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My First PC Build

by taylor171PC

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I'm 15 and I saved up to build a computer to replace my slow laptop, and so I could start PC gaming. I didn't have enough money to buy a GPU, so I have to live with integrated graphics for now. I will get one this month, so please comment some GPU suggestions around or under $200.

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WiliyamMSL 7 points

I would've went with an AMD APU if you were starting to be a pc gamer but that i5 is an AWESOME cpu. Throw in an R9 270X somewhere down the line and this build would literally kick ass. Also could you post some internal pics please?

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 2 points

I was considering it, but I knew I would get a graphics card soon so I stuck with the i5, and the rest of the pics are up.

Permalink 15 months ago
Zeus 1 Build 6 points

I'd suggest a 7870 for your gpu. If you look around, a 7950 can be bought for around 200 dollars

Permalink 15 months ago
xOutrageous 5 points

Hey man, sweet build! I'm 14 and I'm beggining to save up for a build too. I really like the parts you chose. As far as a GPU around $200, I would recommend a R9 270x or a GTX 760 if you can find one on sale (good luck with THAT). OR you could get a R9 270 and a Hyper 212 CPU cooler. This way you can OC your CPU AND you can OC the 270 to 270x speeds easily. Hope this helped!

Permalink 15 months ago
boldimort 1 point

Well said, you can easily overclock a 270 to 270x speeds for a lower price tag

Permalink 15 months ago
Swish2000 1 point

You can't oc a locked CPU. Good idea otherwise.

Permalink 15 months ago
xOutrageous 1 point

Oops! Might have missed that. Thanks.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thanks for the suggestions :)

Permalink 15 months ago
EpicEagle44 1 Build 2 points

Your best bet for a GPU would be a 7870, they are very good cards and you can pick one up for around $180.

Permalink 15 months ago
18hockey 1 Build 2 points

Nah, he should go for a 7950, virtually the same price, but better performance.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion :) I could probably find one on sale soon.

Permalink 15 months ago

get the new equivalent of the 7870, the R-series

Permalink 15 months ago
purplepenguin 1 point

Nah. The 7870 apparently is better, although there never will be new drivers. I think it's still worth it to go 7870.

Permalink 15 months ago
Electrospeed 1 point

...except that the equivalent R-series card is more expensive.

Permalink 15 months ago

how bout a 760 :) nm I think it's time to stop arguing over something that's already done. I'm a GeForce fan.

Permalink 15 months ago
NeonMane 1 Build 2 points

For a GPU I would suggest an MSI Twin Frozr Radeon HD 7850, an Asus R9 270 or an GeForce GTX 650 Ti.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 2 points

Thanks for the suggestions :) Those are good cards.

Permalink 15 months ago
ThisOneisOdd 1 point

I just ordered a Twin Frozr 7850 myself on Black Friday for $130. Good card, good deal, even at the average price point.

Permalink 15 months ago
w0zzyfuzzy 2 points

I would recommend the MSI R9 270. It overclocks like a beast and can match the speeds of a 270x. Plus it is basically the replacement to the 7850.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thanks for the suggestions :)

Permalink 15 months ago
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pls get a better keyboard, pls..

Permalink 15 months ago
l13199l 1 Build 1 point

keyboard should be the last thing he upgrades lel

Permalink 15 months ago
ESPM400 1 Build 1 point

Agreed. Hell, I'm still using a crappy $20 5-6 year old Logitech wireless. It works just fine, and it's still got it's Russian character stickies for whenever I pick Rosetta Stone back up.

Permalink 15 months ago
l13199l 1 Build 1 point

i own the exact same keyboard that OP has, its not too great, i will say the keys are way too large so i currently use a lgoitech ek110. It's not about the type of keyboard, it's about the feeling it provides for you

Permalink 15 months ago
ESPM400 1 Build 1 point

I own a slightly-rubbish LX710, although I no longer use the mouse as my two previous RoG laptops came with much better ones and I bought a Corsair Vengance M90 with my current build.

The keyboard has some occasional signal drops, and the media buttons on the sides are too easy to accidentally hit, but as I said, it works fine for the most part. Frankly I'm surprised that considering the abuse it's seen, it actually still works...

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

a GPU is #1 on my list haha, but i will get one for sure lol

Permalink 15 months ago
JakeyU72 3 Builds 1 point

For a GPU, go with a 7950. They outperform a R9 270/270x for like $20 more.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thanks for the suggestions :)

Permalink 15 months ago
HD7ames 1 Build 1 point

Looks good man on your first PC build and I can understand where you decided to invest and where not to. as far as a graphics card? It depends what kind of games you want to run and that is a good CPU if you're not overclocking. might want a 7870 to save money or a R9 270 since those are the newer models. I just don't see the point of running anything higher than those models since you are really not going to see a difference if not running 120 or 140 hz monitors.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

thanks, i'll probably get a 7870 on sale soon

Permalink 15 months ago
ammar 1 Build 1 point

gr8 build you were wise (and patient) to get a good cpu for performance instead of an APU since you'll get a video card, you can get a 7950 at this budget

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thanks, i'll consider the 7950 for sure

Permalink 15 months ago

I would suggest just to wait any extra amount of time and get a gtx 760. It runs all current games at ultra to high settings and is a great value.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

My friend has it, great card, if i can find a good deal....

Permalink 15 months ago

Terrific job, looks fantastic on the inside. Nothing against you, but maaaaan do I dislike the look of MoBos with the brown PCB.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 2 points

Thanks! I tried my best with the cable management since people like to judge that, and yeah i know, but it doesn't look too bad when camera flash is off lol

Permalink 15 months ago
Arcanap13 1 point

The Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 Ghz ed. (2gb) is on sale for 129.99 right now, awesome card and a good deal.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

sweet, but i live in canada so i'll have to find a deal here

Permalink 15 months ago
Blizzard 1 Build 1 point

Get an R9 270 as it is an r9 270x underclocked so all you have to do is overclock it and you have just saved some money, also another good reason to buy a R9 270 is that it can run Battlefield 4 at 1080p ultra at an average of 50fps once overclocked :)

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

thanks, i hear it is a great card

Permalink 15 months ago

Very nice build. I was looking at the exact same CPU since I want to build an internet machine that runs effectively for other things as well. I don't really plan on adding a GPU and the APUs have better performance graphically. That said single threaded performance is much better for intel.

Like the others have said, a 7870 is under $200 and even a 7850 or 650 ti boost will give you solid FPS at 1080p.

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

its a pretty awesome cpu for $200 Thanks for the suggestions :)

Permalink 15 months ago

u can get a samsung 120gb for 90 bucks...

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

i got an adata 128gb for $90 though, i boot in 10 seconds!

Permalink 15 months ago

u should get a higher wattage psu if ur getting a high end gpu... i dont think 550w gonnna be a enough

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

7870, r9 270, 7850, gtx 660, 7950, all of the cards im considering, need a minimum of 500w, so im pretty sure im good :)

Permalink 15 months ago

However that is minimum. If you put those gpus on max load, there could be some power problems

Permalink 15 months ago

Good job on your build! I'm planning in using the same MoBo in my build. Is it any good and were there sufficient cables provided with it?

Permalink 9 months ago

Good GPU = GeForce GTX 660 from nvidia. It can play most modern games at 1080p with reasonably high FPS (30 to 60 fps depending on the game). You could also get a 660 Ti for a little more money. Hope I helped!

Permalink 15 months ago
taylor171PC submitter 1 Build 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion :)

Permalink 15 months ago

No prob :)

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