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July 7, 2013 5:32:15 PM

First off I am going to admit that I don't know that much about computers in general, but I am very interested in building my own PC. I know it may be easier on me to buy a pre-built one, but I fell like I won't get my moneys worth doing that. I just would like to see some of your suggested builds so I can pass it on to a few of my friends are very knowledgeable with computers and get their opinion too. Feel free to give me any little advice on PC building, but if you think that this isn't something for people like me to do, than please suggest a decent pre-build one that I can pick up somewhere.

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a b K Overclocking
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July 7, 2013 5:45:42 PM

Do you have a preference for the CPU (Intel/AMD) or the GPU (NVidia/AMD)?
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July 7, 2013 5:48:55 PM

Motherboard: Any old 1155 USB 3.0 Crossfire Support motherboard. 85$
CPU: Intel I5 3570K 210$
GPU: AMD HD 7870 215$
OS: Windows 7 89.99
Case: Haf 912 59.99$
RAM: 8GB 1600MHZ 65$
DVD R/W: ASUS DVD 22$
PSU: 600W MODULAR PSU 89$

--ALL PARTS FROM AMAZON LINKS SOON--

835$ (We can cut 20 from the PSU if modular isn't required... Also 20 from the case if your interested in the Elite White NZXT cases.)

Case fans/Keyboard/Mouse/Screen would all be additional.

Keyboard: K120 ~ 10$ amazon, free shipping

Mouse: Blue LED 3lue gaming mouse 9.47$ 949 Reviews, 4.5/5 on amazon.

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July 7, 2013 5:52:50 PM

JRAtk94 said:
Do you have a preference for the CPU (Intel/AMD) or the GPU (NVidia/AMD)?


I would prefer an Intel CPU, but none for the GPU.
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July 7, 2013 5:54:46 PM

I gave you the best build for your price range... FX 8350's in recent benchmarks, have shown to out perform even 3770K's. However, I am still an intel guy, and would reccomend intel as a safe investment. The motherboards as a general rule of thumb, seem to be more durable as well.
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July 7, 2013 5:55:23 PM

chaotixblade said:
Motherboard: Any old 1155 USB 3.0 Crossfire Support motherboard. 85$
CPU: Intel I5 3570K 210$
GPU: AMD HD 7870 215$
OS: Windows 7 89.99
Case: Haf 912 59.99$
RAM: 8GB 1600MHZ 65$
DVD R/W: ASUS DVD 22$
PSU: 600W MODULAR PSU 89$

--ALL PARTS FROM AMAZON LINKS SOON--

835$ (We can cut 20 from the PSU if modular isn't required... Also 20 from the case if your interested in the Elite White NZXT cases.)

Case fans/Keyboard/Mouse/Screen would all be additional.

Keyboard: K120 ~ 10$ amazon, free shipping

Mouse: Blue LED 3lue gaming mouse 9.47$ 949 Reviews, 4.5/5 on amazon.



Thank you very much for the suggestion, I will defiantly consider this. As for the additional things I already have a mouse, but need another nice monitor and a keyboard.
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July 7, 2013 5:57:22 PM

Okay, now here is the deal breaker... You need that i5 for high end gaming. If the monitor is coming out of the budget, I would reccomend an i5/7770 combo, until you can purchase a better gpu, or better yet, crossfire 2 7770s. Also, the keyboard, don't push for high end 100$ keyboards, they don't speed up your system. And it steals from your pc budget. Unless you are in it for multimedia keys on your keyboard. Just get a logitech k120, I have them on all of my builds, they are durable, easy to use, and cheap... (I game with mine, always on the top of the scoreboard on BF3)
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July 7, 2013 6:08:11 PM

chaotixblade said:
Okay, now here is the deal breaker... You need that i5 for high end gaming. If the monitor is coming out of the budget, I would reccomend an i5/7770 combo, until you can purchase a better gpu, or better yet, crossfire 2 7770s. Also, the keyboard, don't push for high end 100$ keyboards, they don't speed up your system. And it steals from your pc budget. Unless you are in it for multimedia keys on your keyboard. Just get a logitech k120, I have them on all of my builds, they are durable, easy to use, and cheap... (I game with mine, always on the top of the scoreboard on BF3)

To be honest I was factoring out the monitor in my $850. I have more money for a monitor and a keyboard separate, it might just take a few paychecks.
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July 7, 2013 6:25:35 PM

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CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $851.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-08 11:58 EDT-0400)

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CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $861.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 21:42 EDT-0400)

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $885.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 21:47 EDT-0400)
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July 7, 2013 6:46:04 PM

^Above features no monitor.

I would go with my build, swap out the 7870, with a 109.99 hd 7770. Pick up another later, and do crossfire. It'll be faster than a 7870, and cheaper.

Finally just tack on a screen. GTG cya
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July 7, 2013 6:55:26 PM

iiTzzDeFuze said:
Balanced
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $835.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 21:24 EDT-0400)

Better CPU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $861.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 21:42 EDT-0400)

Better GPU

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 4GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $885.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-07 21:47 EDT-0400)

I really appreciate you taking the time to come up with these. All of these builds are very nice, but I just have one question. Since all of your builds use AMD CPU's would you say that you are more of a fan of AMD or that and Intel is too expensive for this price range? I just want to know because from some of the people I have talked about building a PC to they seem to give AMD mixed reviews. If you would say that AMD is a better option than I certainly will go with that.
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a b à CPUs
July 7, 2013 7:15:58 PM

I myself is the biggest Intel Fanboy. Your gaming right? Yeah I thought so, I mean you need the best GPU you can get and a decent CPU to max setting on games. It just happens that the 770 dominates the 7870 and even the 7950 and also happens that 6300 or 6350 or 8120 is more than decent not even close and kind of overkill when you think about it since its just for gaming. The whole point is that it provides a pretty high performance while keeping the price cheap. Which is good so we can invest as much money as we can on the best GPU.

Benchmarks of 770- scroll down towards the middle.
http://www.techoftomorrow.com/2013/pc/nvidia-gtx-760-2-...

Of Course the i5 3570k is better than the 6 core FX 6300 or the 6350 and the 8 core 8120, but you're in a tight budget and wants to maximize it on gaming so I gave you that option. Don't get me wrong here the FX 6300, 6350 and 8120 is a pretty K!ck A55 CPUs, Its more than you need actually. Games doesn't take advantage of multiple cores which the 6300, 6350 and 8120 has. If you insist take the i5 then with the 7770 or something and tell me how it goes with games on ultra setting and if you're satisfied.

I mean we could always reduce the price by going with the GTX 760 which is par with the 7950 and improve the CPU more if you think that the 6300, 6350 or 8120 is not enough for gaming or daily use or even on applications that takes advantages of or requires multiple cores which is not true.
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July 8, 2013 6:45:44 PM

There a lot of fan boys, for both intel and AMD. But within your price range the AMD chips tend to be a bit better value for money wise (only by around 30-40 dollars). Personally I have a fx-8350 and I love it. But I am very sure if I bought a i5 3570k I would be just as happy with my purchase. To be honest, just go with what you feel you want, it is your pc after all :) 
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