Budget PC Build Help

Hello everyone! I'm new to the forums, And I'm actually watching a the Tek on my playstation, right now!

I'm working to build my first desktop, so I can move from console to PC. I'm asking for some tips, because this build is going to be used as a dual-boot setup for Linux and Windows. I do a lot of multimedia work in Linux, and I want to game on Windows. But I have that part worked out.

As far as my requests for this desktop is to be able to run Battlefeel4, (Hopefully) Planetside2, as well as be compatible for Linux drivers and whatnot. I understand that I may not be able to max out these games, but I think that I've accomodated space to add a GPU to the setup in the future. Anyway, enough of my rambling, here is my parts-list. Let me know what you guys think! Am I missing anything? 




And a (500gb HDD that I have laying around)


Case and Cables:

Thanks, and I love the youtube channel!

Good build the only thing I would sudjust is the 2400 ram is really unnecessary. There will be little to no advantage to that speed ram, you should also check if your motherboard is compatible with that speed. Take the money you save and either get more ram or upgrade your ssd to 64gb because 32 will really be a hassle in the long run.

Good luck with your first build!

I wouldn't really go with an APU build.. I don't know your budget but something like FX-6300 + Radeon HD 7790 or 7850 + Asus m5a97 R2.0 would be so much better, like 2-3 times more performance at just a little more cost.

I agree, I was just trying to keep the cost down, until I could get a dedicated Graphics Card, in the future (Hence, the 500w PSU) Sorry for not being clear. What I would LOVE would be a FX-8xxxx With one of the AMD Cards coming out, but that's out of my price range. My fear is that a 7850 would be a bottleneck for my CPU. I watched the video on the effects of faster memory for an APU, so I figured I should go with that, instead of standard 1600/1800. What do you think, XXX?

I meant to mention this in my reply, but I was trying to keep the cost down to under 500 dollars. My apologies!

Thanks! Originally, I wasn't going to go for that ram, but I saw the video on the effects of Ram on an APU build, and the results really opened my eyes to the possibilites. Eventually, I would like to add a 7850 or something to this build, but I'm trying to keep it from bottlenecking.

Here's the video I was talking about.

Well.. I'd say it's a better idea to add a ssd later rather than go with ssd and low performance parts.. This might be 30 bucks over but it's better than the APU by alot... you'd have to use the hdd initially though.


If you think you could go with 4 gb ram, then you can get it under 500 dollars though, just thought 8gb would be better...

Edit; I'm not too sure about the psu, it was just cheap and 80+ efficiency.. xD 

If you don't need the computer NOW, I would recommend buying the parts gradually.. You can save money and build a better machine. in the long run.  Using 24 hour only deals and coupons/promo codes from Newegg. Take this Adata Premier Pro SP900 for example, price is only good for today but the price is about the same as a 60GB ssd.  Just be sure you buy parts in order so you can test them. Like a mobo and cpu close to the same time. Because if your delivery guys are like mine they tend to drop kick packages. or atleast that's what it looks like.

However, if your like me and impatient and have to have it now buy what you can afford.  That's just my 2 cents worth. 

EDIT: added some links I don't know how long the prices are good for though if not marked other wise.

Team Vulcan 8GB(2x4GB) 2400Mhz  price ends October 14, 2013