A good build for gaming (@ $1000~$1500)

Is this build any good.I chose it because it comes with 4 free games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M/CSM Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($263.65 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Fortress 650W 80 PLUS Platinum Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($87.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1400.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 03:40 EDT-0400)

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  1. Oh god. No. Just no.

    An A10 isn't even CLOSE to being made for handling a powerful GPU - it's designed to play games on low settings and do office-style tasks. It's compute ability is... not impressive.

    Look at something more like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($418.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Ghost (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1211.85
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 03:53 EDT-0400)
  2. that... is just sad and horrible.

    an alternative AMD CPU build if you wanna be fanboyish about it, but seriously, if you got the dosh, not going intel, as outlined above is just a bad move with that budget.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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 ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.96 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $1131.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 03:55 EDT-0400)
  3. No not at all. Generally an APU system is usually used for lower end gaming machines. I've listed an AMD an Intel system for your perusal below:

    AMD build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($425.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1330.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 04:03 EDT-0400)

    Intel Build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($425.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1335.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 04:02 EDT-0400)

    Only difference between the 2 builds is the CPU and Mobo.

    AMD Build notes:
    * AMD build has the best performing CPU for an AMD system right now. Easily OC's and performs quite well for the $.
    * Mobo is 990FX based and should last a bit longer (hopefully will support the latest chips coming out this year from AMD).

    Intel Build notes:
    * CPU is the best that you can get for the performance/$.
    * Mobo has just about everything you would need and performs well for the $.

    Both build notes:
    * RAM is 1600 mHz @ CAS 9 timings at 1.5v (stock voltage) and has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders, so you can use just about any aftermarket CPU HSF with them.
    * Case is a good size and performs well for the $ and also has front USB 3.0 ports!
    * PSU can handle any single GPU out on the market.

    I also forgot to mention this, but the "Microcenter" pricing is for "IN STORE ONLY" and you must pick the parts up at the store to get this price (not sure if you live near one, but thought that you should know this).

    I also would limit your purchases to 1 or 2 places, which would make returning any problem parts much easier.
  4. lunyone said:
    No not at all. Generally an APU system is usually used for lower end gaming machines. I've listed an AMD an Intel system for your perusal below:

    AMD build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($425.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1330.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 04:03 EDT-0400)

    Intel Build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($425.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1335.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 04:02 EDT-0400)

    Only difference between the 2 builds is the CPU and Mobo.

    AMD Build notes:
    * AMD build has the best performing CPU for an AMD system right now. Easily OC's and performs quite well for the $.
    * Mobo is 990FX based and should last a bit longer (hopefully will support the latest chips coming out this year from AMD).

    Intel Build notes:
    * CPU is the best that you can get for the performance/$.
    * Mobo has just about everything you would need and performs well for the $.

    Both build notes:
    * RAM is 1600 mHz @ CAS 9 timings at 1.5v (stock voltage) and has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders, so you can use just about any aftermarket CPU HSF with them.
    * Case is a good size and performs well for the $ and also has front USB 3.0 ports!
    * PSU can handle any single GPU out on the market.

    I also forgot to mention this, but the "Microcenter" pricing is for "IN STORE ONLY" and you must pick the parts up at the store to get this price (not sure if you live near one, but thought that you should know this).

    I also would limit your purchases to 1 or 2 places, which would make returning any problem parts much easier.


    could and should i still use the vector ssd.Im not a overclocker so would that change anything.
  5. Rafeed Iqbal said:
    lunyone said:
    No not at all. Generally an APU system is usually used for lower end gaming machines. I've listed an AMD an Intel system for your perusal below:

    AMD build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($425.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1330.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 04:03 EDT-0400)

    Intel Build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.37 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.50 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($425.91 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $1335.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-09 04:02 EDT-0400)

    Only difference between the 2 builds is the CPU and Mobo.

    AMD Build notes:
    * AMD build has the best performing CPU for an AMD system right now. Easily OC's and performs quite well for the $.
    * Mobo is 990FX based and should last a bit longer (hopefully will support the latest chips coming out this year from AMD).

    Intel Build notes:
    * CPU is the best that you can get for the performance/$.
    * Mobo has just about everything you would need and performs well for the $.

    Both build notes:
    * RAM is 1600 mHz @ CAS 9 timings at 1.5v (stock voltage) and has LOW PROFILE heat spreaders, so you can use just about any aftermarket CPU HSF with them.
    * Case is a good size and performs well for the $ and also has front USB 3.0 ports!
    * PSU can handle any single GPU out on the market.

    I also forgot to mention this, but the "Microcenter" pricing is for "IN STORE ONLY" and you must pick the parts up at the store to get this price (not sure if you live near one, but thought that you should know this).

    I also would limit your purchases to 1 or 2 places, which would make returning any problem parts much easier.


    could and should i still use the vector ssd.Im not a overclocker so would that change anything.


    You could, but it is quite spendy, IMHO. I would even go for the Samsung 840 pro over it, just because the cost is quite a bit different.
  6. no overclocking? then there is literally no reason to spend this much money on a system.

    highly recommend overclocking. at this budget you shouldnt be thinking whether you will or not
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PtuR

    -great CPU cooler to get this down to a good temp
    -motherboard is better than the extreme4 recommended by others
    -way cheaper ram
    -you dont need the highest end SSDs like the vector or the 840 pro. a plextor m5s is only slightly under those drives while being 100 dollars cheaper
    -highly doubt you can fill 3tb. if you need more storage, grab a seagate barrracuda 2tb
    -your wasting your time with the ghz edition. once overclocked, they end up having the same clockspeed
    -you dont need platinum especially at this wattage
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