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November 10, 2013 7:39:40 PM

I am wanting to build my first PC. I have a decent dell desktop now, but want a gaming PC.
Intel or AMD: I would like to know the pros and cons to each, but personally have no preference.
Approximate purchase date: Around Christmas, but could buy parts sooner if on sale.
System Usage: Moderate gaming, heavy web browsing, YouTube.
Parts Preference: reliable name brands.
SLI or Crossfire: not sure what it is so no??
Monitor: Yes, needed.
CPU: Over at least 3.2GHz(what I have now)
Preferred pars website: Willing to do a lot of digging to find best deal.
OS: Yes, I like windows 7 but heard windows 8 is faster on SSD.
Would like an HDD and SSD.
Overclocking: No
I want to be able to play Arma 2 and 3. I don't now, but would like to be able to put many games like COD and Farcry on PC. Something that will last a good few years.
I've been going off of this article so far:http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2013/09/16/b...
I know it will be a budget build, but I want to get the absolute most for my money.
I would like to keep it 750-850, but would go to 900 or 950 to get everything included(keyboard and mouse etc.) This is probably a tall order but any help would be appreciated. Its my first time building and im a bit overwhelmed at all the choices! Ill be glad to give any additional info if I left any out.
Thanks.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2013 7:58:14 PM

Take this as a suggestion, the only thing I didn't fit was the SSD as it's more of a luxury than a necessity...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($134.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $850.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 22:54 EST-0500)

Things you could consider if you want to spend a little more:

- Upgrade the processor to the FX-8320, as the extra two cores could matter for certain applications.
- An aftermarket CPU cooler. You say you don't want to overclock so the stock cooler will suffice, but it's always better to have your processor running at lower temps.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2013 8:01:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: HP LV2311 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1039.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 23:02 EST-0500)

^ Bet you could get this for $900 on Black Friday.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2013 8:20:28 PM

This is a no-oc build:


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20wuZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20wuZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20wuZ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($13.89 @ B&H)
Total: $949.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 23:19 EST-0500)
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