PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bOxd
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1bOxd/by_merchant/
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon) (cheaper at newegg) -$8
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Rosewill RFX-120 87.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($8.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC) (will buy amazon most likely)
Monitor: Acer S200HLAbd 20.0" Monitor ($120 newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Heres what i could do. Changed out the ram for a pair of 1600mhz. Because it won't really make a difference while gaming. And you could overclock this corsair ram to 1866mhz if you really wanted to. Chose a 7950 instead of the original 7870xt. With the monitor you chose it was only 1600x900 so i swapped it out for a 1920x1080 monitor.
How important is the non stock cooler for the PC
Well i only chose it because it would be quieter and keep the cpu cooler. The stock one can get quite loud on load and even on idle.
i made this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1fVNg
i choosed for a Msi GTX-760 gpu instead of the 7870XT because its a better performing card. and its only a few bucks more.
and i pickedup a bigger monitor, ofc you can choose to stay with your cheaper monitor choice. to cheap out ☺
+1 on the build except I would change the RAM to 1600Mhz to save a bit, because you do not really need it in this build and it should also make up for the cost of upgrading to the nicer fancier GPU in this build.
@Dr. Jetix I already changed the RAM to 1600 on my wish list I got. Also I didnt know the 760 was out I almost just bought a GTX 660. Ive also ordered the Case, OS, Monitor for the computer while they were on sale @ newegg. @MisteryAngel I got a different monitor than the one I listed above it was a 1080p screen for $109. (on sale).
Good to hear! I wish you luck on the build!