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September 20, 2013 12:35:29 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: A month

Budget Range: 700-800$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, Watching videos on websites (eg youtube)
Are you buying a monitor: no



Parts to Upgrade: None because its a compter build :p 

Do you need to buy OS: Yes


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: bestbuy

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Parts Preferences: None really. Just getting the best gaming PC that this budget can buy

Overclocking: meh if it improves performance for cheap, sure.

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: I dont remember all i know is that it is a Asus and it is reletivly big. (my PC broke and im using a laptop atm)

Additional Comments: I want this to run skyrim on high or ultra graphics 30+ frames (most likely just high)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I cant game with my current computers, and i really want a PC and not a console.
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 12:55:03 PM

This could very well be a option for you that could fit the bill. Also, if you can get bestbuy to price match any of the items I guess that works as well. However, I know that best buy isn't a company with a ton of variety component wise.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($195.00 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.46 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $796.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-20 15:54 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 1:28:26 PM

bigshootr8 said:
This could very well be a option for you that could fit the bill. Also, if you can get bestbuy to price match any of the items I guess that works as well. However, I know that best buy isn't a company with a ton of variety component wise.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($195.00 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.46 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $796.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-20 15:54 EDT-0400)


If it's just for Skyrim then he would want to go with an intel build, as they easily beat AMD in Skyrim
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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 1:53:01 PM

Drew010 said:
bigshootr8 said:
This could very well be a option for you that could fit the bill. Also, if you can get bestbuy to price match any of the items I guess that works as well. However, I know that best buy isn't a company with a ton of variety component wise.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($195.00 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.00 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.46 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $796.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-20 15:54 EDT-0400)


If it's just for Skyrim then he would want to go with an intel build, as they easily beat AMD in Skyrim



My FX-8350 build does just fine with Skyrim. It has no problems what so ever keeping up with my i5
3570K rig. Fitted with a good GPU a FX-8350 will do great. Out of the over 300 games I have there are
none of them that have problems on my FX rigs. These kind of comments was the reason I built my i5
3570K rig just to find out that it performs no better than the two FX rigs I already had!

The rig that bigshootr8 suggested would work great for your gaming needs with out a doubt.
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 2:02:05 PM

Performance between these 2 in Skyrim is neck-in-neck now, especially in Win8 and even in Win7 with updated drivers/optimizations.

The challenge is your budget. It's going to be a tight fit building a good i5 system for $700-800 that can beat the value of an FX 8350 system in the same price envelope. It will be close, but do-able.
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 2:20:34 PM

maddogfargo said:
Performance between these 2 in Skyrim is neck-in-neck now, especially in Win8 and even in Win7 with updated drivers/optimizations.

The challenge is your budget. It's going to be a tight fit building a good i5 system for $700-800 that can beat the value of an FX 8350 system in the same price envelope. It will be close, but do-able.


I haven't seen anything that suggests they are close now. And as you can tell by my build I'm clearly not an intel fanboy or anything, just stating what the information I know to be.
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 2:32:51 PM

Personally I would prefer a intel system certainly. In single threaded applications intel comes on top most of the time. And their memory controller is a bit more mature then AMD's. However that being said for the value and the budget the OP has. I would say the 8350 is a good option. Plus the boards are cheaper and you tend to get a little more with them. If he desired to overclock as well he could go out and purchase a aftermarket cooler.
September 20, 2013 3:51:59 PM

Well im looking for skyrim mostly, id also like to play like D3, darksouls, and league of legends. I just said skyrim because its the game ill be playing the most and its the most "high end" out of the games i want to play.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 4:28:37 PM
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With the build I listed for you I would say you could hit ultra pretty handily. The game actually isn't all that demanding. It only becomes demanding once you add mods to the equation in which case you would want something like a AMD 7950/70 or a Nvidia 660Ti.670, 760, 770
September 20, 2013 4:38:41 PM

Ok, well tyvm for your answers, it has helped me out a lot :)  and i dont plan on modding much, only maybe weps and armor thats all.
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 5:19:46 PM

Not a problem man :)  I just finished with Dragonborne this week. I have a GTX670 . Enjoy your new right when you build it.
September 20, 2013 5:33:39 PM

Oh i do have one question though. Is the cooling for this build good or will i need to buy extra for that?
a b 4 Gaming
September 20, 2013 7:11:02 PM

I would say that for me personally I couldn't go with a stock cooling solution that I would purchase aftermarket cooler because the noise is less the cooling is better and overall a better insurance policy for a longer lasting machine. But if your funds are tight it can wait till you can afford one.
March 29, 2014 9:09:59 PM

This my current skyrim bf4 build, runs them both maxed out at 1080p runs at about 50fps with enbs, static mesh improvement, and lighting mods in skyrim and at 60fps in bf4. It is dual graphics compatible so you could potentially buy another GPU in the future and run it at 90+ frames. It already has a good enough power supply and mother board to support dual graphics and and 32Gb of ram. Streams videos like ain't no body's business and gets about 2 second loading screens in skyrim. You will also be getting 16gb of ram with this build. All for under 820$. Doesn't include operating system though. I'm sure u could compensate by getting rid of the ssd if u really wanted to. Check It out: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/wirwizard/saved/4d7Z
March 29, 2014 9:19:22 PM

bigshootr8 said:
With the build I listed for you I would say you could hit ultra pretty handily. The game actually isn't all that demanding. It only becomes demanding once you add mods to the equation in which case you would want something like a AMD 7950/70 or a Nvidia 660Ti.670, 760, 770
. My build will get him an 8120 and 16GB RAM check it out http://pcpartpicker.com/user/wirwizard/saved/4d7Z
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