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August 15, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Hello,

Ive never built a computer before but wanted to make a decent gaming setup with an SSD for around $700. Any tips/part lists you can offer would be much appreciated as I have no idea what parts are newest/best etc..

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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 10:22:42 PM

I cannot recommend an SSD in a $700 build. It does nothing for gaming and you are taking a lot of money away from your GPU, the most important component. SSDs are expensive and at $700 an SSD is not a good investment.
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 10:22:42 PM

I cannot recommend an SSD in a $700 build. It does nothing for gaming and you are taking a lot of money away from your GPU, the most important component. SSDs are expensive and at $700 an SSD is not a good investment.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 10:40:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1swxz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1swxz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1swxz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.59 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($200.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $714.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-16 01:39 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 10:42:37 PM

The Nvidia 660/660ti around 200 too. If you want cheap black cases there the r200 or r400 cases online.
August 15, 2013 10:56:42 PM

kirilmatthew said:
I cannot recommend an SSD in a $700 build. It does nothing for gaming and you are taking a lot of money away from your GPU, the most important component. SSDs are expensive and at $700 an SSD is not a good investment.


ok what would you recommend without an SSD?
a b 4 Gaming
August 15, 2013 11:06:53 PM

NewBlack90 said:
kirilmatthew said:
I cannot recommend an SSD in a $700 build. It does nothing for gaming and you are taking a lot of money away from your GPU, the most important component. SSDs are expensive and at $700 an SSD is not a good investment.


ok what would you recommend without an SSD?

Here's my recommendation: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2boa
I recommend this over an Intel build because you can overclock it a fair bit if you want and no Intel's at this price overclock. The FX 8320 is a wicked value at that price. This should be able to max many games at 1080p easily.
August 16, 2013 3:22:38 PM

Thanks for your help. I decided to increase my budget to 800 and was thinking of an i5 4570 processor ($200), and a SAPPHIRE 100352-3L Radeon HD 7950 3GB video card ($200)? I dont know what to get as far as motherboard/ram. Would you recommend over 8GB?
August 16, 2013 3:25:53 PM

kirilmatthew said:
NewBlack90 said:
kirilmatthew said:
I cannot recommend an SSD in a $700 build. It does nothing for gaming and you are taking a lot of money away from your GPU, the most important component. SSDs are expensive and at $700 an SSD is not a good investment.


ok what would you recommend without an SSD?

Here's my recommendation: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/kirilmatt/saved/2boa
I recommend this over an Intel build because you can overclock it a fair bit if you want and no Intel's at this price overclock. The FX 8320 is a wicked value at that price. This should be able to max many games at 1080p easily.


I have no experience overclocking, but im thinking its not too difficult. I was leaning intel cuz ive heard good things about the i5.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2013 9:42:34 PM
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If your using a non k CPU use a h87 mb. Asroc mb for the price are not bad.
If your using a k CPU get the z87 mb. Like the pro4. For ram crucial lp 1600 ram. There gskill areirs ram that good. Look for is 1600 speed with 9-9-9-24 and 1.5 v. That set up will work in most new mb.
August 17, 2013 10:55:37 PM

I did more research and came up with this build:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tfrz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tfrz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1tfrz/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($223.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $711.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-18 01:54 EDT-0400)
What do you think? Also I prefer Newegg and microcenter as retailers bc i can pick up from a nearby store/warehouse.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2013 12:20:52 PM

Only pArt I would swap is the unknown power supply. Use a cosair unit or a seasonic unit or a rebranded seasonic on a gaming rig.
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