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Windows 7: New build recommendations

17 Dec 2014   #1
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
New build recommendations

I don't have much money for a PC build so this time I decided to choose an AMD CPU this time.
So this is what I think of getting:

CPU: AMD FX 8320
GPU: GTX 760?
PSU: How many watts I need?
MOBO: not sure
RAM: Kingston DDR3 8GB 1600MHz (2x4), HyperX Fury KIN, HX316C10FK2/8
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB
SSD: none
CASE: not sure
DVD drive: LG 24x (just for drivers)


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17 Dec 2014   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Jaakow22,

I would look to a quality PSU with a 80+ Silver or higher rating and stay above 500 watts. If on a budget I've had outstanding results from both MSI and ASRock mobo's.
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18 Dec 2014   #3
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

You should wait to choose your RAM until you have chosen a motherboard. You need to select RAM that is compatible with the motherboard.
(I suppose you could choose a motherboard that is compatible with the RAM, but that would be 'different')

Most builders will start by choosing their processor. This establishes the platform the PC will be built upon.
Then start shopping motherboards that are compatible with the processor.

You can narrow your list of choices by brand or price, or you look for boards that include the minimal number of features you need and then narrow down. Then read the reviews. Keep in mind that most negative reviews are people blaming the motherboard for their inability to read the manual.

Once you have chosen a MB you can go to the manufacturer's website for that board and look up the QVL list for memory. This lists all the RAM that has been tested and works with that board. You do not need to get only the models listed (newer versions come out), but you pay attention to the specs - most importantly the RAM voltage and the timings. You can then shop for RAM that meets those specs.
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18 Dec 2014   #4
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Start with the case you want and can afford then look to a quality PSU and if needed go semi-modular to save bucks but go quality and 80% Silver or above and minimum 500 watt like this EVGA SuperNOVA 650 B1 Power Supply Unit - Internal, 650 Watt, 80PLUS Gold, AC 100-240 V, 135mm Fan, Double Ball Bearing, Fully Modular Cables, Black - 120-G1-0650-XR at TigerDirect.com. Then look to a mobo to mate with the AMD monster 8 core. I like this MSI board MSI 970A-G46 AMD 9 Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA III (6Gb/s), RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, SLI/CrossFireX Ready - 970A-G46 at TigerDirect.com
Then look for the RAM and I feel a higher speed like G-Skills @ 1866 - 2400 mhz. would be a good investment.
Maybe look to a AMD R9 GPU for bang for buck perfromance XFX Radeon R9 280X Double Dissipation 3GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0 (x16), AMD CrossFire - R9-280X-TDFD - (3 FREE Games up to $160 value after purchase, limited offer) at TigerDirect.com
Then don't forget to sealed water cool the CPU with at least this Corsair - Hydro Series H80i Extreme Liquid/Water CPU Cooler - 2 x 120mm Fan, 2700RPM, 77CFM, 37.68dBA, Multi-Socket Support, Built-in Corsair Link - CW-9060008-WW at TigerDirect.com
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18 Dec 2014   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

For a case, I have this one:

COOLER MASTER HAF series RC-912-KKN1 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Newegg.com

And I recommend it for a lower budget build. It has ample room and fairly decent cable management. It also has lots of room for putting in a sealed watercooler kit like linnemeyerhere suggests.

For memory, I might stay away from GSkill myself, but only because I've heard horror stories about their tech support. I've had extremely good luck with Mushkin RAM over the years, and the one time I had to use their tech support to replace a pair of sticks, they were first rate. It also comes with a lifetime warranty.

I've head great luck with ASUS MB's. I'm currently using an M5A97 R2.0:

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - Newegg.com

I have an FX8350, but it also supports the FX8320 that you're thinking about, though if you're ever planning to Crossfire video cards, you might want to look at the MSI MB that linnemeyerhere pointed out.
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18 Dec 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaakow22 View Post
I don't have much money for a PC build so this time I decided to choose an AMD CPU this time.
Not nearly enough info.

We have no idea at all what you intend to do with this PC.

Email and going to web sites?

Processing video files?

Mathematical computations?

Gaming?

Downloading and processing pictures?

What you should get depends on what you need for your particular job. We have no idea what that is yet.

I doubt if you'd buy a D9 Cat if you were going to plant some petunias. Or buy a 2 quart pot if were cooking a stew for 50 people.

You would split the money up differently for a gaming PC than you would for a general purpose PC or for a mathematical computation PC.

Without knowing that, it's just rank guesswork and you could easily allocate the money improperly.

Nor do we know the slightest thing about your possible vendors, your budget in your currency, or whether you need a monitor or an operating system within the budget.
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19 Dec 2014   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
You should wait to choose your RAM until you have chosen a motherboard.
Definitely. Go for Ram that the motherboard manufacturer has endorsed/tested. Certainly other ram may work but play safe. I've been caught out.
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19 Dec 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaakow22 View Post
I don't have much money for a PC build so this time I decided to choose an AMD CPU this time.
Not nearly enough info.

We have no idea at all what you intend to do with this PC.

Email and going to web sites?

Processing video files?

Mathematical computations?

Gaming?

Downloading and processing pictures?

What you should get depends on what you need for your particular job. We have no idea what that is yet.

I doubt if you'd buy a D9 Cat if you were going to plant some petunias. Or buy a 2 quart pot if were cooking a stew for 50 people.

You would split the money up differently for a gaming PC than you would for a general purpose PC or for a mathematical computation PC.

Without knowing that, it's just rank guesswork and you could easily allocate the money improperly.

Nor do we know the slightest thing about your possible vendors, your budget in your currency, or whether you need a monitor or an operating system within the budget.
Well said!
We need a starting place so we can give guidance.

If all you want is a gues this is mine.

Just tick on My System Specs in the lower left corner of this post.
That system will work for just about everything or can be updated for extra stuff if need be.
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20 Dec 2014   #9
Jaakow22

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sorry for a late reply, I will be using the computer for gaming and internet browsing and watching movies.
The problem is that not all parts are available in my country.
So here are the components I was thinking of:
PSU: Corsair VS650 PSU, 650W
MOBO: Asus M5A97 R2.0 (I see it has PCI-E x16 2.0 so does that affect performance if the GPU requires PCI-E 3.0?)
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF RC-912-KKN1 (this case is really expensive in my country, around 140$, the motherboard is cheaper than a case, is that normal? Know any other case which could be cheaper with good airflow and cool looking.
The build shouldn't be over 1000$
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20 Dec 2014   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Phanteks

$100.00 from Newegg.

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