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July 27, 2013 8:43:06 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: The max I can spend is about $950-980 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, media, internet, Skype, multitasking, video editing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade:
Everything, I'm starting from scratch.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts
: newegg

Location: Youngstown, Ohio, US

Parts Preferences: I'm open to anything.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Some games I want to be able to run: Bioshock Infinite, COD4, Minecraft, The Sims 3, Skyrim
I don't have to run these at the highest settings, but that would be nice if I could. I value performance more than how nice it looks.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer is about 5 years old and it can't really run any new games or be upgraded.

NZXT Phantom 410 ATX Mid Tower Case
https://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caph410r1
I would love to have this case included in my build.

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July 27, 2013 9:21:24 PM

your system without monitor

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sna/saved/23dS

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($65.45 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $915.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 00:26 EDT-0400)

your case made it like $40 more so you will need to add a little for monitor.

if you want to choose a monitor get it IPS.
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July 27, 2013 9:31:56 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $969.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 00:31 EDT-0400)

I couldn't keep it all at Newegg, sorry.

Includes monitor, os, keyboard and mouse.
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July 27, 2013 9:37:51 PM

since gaming was listed first and stuff like video editing last, would intel not be a better choice? it will be more for a decent one (like $30-40 more) but ive heard it is better for the games. maybe knock down the video card a bit to pay for it? or, possibly look into other slightly cheaper cases (although i know that this case was the one that was listed). i dont know that my suggestion is any better or not, but just a suggestion
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July 27, 2013 9:47:43 PM

These are all very helpful so far, thanks guys :) 
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July 27, 2013 9:48:27 PM

Yes, Intel processors would be a better choice. However, looking at this budget, it's hard to fit in an i5 without the gpu taking a huge performance decrease. To fit in an i5, the gpu will be downgraded to a 7870 or even a 7850, which isn't worth it.
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July 27, 2013 9:52:08 PM

woodfish said:
These are all very helpful so far, thanks guys :) 


be carefull , it is not about the price only

I chosen for you 8 cores CPU , 990FX Motherboard with SLI option , and put in mind a 650 watts power in case you add another GTX 760 in the future in SLI .

choose wisely .. it is not the price only.

990FX is the chipset to choose for AMD the newest one , and if you dont pick 8 cores AMD , then you sis not come near Intel i5 at all .
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