Help with my first build

By TreyX ยท 6 replies
Jun 8, 2013
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  1. Im trying to build a pc for gaming, mostly RTS and RPGs. I would like to be able to play these two up coming gaming on the max settings or at least close to that upon there release. Heroes 2 and Rome II.

    My budget is around $750. I don't have a brand preference so if you would like to make some suggestions from other brands please full free to do so. I plan on ordering it within the next 3 weeks. I'm a little nervous when looking for parts because I'm afraid not everything would be compatible. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank You.

    NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-BL

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply.

    ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor Edition, Black AM3 FD6300WMHKBOX

    EVGA GeForce GTX650Ti Boost SuperClocked 2GB GDDR5 192bit, Dual-Link DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI,DP, SLI Ready Graphics Card

    Corsair Vengeance Blue 8 GB (2X4 GB) PC3-12800 1600mHz DDR3 240-Pin SDRAM Dual Channel Memory Kit CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 16MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

    Asus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)

    I have amazon pro so the total price of all these parts right now is $764.48 with a copy of windows 7
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    All of your links give me an error. This is a build I made for someone the otherday:
    CPU: AMD FX-6350 ($140)
    Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 ($100)
    CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo ($35)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB ($70)
    GPU: EVGA GTX 660 ($220)
    HDD: WD Black ($95)
    PSU: Corsair HX650 ($105, but it is $90 after mail in rebate--which is equivalent to the lower end PSU)
    Case: Corsair 200R ($50)
    That brings you to exactly $800. That will crush any game though @ max settings :). If you need me to lower the price of the build to somewhere near $750+Windows 7, I can do that. But this is the best build you can get for $800.

  3. TreyX

    TreyX TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If you can find a lower build to around $750 plus a copy of windows 7 I would greatly appreciate it.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    So you want the build to basically be $650 + $100 for Windows? What resolution will you be gaming at and what games do you play?
  5. TreyX

    TreyX TS Rookie Topic Starter

  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    RTS games are usually more CPU dependent so you can cut way back from a 660/650Ti Boost especially at that resolution which is only half the number of pixels as 1920x1080 (if you're looking at benchmarks). Something like a GTX 650 (non-Ti) or 7770 might even be fine.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Rome II is pretty demanding though. I think he should get a 650Ti Boost, even though he is playing at such a low resolution. But TreyX, if you want to go with slh28's suggestion, upgrade your CPU to a 8350.

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