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June 15, 2013 9:45:12 PM

I want to be able to play a bit of call of duty, bf3, and minecraft.
I can upgrade these specs If I want to but I want to keep it below 600 or in the low 600's. I can get it faster if it's not 700 dollars or more.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/16Tdn

I just need to know if my computer won't get fried with my terrible part picking skills, and If I'd need to upgrade some stuff so I can get better gameplay.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Around 2 months max

Budget Range: 600 ~ 700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the web, watching movies, maybe video editing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) Probably my mobo and ram, but I'm not sure if its worth it.
Do you need to buy OS: No, dad has a copy.
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - U.S, Northeaast, NewYork, Jamaica
Parts Preferences: by brand or type intel and nvidia series or intel and radeon series

Overclocking: Maybe, doubt my mobo can handle it though, plus I might need a fan for that so its probably a No.

SLI or Crossfire: I'm tech noob I have no idea what this is

Your Monitor Resolution: Probably a 1366 x 768, I think the monitor my dad wants to give me can't handle my gaming, so the one I'm probably going to buy has that resolution.
Additional Comments: something that works, lol.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Can't do any serious gaming except for minecraft and flash games...plus I'm switching from console to pc.

plz forgive me for my tech noobiness.
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June 15, 2013 9:56:09 PM

That's a bad set-up for gaming.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($92.13 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.58 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($154.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $721.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 00:53 EDT-0400)

-AMD is better for budget systems. They will give much better bang/buck.
-Overclockable.
-Standard 8gb of ram and 1tb HDD for mass storage.
-Much better gpu. Comes with free games and can handle a lot of games at high settings with higher end games at low-med.
-Better case. Has good airflow, cable management and lots of room.
-HIGHER QUALITY PSU. I had to emphasize this because a bad quality psu can blow up and take out some components with it.
-Threw in a 1080p monitor in there.
-All stays near the $700 budget mark because of the monitor. If you really can't go over $700, then remove the cpu and don't overclock until you have enough money to afford the hyper 212 evo.

Edit: Didn't see that you wanted to buy from Amazon only. Is it alright to use these other sites? They are very reputable.
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June 15, 2013 10:24:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 01:21 EDT-0400)

Went with the 4350 as it's higher clocked and 8mb cache (same as 8350, but higher clocked) and games don't currently exploit the use of all the cores in a 6 or 8 core CPU so the clock speed of the 4350 would probably perform on par or better than those in most cases I imagine. Also did this so you don't feel obligated to have to OC, though it would help a bit.
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June 15, 2013 11:04:45 PM

Wow you guys are amaing at this stuff, thanks alot.
@asasin32: I really like ur set up.

How well do u think I'll do on gaming on this? With this set up would I be allowed to overclock or would I need to buy a fan and cpu cooler.

EDIT: Am I better off with asassin's build or will this one do the job.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/16V19

Will I need to buy a cpu cooler?
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June 15, 2013 11:56:12 PM

If your overclocking swap either build to the FX 6300, it is better than the 6100. Visherea vs Zambezi (6300, 6100), it's more than just clockspeeds between them. So get the 6300 and a CPU cooler and OC away. I would also get the ram I recomended and PSU. RAM I had lower CAS. And PSU I had gave you some room to OC. There is probably other changes I make as well but thats what I saw off hand.

If I were to build a machine right now with your budget this is what I get, though it runs slightly over what you wanted in price but I think it's well worth it. This is assuming you want to OC with this build, my prior build was one that you didn't OC with.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $720.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 02:54 EDT-0400)
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June 15, 2013 11:56:40 PM

assasin32 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $665.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-16 01:21 EDT-0400)

Went with the 4350 as it's higher clocked and 8mb cache (same as 8350, but higher clocked) and games don't currently exploit the use of all the cores in a 6 or 8 core CPU so the clock speed of the 4350 would probably perform on par or better than those in most cases I imagine. Also did this so you don't feel obligated to have to OC, though it would help a bit.


Can't find anything to really beat what you got. I'm thinking of lowering the price by a bit by getting the 7850 instead of the 7870, is there anything much I'm missing out in the 7870 that will noticeably change my gameplay?

I think I'll stick without the OC version for now, I think this is a pretty stable build here that might last me a bit.

Is it worth it to downgrade to the 7850 for the lower price or is the 7870 a must have. Do you think this will give me a solid gaming experience?



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June 16, 2013 12:05:56 AM

the 7870xt is closer to the 7950 when OC in terms of performance from what I hear. So you are losing a decent chunk of performance, you can look it up and probably find some benchmarks to help you decide.
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July 20, 2013 9:29:02 AM

everyone! ditch the amd builds. get like, an i3 3220 with a 7950 or a 7870 xt.
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July 20, 2013 11:17:37 AM

@Penguin: What. Intel isn't worth it at this budget. The i3 will bottleneck the 7950. Duo cores are out-dated now.

@OP: Didn't you state that you need a monitor included in the $700 budget?
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