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June 12, 2013 7:02:26 PM

I'm looking for buy around July - August. I do plan to slowly upgrade them both down the line when I have more money at hand but for now hoping to spend around $1200-$1300 for the both of them for starters.

Okay so I would like to build 2 mid performance desktops to LAN-play older games like Diablo 1-2, Terriera, Minecraft and Baldur's Gate ect ect.
those good and slightly older RPG games :)  not looking for amazing graphics cards or SSDs.
I just want something that will last, not need parts replacing all the time and run those older games to their full potential.
also running World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 with decent graphics would be nice :p  I do rather enjoy passing time on there...
I have no intention of running new games like Crysis 3 so don't worry about that kinda performance.

-Preferably-
No need for a huge hard drive. (will have externals)
4-8 gig of ram really all is needed.
And a good quality durable power supply. :) 
A good CM case would be LOVELY lol
Optical Drive. I know Steam is great but a lot of older games I like, I already have hard copies I would rather use to install via drive.
Razer Game Booster is on my check list don't worry :p 

I'm not looking for anything AMAZING. Just something durable and good quality parts at a lower end in costs.
*I know this is a lot to ask for such a low price but I've been doing my best over the last few days and really need some more ideas and suggestions.*


++CURRENT IDEAS++
AMD - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/uskradetat/saved/1KQp
INTEL - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/uskradetat/saved/1L6I

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June 12, 2013 7:13:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ 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 ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.39 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.90 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $704.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 22:10 EDT-0400)

I think you should seriously consider this build.

You're getting a hexa-core CPU that is miles better than the CPU you suggested. It also has a Hyper 212 cooler for a modest overclock.
I changed the video card to a 7870 GHz edition! Compared to a 650ti, you're going to be getting much higher frames.
I also picked a 500 watt semi-modular PSU to keep your interior clean, as well as to provide more power for beefier components.
Enjoy!
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June 12, 2013 7:19:57 PM

mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ 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 ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.39 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.90 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $704.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 22:10 EDT-0400)

I think you should seriously consider this build.

You're getting a hexa-core CPU that is miles better than the CPU you suggested. It also has a Hyper 212 cooler for a modest overclock.
I changed the video card to a 7870 GHz edition! Compared to a 650ti, you're going to be getting much higher frames.
I also picked a 500 watt semi-modular PSU to keep your interior clean, as well as to provide more power for beefier components.
Enjoy!


I did look at those parts but after I took price into consideration for the fact I need to build two of these I was doing some research and steered more towards the choices I made CPU and GPU wise, the power supply is over kill enough as it is for the game I intend to play so that's not an issue... But thanks for in input, if I get hold of a little more money I might make the switch. :) 
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June 13, 2013 2:57:28 PM

Tate Erekose said:
mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ 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 ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.39 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.90 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $704.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 22:10 EDT-0400)

I think you should seriously consider this build.

You're getting a hexa-core CPU that is miles better than the CPU you suggested. It also has a Hyper 212 cooler for a modest overclock.
I changed the video card to a 7870 GHz edition! Compared to a 650ti, you're going to be getting much higher frames.
I also picked a 500 watt semi-modular PSU to keep your interior clean, as well as to provide more power for beefier components.
Enjoy!


I did look at those parts but after I took price into consideration for the fact I need to build two of these I was doing some research and steered more towards the choices I made CPU and GPU wise, the power supply is over kill enough as it is for the game I intend to play so that's not an issue... But thanks for in input, if I get hold of a little more money I might make the switch. :) 


I understand, but for the extra $100 you're getting a build that will last far longer. If your tight on money, your build is okay, but I think it makes more sense to invest in a build that will be more economical in the long run.
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June 13, 2013 6:25:26 PM

mastrom101 said:
Tate Erekose said:
mastrom101 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ 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 ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.39 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.90 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $704.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-12 22:10 EDT-0400)

I think you should seriously consider this build.

You're getting a hexa-core CPU that is miles better than the CPU you suggested. It also has a Hyper 212 cooler for a modest overclock.
I changed the video card to a 7870 GHz edition! Compared to a 650ti, you're going to be getting much higher frames.
I also picked a 500 watt semi-modular PSU to keep your interior clean, as well as to provide more power for beefier components.
Enjoy!


I did look at those parts but after I took price into consideration for the fact I need to build two of these I was doing some research and steered more towards the choices I made CPU and GPU wise, the power supply is over kill enough as it is for the game I intend to play so that's not an issue... But thanks for in input, if I get hold of a little more money I might make the switch. :) 


I understand, but for the extra $100 you're getting a build that will last far longer. If your tight on money, your build is okay, but I think it makes more sense to invest in a build that will be more economical in the long run.


http://pcpartpicker.com/user/uskradetat/saved/1Lg2 a few more changes within the budget... how's this one? remember the games i want it for, nothing fancy :p  i forgot to add dota 2
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June 13, 2013 6:45:36 PM

There's no point in getting an APU and a discrete GPU (unless it supports crossfireX)

If you want a cheaper build, try this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($92.13 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.83 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $626.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-13 21:45 EDT-0400)

You're still getting a better PC for a similar price.
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June 13, 2013 7:05:41 PM

For the performance he's looking for, he could easily manage with just an HD7790. Maybe even 7770. It should easily max out diablo 3. The leftover money can be saved or put towards a better CPU.
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