First build! please help!


So i'm building a new gaming pc and don't know what parts to get. 


  • Budget. How much are you willing to spend? $500 MAX
  • Where do you live (what country),  and what currency do you use? US
  •   -Is there a retailer you prefer? Amazon
  • Do you need or already have peripherals? I have mouse, keyboard, monitor etc. But IF you can fit a new mouse and keyboard in please do.!
  • What will you be using your future computer for? Gaming? Rendering? Mix of both? Or is this a home media PC? Gaming
  • Do you overclock or want to get into over clocking?  No
  • Do you plan on going for custom watercooling now, or in the future? No
  • OS. Do you need a new one? No

If you Game-

  • What kind of settings do you like or what FPS do you want to play at? It just needs to be smooth
  • What resolution will you be playing at? //or would like to play at. 1080p
  • What kind of games do you like to play?  G-mod, Minecraft, TF2, Hitman and Skyrim and Age Of Empires
  • What specific game will you be playing (if you only really play one)

 This will also be used for word programs, Paint.NET, and general Tasks. I use two monitors so It needs to be able to handle that well as well.


Would this build work?

You skimped on the graphics card by a lot :(.  Here, try this instead:

Switching out the GPU with an R9 270 will give you MUCH MUCH better performance.  It'll be worth the 30 bucks over your budget.

$500 max blah blah... This is what I'd get... $100 over budget... better mobo, WAY better video card... better PSU that's semi modular... I like the case better but that's personal preference (it's my go to cheap case)... you could also look at the GTX 750ti at your price point... but getting an under-powered video card for dual monitor gaming isn't the best idea...

I really want to add in a CPU cooler cause AMD's stock one is a coaster, but I'm already pushing way past the budget... anyways, that's just my take...

you could also look at an APU based build taking the GPU out of the mix altogether (and definitely fit your budget), but it'll give you much more limited upgradability and I'm not sure how it'd perform on a dual monitor setup in games

What's better the MSI Radeon R7 260x or the Sapphire Radeon R7 260x? I'm ordering from amazon and the Sapphire card is a bit cheaper.

Yeah, at this budget, adding some money will get you much, much better performance.

I looked at APU's and people say that the CPU & GPU performs better for around the same price. 

Both cards are good, I personally would go with the Sapphire card I have had good experience with Sapphire cards. Also if you are going Sapphire try and find one with the Vapor-X cooler

Thanks, Will look out for that Vapor-X Cooler thing!


And even if you can't find the Vapor-X version I still recommend the Sapphire card

$500 ---> buy a 2nd hand rig. You can score some real good deals that will wipe the floor performance wise of anything that is new for the same money. Old i7/i5 + gtx580 etc.

My 2c anyways.

I've run Dual-X coolers on both of the sapphire cards that I've purchased and they're still pretty good and quiet.

The 760k is not an APU.  The only APUs available for AMD have A##, such as A10, A8, etc.

The 760k is a CPU only.  It is basically a A10-6800k with disabled integrated graphics.  All the graphics processing will come from the R9 270X.

This setup posted is pretty good for budget gaming.

Also a good idea.  I purchased my first desktop prebuilt a year or so pretty cheap, and it opened my eyes to how shitty Intel HD 3000 was.

Upgraded the comp, sold it a couple months later, and built a rig as I learned more about computers.

Okay so I think I've got an Idea on what to get. Something like this Should work I think. Thanks for your help guys really appreciate it.

Looks pretty good, I don't know how I feel about such a low end board but as long as you don't OC you should be fine.

I would also recommend looking into getting a hyper 212 evo in the future because the stock heatsink for the FM2 parts are kinda crap

Sweet thanks for ya help

dat integrated psu :S

Yeah its nothing flash but more than enough for a very low power system.

a small bit more but a PC with much higher quality parts that will look better, too!