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September 29, 2013 7:57:12 PM

With 2014 right around the corner... What is the BEST possible GAMING PC under $800 US dollars? I will permit discounts on items that will be dropping in price by mid 2014. Here is my idea.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1J7Zj
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1J7Zj/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1J7Zj/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Gemin II S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($77.63 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($155.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($43.53 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i500 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $752.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 22:56 EDT-0400)

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September 29, 2013 8:05:07 PM

This is just 8$ over.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($42.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $808.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 22:58 EDT-0400)
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September 29, 2013 8:11:54 PM

Your best option.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $789.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 23:11 EDT-0400)
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September 29, 2013 9:37:54 PM

I was also thinking something like this maybe? The overall question is which would have the SUPERIOR Gaming Power? Getting the maximum out of the budget...


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1J9FV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1J9FV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1J9FV/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($42.49 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $781.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 00:35 EDT-0400)
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September 29, 2013 9:39:59 PM

RazerZ said:
Your best option.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $789.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 23:11 EDT-0400)


Just wondering... Why would you need an octa-core? The side by sides are pretty close and OC'd you can reach 4.0Ghz on the 6300 for $76 dollars less. Don't almost all games run 2 cores and multiplayer run 4?
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September 29, 2013 10:17:30 PM

Infinitus Aeternum said:
RazerZ said:
Your best option.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $789.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 23:11 EDT-0400)


Just wondering... Why would you need an octa-core? The side by sides are pretty close and OC'd you can reach 4.0Ghz on the 6300 for $76 dollars less. Don't almost all games run 2 cores and multiplayer run 4?


You can't judge a CPU by the speed it has. What really matters is the gameplay. AMD's 8350 is close to the quad core i5-3570k. It would be your best choice for the price. Just google any benchmarks with the 8350 and 6300, you will see a marginal difference :) 
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September 29, 2013 10:25:05 PM

RazerZ said:
Infinitus Aeternum said:
RazerZ said:
Your best option.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $789.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 23:11 EDT-0400)


Just wondering... Why would you need an octa-core? The side by sides are pretty close and OC'd you can reach 4.0Ghz on the 6300 for $76 dollars less. Don't almost all games run 2 cores and multiplayer run 4?


You can't judge a CPU by the speed it has. What really matters is the gameplay. AMD's 8350 is close to the quad core i5-3570k. It would be your best choice for the price. Just google any benchmarks with the 8350 and 6300, you will see a marginal difference :) 


Keyword: Marginal... A 3% difference for $76 USD. In the second build i used it to up the graphics a little more. OC'd I should be able to get the full potential w/o bottlenecking.
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September 29, 2013 10:35:25 PM

Infinitus Aeternum said:
RazerZ said:
Infinitus Aeternum said:
RazerZ said:
Your best option.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $789.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 23:11 EDT-0400)


Just wondering... Why would you need an octa-core? The side by sides are pretty close and OC'd you can reach 4.0Ghz on the 6300 for $76 dollars less. Don't almost all games run 2 cores and multiplayer run 4?


You can't judge a CPU by the speed it has. What really matters is the gameplay. AMD's 8350 is close to the quad core i5-3570k. It would be your best choice for the price. Just google any benchmarks with the 8350 and 6300, you will see a marginal difference :) 


Keyword: Marginal... A 3% difference for $76 USD. In the second build i used it to up the graphics a little more. OC'd I should be able to get the full potential w/o bottlenecking.


Oh whoops looks like I said it the wrong way.. I meant huge margins. It's a lot better for gaming. The FX-6300 is still a good CPU if your on a tight budget.
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September 29, 2013 10:52:46 PM

RazerZ said:
Infinitus Aeternum said:
RazerZ said:
Infinitus Aeternum said:
RazerZ said:
Your best option.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $789.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-29 23:11 EDT-0400)


Just wondering... Why would you need an octa-core? The side by sides are pretty close and OC'd you can reach 4.0Ghz on the 6300 for $76 dollars less. Don't almost all games run 2 cores and multiplayer run 4?


You can't judge a CPU by the speed it has. What really matters is the gameplay. AMD's 8350 is close to the quad core i5-3570k. It would be your best choice for the price. Just google any benchmarks with the 8350 and 6300, you will see a marginal difference :) 


Keyword: Marginal... A 3% difference for $76 USD. In the second build i used it to up the graphics a little more. OC'd I should be able to get the full potential w/o bottlenecking.


Oh whoops looks like I said it the wrong way.. I meant huge margins. It's a lot better for gaming. The FX-6300 is still a good CPU if your on a tight budget.


Everywhere I look show that it is a small difference and this is a budget build to get the most out of an $800 dollar GAMING build. So the multitasking ability of the 8350 is not in question. The gaming abilities are close in testing and both are good overclocks. But being a budget build I would say that to afford it in a build would involve sacrificing graphical processing and that would break the purpose of the build. IMO. (Not that that's not subject to change.)
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September 29, 2013 11:16:40 PM

FX 6300 FX 8320 FX 8350

3.5 GHz (4.1 GHz boost) 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz boost) 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz boost)

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html#
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html#cpuvalue

While on one hand the 8350 has far better benchmark the 6300 is far superior in price performance.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-a...

However in gaming they seem to be near par and that is the purpose of this build. Seeing as how close they are in gaming the price is the next thing to look at as we have covered. So budget in mind we would choose the one to fit into our build and allow for a good GPU.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-nvidia...

That brings up another hard question (More or less preference) ... The 760 vs the 7950?
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September 30, 2013 1:47:35 PM

Infinitus Aeternum said:
FX 6300 FX 8320 FX 8350

3.5 GHz (4.1 GHz boost) 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz boost) 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz boost)

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html#
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/common_cpus.html#cpuvalue

While on one hand the 8350 has far better benchmark the 6300 is far superior in price performance.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6396/the-vishera-review-a...

However in gaming they seem to be near par and that is the purpose of this build. Seeing as how close they are in gaming the price is the next thing to look at as we have covered. So budget in mind we would choose the one to fit into our build and allow for a good GPU.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-nvidia...

That brings up another hard question (More or less preference) ... The 760 vs the 7950?


Both are identical. If you use any programs that use CUDA such as AutoDesk, or plan to add dual GPUs in the future as games become more graphic heavy.

Get the 7950 if you don't need any of the uses above because it is a bit cheaper and has around the same performance.
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October 2, 2013 12:42:42 AM

A good gaming PC in an affordable price-range! For a little more you can dual sli the graphics card for a little over 1K Thank You All!



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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($60.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Sentey GS-6010 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $777.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-02 04:23 EDT-0400)
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