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    Default Beginner Gaming PC Help

    Hi, my name is Nick and i am a 16 year old from Wellington who is interested in beginning to go from console gaming to pc gaming. I have little/basic knowledge of building a pc and pc gaming in general so please explain things basically and try to avoid the tech jargon as I may not understand/follow what you are saying. I have some questions about some parts of my pc.

    1. Will they all run together/fit together
    2. Is it good enough to run games such as Battlefield 4, Counter Strike GO, DayZ and other games like it on high settings.
    3. What sort of frame rate would I be expecting with the parts I am looking to purchase.
    4. Is there anything else I need to add.

    My budget is around $900 NZD, feel free to let me know of any changes i could make to improve performance per dollar/bang for buck. Currently the parts I have add up to $795.36 this is without a monitor and I am looking for one with 1920x1080 resolution so please let me know of any that you know of that are good and fairly cheap.

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    Case: COOLER MASTER K380 Black Gaming Mid-Tower Case front USB 3.0 (No Power Supply) Full matte black +coating, front 12cm Red LED fan


    Motherboard: ASRock AMD FM2+ A78 Chispet FM2A78M-HD+ for FM2+/FM2 CPUs ,mATX, 2 X DDR3 DIMM, VGA/DVI/HDMI, USB3, +6 X SATA3

    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php...HD+-for-FM2+FM

    Power Supply: Cooler Master V450 Semi-Modular 80 Plus Gold 450W ATX12V 120mm PSU - MEPS Standard ready

    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php...lus-Gold-450W-

    Processor/CPU: AMD FX-6350 Six-Core Black Editon, 3.9 GHz, Turbo Core up to 4.2GHz,Total L2 Cache 6MB, L3 Cache +8MB, Socket AM3+, 32nm, 125W

    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php...9-GHz-Turbo-Co

    Memory (8gb/2x4gb): G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800) High Performance Desktop Memory 240-Pin +Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php...600MHz-(PC3-12

    Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce GT740 2GB DDR3 PCI-E 3.0 16X Video Card , Dual DVI-I + Mini HDMI , Single slot ( 3 +Years warranty )

    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php...0-16X-Video-Ca

    Hard Drive/HDD: WD Blue Edition 1TB 3.5" SATA3 Internal HDD 7200RPM 64M CACHE, Solid performance and reliability for +everyday computing, 2 Year Warranty

    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php...al-HDD-7200RPM

    Optical Drive: LG 24x Internal DVD Drive SATA OEM

    http://www.alphacity.co.nz/index.php...Drive-SATA-OEM

    All these items I have found on Alpha City - www.alphacity.co.nz

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    Hi Nick, Welcome to PressF1

    Sorry your thread got auto-moderated because of the links, but it is approved now which makes it 'visible'.

    Good luck with building your new computer.

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    Default Re: Beginner Gaming PC Help

    There's one prob. If this is the motherboard, that CPU isnt listed as a supported CPU

    So that CPU may not be compatible with that motherboard

    There are no FX CPU's on the Asrock site for this motherboard
    Last edited by Speedy Gonzales; 14-12-2014 at 05:46 PM.

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    Default Re: Beginner Gaming PC Help

    Thanks for the feedback and would you know of a motherboard that would support my CPU? if so please get back to me on the thread.

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    Sorry for double posting but i didn't get the option to edit my post above, but would this motherboard be compatible with all my parts that i have chosen? It says it is compatible with my FX-6350 but im not sure if it is.

    http://nz.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus...rd-m5a78lmusb3

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    Default Re: Beginner Gaming PC Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick_ View Post
    2. Is it good enough to run games such as Battlefield 4, Counter Strike GO, DayZ and other games like it on high settings.
    3. What sort of frame rate would I be expecting with the parts I am looking to purchase.

    My budget is around $900 NZD
    That's a very low budget for a gaming PC.
    Be aware if you start with a low end system, it won't last 5 minutes before you have to upgrade it.
    Unlike consoles, you will have to upgrade often.

    The single most important component in a gaming PC is the GPU, start with that and work around with your budget.
    Don't skimp on the PSU either.....quality is important.

    Have a look at Toms Hardware:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ew,3107-7.html


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ck,3106-5.html
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    Default Re: Beginner Gaming PC Help

    Most of my gaming systems have been built on budgets.
    Bought used components on trademe, then resold them again later.
    Havent had any crook ones yet.

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    Default Re: Beginner Gaming PC Help

    Quote Originally Posted by pctek View Post
    That's a very low budget for a gaming PC.
    Be aware if you start with a low end system, it won't last 5 minutes before you have to upgrade it.
    Unlike consoles, you will have to upgrade often.

    The single most important component in a gaming PC is the GPU, start with that and work around with your budget.
    Don't skimp on the PSU either.....quality is important.

    Have a look at Toms Hardware:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ew,3107-7.html


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ck,3106-5.html
    I agree with this and not to brag (although it is always fun to brag) but to give you some perspective, I spent more than your entire budget just on my graphics card.
    Truly in the world of PC gaming you get what you pay for.
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    Agree with pctek and DeSade. Still, it's enough to get you started and run most games at moderate settings. Don't go looking to run Assassins Creed Unity on max settings, but there's nothing wrong with "getting into it" as you mention. BF4 won't run on "High" but it'll run... As the others mention, look to spending more on your GPU
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    Default Re: Beginner Gaming PC Help

    To add my two cents, I'm a long time PC gamer and I think it's far better than consoles for the types of games I play. But as others have mentioned it's also the most expensive form of gaming and is a constantly evolving beast with hardware requirements for games shifting every 2-3 years on average. Sometimes less.

    The only way to get a good gaming machine on that budget in my opinion is to get some or all of the parts 2nd hand, there is of course risks involved and you need to be careful. However because of those gamers like myself who constantly upgrade there tends to be a steady stream of good 2nd hand hardware available. For example I sold a PC on trademe last month for $900 with a i5, 8GB RAM, R9 290 graphics which would so completely outperform what you listed that you'd be amazed at the difference.

    I recommend going intel if you can manage it, I'd like to support AMD but presently the best they have to offer barely matches the cheapest i5 in performance in the bulk of current games and uses a lot more power doing it.

    some specific notes about your choices
    GT740 - too weak for 1080P gaming really. IMHO to get a worthwhile gaming experience at 1080P you should be looking at 750Ti performance or better - use the chart on toms hardware PCtek linked to see what choices you have

    CM 450W PSU - marginal for gaming especially if you do end up getting a decent graphics card. A 550W would let you run any single GPU graphics card but some of the more power hungry ones might be too much for a 450W. My budget pick for a gaming PSU is this one http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/comp...p?partid=19200 This website is useful to decide what you need http://www.extreme.outervision.com/p...ulatorlite.jsp but always experiment with hardware you might add to see what difference it makes. Upgrading later is always more expensive than getting what you need now.
    Ryzen 2700X, 16Gb DDR4RAM, 512GB M.2 NVME SSD, MSI GTX1070

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