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August 30, 2013 8:06:29 PM

Hey guys and gals, this is going to be my first build and I'd appreciate it if any of you could help me choose the parts necessary to make a build that's going to be able to mainly run CS:GO and WoW, preferably at max settings.. I'd say my budget is about $700-800. Thanks for any help/suggestions in advance!

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August 30, 2013 8:13:50 PM

I'm not too educated with either gpu's quite yet, so I don't really have a biased opinion. For the cpu however, my friend recommended that I try amd, fx 6300 in particular
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August 30, 2013 8:23:24 PM

you can build a PC like mine for around that price. Am a put together some parts for you
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August 30, 2013 8:28:53 PM

Are you overclocking?
Does this budget require a monitor/keyboard/mouse/os?
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August 30, 2013 8:31:53 PM

Here is a build i put together, included windows 7 but no keyboard/mouse

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ycnt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ycnt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ycnt/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: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($175.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $780.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 23:33 EDT-0400)
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August 30, 2013 8:36:40 PM

AMD FX-6300 FX-Series Six-Core Processor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009O7YORK/ref=as_li_q...
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AMD with UEFI BIOS
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008V9959O/ref=as_li_q...
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 X 8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008TCPVC8/ref=as_li_q...
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004IZN3YI/ref=as_li_s...
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHZ
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2J4ROE/ref=as_li_q...
Apex Computer Technology PC-389-C
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0029V0G48/ref=as_li_q...
Corsair CX 500
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092ML0MY/ref=as_li_q...
Lite-On iHAS124-04
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YIG9AQ/ref=as_li_q...
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=as_li_q...


That's what I ultimately decided to go with from that list. So do you think this build is going to be a good performer for gaming?

Also, do you think there will be enough air flow throughout the case?

*Would be helpful if anyone could give me some suggestions on a cheap, but top of the line monitor as well.
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August 30, 2013 8:40:23 PM

No to overclocking, and a yes to the keyboard as well as monitor. All that I would really need a suggestion on would be the monitor, as getting a keyboard would be fairly easy as it'd just be a preference.
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August 30, 2013 8:42:00 PM

You would want 2x4gb of ram to utilize dual-channel ram.

The Corsair CX series are not very good. Grab this psu instead: http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004R...
Costs a bit more but it's much higher quality.

I would definitely get a different case like the Corsair 200R. The Apex one is cheaply made and doesn't have much options for airflow and cable management. The 200R is a much better buy.

Can you use other retailers? There's advantages to using other websites:
1. Wider variety of components.
2. Cheaper parts.
3. The 7870 should come with free games if you use other retailers like Newegg.com. Amazon is one of the few popular websites that does not include the free games with AMD cards.
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August 30, 2013 8:46:27 PM

realchaos said:
You would want 2x4gb of ram to utilize dual-channel ram.

The Corsair CX series are not very good. Grab this psu instead: http://www.amazon.com/XFX-ATX-550-Power-Supply/dp/B004R...
Costs a bit more but it's much higher quality.

I would definitely get a different case like the Corsair 200R. The Apex one is cheaply made and doesn't have much options for airflow and cable management. The 200R is a much better buy.

Can you use other retailers? There's advantages to using other websites:
1. Wider variety of components.
2. Cheaper parts.
3. The 7870 should come with free games if you use other retailers like Newegg.com. Amazon is one of the few popular websites that does not include the free games with AMD cards.


What wattage would you recommend me to get for the psu? My assumption is the 850w because of the power that all the components are going to be pulling.. although I may be completely wrong :p .

And yeah, I'm open to buying from multiple websites.. I just linked the link that was given on the pc building website that ifreestylin recommended.
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August 30, 2013 8:56:09 PM

This would be a nice build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($62.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($83.88 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $796.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-30 23:53 EDT-0400)

-PCPartPicker is a website that shows all of the computer components as well as the lowest price from a trusted retailer.
-Stronger gpu.
-Better quality case and psu. 550w is enough for a single gpu set-up.
-Includes a monitor.

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August 30, 2013 9:09:24 PM

Awesome. And this build is going to be able to run games at higher settings correct?
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August 30, 2013 9:25:26 PM

Yes. The 7950 is a better strong gpu. However, don't expect to max out every game at 1080p with good fps. With the higher end games, you might have to turn some stuff down a tad bit.
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August 30, 2013 9:32:26 PM

That sound fine for me. Is there any website that allows you to check if you're able to run max settings for games by inputting your build? That'd be handy.
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August 30, 2013 9:41:14 PM

Not really. The best you could do is search up some Radeon HD 7950 benchmarks online.
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August 30, 2013 9:51:55 PM

Alright, thank you so much for the help and fast replies. Helped me out a bunch! :) 
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