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Gaming Pc For A Friend

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April 20, 2013 8:49:28 AM

I am going to be building a gaming pc for a friend. He does light gaming right now, along with general surfing of the internet and school work, but may get more and more into gaming in the future, and would like his pc to be ready to run games like battlefield 3 high and crysis 3 high (if possible). The budget is $800, $850 at the most, as he has $900 and I am getting paid $50 for building it for him. Not included in the budget is a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. He would prefer a copy of Windows 7 as his os. He won't be doing any overclocking, so he shouldn't need any extravagant cpu coolers for this build. He has no preference on the cpu and graphics card brands, as long as they perform well for what he is going to be doing. Any ideas for what to put in this build?

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April 20, 2013 9:42:02 AM

$800 is lower than I'd like to go for a gaming build..... If ya pick a good CPU and GFX card it forces you down a level or two .... or three for all the other components. That being said....

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overcloc...

However .....

I'd use the Collermaster Hyper 212 Cooler at this budget but you not OCV'ing so no need

As for the 7870....with the $15 cooler savings add to the $240 they spent on the 7870, I'd move up to the 600 Ti which compared well with the 7950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://techreport.com/discussion/23981/radeon-hd-7950-v...
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660...

I have three toasted Antec Neo's in my parts scavenging box. This is Antec's "Builder Series" .... read "Budget Series"

Corsair CX series is also Corsair's "Builder Series" and though I don't like to go this level on PSU's, after my experiences with the Neo's, Id go this direction
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2013 9:56:09 AM

At $850... he won't be playing crisis 3 on high. That game is a beast on both cpus and gpus, and built to utilize as many cores as you've got... which means you're gonna have to go with big number of cores and overclocked

The best i could do for you is go with a 6300, and a 7950... that will get you close. here is a build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($275.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $850.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-20 12:58 EDT-0400)

Personally i'd take this over the tom's hardware $800 build... as overclocked into the mid 4s, that cpu will stomp on the one they used. That said if your friend isn't going to overclock, the Tom's build will probably serve him better.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 20, 2013 9:59:16 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($275.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.72 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.30 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $831.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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