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August 28, 2013 6:57:12 PM

Looking into gaming computers, I felt like I should ask you guys to get a base foundation of what I should generally be looking for while building a computer. I already have a keyboard, mouse, and all the general necessities. Might want to upgrade my monitors, but I think they'll work for now unless someone tells me otherwise. (HP 2009m and Dell IN2020M) So all I need right now is just a desktop itself. I'd prefer a nice looking case, but will trade some of it for utility. So I guess I'll let you guys work your magic from here on!
a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2013 7:16:13 PM

Are you looking for a pre-built or building it yourself? You can get a better computer for less if you build it yourself.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2013 7:26:49 PM

Very solid build for $800 :

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ 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: $791.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 22:26 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2013 7:40:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza Solano 1000R ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $790.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 22:31 EDT-0400)

If your looking to build one this will kick some serious ass right out of the box (well once you assemble it). I got you the fastest processor on the market along with a motherboard that supports ATI CrossFire with a card that supports it. I also got you a full tower case with fans for good cooling (cooling is VERY important for a gaming pc and for overclocking). I also got you 2 4GB sticks of RAM to take advantage of the dual channel memory of the motherboard. Load the operating system on the SSD I put on there and all the rest of the data can be loaded onto the HDD (any games will be loaded to RAM so HDD speed won't really matter). The PSU will support any kind of upgrading you will do in the future and it is a Tier 1 PSU (http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx). I would be happy to help you assemble it if you need help as well.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2013 7:41:50 PM

I think people should consider taxes and shipping. As well as whether or not he needs to buy an OS
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August 28, 2013 7:43:42 PM

Looking to build it myself.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2013 7:52:12 PM

Both op had good builds I cant add anything to it other then I would want my os + windows On a SSD drive and then the rest as storage but 64 gig is tight I would opt for at least 120 gig but hey if it works go4it!
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August 28, 2013 8:05:30 PM

Does a SSD really help that much?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2013 8:07:15 PM

It does help for the start up of your PC. It really makes a big, big difference. But aside from that, in games, you won't really see any difference.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 28, 2013 8:13:51 PM

aGREED IT MAKES THE SYSTEM FLY AND IT IS WORTH puttin a few ponies into your system a 840 sumsung pro evo or kingston is worth the extra funds you wont be dissapointed.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 5:56:51 PM

Hao2Pro said:
Does a SSD really help that much?


The SSD will help the operating system run very quickly as the entire operating system can't be run from RAM. I didn't put a large SSD because the SSD is purely for your operating system, and 64GB should be more than enough. The heavy storage should go to your terabyte HDD I put on.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 5:56:52 PM

Hao2Pro said:
Does a SSD really help that much?


The SSD will help the operating system run very quickly as the entire operating system can't be run from RAM. I didn't put a large SSD because the SSD is purely for your operating system, and 64GB should be more than enough. The heavy storage should go to your terabyte HDD I put on.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 5:56:54 PM

Hao2Pro said:
Does a SSD really help that much?


The SSD will help the operating system run very quickly as the entire operating system can't be run from RAM. I didn't put a large SSD because the SSD is purely for your operating system, and 64GB should be more than enough. The heavy storage should go to your terabyte HDD I put on.
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August 29, 2013 6:32:52 PM

I'd prefer a mid-size tower just because my desk doesnt allow a bigger one. Which build would you suggest the most for gaming?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 29, 2013 7:05:05 PM

with a FX-6300 and decent ram your computer shouldn't have problems running the OS. An FX 6300 is better for gaming than an FX 8150. You can google it. I also suggest skipping on a SSD for a future upgrade and instead, get a higher end graphics card (GTX 760) because it will give you better gaming performance, which is what you're aiming for.

A decent mid tower is the Antec 300.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 30, 2013 8:48:35 PM

Hao2Pro said:
I'd prefer a mid-size tower just because my desk doesnt allow a bigger one. Which build would you suggest the most for gaming?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($233.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $798.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 23:47 EDT-0400)

Here is the new build for you. I got you everything you want and got you a solid mid-tower ATX case. With the money I saved on the case I was also able to up your graphics card to one of the best Radeon has to offer. I wouldn't go with a GeForce with this build because it doesn't have SLI support. Also, neither SLI or CrossFire is inherently "better". They both give you the same performance boost (about 50% of the card's specs). The only difference is in the brand of card they support (CrossFire=AMD, SLI=Nvidia).

Also, I did google the FX-8150 vs the FX-6300 and the 8150 does get better performance and it's 8 cores will make it more "future proof" as programs of all sorts become more intense.
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August 31, 2013 5:37:01 AM

After looking at everything, here's what I got.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yihv) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yihv/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yihv/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670) | $209.99 @ Newegg
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $29.99 @ Microcenter
**Motherboard** | [ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h87mpro...) | $74.99 @ Microcenter
**Memory** | [Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit4g3d...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...) | $77.95
**Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx795atdfc) | $269.99
**Case** | [Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300rwindowed) | $49.99
**Power Supply** | [OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-ocz600mxs...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh22...) | $16.99
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $799.87
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 08:37 EDT-0400 |

Anyway I can change this to make it like $30 less? I have a case (not shown) that puts it $30 over my budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 31, 2013 5:47:03 AM

You can swap out the stock cooler for an aftermarket one in the future if you plan on overclocking in the future :) 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yizd
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a b 4 Gaming
September 1, 2013 8:06:53 AM

Hao2Pro said:
After looking at everything, here's what I got.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yihv) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yihv/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yihv/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670) | $209.99 @ Newegg
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $29.99 @ Microcenter
**Motherboard** | [ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-h87mpro...) | $74.99 @ Microcenter
**Memory** | [Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit4g3d...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...) | $77.95
**Video Card** | [XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx795atdfc) | $269.99
**Case** | [Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-300rwindowed) | $49.99
**Power Supply** | [OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-power-supply-ocz600mxs...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-optical-drive-sh22...) | $16.99
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $799.87
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 08:37 EDT-0400 |

Anyway I can change this to make it like $30 less? I have a case (not shown) that puts it $30 over my budget.


You don't really need a 128 GB SSD. You can save money there. Also the CPU cooler can be taken out and you can use the stock cooler. You shouldn't need to overclock much with an i5 on most games.
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