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Best PC Build under 700$?

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October 22, 2013 8:09:46 PM

Looking for gaming, streaming, homework, multitasking etc computer, but mostly gaming.

Hoping to get 60+ fps on new games w/ mid - high settings. Games I'm looking to play: BF4, minecraft, Far Cry 3, League of Legends, etc.

Easily upgradable. (GPU/CPU/Any others relevant to increase in performance)

Fairly quiet.

Preference: Intel, will upgrade to probably an i5 4670k later on.

Base price in PCPartPicker must be $670-$680ish.

Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2013 8:16:16 PM

Hmm, not sure we'll be able to fit those specifications into that budget. Will give it a shot though. Do you need an OS?
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October 22, 2013 8:49:44 PM

Swordkd said:
Hmm, not sure we'll be able to fit those specifications into that budget. Will give it a shot though. Do you need an OS?


No, but I'll need every single part for PC including the optical drive. Also, if I'd have a bigger bang with amd now and in the long run, amd is fine.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 22, 2013 9:03:54 PM

Ok, that helps then. Amd would allow you to save some money, and still be able to upgrade down the road. I'll post an Amd build also. Here's Intel however:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($135.94 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $617.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 00:01 EDT-0400)

675 before MiR's, so right in with your budget. I don't like recommending builds with an i3 for gaming, but this allows you to throw in a 4670k and rock and roll with the unlocked multiplier. The video card is an outstanding value right now. For most games you'd get very good performance, but more and more they are starting to use more cores, so upgrading to an i5 will be necessary sooner for best performance.

AMD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $581.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 00:08 EDT-0400)

This gives you better performance in some games that use more cores than the i3, but is slower in others. For upgrades you can toss in an 8320/8350 or the next-gen Amd Cpu's(they'll also be socket AM3+). Different Ram, but the performance hit is negligible and I needed something with less initial cost to get under 675 for total out of pocket before MiR's. The case is solid, and no-window means it'll run slightly quieter. You'll need a cpu cooler to really take advantage of Amd's ability to overclock almost all of their Cpu's though, but you can wait on that. Good motherboard that will shine with the faster Amd Cpu's.
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October 23, 2013 3:57:30 PM

Swordkd said:
Ok, that helps then. Amd would allow you to save some money, and still be able to upgrade down the road. I'll post an Amd build also. Here's Intel however:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($135.94 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87M Extreme4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $617.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 00:01 EDT-0400)

675 before MiR's, so right in with your budget. I don't like recommending builds with an i3 for gaming, but this allows you to throw in a 4670k and rock and roll with the unlocked multiplier. The video card is an outstanding value right now. For most games you'd get very good performance, but more and more they are starting to use more cores, so upgrading to an i5 will be necessary sooner for best performance.

AMD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $581.75
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 00:08 EDT-0400)

This gives you better performance in some games that use more cores than the i3, but is slower in others. For upgrades you can toss in an 8320/8350 or the next-gen Amd Cpu's(they'll also be socket AM3+). Different Ram, but the performance hit is negligible and I needed something with less initial cost to get under 675 for total out of pocket before MiR's. The case is solid, and no-window means it'll run slightly quieter. You'll need a cpu cooler to really take advantage of Amd's ability to overclock almost all of their Cpu's though, but you can wait on that. Good motherboard that will shine with the faster Amd Cpu's.



Which would be stronger for gaming, streaming, etc?

I'm looking for strong performance and very good in the long run. I won't be upgrading the CPU for months, and GPU after CPU.

Also, can you tell me my upgrade options for both?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 4:25:28 PM

I think you'd actually get better performance with the Amd build, but the upgrades aren't as good. I listed the Cpu upgrades for both, and Gpu is really whatever you feel like throwing in there. That Gpu is pretty good to begin with though, and a great price. 30 days ago, that Gpu was selling for 200 dollars or so. Only ones better are the 7950, 7970, and 290x from Amd. For nVidia it starts at 760, 770, and 780 are better but you'd be spending more money either way.
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October 23, 2013 4:44:59 PM

Swordkd said:
I think you'd actually get better performance with the Amd build, but the upgrades aren't as good. I listed the Cpu upgrades for both, and Gpu is really whatever you feel like throwing in there. That Gpu is pretty good to begin with though, and a great price. 30 days ago, that Gpu was selling for 200 dollars or so. Only ones better are the 7950, 7970, and 290x from Amd.


Wouldn't AMD be better for the long run since most things now need multi cores?
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