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Looking to build a good gaming PC for $700-$900.

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April 24, 2013 8:23:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Roughly 2-3 months from now

Budget Range: $700-$900 after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video editing, Watching movies, Surfing the web, School work

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Extra parts to buy: Wireless adapter, Speakers, gaming keyboard, gaming mouse

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, and I prefer Windows 7.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, but I'm open to other options.

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Parts Preferences: No major preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Whichever gives more bang for the buck

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, and here's a link to the monitor I'm looking at - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Additional Comments: I'd like a somewhat stylish case, but it's not a major necessity in relation to cost, I'd also like a quiet PC, I'm preferential to a 1TB or greater HDD, as I like having a lot of space, and with the keyboard and the mouse, I'd also prefer wireless as opposed to wired.

The games I will mostly be playing on this pc will be: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Batman: Arkham City, GTA 4, and Skyrim at high or greater. I'd also really like it if the parts used in this build are somewhat future-proof, so that I won't need to perform major part upgrades within the next couple of years.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current laptop is not able to run a lot of the games I like to play, and I'd like to have a good pc to use for gaming.

Thanks in advance for the advice and help!
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April 24, 2013 9:43:47 PM

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 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.62 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($207.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Rosewill Hyperborea 57.5 CFM 120mm Fan ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $885.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 00:37 EDT-0400)
-FX-6300 is a nice budget processor.
-Added in an aftermarket cpu cooler just because you said you want a quiet build. The extra fan I put in is suppose to replace the Hyper 212 PLUS since the fan it comes with is pretty loud. This aftermarket fan is really quiet.
-970 board just in case you wish to overclock.
-Cheap ram
-Your required 1tb HDD. I was going to put it in even if you didn't require it lol.
-A 7870 ghz edition. Great bang/buck. Most people would say "Why the 7870 ghz edition over the 7870 XT?" Normally, this is true, but this 7870 is cheap so it's a good buy as well and fits your budget.
-Really good case, great sale. Slick look, lots of room, good cable management.
-600w psu can run this system with tons of headroom for overclocking/future upgrades. The semi-modular one is only $5 more than the non-modular one, so why not?
-Cheap optical drive.
-Windows 7.
-I had to go with a smaller 21.5" monitor. It's still good as it is 1080p with LED backlighting.
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April 25, 2013 12:24:21 AM

since he wont be overclocking he will be better of with
i5-3470
and a mobo with b75 chipset
rest of the build looks good
if u choose i5 u can use the stock cooler

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a c 325 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 12:43:19 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ 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) ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $886.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 03:40 EDT-0400)

comes with popular gaming monitor, asus 23" 2ms
fx 6300 and GTX 660 (comparable with 7870)

but sorry dude, you must allocate more budget for gaming keyboiard, mouse, and headset. the true quality mechanical keyboard and laser mouse arent cheap :)  unless you want a regular one
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April 25, 2013 8:23:30 AM

AMD Radeon said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ 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) ($95.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $886.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 03:40 EDT-0400)

comes with popular gaming monitor, asus 23" 2ms
fx 6300 and GTX 660 (comparable with 7870)

but sorry dude, you must allocate more budget for gaming keyboiard, mouse, and headset. the true quality mechanical keyboard and laser mouse arent cheap :)  unless you want a regular one


I can add in another $100 (after shipping) for accessories (speakers, keyboard, mouse, wireless adapter).
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a c 275 4 Gaming
April 25, 2013 4:50:43 PM

How's this?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.54 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ 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) ($93.61 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($47.78 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $998.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 19:48 EDT-0400)
It's basically AMD Radeon's build but I changed a few things around:
-Switched out the HDD to a 1tb
-Changed the gpu to a better brand, although you can always change it back to Zotac.
-Added in a wireless adapter.
-Added in a mechanical keyboard.
-Added in a laser mouse.
-Some cheap speakers, but still okay sound.
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April 25, 2013 5:57:12 PM

realchaos said:
How's this?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.20 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.54 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ 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) ($93.61 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($47.78 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch Speakers ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $998.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-25 19:48 EDT-0400)
It's basically AMD Radeon's build but I changed a few things around:
-Switched out the HDD to a 1tb
-Changed the gpu to a better brand, although you can always change it back to Zotac.
-Added in a wireless adapter.
-Added in a mechanical keyboard.
-Added in a laser mouse.
-Some cheap speakers, but still okay sound.


Looks great! Thanks for the help!
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