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November 18, 2013 1:09:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: I am looking to purchase all of the parts between Black Friday and Cyber Monday with hopefully some solid deals pushing up the value of what i can get for a budget price

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) I'm looking to not spend anymore than $600 after all of the rebates/shipping etc... Now if I am right on the precipice between something average and something amazing based on a few dollars I can go over this.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the net. 98% gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) I plan to wipe and reuse a 500gb HDD I already have and as noted above I already have a monitor, keyboard, & mouse. Otherwise I need a Case(with fans preferably built in), mobo, CPU + cooler if needed, RAM, GPU, & PSU. I have hard how much folks love SSD's but i'd rather just use my old HDD and put my money towards a more powerful PC

Do you need to buy OS: I'm not 100% sure on this though i'm leaning towards yes. I have an OEM copy of Windows 7 I have used on both of my current PC's without issue but I don't know how many times that will work without running into problems.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't have a preference for websites and I am located very close to a MicroCenter so they are an option for me as well.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Parts Preferences: I have heard Intel is mildly better for processors but I know they tend to be a lot more expensive than AMD's. My first PC build I ever did about a year ago had an AMD with the unlockable cores and I have been pleased with it's performance

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe I have never done SLI or CrossFire but my goal is to get the best performance possible for the price so if that ends up being a good option I'm game.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 is fine

Additional Comments: I care about the power under the hood so the look of the PC is meaningless to me. I know I don't want to do liquid cooling as that sounds like a nightmare for a relatively new builder like myself. I play games of varying strain from low end like Wow to a little higher like Witcher 3 etc.. so i'm all over the place with what games i'm using. Ultra graphics is not my goal but is nice if I can achieve it, quality FPS is more important to me by far.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: The POS Dell that I currently have can't even play WoW and has made it so that I can't play games with my wife or anyone else for that matter who comes over to my house. As always your help is greatly appreciated.

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November 18, 2013 1:32:57 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/24pRB
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($170.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.72 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.99)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($75.99)
Total: $610.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-18 16:31 EST-0500)

10 dollars over budget, but can easily run wow max +60fps
You can oc the fx 6300 to ~4.5ghz
as for the os, windows 8 has dx11.2, the new directx
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November 18, 2013 1:57:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/24qN9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/24qN9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/24qN9/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus A88XM-PLUS/CSM Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($93.71 @ Mwave)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $571.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-18 16:56 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
November 18, 2013 4:09:54 PM

Anonymous said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/24pRB
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.85 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($170.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.72 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.99)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($75.99)
Total: $610.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-18 16:31 EST-0500)

10 dollars over budget, but can easily run wow max +60fps
You can oc the fx 6300 to ~4.5ghz
as for the os, windows 8 has dx11.2, the new directx


This, and if it has the new DirectX = better performance in games.
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November 27, 2013 8:21:25 AM

Okay I do have a new question. I liked the solution provided and want to thank the community but now that I am looking around to purchase the items listed it appears the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB is gone and out of stock from every retailer I find. Are there any suggestions for available video cards to use in its place with this build or should I wait to see if they come into stock?
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November 27, 2013 9:04:06 AM

try finding the msi or asus or other good after market 7950 card.
look to see if the 7970 on sale or the 280x. on nvidia side looking at the 760/770 cards.
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November 28, 2013 8:37:47 AM

smorizio said:
try finding the msi or asus or other good after market 7950 card.
look to see if the 7970 on sale or the 280x. on nvidia side looking at the 760/770 cards.


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