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Going to buy/build a new computer... Will it run modern games?

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November 7, 2013 3:23:40 PM

As the top description says I'm going to buy or build a new computer. I'm wanting to buy the alienware x51 but after reading reviews and comments on those reviews I noticed the common theory is that allienware products are overpriced and it is better to build a computer yourself. I'd also like to tell whoever is reading this that I'm not computer savvy at all. Okay now that we've established that =) I've been on this site called PCPartPicker, After fiddling with that site for a couple hours I've come up with this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1YUlb I'd like to know if the alienware x51 or the DIY computer I've come up with are able to run modern games like crisis 3 nicely, if not what can I do to make it run those games run it(Staying within a 700-800 dollar budget), and what can I do to maybe cheapen the cost of it. Thanks =)


PS Sorry if I put this in the wrong category
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November 7, 2013 3:34:10 PM

Many issues.

The PSU is trash. It will fry the computer. Get a 500w+ Corsair, antec, XFX, Seasonic unit.

Get 2x4gb Ram not a single 8gb stick.

The GPU will not play games better than low settings at 1080p.

Wasting money on the case

K series CPU with a motherboard that cannot overclock.

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November 7, 2013 3:36:29 PM

Check the link in my signature, has a build that will run BF4 on ultra at 1920x1080. Video of someone running similar build with a little bit worse of a processor than the on in my signature. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrLMXcwHz44
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November 7, 2013 3:37:47 PM

godfish said:
Check the link in my signature, has a build that will run BF4 on ultra at 1920x1080. Video of someone running similar build with a little bit worse of a processor than the on in my signature. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrLMXcwHz44


Change the PSU to an XFX550 for better quality and this build is good to go.
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November 7, 2013 3:44:43 PM

I have one bit of input. The PSU you've chosen there, although a low priced unit is also a very low quality unit. A PSU like that can put other components at risk and will not help system stability at all. The temptation is great to cut your budget on the PSU but consider that everything else in your build depends upon it to provide stable, clean power - it is not a place to cut corners. A quality PSU is going to run you about $45 on up (no avoiding that except a good sale).
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November 7, 2013 3:58:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.72 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $743.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 18:58 EST-0500)

Good p/p.
Almost every recent and upcoming games 1080p high-> max. Settings ~40-60+ fps
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November 7, 2013 4:04:17 PM

Thanks for the criticism on that build here it is with a nice PSU now $775
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($235.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.78 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $775.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 19:03 EST-0500)
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November 7, 2013 4:06:19 PM

godfish said:
Thanks for the criticism on that build here it is with a nice PSU now $775
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($235.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.78 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $775.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 19:03 EST-0500)


The XFx is better than that EVGA. A Gold certification does not mean quality. You have to look at the OEM. That specific unit has a weak low end protection circuit and above average ripple.
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November 7, 2013 4:08:00 PM

What PSU would you recommend for it then?
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November 7, 2013 4:09:56 PM

Thank you all for the fast responses. I'd like to go with Godfish's build, but it the total price comes to 860 bucks when you buy an operating system... Or am I missing something?
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November 7, 2013 4:11:39 PM

Yes, my build does not include OS.
Here is the one with a good PSU
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($235.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.78 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $745.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 19:11 EST-0500)
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November 7, 2013 4:12:17 PM

I will make a new build real fast that should meet 750ish with OS
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November 7, 2013 4:15:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.78 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $754.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 19:15 EST-0500)

And if you like my build please select it as the solution, thanks. :) 
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