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November 13, 2013 8:54:26 PM

My current PC is store bought with a swapped video card and power supply and is pretty terrible for modern gaming. The new computer I want to build will primarily be used for Final Fantasy 14. I want to be able to run the game on at least High settings without any problems (is that possible with $900?). I don't plan to overclock. I live in the US and I'm looking to get this made quickly. There is some leeway in the budget if necessary.

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November 13, 2013 9:23:46 PM

OK i will look into it and scratch up something. is there anything that you dont need?
(monitor, keyboard, hdd, ect.)
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November 13, 2013 9:38:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.01 @ B&H)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($82.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $906.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 00:36 EST-0500)



This is just the system. You can find nice monitors and stuff off amazon or at best buy maybe..... Im basing the build after the recomended but that might not be high settings. If you want to see the requirements check out http://news.mmosite.com/content/2013-07-31/final_fantas...
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November 13, 2013 10:03:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: IOGEAR GWU625 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Mac Mall)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($137.99 @ B&H)
Total: $920.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 01:02 EST-0500)

If you're not overclocking this should do just fine.

If you already have a monitor you could take that off and get an R9 280X instead.
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November 14, 2013 4:42:17 AM

Hey, guys thanks for your responses so far. I should have been a little more clearer, sorry about that. I have a monitor, keyboard, mouse and wireless adapter already that I can work with for now. I will be replacing them later on, but not right now. So, my budget is only for the computer itself. Also, I budgeted the OS separately (that probably doesn't make sense, but I dunno). So, that does not need to be included.

dopeysaidso said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($88.94 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: IOGEAR GWU625 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Mac Mall)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($137.99 @ B&H)
Total: $920.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 01:02 EST-0500)

If you're not overclocking this should do just fine.

If you already have a monitor you could take that off and get an R9 280X instead.


dopeysaidso, I like your suggestions, but I have some input of my own. I would like an i5-3570k (which should be quite doable since I don't need the monitor). Also, since I don't need the OS, can I get a better motherboard? Do you think the video card you suggested will be enough for what I would like to do?

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November 14, 2013 5:01:11 AM

If you want Intel processor this is your best bet right now
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aNl


CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i500 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $909.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 07:53 EST-0500)


If you want AMD processor:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aQZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aQZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aQZ/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $892.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 07:59 EST-0500)
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November 14, 2013 4:33:09 PM

Faceplant1324 said:
If you want Intel processor this is your best bet right now
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aNl


CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i500 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $909.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 07:53 EST-0500)


If you want AMD processor:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aQZ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aQZ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22aQZ/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $892.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 07:59 EST-0500)

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