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dbison

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May 31, 2011
This going to be a Christmas gift for my brothers who's 7 year old e-machine computer recently died and thank god for that because it was the worst machine ever. He's a big gamer at heart but really can't game because of the pile of crap he had to work with, but were hoping to change that. The entire family chipped in and we had a budget of $700 to build a new one for him.
I am by far not an expert and mirrored this build off Tom's Hardware System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $650 Gaming PC. I decided to pull the trigger on blackfriday and this what I purchased at new egg.
GPUGIGABYTE GV-N760OC-2GD REV2.0 GeForce GTX 760 2GB
CPUAMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket A
SSDKingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/120G 2.5" 12
MOBOMSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX A
RAMG.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
PSUCORSAIR CX series CX600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS B
CASERosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Com
DVD DriveASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X - OEM
The total amount was $640. Not including rebates which total the amount of $55 and also manged to get a $20 credit from newegg.
I have only built one computer previously and thankfully its still running but I am hoping that all you guys can critique this build and offer suggestion for anything that can be improved. The thing that I really don't know about are the motherboard and ram, if I should get a better one. The MOBO also only has 1 system and 2 fan connects and the case I bought comes with 3 fans.
With $60 remaining from the budget I thinking I should get a better motherboard, but I am not sure.
For cooling I have a hyperplus 212 cooler lying around but have a noctua d14 in my machine that I am thinking of using it in his instead and putting the 212 in mine.
I also have an CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W and am thinking of putting that in his and using CORSAIR CX series CX600 600W in mine instead.
I also have 2 1.5 tb segate external drives that I have that I was planning to use with the ssd. It just seemed to good to pass up a $70 120g sdd.
The OS I get a copy of windows 7 professional upgrade from my university and plan to do a clean install with that.
Everything is already have been purchased but am willing to purchase new items and returning the rest.
Thanks
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2bsk3
 

EarthDog

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Board will be ok at stock speed on the CPU, but I sure as heck would not overclock it. There is only 3+1 power and no cooling on them in the first place. Just make sure there is a bios on there that supports the CPU (looks like it will, needs A0).

SSD is old and slower than modern ones surely, but will still be WAY faster than a HDD and WAY better than his old machine.

Ram is fine. Proper amount, speed and voltage.

I do not see why you would swap the coolers or the PSUs around.
 
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dbison

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Thanks for the word EarthDog. I am not sure if he would overclock but if he would do you have any suggestion for the board would be appropriate for that. I am look for something around the $100 mark.
The reason I was thinking about swapping the cooler and psu around was because I figured he would make better use of them than me. I don't game at all any more and don't any intensive on my machine. I just surf and download. To tell you the truth I reason I bought the Noctua d14, was just how badass it looked.
I have a 5770 graphics card in mine, so figured that my psu would be a better fit for his machine than mine.
 

EarthDog

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At $100... not really, no. A decent overclocking board, even for a Hex, will run more than that. You would want more power bits and have a heatsink on them. You do not quite need what is listed in this thread (LINK), but something in that ballpark for the Hex and overclocking would be good.

As far as the PSU... neither need 600W to begin with. I have no idea what yours is, but with that GPU, I would imagine a 400W PSU would easily be fine. For his system, 500W is enough even with some overclocking on the CPU and GPU.