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What is the best way to spend 1200$ on a gaming pc?

I need a gaming pc that will be able to run most modern games at 1920x1080, also looking for a cpu that I could overclock(please dont pick ugly parts, I want it to look semi-nice)
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  1. First of all, what parts you already have? Do you need a monitor? OS?
  2. ifreestylin said:
    First of all, what parts you already have? Do you need a monitor? OS?


    I have not bought anything yet, I would like other peoples opinions first
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    Speev19 said:
    ifreestylin said:
    First of all, what parts you already have? Do you need a monitor? OS?


    I have not bought anything yet, I would like other peoples opinions first


    Here is what i put together

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($313.50 @ B&H)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1222.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 18:41 EST-0500)
  4. ifreestylin said:
    Speev19 said:
    ifreestylin said:
    First of all, what parts you already have? Do you need a monitor? OS?


    I have not bought anything yet, I would like other peoples opinions first


    Here is what i put together

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($313.50 @ B&H)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1222.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 18:41 EST-0500)


    K thx
  5. Speev19 said:
    ifreestylin said:
    Speev19 said:
    ifreestylin said:
    First of all, what parts you already have? Do you need a monitor? OS?


    I have not bought anything yet, I would like other peoples opinions first


    Here is what i put together

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($313.50 @ B&H)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1222.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 18:41 EST-0500)


    K thx


    You could change the case and brand of the GPU as you see fit. Also if you want an intel CPU and or a Nvidia GPU i can edit it. Wait on other replies.
  6. ifreestylin said:
    Speev19 said:
    ifreestylin said:
    Speev19 said:
    ifreestylin said:
    First of all, what parts you already have? Do you need a monitor? OS?


    I have not bought anything yet, I would like other peoples opinions first


    Here is what i put together

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($85.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($313.50 @ B&H)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $1222.34
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-19 18:41 EST-0500)


    K thx


    You could change the case and brand of the GPU as you see fit. Also if you want an intel CPU and or a Nvidia GPU i can edit it. Wait on other replies.


    K thx, can u post an nvidia intel option?
  7. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1191.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-21 09:52 EST-0500)

    I had to drop the SSD and get the GTX 760 which is slower than the R9 280X. If you want, you could get a cheaper Mobo and if your not into OC grab the not K version of the CPU.
  8. ifreestylin said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus Z87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.98 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($134.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1191.83
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-21 09:52 EST-0500)

    I had to drop the SSD and get the GTX 760 which is slower than the R9 280X. If you want, you could get a cheaper Mobo and if your not into OC grab the not K version of the CPU.


    Ok thanks for your support I think I will use your suggestions as a base, then change stuff around where I see fit.
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