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August 27, 2013 10:21:25 PM

I need an $800 gaming pc that will run Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 at high settings at 1080p. I have a build already but I don't want to say it yet. GO!

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August 28, 2013 7:17:58 PM

mine is better in every way. Just add windows to my build and you should be set. Use your old keyboard and mouse because it's not worth having a gaming mouse over a better gaming pc. Any sort of high-end gaming mouse is redundant anyway. You shouldnt need an aftermarket cooler unless you plan to overclock. For gaming, over clocking unnecessary
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August 29, 2013 2:31:31 PM

jjs0891 said:
mine is better in every way. Just add windows to my build and you should be set. Use your old keyboard and mouse because it's not worth having a gaming mouse over a better gaming pc. Any sort of high-end gaming mouse is redundant anyway. You shouldnt need an aftermarket cooler unless you plan to overclock. For gaming, over clocking unnecessary
if i were to go with an intel build I would rather get the i5 3570k and my 7950 comes with 3 free games
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 2:44:48 PM

Check this out! Mine was just a little different:

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $698.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 17:40 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 2:47:53 PM

jjs0891 said:
mine is better in every way. Just add windows to my build and you should be set. Use your old keyboard and mouse because it's not worth having a gaming mouse over a better gaming pc. Any sort of high-end gaming mouse is redundant anyway. You shouldnt need an aftermarket cooler unless you plan to overclock. For gaming, over clocking unnecessary


Your build is "NOT" better in everyway. His build would be more gaming orientated with the 7950 yours would be the more stable one going with the i5.

His has the ability to overclock and upgrade(adding a second GPU) while yours would not.

Putting it short
jjs= better single core performance(rendering and stability)
mshann=better gaming performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($218.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $799.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 17:46 EDT-0400)

Adding in an SSD while keeping most of the parts and upgrading a few parts.

I suggest laying off the windows 8 and use something else in the mean time(Ubuntu or getting windows in other means)

Also overclocking is not "unecessary" it can really help adding in extra FPS and stability in performance
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 2:58:29 PM

oh sorry. I thought the GTX 760 was better than the HD 7950. Wouldn't the fx 6300 overclocked match the performance of the i5 3470 ? Also, you seem to forget taxes and shipping cost exists.

also, if overclocking is not unecessary then would it be necessary? Because overclocking is "going out of specifications". Overclocking causes unstability and data corruption leading to boot failures.
boulbox said:
jjs0891 said:
mine is better in every way. Just add windows to my build and you should be set. Use your old keyboard and mouse because it's not worth having a gaming mouse over a better gaming pc. Any sort of high-end gaming mouse is redundant anyway. You shouldnt need an aftermarket cooler unless you plan to overclock. For gaming, over clocking unnecessary


Your build is "NOT" better in everyway. His build would be more gaming orientated with the 7950 yours would be the more stable one going with the i5.

His has the ability to overclock and upgrade(adding a second GPU) while yours would not.

Putting it short
jjs= better single core performance(rendering and stability)
mshann=better gaming performance

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vector Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($218.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $799.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-29 17:46 EDT-0400)

Adding in an SSD while keeping most of the parts and upgrading a few parts.

I suggest laying off the windows 8 and use something else in the mean time(Ubuntu or getting windows in other means)

Also overclocking is not "unecessary" it can really help adding in extra FPS and stability in performance


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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 3:48:37 PM

Those are bad overclocks, even minor overclocks like vDroop makes it much more stable(i5 vdroops are crap at stock so you should mess with it and put it at extreme, makes temps lower(CPU) and more stable) GPU OC it depends, if you go overboard, it can display artifacts(very bad) but that just means you were messing with it in the wrong way or just need to do a minor change.

OCing can make your system more stable actually if you do it correct, even doing something like just changing an i5 stock to 4.2 GHz will do very little harm compared to the gains you get.
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