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Need Advice for Building a $700-$900 Gaming Computer

I am a computer novice and have doing some research for the past couple weeks on this forum. I have decent knowledge on software, but almost nothing on hardware.

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: $700-900 after shipping (preferably before rebates)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playing the latest games (bioshock infinite, tomb raider 3, etc) on at LEAST medium-high settings. And watching bluray movies.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Brand new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes pref windows 8 (finally got used to it!)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon or Newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Dallas, TX, US

Parts Preferences: No idea (one of the reasons I'm going to the experts!)

Overclocking: Maybe (haven't researched how yet)

SLI or Crossfire: Not too familiar with what this means

Your Monitor Resolution: Want what resolution allows me to connect to my monitor and/or TV to provide a great movie viewing experience.

Additional Comments: I have picked out parts below, but its a little too pricey for me and I am sure some of that is overkill or not needed (or at least I can downgrade some parts without performance issues)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Do not have a desktop, gaming on my work laptop is near impossible. I also think it will be fun and rewarding to build it myself instead of buying one.

I am really sold on the case, but other than that I don't care what parts I use as long as they are compatible with each other and will provide great performance for years to come! Here is what I have found:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P6tk) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P6tk/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P6tk/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd4300wmhkbox) | $109.99 @ Amazon
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr2) | $29.98 @ Outlet PC
**Motherboard** | [Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97ler20) | $79.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmv8gx3m1a1600c11) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st9500325as) | $49.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pc128bww) | $109.99 @ Adorama
**Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785aznl4) | $169.99 @ Newegg
**Sound Card** | [Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-sound-card-xonardg) | $29.01 @ NCIX US
**Wired Network Adapter** | [Rosewill RC-402 10/100 Mbps PCI Network Adapter](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-wired-network-card-rc402) | $9.99 @ Newegg
**Wireless Network Adapter** | [Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-wireless-network-card-rnxn180ube) | $20.98 @ Newegg
**Case** | [Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-challengeru3) | $49.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-uh12ns29) | $39.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-885370414059) | $99.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $919.86
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 16:27 EDT-0400 |
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  1. Two items you can do without the wired network adapter, the mobo has it already and the sound card, A $30 sound card is not going to be much of an improvement over the built in sound on the mobo. The Seatgate Momentus HD is a laptop model, get a 3.5 inch 7200 rpm HD for better performance. SSDs are the hot item now, but I skip it because it can be added later. Take the money and get a better cpu at least a fx6300 and a hd 7870 or 7950. That will give you a higher performing computer for the same money. At $100 the window v8 is OEM full version run for 2xs the money if they legit. The blu ray player is only useful if you intend to watch a lot of movies on the pc. I put one in a build and rarely use it. I think spending $10 and getting the Corsair 200R case is worth it.
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7kg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7kg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7kg/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ 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: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.01 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $905.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 17:01 EDT-0400)

    I assume you already know that the 7850 selected has the tomb raider and bioshock game with it as part of the reason you wanted a 7850. Beyond that made some changes some of which to more expensive parts which can be easily taken out. Like the blue ray burner, the network adapter you had in there was a bit pointless as your mobo already has one unless you have some other use for it. Swaped the wifi to a dual band for a little bit more. Kept the sound card as it's a good sound card especially if you use headphones as it has a built in amp that can drive up to 150ohm headphones. Also threw in a larger hard drive. But if you really had to bring the price down you can swap the blue ray burner and hard drive for what you have and bring the price down by $55 very quickly.


    This build is what I get if you want better performance and you don't use a nice set of headphones, which makes the built in amp of the Xonar DG a bit more on the pointless side. Pluse the Xonar DG is usually able to be picked up for $15-20 give it a week or 2 and a rebate will be run on one of the web sites.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7Bw
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7Bw/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7Bw/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $906.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 17:17 EDT-0400)


    This is a cheaper option based on the second build using the Phenom II XD 965, should give same performance as the FX 4300 for cheaper price. But at the cost of higher power consumption and I imagine will throw off a little bit more heat.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7F4
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7F4/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7F4/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $881.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 17:26 EDT-0400)
  3. assasin32 said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7kg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7kg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7kg/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ 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: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($29.01 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $905.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 17:01 EDT-0400)

    I assume you already know that the 7850 selected has the tomb raider and bioshock game with it as part of the reason you wanted a 7850. Beyond that made some changes some of which to more expensive parts which can be easily taken out. Like the blue ray burner, the network adapter you had in there was a bit pointless as your mobo already has one unless you have some other use for it. Swaped the wifi to a dual band for a little bit more. Kept the sound card as it's a good sound card especially if you use headphones as it has a built in amp that can drive up to 150ohm headphones. Also threw in a larger hard drive. But if you really had to bring the price down you can swap the blue ray burner and hard drive for what you have and bring the price down by $55 very quickly.


    This build is what I get if you want better performance and you don't use a nice set of headphones, which makes the built in amp of the Xonar DG a bit more on the pointless side. Pluse the Xonar DG is usually able to be picked up for $15-20 give it a week or 2 and a rebate will be run on one of the web sites.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7Bw
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7Bw/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7Bw/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $906.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 17:17 EDT-0400)


    This is a cheaper option based on the second build using the Phenom II XD 965, should give same performance as the FX 4300 for cheaper price. But at the cost of higher power consumption and I imagine will throw off a little bit more heat.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7F4
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7F4/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/P7F4/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $881.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-07 17:26 EDT-0400)


    First off, thank you!

    Secondly, I am leaning towards the second build you have provided. Do you think I should do what Goodeggray mentioned and get a better cpu and wait on the SSD? I know my current laptop has SSD and I love the fast boot times (I read that is a major advantage of SSD), however I am no expert. If the SSD isn't a big reason why my stuff loads fast, then I can opt to save that for later.
  4. Best answer
    The SSD is the reason why the computer boots fast. If you enjoy the fast boot up speeds get the SSD. The games that will fully utilize all 6 cores of the higher end FX cpu is slim, and we probably won't really see it become standard for awhile. Though if you can squeeze in another $20-30 (not looking at prices right now) or so dollars to upgrade to one I would definately do so it will only help future proof the system for very little money.

    So in short SSD gives you that bootup speed you like. FX 6300 upgrade from 4300 is well worth it for the 2 extra cores to help future proof. If I was strapped for cash, I get a cheaper SSD that holds less data and have it as a boot drive and few programs and the FX 6300.

    EDITED IN:
    Found out that it was so cheap because the PSU wasn't showing up in that last build here are the corrected versions. I deleted the build I posted which didn't take the PSU price into account, though the previous builds in the other post probably won't display the price of the PSU used in them.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Pfbu
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Pfbu/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Pfbu/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $926.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 04:49 EDT-0400)

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Pfcw
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Pfcw/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Pfcw/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $891.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 04:51 EDT-0400)

    If you shop at newegg even once in a blue moon I go with the 8320 build as once you take the price difference of the $10 gift card into account it be a bad idea not to upgrade to it. Otherwise you can choose whether or not to do the upgrade from 6300 to 8320 as for gaming I don't expect it to make any real difference as by the time we go to 8core cpu's for gaming I expect the system to be outdated enough that you need to upgrade though if you ever do anything CPU intensive I do the upgrade the cost to do the upgrade from when I look at it on the site is around $20 but what it posted when I copied it looks to be around $30, either way up to you.
  5. After taking in what you said and the recommended parts, I took the 8320 CPU, downgraded the video card slightly (based on benchmarks) to save $40, and picked a 500GB HD as I wont need more than that to stay under my $900 budget.

    As always, thank you so much for your help! Let me know what you think:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PjYx
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PjYx/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PjYx/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $889.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 15:01 EDT-0400)
  6. Avoid the Rosewell PSU they are junk you can't pay me enough to use their PSU's. The brands I personally prefer are Corsair, PC Power & Cooling (I think OCZ owns them now, i have to double check), OCZ, Seasonic, probably one or two others but this is what I recall off hand.

    And when I say their PSU's are junk I mean it, I be too worried the thing will break and bring with it several of my components.
  7. assasin32 said:
    Avoid the Rosewell PSU they are junk you can't pay me enough to use their PSU's. The brands I personally prefer are Corsair, PC Power & Cooling (I think OCZ owns them now, i have to double check), OCZ, Seasonic, probably one or two others but this is what I recall off hand.

    And when I say their PSU's are junk I mean it, I be too worried the thing will break and bring with it several of my components.


    Whoops, I must have edited my other build - I meant to copy yours and switch out the aforementioned parts. Here it is:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Poua
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Poua/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Poua/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $891.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 20:57 EDT-0400)
  8. assasin32 said:
    Avoid the Rosewell PSU they are junk you can't pay me enough to use their PSU's. The brands I personally prefer are Corsair, PC Power & Cooling (I think OCZ owns them now, i have to double check), OCZ, Seasonic, probably one or two others but this is what I recall off hand.

    And when I say their PSU's are junk I mean it, I be too worried the thing will break and bring with it several of my components.


    Whoops, I must have edited my other build - I meant to copy yours and switch out the aforementioned parts. Here it is:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Poua
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Poua/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Poua/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: A-Data XPG SX900 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: Intel 62205ANHMWDTX1 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $891.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 20:57 EDT-0400)
  9. imo get an ATI gfx card. They are far superior at this point than their counter parts. Good luck!
  10. I went with that 1tb hard drive due to the price after the combo, it came to $10 more for double the capacity. Trust me 500gb can come and go fast when you buy a couple publisher packs on a steam sale for cheap, never thought I'd fill up a 640gb HD with games but I was wrong, it overflowed to my 1.5tb drive. It's a nice insurance policy against it and worth the $10 in my opinion.
  11. Thank you assasin32 and the rest of you for your input! I will update when I buy the parts and start to build in a few weeks.
  12. Eagles8908 said:
    Thank you assasin32 and the rest of you for your input! I will update when I buy the parts and start to build in a few weeks.


    If your buying the parts in a few weeks come back again, just post the build you are set on and we'll see if we can find any new deals for you than to save you some of your hard earned cash.
  13. assasin32 said:
    Eagles8908 said:
    Thank you assasin32 and the rest of you for your input! I will update when I buy the parts and start to build in a few weeks.


    If your buying the parts in a few weeks come back again, just post the build you are set on and we'll see if we can find any new deals for you than to save you some of your hard earned cash.



    Thanks, you're the best!
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