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September 21, 2013 2:38:25 PM

Hello, I am going to build a budget gaming pc and I need some advice, I have a budget of 700-750 Euros (900-1000$) and I want to build a system that can play current games on high settings and on descent settings on the next 3-4 years. I want to buy a mobo that supports SLI or CrossfireX (I prefer CrossfireX because 7870oc is better than other Nvidia cards at the same price range). I have in mind to upgrade it buy buying another GPU in the next 1-2 years. I also multitask a lot, and watch movies. I am thinking on buying an AMD 8320 and overclock it. Also, I 've read that the 970 series mobos cannot be overclocked well, so I am looking for a 990FX. I have found an MSI 990FXA GD55 for 110 Euros. Or should I buy an FX6350 and save money for a SABERTOOTH 990FX for 166 Euros?Keep in mind that I want the PC to be futureproof. And last, but not least, is the PSU. I want a PSU wich supports 2 graphics cards, so I am looking for a COOLERMASTER RS-600-ACAB-D3 B600. Is it enough to support 2 GPUs in the future? Also, if everyone thinks he can build a gaming PC with these specs and Intel-based, I would be glad to see it.... I have a monitor, mouse and keypad.
September 21, 2013 3:16:29 PM

When you say "future proof" I'm not sure there's really an answer to that. Sure, most motherboards are upgradable, but in the long run it still gets outdated. You'll be able to upgrade the CPU, memory and graphics but newer technologies that come out years later will not work. That's just because technology constantly changes. With that said, a system can have a good performing life of about 3-4 years or more depending on your loads.

Try not to worry too much about the little details and small bucks here and there to have just a slightly different configuration. You'll just have to read the specs and try not to sell yourself beyond your budget.

I managed to build an Intel i5 system for $985.24. That doesn't include a wireless network card or optical drive, since you might already have those.

Intel i5 Gaming Under $1000
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/dmatl/saved/2qMJ

Try that website out and see what you can do.
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September 21, 2013 4:03:06 PM

By "futureproof" I mean I want first of all my mobo to be ready for a cpu upgrade (new AMD cpus are going to use AM3+ socket, so I can upgrade it without changing the mobo) and to add a second graphics card in order to play new games with decent graphics. Thank you for your quick reply, but as I compared these prices with the ones in my country, I see that I have to change my budget to 700-750$ in order to be a more fair comparison.
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September 21, 2013 4:34:56 PM

What about this?

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core $95.98
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $19.99
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ $118.98
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $175.66
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $175.66
Case Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower $65.99
Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $89.99

Total: $802.23
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September 21, 2013 4:45:24 PM

Actually, I forgot to include the memory in my other post. The below is with the bare minimum power supply.

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core $95.98
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing $19.99
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ $118.98
G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $67.50
Toshiba Product Series: DT01ACA 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM $39.99
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $175.66
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB $175.66
NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower $29.99
Antec 620W ATX12V / EPS12V $54.99

Total: $769.23
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September 21, 2013 4:50:40 PM

It's a pretty good build, but I have my concerns about the cpu. Phenom II X4 965 is a bit old and I don't want to upgrade it for 1-2 years, that's why I chose 8320, which is good for overclock and has 8 cores (future games will most likely use these 8 cores). And do you know if Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 is a good mobo for overclock? The case is not a problem, I can find a cheaper one. My only concern is to have room for a second GPU. Otherwise I don't care. Thank you very much for your help and your quick replies!
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September 21, 2013 5:12:09 PM

Yeah, you can always get the CPU you like. That one is old... but you're on a budget. Some people say the M5A99X overclocks great and it even has a utility to do it easily. Others have mentioned slight problems and memory slowing down.

Here's a great solution and answer from Asus directly on that M5A99X:

Overclocking is not guaranteed and results can vary greatly with different components used. If you are interested in overlocking, we recommend our Republic of Gamers (ROG) Crosshair V Formula. Based on the 990FX chipset, it comes with VRM heatsinks, memory can be overclocked to DDR3 2133, supports 3-way SLI or Crossfire, SupremeFX X-Fi audio, among others. It is feature rich, great for gaming and gives excellent performance. For more information on the Crosshair V Formula, please see http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/Crosshair_....

Regards,
Benson
ASUS Customer Loyalty
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