First PC for Gaming And Rendering


I am planning on building my first PC for rendering and gaming. My budget is around $850-$1000 NZD (New Zealand Dollar). I am in New Zealand but I will probably buy from the USA as it is just so much cheaper. I already have a monitor (1080p) and peripherals.As said above, I will be doing some rendering in Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, 3DS Max and I will also be doing some CAD in Autodesk Inventor. I will be playing mainly FPS games like CS:GO. I would like to overclock as it's pretty much free extra power. I will not be doing any custom watercooling. For gaming I will be mainly playing at 1080 60fps and as said above CS:GO. I have made a list of parts that I have been considering:

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.98 @ OutletPC)

CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T40 68.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ OutletPC)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)

Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($77.24 @ Amazon)

Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card ($151.00 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($42.99 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $598.16

I really would like to get an ssd, better cooler and a better GPU in the future aswell.


With AM3+, you really don't want to skimp on the motherboard.  AMD's 8 core CPUs are power hungry, and the motherboard you've added won't be able to support it for long, even at stock speeds..  Unfortunately, there are no good m-ATX AM3+ boards.