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The best gaming pc build for around 1000$

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November 16, 2013 3:29:15 PM

I'd like to play my games with 1080p resolution and I think I can splurge a little maybe to 1100 or 1200$ for the computer. Some game's I'd like to play at max graphics at 1080p are maybe Red Orchestra 2 Company of Heroes 2 Battlefield Bad Company 2 some Total Wars like Shougun 2 or Rome 2 and (if it's possilbe) Arma 3. Those are just some suggestions of some of the more demanding games in my steam library. I'd also like to run at or close to 60fps if possible. Also if its already not to much to ask any CPU's better than a Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 that runs at 3.00GHz that are under 100$ is much appreciated, it's for a different computer not the one I'm building for 1000$

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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 3:33:52 PM

What is the unit of currency?
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a c 275 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 3:34:59 PM

Does the $1000 budget include an os/monitor/keyboard/mouse?
For the other build, there are processors better than the Core 2 Duo but it depends. Do you want a certain socket processor or can it be any socket?
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November 16, 2013 3:39:16 PM

ksham said:
What is the unit of currency?

USD $

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November 16, 2013 3:41:21 PM

realchaos said:
Does the $1000 budget include an os/monitor/keyboard/mouse?
For the other build, there are processors better than the Core 2 Duo but it depends. Do you want a certain socket processor or can it be any socket?


the 1000 can include os but that's all. I'd prefer windows 7, and I'm fairly new to building pc's so I'm not to sure of the socket differences.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 3:43:28 PM

Feel free to drop the SSD if you don't care for it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1182.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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November 16, 2013 3:49:08 PM

ksham said:
Feel free to drop the SSD if you don't care for it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ ZT 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $1182.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Whats the differnce between SSD and normal drive? I know SSD is faster but is it worth the money?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 3:57:51 PM

SSDs are optional. They greatly increase the speed of windows loading time, as well as game loading times, but don't really affect games fps performance at all.

That said, I have an SSD and will never go back. The boot times for windows alone is worth it for me.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 4:04:56 PM

SSD allows for faster access time. This results in faster boot times and faster application load times. It makes your computer run a lot snappier. Whether you care for that or not is your choice.

I personally love SSDs on my Windows builds. On Linux, not so much. But Linux apps aren't very slow and it has rather quick boot times anyway.
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November 16, 2013 4:35:53 PM

So I'd take a SSD, and a guy said I should spend the majority of the money on the processor he said as long as its a i5 most of the other stuff shouldn't matter as much, is that true? I am looking for game performance i wont be recording or animating movies or anything just as a reminder
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 4:53:31 PM

What guy? In a gaming build, the GPU is really the priority. So yes, other components matter a lot. Like the motherboard, GPU, power supply. Especially the power supply. The PSU is arguably the most important component in any build.
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November 16, 2013 5:01:37 PM

A guy on TF2 :)  But yeah I'll have to see how this all pans out, Ill be floating around the interwebs to see about any more good builds, but this page is defiantly bookmarked!
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November 16, 2013 5:23:10 PM

internet_man_415 said:
So I'd take a SSD, and a guy said I should spend the majority of the money on the processor he said as long as its a i5 most of the other stuff shouldn't matter as much, is that true? I am looking for game performance i wont be recording or animating movies or anything just as a reminder


Well if your budget is 1000-1100 then that should be more than enough to max out all the games you listed.

It's always best to go with a 2 to 1 ration in relation to how much you spend on the graphics card to the cpu.

I would go with the i5 for sure with the budget you have. If it were lower then it's best to go with an fx6300 and the best video card you can afford.

This is what I would recommend.Not sure where you're getting it from but on amazon this adds up to be
-i5 4670k $230
-MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G41 $100
-XFX 550wpro, it's made by seasonic, One of the best psu manufacturers & Johnny Guru Recommended $59
-Hyper 212 EVO-CPU Cooler $35
-EVGA GeForce GTX770 w/EVGA ACX Cooler 2GB GDDR5 256bit $325
-Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III $99 OS drive
-Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Performance Micro ATX Computer $90
-WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s $63
-Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit $100
LG Electronics 24X SATA Super-Multi DVD Internal Rewriter with M-Disc Support $20

Total $1121






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November 16, 2013 6:10:16 PM

update on the intel core 2 duo. I found out the mother board it's on can ONLY support Intel Core2 ''multi-cores'' and upcoming 45nm processors. The motherboard is a few years old the mother board specifically is a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L. it has the dead LGA775 socket( I looked it up). So any help on that is much appreciated! I'd like to know pretty much the best one price doesnt matter.
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November 16, 2013 6:27:09 PM

internet_man_415 said:
update on the intel core 2 duo. I found out the mother board it's on can ONLY support Intel Core2 ''multi-cores'' and upcoming 45nm processors. The motherboard is a few years old the mother board specifically is a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L. it has the dead LGA775 socket( I looked it up). So any help on that is much appreciated! I'd like to know pretty much the best one price doesnt matter.

Any z87 1150 socket board would be good. No need to spend excessively on one.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 6:36:40 PM

It's cheaper to buy a new motherboard and CPU. The better LGA 775 CPUs are very expensive. You're looking to spend upwards of $300+ for a CPU that will give you noticeable difference over the E8400.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 16, 2013 6:56:57 PM

But it's used so I wouldn't recommend it.
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November 16, 2013 7:23:07 PM

They said it just looks used, as long as it works I mean, I'd be fine.
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