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PC to build for daily general use including GAMING....

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April 6, 2013 5:41:46 AM

Hi guys, a friend of mine was asking me to build him a pc. I put this together (can't decide on which mobo) but would like some input from you experts if this will be a good budget pc for his needs. It will be a daily driver and some heavy gaming over the weekend....
Well not exactly HEAVY gaming (he's not a hard-core gamer) but would want to play all latest titles (and of course future titles)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ONQn

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 5:48:31 AM

what is your friends budget .
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April 6, 2013 6:05:16 AM

$800-$950 max
but that's with some additional case fans, dvd burners, and the missing mobo
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 6:11:23 AM

Cheaper RAM and power supply, better SSD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $682.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 09:11 EDT-0400)
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April 6, 2013 6:20:37 AM

Sakkura said:
Cheaper RAM and power supply, better SSD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $682.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 09:11 EDT-0400)


Thanx a lot for this. But I read somewhere that the 840Pro is the better SSD and not 840, correct me if I'm wrong....
But if 840 still performs better than this OCZ then yes by all means I will go with that.....
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April 6, 2013 6:23:13 AM

i own the case in this list . It has 5 fans included you shouldn't need anymore than that .
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OO7j
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OO7j/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OO7j/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($132.49 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $889.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 09:21 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 7:28:29 AM

dogla said:
Thanx a lot for this. But I read somewhere that the 840Pro is the better SSD and not 840, correct me if I'm wrong....
But if 840 still performs better than this OCZ then yes by all means I will go with that.....

The Samsung 840 Pro is significantly better than the 840, but the 840 is still better than the OCZ Agility 3. And I say that as an owner of a 120 GB Agility 3.
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April 6, 2013 9:50:52 AM

bodeen2012 said:
i own the case in this list . It has 5 fans included you shouldn't need anymore than that .
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OO7j
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OO7j/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/OO7j/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($132.49 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.23 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill BlackHawk ATX Mid Tower Case ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $889.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-06 09:21 EDT-0400)


I bought 2 of these before and they only came with 2 fans (1 front and 1 rear fan) so I guess the supplier just pulled out the 3 other fans......
I'll forward these to him and see which one he'll go with. But either one will be a good buy I guess....
Thanx you all for the feedback. I'll let you know which one he chooses (my bet goes to the cheapest one but hey, everyone his own choice. I was looking for the 7870 XT myself for my rig but found out they were out of stock everywhere... (let's say my preferred choice is Amazon)
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