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December 25, 2013 11:54:34 AM

Merry Christmas everyone!

I would like to build a computer for my girlfriend for the new year. She would like to run games like Skyrim with mods or Guild Wars 2. I've copy-pasted the template from the sticky to help give an idea of what I'm looking for.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1 month

Budget Range: $700-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: I will have to buy a monitor but I do not want it included in the $700-800 cost.

Parts to Upgrade: All parts will have to be new.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but I do not want this included in the $700-800 cost please.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon and Newegg only please.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - United States, Virginia

Parts Preferences: Best value for the money please.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: Unknown, but in the future a dual monitor setup or a way to output to a HDTV would be good too. Gaming is the first priority though over both of these things.

Additional Comments: None

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Both of us have never had a gaming computer.

Happy New Years to everyone too!
December 25, 2013 12:04:59 PM

do you have a preference as to AMD vs Intel for the CPU? AMD would be cheaper, but Intel is uually better (but not always). And for the graphics, do you have a preference for AMD or nvidia?
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December 25, 2013 12:13:02 PM

Thank you for the quick reply! I do not have any preferences for the brand of CPU or graphics card.
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December 25, 2013 12:21:50 PM

ok, I will go to a website called pcpartpicker and try and put together a couple of recommendations for you to look over.
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December 25, 2013 12:26:19 PM

Thank you for your help! I've updated my first post also to go up to $800.
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December 25, 2013 12:26:57 PM

This should do you pretty good

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2pMzM) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2pMzM/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2pMzM/benchmarks/)

CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $119.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper TX3 (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $21.68 @ Amazon
Motherboard | [MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-970ag46) | $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-khx16c9b1b...) | $75.17 @ Amazon
Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $66.20 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9270xdc2t...) | $234.80 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-challenger) | $54.48 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600) | $70.19 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $19.60 @ Newegg
| | Total
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $735.02
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-25 15:25 EST-0500 |
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December 25, 2013 12:36:12 PM

This seem to be giving best performance for price.

The above poster is having a good build aswell but GPU is quite low for such budget.
I mean you can get a 280x with that budget you willing to spend. So here is my Suggestion

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($76.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $815.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

ok so to mention :
-CPU, it is coming into your budget so better buy one with extra 2 cores i.e. 8320 than a 6300 though they are quite close into performance.
-8 GB ram nuff for gaming + multi tasking. + 1TB HDD all you need for stuffs
-PSU 650w is also enough for Overclocking + Crossfirex which you dont plan to ( though if you wanna then a 700w will be also a better option )

-GPU is a greater performer for a ultra settings with 1080p resolutions.
-That motherboard has a great room for everything along with USB 3.0 and overclocking with good cooling system.
-Case is quite open for allowing good airflow

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December 25, 2013 1:03:01 PM

Niko_boy is right about the video card. But its up to you if you want to spend the extra $100 on the 280x. I would highly recommend getting an aftermarket cpu cooler like the one i mentioned in my first post.
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December 25, 2013 1:09:52 PM

@Niko_boy @Brandon LS, Thank you for the suggestions! Would the aftermarket CPU cooler you recommended be compatible with Niko_boy's build?
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December 25, 2013 1:10:39 PM

yes it will be 100% compatible

or just select Hyper 212 EVO thats very cool one too!
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December 25, 2013 1:11:12 PM

MoonFisherman said:
@Niko_boy @Brandon LS, Thank you for the suggestions! Would the aftermarket CPU cooler you recommended be compatible with Niko_boy's build?


Your welcome. And yes it is compatible.
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December 25, 2013 1:14:50 PM

Niko_boy said:
yes it will be 100% compatible

or just select Hyper 212 EVO thats very cool one too!


The Hyper 212 EVO is nice but it's more expensive and considering MoonFisherman won't get any more benefit out of it, since he doesn't want to overclock, I don't see the point in getting it.
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December 25, 2013 1:24:56 PM

Brandon LS said:
Niko_boy said:
yes it will be 100% compatible

or just select Hyper 212 EVO thats very cool one too!


The Hyper 212 EVO is nice but it's more expensive and considering MoonFisherman won't get any more benefit out of it, since he doesn't want to overclock, I don't see the point in getting it.


Oh sorry i forgot that he didnt want OC.
so yeah TX3 will eb just fine to keep hotty AMD cool :p 
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December 25, 2013 2:36:14 PM

here is an updated selection i edited with Niko_boy and my own choices mixed together. This should be just perfect for you. But you will have to buy from multiple stores. If you were to only buy from newegg and amazon you would not get as good of a deal.

Hope this helps!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($76.28 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.51 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $822.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-25 17:36 EST-0500)
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December 25, 2013 2:43:23 PM

Ya know what forget that last one

The GTX 770 is faster than the 280x for the same price

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($76.28 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.51 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $837.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-25 17:42 EST-0500)
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December 26, 2013 12:13:16 AM

Brandon LS said:
Ya know what forget that last one

The GTX 770 is faster than the 280x for the same price

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($76.28 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.51 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $837.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-25 17:42 EST-0500)


actually 770 and 280x are close in performance however for some demanding games at high resolutions 280x does better because of 1GB of extra VRam.

anyways nice edit of build but, the Case you chose is just highly priced you can get a Antec one which is quite satisfactory. and you need better PSU too since both are high end GPU + CPU so they need some extra backup for power load.
so a 600w is must for the build.
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December 26, 2013 1:22:26 AM

Niko_boy said:
Brandon LS said:
Ya know what forget that last one

The GTX 770 is faster than the 280x for the same price

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($76.28 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.51 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $837.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-25 17:42 EST-0500)


actually 770 and 280x are close in performance however for some demanding games at high resolutions 280x does better because of 1GB of extra VRam.

anyways nice edit of build but, the Case you chose is just highly priced you can get a Antec one which is quite satisfactory. and you need better PSU too since both are high end GPU + CPU so they need some extra backup for power load.
so a 600w is must for the build.


at 1080p the 1 extra gig of vram will not make a difference. I am running 1 GTX 680 2gb on a 4k screen and its fine. And when it comes to getting an amd video card and an nvidia video card that are the same price with similar performance it's best to go with the nvidia since nvidia tends to have much more stable drivers than amd...also nvidia cards run cooler than amd cards.

The Rosewill case has more fans included with it for better cooling

Also the 500 watt psu is enough to run this system. I have run similar systems on 500 watts with no problems. The maximum wattage runs under 500 watts and he is never gonna reach the maximum wattage unless he starts running prime 95 while running furmark with overclocks. So the build is fine as is.
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December 26, 2013 1:25:54 AM

i agree but games like especially BF4 runs better with 1GB of extra Vram at 1080p and thus makes a difference .

Also, since he have some space for budget getting a higher PSu around 650w will be far more future proofing in case JUST in case if he want overclocking since he getting an extra cooler he may want.
Though he has denied to do so. but still..
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December 26, 2013 1:54:55 AM

Niko_boy said:
i agree but games like especially BF4 runs better with 1GB of extra Vram at 1080p and thus makes a difference .

Also, since he have some space for budget getting a higher PSu around 650w will be far more future proofing in case JUST in case if he want overclocking since he getting an extra cooler he may want.
Though he has denied to do so. but still..


It is true that it wouldn't hurt to get the higher wattage. It all just depends on what he wants to spend exactly.
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December 26, 2013 2:17:18 AM

Need's to go bigger than 650w if you want future proof. Better is buy then 850-1000w PSU.
To make sure any SLI / CF set is getting enough power what it needs.
One GTX 780 you can run with good 550w. So with one card you really do not need much power.
550w is plenty for new build.
Here is really good 550w PSU.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-caps...
Better than cheap Corsair or seasonic.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-CAPSTON...

Id buy this because it is best reliable PSU known up to date.

Then good cpu cooler.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-ma...
Other (better fan) version of same cooler.
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-BW-Support-Socket-Dr...
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December 26, 2013 12:13:05 PM

AxlFone said:
Need's to go bigger than 650w if you want future proof. Better is buy then 850-1000w PSU.
To make sure any SLI / CF set is getting enough power what it needs.
One GTX 780 you can run with good 550w. So with one card you really do not need much power.
550w is plenty for new build.
Here is really good 550w PSU.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-caps...
Better than cheap Corsair or seasonic.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-CAPSTON...

Id buy this because it is best reliable PSU known up to date.

Then good cpu cooler.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermalright-cpu-cooler-ma...
Other (better fan) version of same cooler.
http://www.amazon.com/Thermalright-BW-Support-Socket-Dr...


MoonFisherman already stated that he does not want to sli/crossfire. Also he has set a budget of $700-$800 which we already went a little bit over, so any 850-1000 watt power supply that is reliable would just eat up too much of his budget. And saying that Rosewill has better power supplies than Corsair or SeaSonic just shows that you have no clue what your talking about when it comes to psu reliability.

Also why would he need a $45 cpu cooler if he does not plan on overclocking. The $20 Coolermaster Hyper TX3 will do more than enough for that processor at stock speeds.
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December 26, 2013 5:40:36 PM

Thank you for all your help everyone! I can hardly wait to start building her computer. One last question from me, can I have a recommendation on a good monitor or a brand of monitor I should keep an eye on?
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December 27, 2013 2:02:28 AM

No problem....if you have anymore questions feel free to send me a pm. Happy building!
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December 28, 2013 1:47:17 AM

MoonFisherman said:
Thank you for all your help everyone! I can hardly wait to start building her computer. One last question from me, can I have a recommendation on a good monitor or a brand of monitor I should keep an eye on?


Asus is having great Monitors for about 1920 x 1080 resolution. Pricing near 130$
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December 29, 2013 6:01:00 AM

Niko_boy said:
MoonFisherman said:
Thank you for all your help everyone! I can hardly wait to start building her computer. One last question from me, can I have a recommendation on a good monitor or a brand of monitor I should keep an eye on?


Asus is having great Monitors for about 1920 x 1080 resolution. Pricing near 130$


Thanks for the recommendation! I'll check those out.
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December 29, 2013 6:06:22 AM

Brandon LS said:
Ya know what forget that last one

The GTX 770 is faster than the 280x for the same price

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($76.28 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($75.17 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($334.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.51 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $837.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-25 17:42 EST-0500)


I completely disagree, First of all the performance difference isn't that much really. And I would still recommend 280x because it's more consistent on holding good frames. Yes the 770 may give 3 to 5 frames more when you're already over 60 but 280x does hold frames better, hence resulting in a better, smoother gaming experience. And how can one recommend an nvidia card when mantle is around the corner. 280x will completely destroy even titan or 780ti with mantle.
Ok maybe "destroy" is too much but yeah, no doubt that 280x will perform better than titan or 780ti on future games which will have graphics that directx can't handle.
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