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Hello everyone, I am new here and am going for my first full build, I already have a few things from my current build. I have a disk drive, OS, hardrives and newly purchased MSI R9 280 that are waiting to be put together I am looking to upgrade the rest though. I have a max budget of $650 I am going to be using it for 1080p Gaming only and just want something to last me the next few years and be upgradable. I want performance first of course but also want it to be ascetically pleasing. I would like a windowed case with clean cable management. Let me know what you guys think I should get.
 
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how is terrible?
you dont like colors? noisy fans? window is not big enough?
 
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Cable management is difficult, Colors but mostly the top mounted psu makes cable managment very difficult with no cutouts for routing cables. Also wish the inside was painted... But guess i could do that myself.I I want the build to be very tidy when completed. f I just get 8 gigs of ram to start with I can get a case.
 
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Hello,

Do you plan on overclocking? What will the new build mostly be used for in terms of gaming? What genre of games will you be playing?

Layton
 

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#7
edit your posts, don't double triple post.
 
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Just 1080p Gaming at respectable framerates. I would like to overclock in the future but I have no experience besides overclocking my video card. But yes in the future.
 
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Need to make it on pc partpicker I can't see what's in your cart.
 
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with a little work you can make your "terrible" case look the way you like.
http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/3506.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/3142.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/gallery/3085.html
cable mangement is possible even with top psu.
for easyer cable managment you can change your psu with semi or full moular (absolutely poinless from tech side since it is quite decent for hardware you will use) but you will go out of the budget unless you sacrifice ram http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zsMnyc
 
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Looking good so far. So the overall consensus seems to be 4690k, z97 motherboard and 8 gbs of ram and the rest is just for looks.
 
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I don't know how much longer my psu is going to be around and if I'm spending the money now why not. Is 16 gbs really necessary for gaming?
 
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Cases have better cooling: 120/140 mm instead of 90/120mm.

8gb is plenty for gaming. PSU buy a 80+ gold.
 

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Is 16 gbs really necessary for gaming?
Not really, it's more of a comfort thing. The only thing I've seen use more than 8GB of my RAM is Star Citizen, which is hurrendously optimised in its present state. 8GB is the current sweet spot, with 16GB being the "frivolous" option. (For gaming that is)
 
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Looking good so far. So the overall consensus seems to be 4690k, z97 motherboard and 8 gbs of ram and the rest is just for looks.
well you can make it cheaper with am3+ cpu but future of am3+ socet is unclear so upgradability will be questionable (i personaly think amd will supply new am3 cpus in future but there isnt clear statements from them about am3 future).
intel most likely will use new socet for their next gen cpus so if you going to upgrade you will need to change mb as well.
I don't know how much longer my psu is going to be around and if I'm spending the money now why not. Is 16 gbs really necessary for gaming?
depends on how long you will want to use that confing w/o spending $ on it (except may be for vga)

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btw there is an edit option just at the bottom of the posts
 
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OK I decided to stay with my current case and psu and just paint it. Change the fans and cut cable management holes.
 
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OK I decided to stay with my current case and psu and just paint it. Change the fans and cut cable management holes.
good choice.
now you have ~100$ more for hardware upgrade