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New 'Gaming' Build ~$1000, Peripherals Suggestions are welcomed

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October 22, 2013 4:28:31 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: Around Black Friday (fishing for big sales)

Budget Range: ~$1000, preferably under since I'll need to get peripherals (separate budget)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming=Streaming/Video/Movies, number/data crunching, websurfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (separate ~$200 budget. I'd like an IPS but I could be persuaded otherwise)

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (since Windows OS ~$100, I left that out in budget calculations. Do I have to get OEM or can I get one that I can reuse with each new build?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: the cheaper price w/ same quality/perf, the better!

Location: Alabama, USA

Parts Preferences: I'd prefer SSD, the new R9 280x GPU (not sure which one though). Still can't decide AMD vs Intel (fx8350 vs i4670k)

Overclocking: Maybe (don't know OC well but will try later on when my build becomes less up to date with the times)

SLI or Crossfire: No. I heard it's not recommended vs single GPU?

Your Monitor Resolution: Need to get a monitor. Preferably 1080p or higher.

Additional Comments: I plan on keeping this build for quite a while (5+ years), so I'm willing to trade off some money for higher quality/performance/longevity/upgradable parts. That being said, I still prefer to keep my price to a minimum since I'll need to get peripherals and such.

Concerns:
1. Will I need to consider getting a wireless card of sort? I think I'll be on a wireless network for the majority of the time. (At least for the next year or so)
2. Not a huge sound quality guy, but will I need to consider a sound card as well? I have external speakers that I plan on upgrading to something nicer, but not in the immediate future.
3. TN vs IPS monitor? I know the difference between the two, but I'm not sure how great IPS panels are/if they're available ~$200 or under.
4. I do plan on getting dual monitors in the future. Will I need to do anything to prepare for that in the initial building of my computer?


October 22, 2013 5:29:15 PM

It was quite a challenge, but I may have made your system -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $985.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 20:24 EDT-0400)

The AMD FX 8320 will work very well with a GTX 660 ti. Plus, it is better value than an equivalent Intel based system. sadly, I could not fit an SSD for your system, but a 2TB drive would work very well with this system.
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October 22, 2013 6:00:48 PM

dottorrent said:
It was quite a challenge, but I may have made your system -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $985.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 20:24 EDT-0400)

The AMD FX 8320 will work very well with a GTX 660 ti. Plus, it is better value than an equivalent Intel based system. sadly, I could not fit an SSD for your system, but a 2TB drive would work very well with this system.


Thanks for trying, but I think you misread. Monitor/OS price not included in the main 1000 budget. Haha. I have a separate budget for that.
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October 22, 2013 6:11:59 PM

syrup said:
dottorrent said:
It was quite a challenge, but I may have made your system -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $985.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 20:24 EDT-0400)

The AMD FX 8320 will work very well with a GTX 660 ti. Plus, it is better value than an equivalent Intel based system. sadly, I could not fit an SSD for your system, but a 2TB drive would work very well with this system.


Thanks for trying, but I think you misread. Monitor/OS price not included in the main 1000 budget. Haha. I have a separate budget for that.


Oh okay. I have revised my recommended build -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($303.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $985.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 21:11 EDT-0400)
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October 22, 2013 7:15:39 PM

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Oh okay. I have revised my recommended build -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($157.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($303.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $985.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 21:11 EDT-0400)[/quotemsg]

A few questions;
1. For the 280x GPU, is MSI reliable? I've been reading taht Sapphire is the popular choice.
2. Is the SSD reliable? Never heard of A-Data. Mostly just Samsung/Kingston.
3. For the PSU, is Corsair good? I've definitely been reading that XFX/Seasonic is the way to go. And given the importance of the PSU, I'm willing to drop a few more dollars for longevity/protection.
4. What would be your recommendation if I went AMD FX8350 route? I assume most of the parts would be the same except mobo?
5. Since I'm an aesthetics guy, I'm probably gonna go for the Fractal Design R4 case. Would everything fit in that case? I've heard its a roomy case.

Thanks!
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October 22, 2013 9:50:36 PM

I can answer most of those questions.
1. MSi is reliable, one of the best in my opinion, Sapphire is great too, but MSi is by no means bad or unreliable.
2. I'm not sure about A-Data, but read the Newegg reviews, etc to find out if they're any good.
3. Corsair is also very good, no need to worry there, definite recommend, I've had Seasonic and Corsair before, they both worked just as well.
4. The FX-8350 is good, but you will suffer a minor performance decrease compared to the i5-4570K in most games, not much, but a bit. If you decide to go with AMD, go with the FX-8320, it's an underclocked FX-8350, and you save like nearly $50, and you could put it towards a better gpu. Also, keep in mind that future games and programs will come to better support 8 cores, so that may be a factor you want to consider.
5. The R4 would definitely fit your stuff, it's a great case, a bit expensive, but that's your preference.
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October 23, 2013 9:20:37 AM

DarkenedOne17 said:
I can answer most of those questions.
1. MSi is reliable, one of the best in my opinion, Sapphire is great too, but MSi is by no means bad or unreliable.
2. I'm not sure about A-Data, but read the Newegg reviews, etc to find out if they're any good.
3. Corsair is also very good, no need to worry there, definite recommend, I've had Seasonic and Corsair before, they both worked just as well.
4. The FX-8350 is good, but you will suffer a minor performance decrease compared to the i5-4570K in most games, not much, but a bit. If you decide to go with AMD, go with the FX-8320, it's an underclocked FX-8350, and you save like nearly $50, and you could put it towards a better gpu. Also, keep in mind that future games and programs will come to better support 8 cores, so that may be a factor you want to consider.
5. The R4 would definitely fit your stuff, it's a great case, a bit expensive, but that's your preference.


Thanks! I've looked around and seen the same SSD suggested to others as well, so I'll deem it reliable for now.

Would you happen to be able to ansewr my previous questions on:
1. Do I need a special wireless card for wireless internet??
2. Same concern for sound card?
3. Do I have to get an OEM Windows or can I get one of those copies that I can use across machines? As I understand OEM is a one time use.
4. Monitors for good/cheap monitors (23-24 inch)? $200 budget or so. TN or IPS.
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October 23, 2013 4:58:57 PM

1. Yeah, if you want your desktop to be able to use wireless internet, you'll need a wireless pci-e adapter, or you can get a USB wireless receiver (which is a bit easier to use)
2. I'm a tad confused, what concerns do you have regarding the sound card?
3. You could get either one, but OEM is cheaper, it is one-time use only for the most part and also you don't have free microsoft technical support (you got the internet, so it shouldn't be a real problem). Oh, also retail comes with 32-bit and 64-bit, OEM comes with whichever one you choose, I'd say just get OEM, not retail.
4. Well, I'm not very well acquainted with what monitors are good, but I have this right now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168..., and it's fantastic, other people seem to like it quite a bit as well.
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October 23, 2013 5:35:02 PM

1. You need a wireless adapter if you absolutely can't use an ethernet connection.
2. Motherboard has on board audio, which is generally good enough for gaming. No need for an aftermarket sound card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.94 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($72.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($316.13 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $938.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 20:29 EDT-0400)

-Can't overclock.
-Added in a SSD for overall faster speed.

For a monitor, this is great: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs239hp
23" IPS good quality.

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