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October 28, 2013 4:19:24 PM

Hello all, I currently plan on buying a bunch of computer parts, and my friend will be assembling them.

Budget: $800

What the system will be used for: Primarily Gaming on LoL, Rift, TF2, etc. Mainly mmorpgs. (Elder Scrolls Online ftw.)

What I need: To be able to play on med-high settings whilst getting steady FPS. A Keyboard and Mouse too, nothing expensive or fancy right now, just need the computer. I need Win7 Home Prem 64bit, do not need a monitor since I currently own one.

I'm a video game nerd, and know GPU's, but I have no idea how other parts are rated. IE: The wattage needed for a GPU, how the CPU's stack against eachother, etc. I'm really hoping to order this within 2 weeks, so I would like to know the best build I can get for $800. Thanks!
October 28, 2013 4:27:38 PM

About how much do you want to spend on the keyboard and mouse out of the build or what do you want since the keyboard and mouse varies by what people look for in them
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October 28, 2013 4:28:55 PM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $793.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-28 19:28 EDT-0400)
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October 28, 2013 4:40:34 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($78.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $812.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-28 19:39 EDT-0400)
Has a better cpu, psu, and gpu then his just a bit more expensive and lacks the cooler
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October 28, 2013 4:48:44 PM

I just built my first gaming pc with a budget very close to yours 750$ and i can say that it would be more rewarding if you researched how to assemble it yourself besides researching how everything goes together and what is compatible. Anyway ill share my knowledge on the generals of building.

To find out how big of a psu you need, simple use newegg and when looking at the video card you want click on the specs tab and scroll down and it will say "450 watt psu or higher recommended" Always buy a higher wattage than what is recommended but you dont have to go 700 watts if it recommends 400 watts. Also watch out for how many amps on the 12 volt rail your video card needs. Some PSU's have high wattage but garbage amps like 18 amps on the 12+ rail. Lastly make sure the psu says something like 650 watts continuous at 50c. If it does not have a constant celcious that means when your psu gets too hot it will not deliver the watts advertised.

Onto the MOBO and CPU. Make sure you buy a MOBO that has the right socket for your CPU. Ie LGA 1150 socket for a 4th gen haswell i5 i7 etc. Dont buy a LGA 1155 MOBO and buy a CPU that wants a LGA 1150 socket. Also buy a water cooler for your cpu if you will overclock it. A closed loop water cooler is easy to install and works well.

For the ram just go with G.skill of Kingston. The G.Skill ripjaws is a good set and make sure its as low latency as you can get. Once you have your MOBO picked out just go onto thier website and look for supported RAM.

If you can fit it into your budget buy a SSD to load your copy of windows onto. It will work much better than having your windows on a harddrive.

As for the case dont spend a fortune. I bought a NZXT mid tower case that easily fit a GTX 660 SC with plenty of room to spare for 40$ on new egg.

Well to end it i will copy and paste my gaming build that is right in your budget. I was a first timer like you and i built it with no problems in a few hours because i spent over a month researching and educating myself on the world of pc building:) 

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH

NZXT Tempest 210 CA-TP210-01 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54670K

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard

ARCTIC MX-2 (4g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive

Cooler Master Seidon 120M - Liquid CPU Water Cooling System with 120 mm Radiator and One Fan

EVGA 02G-P4-2663-KR GeForce GTX 660 FTW Signature 2 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Rosewill CAPSTONE-650 650W Continuous @ 50°C, Intel Haswell Ready, 80 PLUS GOLD, ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92, SLI/CrossFire Ready, Active PFC Power Supply
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October 28, 2013 6:05:15 PM

I just built a gaming rig for $760.
Asus m5a99fx-pro mobo
amd fx-8320
8Gb corsair vengeance blue 1600 (4x2)
Gigabyte R9 270x
Asus dvd
wd blue 1tb
corsair cx 600
then some cheap non gaming logitech peripherals, because they get the job done.
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October 28, 2013 6:06:01 PM

Forgot the case I have a cooler master elite 430.
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October 28, 2013 8:37:16 PM

Thank you all for your help. Sadly, my father informed me that he has to finance it right now since he doesn't have a lot of money, so I guess im getting a prebuilt system :3
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October 28, 2013 8:54:24 PM

Newegg has has a promotion where you can finance your entire order for 12 months with no intrest if your dad can pass the credit check. Thats an idea but i dont know your situation so im just trying to help:) 
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October 28, 2013 9:00:40 PM

XxXGunXxXGraveXxX said:
Newegg has has a promotion where you can finance your entire order for 12 months with no intrest if your dad can pass the credit check. Thats an idea but i dont know your situation so im just trying to help:) 


that's sweet! Yeah the only problem is my dad is a bit of a "control freak" and doesn't know anything except dell and intel, IE: he doesn't know ibuypower+cyberpower, Asus, and Alienware. He's doesn't know much, and I talked to him about newegg and he was liek OH I DONT KNOW THAT SO WE CANT DO IT. :pfff: 
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October 28, 2013 9:08:45 PM

I feel your pain man, when i lived at home my dad was like that as well>:(  As soon as i turned 15 i got a job at mcdonalds so i could spend my money without him having to approve everything like your dad XD. When your old enough get a job, and use the money to buy a bad ass gaming pc from a place he didnt approve of and when it turns out great show him you know what your talking about;)
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October 28, 2013 9:25:54 PM

Oh i'm old enough for a job, I'm currently 17 turning 18 in march :p  the only problem is I live in the middle of nowhere, and the closest places I can apply for is 10 miles away, and the closest actual shopping center is around 40 minutes away >.>
When it comes to anything with computer security and hacking, I can tell someone anything. When it comes to hardware.. All I know is GPU benchmarks xD Never built a gaming comp before, huge console gamer, just trying to get a decent entry computer so I can start playing mmorpgs again :D 
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