Thinking about building a gaming desktop with $800

Hi all, I have never build a pc before, but I have been looking around the web and it seems that building a pc yourself is better. I have a laptop that I usually play games on, but its 4 years old and falling apart, plus I can't play games like planetside 2 or BF 3. My budget is around $800 maybe a little more. Like I said I never did this before but I am willing to try. I just don't know where to start or what to buy. It will be greatly appreciated if you could give me a list on what I should buy and some tips on this.
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  1. First, the age-old question...
    Intel or AMD?
    NVidia or AMD?
    Are you after good value and performance for money (AMD) or "better" performance at an eye-watering cost (Intel/NVidia)?
  2. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/12mzv

    this should keep you happy

    assuming you do not need peripherals and os and monitor
  3. woahhhh, definitely not.
    One does not simply pair an A-series CPU with a high-end GPU.

    ...That can definitely be replaced by an FX series CPU, probably an FX-4300. Same price, much better performance compared to the A10.

    EDIT: Lol, my bad, they're pretty much the same, performance-wise :lol:

    Nevertheless, an AM3+ motherboard for the FX CPU would allow for upgrade to an FX-8xxx CPU later, whereas the A10 5800k is right at the top of the A-series foodchain.
  4. JRAtk94 said:
    woahhhh, definitely not.
    One does not simply pair an A-series CPU with a high-end GPU.


    my bad... i thought it was fx
  5. Fallensegal said:

    my bad... i thought it was fx


    Haha, no worries, bud :P
  6. JRAtk94 said:
    First, the age-old question...
    Intel or AMD?
    NVidia or AMD?
    Are you after good value and performance for money (AMD) or "better" performance at an eye-watering cost (Intel/NVidia)?


    i completely agree on the cpu part
    but gpu completely depend on the budget both amd and nvidia make good budget friendly cards like
    hd 7770 > gtx 650 ti = hd 7790 > gtx 650 ti boost = hd 7850
  7. I have to agree, AMD and NVidia cards are much closer in terms of performance and price, unlike Intel and AMD, which vary immensely in performance and price.
    I'd say a 7850 or a GTX 660 would be ideal.
    A 7850 easily beats a GTX 650 Ti boost, and it costs about the same (sometimes even less). A GTX 660 performs better than a 7850, but costs quite a bit more in most cases.
    It really depends on your budget tbh.
  8. JRAtk94 said:
    I have to agree, AMD and NVidia cards are much closer in terms of performance and price, unlike Intel and AMD, which vary immensely in performance and price.
    I'd say a 7850 or a GTX 660 would be ideal.
    A 7850 easily beats a GTX 650 Ti boost, and it costs about the same (sometimes even less). A GTX 660 performs better than a 7850, but costs quite a bit more in most cases.
    It really depends on your budget tbh.


    gtx 650 ti boost trade blows with hd 7850 depending upon the games
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463-7.html

    also gtx 650 ti boost 2gb version can be found cheaper than hd 7850 2gb
  9. JRAtk94 said:
    First, the age-old question...
    Intel or AMD?
    NVidia or AMD?
    Are you after good value and performance for money (AMD) or "better" performance at an eye-watering cost (Intel/NVidia)?


    l89 said:
    JRAtk94 said:
    I have to agree, AMD and NVidia cards are much closer in terms of performance and price, unlike Intel and AMD, which vary immensely in performance and price.
    I'd say a 7850 or a GTX 660 would be ideal.
    A 7850 easily beats a GTX 650 Ti boost, and it costs about the same (sometimes even less). A GTX 660 performs better than a 7850, but costs quite a bit more in most cases.
    It really depends on your budget tbh.


    gtx 650 ti boost trade blows with hd 7850 depending upon the games
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463-7.html

    also gtx 650 ti boost 2gb version can be found cheaper than hd 7850 2gb

    what, so all in all what should I get?
  10. I'd personally recommend AMD CPU and AMD GPU, to keep the cost down, whilst retaining performance :P
  11. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.42 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($72.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $850.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 15:18 EDT-0400)

    This would be a great build, but it is slightly over your budget. You could choose a cheaper card or cheaper case to save some money, but the 7870 gives better price : performance than the cheaper 7850, but it's up to you.

    I've assumed that you already have a monitor/keyboard/mouse, if not, let me know, and I'll redesign it so that it's cheap enough to include these peripherals in the 800$ budget.

    Hope this helps :P
  12. JRAtk94 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.42 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($72.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $850.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 15:18 EDT-0400)

    This would be a great build, but it is slightly over your budget. You could choose a cheaper card or cheaper case to save some money, but the 7870 gives better price : performance than the cheaper 7850, but it's up to you.

    I've assumed that you already have a monitor/keyboard/mouse, if not, let me know, and I'll redesign it so that it's cheap enough to include these peripherals in the 800$ budget.

    Hope this helps :P


    Guys do not buy anything the Richland series is coming out and it has an 8000 series graphics and can be dual graphixed with a 7000 series gpu.. so 8670d with a 7790 will be a beast
  13. Fallensegal said:

    Guys do not buy anything the Richland series is coming out and it has an 8000 series graphics and can be dual graphixed with a 7000 series gpu.. so 8670d with a 7790 will be a beast


    Is that so?
    Sounds awesome to me :L
    Yet, AMD's APUs aren't as powerful as the FX series of CPUs, in terms of raw power.
    I'd recommend an FX over an A-series any day.
  14. JRAtk94 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.42 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($72.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $850.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 15:18 EDT-0400)

    This would be a great build, but it is slightly over your budget. You could choose a cheaper card or cheaper case to save some money, but the 7870 gives better price : performance than the cheaper 7850, but it's up to you.

    I've assumed that you already have a monitor/keyboard/mouse, if not, let me know, and I'll redesign it so that it's cheap enough to include these peripherals in the 800$ budget.

    Hope this helps :P


    this is a very good build hd 7870 has a very good performance per price
    the only thing for 10$ more u can get fx 6350 which has 3 modules while fx 4350 has 2
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