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Can someone please help me pick out parts for a gaming PC build?

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October 14, 2013 5:24:22 PM

I already know how to put together a PC build, I used to know everything about PC hardware in 2009 but I got busy with schools/work etc and now I'm clueless on what hardware to buy.

I want to be able to play the following games in a minimum of 30fps on max settings at 1080p.

Crysis 3
Battlefield 3
Starcraft 2

I don't have a real budget but I want to spend as least as possible for my needs, also I would prefer that all the parts come from Newegg. thanks :) 
a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 5:34:41 PM

Take 1:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 56.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($305.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Eleven Hundred ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1234.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 5:37:53 PM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($305.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1184.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-14 20:37 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 5:39:47 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($305.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($111.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $987.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-14 20:39 EDT-0400)
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October 14, 2013 5:56:32 PM

I think you guys are going overboard with the parts...I don't need 8 cores or expensive cases and stuff like that.

And I was hoping for something cheaper like $600 dollars....

I'm not going to be doing editing and programing and stuff like that.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 6:00:46 PM

You are expecting too much for $600, especially when you want to meet the requirements on playing Crysis 3 at 30+ fps on max settings. The GPU really will take about 1/2 that price.
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October 14, 2013 6:05:05 PM

ksham said:
You are expecting too much for $600, especially when you want to meet the requirements on playing Crysis 3 at 30+ fps on max settings. The GPU really will take about 1/2 that price.


Well then how much do you think that playing battlefield 3 at 30fps on max would cost?

At minimum price?
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October 14, 2013 6:10:26 PM

gizmo j said:
ksham said:
You are expecting too much for $600, especially when you want to meet the requirements on playing Crysis 3 at 30+ fps on max settings. The GPU really will take about 1/2 that price.


Well then how much do you think that playing battlefield 3 at 30fps on max would cost?

At minimum price?


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1OQvu I threw that together for some one earlier. I have basically the same thing but a different storage and a asrock board. throw a gpu in that puppy and take full advantage of the dual graphics/crossfire with the APU. certainly isn't going to play crysis 3 at 1080p max settings at adequate frames but it will certainly get the job done at lower settings :p  really really budget friendly If I could go back time and change my setup i don't think I would,ofc fI had a much better budget it might be a different story but mine was around 450(already owned OS+SSD) good luck and i'm sure ill get some hate saying to go with the fx series and a discrete gpu and blah blah. but honestly the APU is the most budget friendly route you can go...
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 6:13:34 PM

Do you need any peripherals? Keyboard? Mouse? Monitors? OS? If not, it can bring that cost down.
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October 14, 2013 6:13:34 PM

sorry I didn't really read your first post, but if you insist on 1080p gaming then go ahead and work with am3 processor (amd fx series) but be ready to fork out a lot of extra cash
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a b 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 6:46:09 PM

gizmo j said:
I think you guys are going overboard with the parts...I don't need 8 cores or expensive cases and stuff like that.

And I was hoping for something cheaper like $600 dollars....

I'm not going to be doing editing and programing and stuff like that.


~ 30fps ~ 1080p ~ $600 ~ if you don't play at 100% eyecandy this build will do it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-248NWU (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $638.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-14 21:45 EDT-0400)
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