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Thinking about building a gaming desktop with $800

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June 2, 2013 6:35:35 PM

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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June 2, 2013 6:43:39 PM

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)?
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June 2, 2013 6:56:30 PM

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.
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June 2, 2013 6:57:44 PM

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
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June 2, 2013 7:01:02 PM

Fallensegal said:

my bad... i thought it was fx


Haha, no worries, bud :p 

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June 3, 2013 5:12:02 AM

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
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June 3, 2013 5:26:20 AM

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.
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June 3, 2013 8:49:02 AM

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-...

also gtx 650 ti boost 2gb version can be found cheaper than hd 7850 2gb
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June 3, 2013 11:43:50 AM

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)?


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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-...

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

what, so all in all what should I get?
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June 3, 2013 12:07:46 PM

I'd personally recommend AMD CPU and AMD GPU, to keep the cost down, whilst retaining performance :p 
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June 3, 2013 12:19:49 PM

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 
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June 3, 2013 12:25:04 PM

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
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June 3, 2013 12:28:12 PM

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.
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June 3, 2013 10:03:19 PM

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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