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Advice/Suggestions/Opinions from experts on my upcoming gaming rig. Budget = $700 and under

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September 5, 2013 5:07:58 PM

Hello everyone, this is Kevin, and I'm hoping to get a new build. This build will be mostly for gaming and recording. I'll fill out this template so you guys know what I want.

Budget Range: $700 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording, homework, surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: Nope



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using** Most likely upgrading CPU and GPU.

Do you need to buy OS: Nope, I'll buy the OS from a retail store.
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) Newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - USA, IL

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU) Would like to stick with intel and upgrade the CPU.

Overclocking: Maybe, not sure,

SLI or Crossfire: Nope.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: Would like a quiet PC, last long, manage-able to stay 60+ FPS while recording at max settings( Just preference), upgradeable, and overall a good PC.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: (e.g. I'm having trouble running game X or my PSU broke)

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a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2013 5:19:37 PM

Here's your Intel build... But I would definitively rather get an AMD build for that budget. I did put one under, so that you can compare.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($108.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $698.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 20:18 EDT-0400)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ApHa
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ApHa/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ApHa/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 ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $697.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 20:16 EDT-0400)

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ApLt
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ApLt/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ApLt/benchmarks/
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September 5, 2013 6:07:20 PM

Isn't the PSU for the second build an overkill?
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a b 4 Gaming
September 5, 2013 6:08:59 PM

Well it's only $15 more, so does this really matter ? I mean, it unlocks the ability to crossfire later on or anything like that.
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September 5, 2013 6:11:42 PM

I guess that's true. Just a suggestion: get a Source 210 Elite case instead.
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