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charleylol

New Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2016
Hello. I am newly registered to this forum after reading many posts.
I am about to start my first Gaming Build. After much reading and research to determine parts, within my price range, I have made a list to the best of my thoughts.
Please ( anyone ? ) review my list and comment as to your more expert thoughts.
I will appreciate any constructive suggestions.
Below is my current parts list.
Sincere thanks,
charleylol
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MOTHERBOARD
Gigabyte GA990FXA-UD5 R5
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CPU
AMD FX8370 4Ghz with Wraith Cooler - Black
p/n FD8370FRHKHBX
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RAM
DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz
1 x 8gbz
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GRAPHICS CARD
EVGA GTX960 Super SC ACX 2.0 4Gb
p/n 04G-P4-3966-KR
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CASE
Coolermaster Elite 431 Plus
GCU length 315mm = 12.4”
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POWER SUPPLY
EVGA 600B Bronze
p/n 100-B1-0600-KR
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DVD BURNER
ASUS DRW-24B1ST-KIT incl. NERO 12 & SATA Cable
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SSD SOLID STATE DRIVE
KINGSTON DIGITAL DRIVE 240 GB
p/n SV400S37A/240G
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HDD HARD DISC DRIVE
WD Black 7200 RPM 1TB 64Mb Cache
p/n WD1003FZEX
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Windows 10 Home Premium
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ATMINSIDE

Sim Racing Aficionado Co-Owner
Joined
Jun 28, 2012
What's your budget?
Do you need to buy a monitor, keyboard, and mouse?
 

42YottabyteSim

Registered
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Apr 12, 2016
Is there a reason you are going with the AMD FX8370? For $20 more you can get an i5 overclocked that will leave that thing in the dust.

If your going to actually watch 4k, you need a 970. Its technically able to handle VR, but not realistically. I saved $150 by going with the 950 and I can play every game on Ultra settings with no issues. Although I haven't tried the new Doom yet.
 
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caddi daddi

Godzilla to ant hills
Joined
Jan 10, 2012
your choice of ram needs to change, from 1x8 gig stick to 2x4 gig sticks.
only 2 things matter with ram, that you have enough, 8 gigs is plenty, and that you run the correct number of sticks, you need two..
 

trents

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 27, 2008
caddi daddi is correct. You need to get a dual channel kit of RAM. Running in single channel will hurt your performance.
 
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charleylol

New Member
Joined
Jun 14, 2016
THANKS to all for the fast response.
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AMD FX8370 over i5 because of my current brand mindset.
The budget is $1000 +/- before Monitor, KB and mouse etc.
Soooo how about;
2 x 8Gb RAM. Any brand preferences ?
GTX 970. Which of the many variations is best value ?
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cw
 

wingman99

Member
Joined
Dec 10, 2003
I like my EVGA SSC GTX 970 04G-P4-3975 Warranty: 3 Years, the warranty is transferable also Evga has good support, it has more power phases 6.2 also the cooler is a ACX 2.0+ and if you look around you can purchase it for the same cost as a SC.

For ram I like g skill.
 
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[email protected]

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Apr 7, 2016
Location
Israel
THANKS to all for the fast response.
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AMD FX8370 over i5 because of my current brand mindset.
The budget is $1000 +/- before Monitor, KB and mouse etc.
Soooo how about;
2 x 8Gb RAM. Any brand preferences ?
GTX 970. Which of the many variations is best value ?
.
cw

I have Corsair and its pretty fine for me, Didnt OC it but will try (Plus alot of other projects i want to do) when my school ends.
It supposed to OC pretty fine.

Here is an article about OC'ing Corsair, G.skill, And Kingston ram sticks.
 

Bluefalcon13

Member
Joined
Jan 1, 2008
Location
Colorado Springs, CO
I like my EVGA SSC GTX 970 04G-P4-3975 Warranty: 3 Years, the warranty is transferable also Evga has good support, it has more power phases 6.2 also the cooler is a ACX 2.0+ and if you look around you can purchase it for the same cost as a SC.

For ram I like g skill.

I'd say save a bit for the extended warranty from evga (bought through their website when you register the product w/in 30 days of purchase). Best customer support from any vendor yet. They strongly adhear to their "same GPU or better" policy and will send you a newer GPU if they don't have your model in stock.
 

trents

Senior Member
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Dec 27, 2008
GSkill for the RAM. Stay away from Kingston. Sometimes it doesn't play well with AMD. Crucial is also a good choice.
 
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charleylol

New Member
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Jun 14, 2016
MY First Gaming Build ( current status 7/11/2016 )

Hello and thanks to everyone that offered help and guidance.
I will place the order later this month when the paycheck hits the bank.
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I have taken your recommendations and here is my latest direction.
I am still listening for further clarifications and suggestions up til "$$ BUY TIME"
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I will stay with the;
AMD FX8370 with Wraith cooler.
Gigabyte GA990FXA-UD5 R5 Motherboard.
2 x 8Gb G.SKILL Ripjaws X 240 pin SDRAM DDR3 1866 PC3 14900.
KINGSTON SSD 240 Gb.
WD Black 7200 RPM 1TB HDD.
EVGA GTX970 Super SC ACX 2.0 4Gb Graphics card.
Coolermaster Elite 431 Plus case.
EVGA 700B Bronze power supply.
ASUS DRW-24B1ST-KIT DVD Burner.
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i'll be trying to find a way to get Windows 10 at the best price.
Is Windows 10 "Home" the best one for this use ?
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Sincere thanks to everyone. This forum is a great experience.
charleylol
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caddi daddi

Godzilla to ant hills
Joined
Jan 10, 2012
win pro is what I prefer, it has a few features that are left out in home.
if this is a mostly game rig you can trim the number of cores and trade that heat for a higher clock speed as most games can't use more that 4 cores anyway.
all the ssd space you can afford right up front.
don't get freaked about ram speed or ram at all for that matter, just get enough, 8 gigs is plenty, in the correct slots to run dual channel, and run at default settings, the gskill you list will be great.
while your looking at stuff, keep an eye on 980 prices, the release of the new 10xx cards will effect those prices, a single 980 will cost less and play smoother than 2 970's in sli.