BRAND

Also, is 650w an overkill for this rig? Can I pop in an (if yes, is 128 GB transcend enough)? I have Windows 8 OEM 64 bit ready. Please suggest some cpu cooler. Thanks in advance!
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08-08-2014, 09:46 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-08-2014, 09:48 AM by Rapajez.)
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
If you have a video card, why would you care about integrated graphics? You'd want your monitor connected to the video card.

I'd start by checking out the latest Mainstream article, maybe Tier 3-4, and we can advice on updates from there.

If you want to stick with AMD, that's fine too. I'd think a good SSD and more RAM would be beneficial to AutoCAD.
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08-08-2014, 10:48 PM,
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
Thanks
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08-09-2014, 09:26 AM,
#4
RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
I also heard that amd's stock coolers were crap, so what would be a good replacement for it?
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08-11-2014, 09:15 AM,
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
(08-09-2014, 09:26 AM)mssquare Wrote: I also heard that amd's stock coolers were crap, so what would be a good replacement for it?

depends on what you want to do with it. out of several dozen builds with the fx ive never seen a bad one shipped. its the only stock cooler that you can actually do some moderate overclocking with.(as it was designed to do)

if you are after hardcore overclocks then a d14 or all in one water cooler would be in order.
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08-11-2014, 11:34 AM, (This post was last modified: 08-11-2014, 11:35 AM by Rapajez.)
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
Well, to answer your original question, if you're set on AMD, these are pretty solid boards:

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+
ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+

You can save money on cheaper boards if you don't plan to overclock much.

If you want to go Intel, in this price-range, I'd grab one of the brand new "Devil's Canyon" i5-4790k's, and a Z97 motherboard. Both mobo brands above have a good Z97 board, just replace the "990FX" in the model name with "Z97".

If you don't want to overclock with Intel, switch to a "i5-4670" and a "H97" board.
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08-11-2014, 03:06 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-11-2014, 03:07 PM by PwnBroker.)
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
just reviewed your post and the FX series does not have integrated graphics on chip, so you will need a discrete gpu. +1 on Rap's suggestions and i would throw in the MSI 990FX for the 990 chipset because of the lower power(app 60 watts).

if you want a cheaper board, and i think its excellent for the money, is the ASUS M5A97 R2. a fairly descent overclocker with some descent features plus a couple of windows 8 features not found on other boards and it surpirsingly overclocks very well. this board is less than 70 bucks.

as far as overclocking goes on the FX series, if you live in an area where the power cost is high then make sure you leave turbo enabled and use offsets on your settings. this way it will turbo up and down instead of a straight out overclock.

good luck
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08-11-2014, 03:13 PM,
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
Right, honestly, I'm not up to date on my FX boards, I just know those 2 were reviewed well.

If it was me, I'd probably opt for the ASUS M5 and put that saved money toward bumping the video card up to a GTX 770 or R9 280X, as either would result in more noticeable improvements. (Depending on what games/apps you're using).
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09-17-2014, 04:51 AM,
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
But in India, even $900 wouldn't get you far enough to a 760, it's around $300 for a 2gb one, so I guess that wouldn't be possible...
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09-17-2014, 04:01 PM,
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RE: Help for building PC, first timer, approx $900
Well, since that was posted, the R9 280 and 280X were released. Are the prices on those any better?

The R9 280 is about as fast as the 760, and the 280X is much faster.
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