PC Build $350 | Other Computer Just Died

I am looking for feedback to a build for my brother as his computer has died. The budget is $350 and it's tight. Preferred websites are Newegg and Amazon (If there is a good deal somewhere else though others are okay) and already have all peripherals/os. I should also mention that he already has a graphics card that was salvaged from the other computer (Radeon HD 7750). The main purpose of this computer will be for gaming. There will not be any overclocking for this build either although I hear that the heat sink for the AMD 750K is complete shit so I am just wondering about that and if an aftermarket one is suggested. Here is the build that I've come up with. I have also heard a lot of bad things about the motherboard I picked but it is suggested in the new $350 build video. Any comments on that?


CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ------------------ $80.98 Newegg

MOBO: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ------------------ $59.91 Amazon

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ------------ $49.99 Newegg

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - $59.99 Amazon

CASE: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ------ $29.99 Newegg

PSU: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ------------------- $41.30 Newegg

TOTAL: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- $322.16  as of December 7th

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card

OS: Windows 8.1

instead of the athlon II x4 750k, i would go with an fx 4130, for about 20$ more, but you would have to go with a different mobo.

That build looks good. My only suggestion would be if you can wait a month the new APU are coming so prices will probably drop, so if you can i suggest you wait

If he did go with the FX 4130 which motherboard is suggested. I was looking at this Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131942&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= but it seems to be getting some bad reviews. The board needs to support 1600mhz ram preferably without an oc. It also needs a 20pin usb 3.0 front panel connecter.

in my opinion, ive always believed in getting a somewhat expencive mobo in any of my builds, therefor i would recomend you going with this www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130679 because at any time he would be able to upgrade to an fx 6300 and is a fair bit more reliable, but again is 20$ more than the asus mobo

I have been looking at this one. Gigabyte GA-78lmt-usb3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-128565&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=2#scrollFullInfo Although it would have to be oc to run the ram. The only reason I'm not sure about this is that I don't know how to oc the board to support the ram. Also the board needs to be microATX for the case and that MSI is ATX.

i think it would be worth it to change cases to fit the mobo (if he was ok with it) to something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147060 for 25$ with the rebate

What about the Antec One or Corsair 200R?

if you can get a 200r for a price you want it would be a great choice 

If you're going to be getting a full ATX motherboard, then I'd see the need to get a Mid-Tower.

most of the motherboards listed here are micro-ATX.  I'd suggest sticking with a micro atx.

The AM3+ socket doesn't really have any good M-ATX boards.  The one you linked is probably one of the better ones, but I would only put up to an FX-6350 into that.

Personally, I would go with the 750K.  The up front cost is usually lower, and the FX-4130 is old architecture.  If you want upgradeabilty, you could look into a motherboard with a FM2+ socket.

This is what I've come up with now after going ATX. I picked that ram as it is only $3 more than the other stuff. For only about $30 more I believe I'm getting more performance.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2gVs5

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.30 @ Newegg)

Total: $354.24

(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Still going to urge you to get the Athlon X4 750K/760K.  That motherboard can't really handle much more than a 4 core or 6 core AMD CPU.  I would prefer you go with a 750k and a better quality motherboard.

if he did go with the athlon, he wouldnt be able to get anything more than a 4 core, because there is no 6 or 8 core AMD CPU's with the FM2 socket, but if he whent with the FX, he would get more preformance out of the FX 4130 and be able to upgrade to a FX 6300 (6 Core CPU) at any time, as he wouldnt be able to if he whent with the athlon.

As of now he is going to to go with the FX 4130 unless there is an extremely good reason to go FM2 with the 750K/760K.

20$ less. thats it