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December 26, 2013 10:36:06 PM

I'm about to endeavor into building PC's but I have no clue what parts to include. I have people willing to help me put it together, but I have to order the parts on my own. The main use of the PC will be gaming while chatting with friends, I play many different styles of games (BF4, WoW, WoT, etc.). My budget is $700-$850. I will need this price to include OS, but I already have a keyboard and mouse, and I will be using my 39" 1080p 120Hz TV as a monitor.

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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2013 10:50:18 PM

Intel build:
i5 3330
Gigabyte H61M-S1 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM
WD Caviar Green 1TB HDD
Nvidia GTX660 (Non TI) OR the Radeon HD7870
Any branded 600W PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium/Professional (Better for gaming and an easier OS if you haven't used Win 8 before)
Any case will do as this is a budget build

AMD Build:
AMD FX8350
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Motherboard
Other components should be the same.
Also go for either a Samsung or an LG CD/DVD Writer.
I'm assuming you won't need WiFi and will connect the PC through a LAN cable as these motehrboards don't have an inbuilt WiFi support.
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December 26, 2013 11:20:55 PM

KillerGamer said:
Intel build:
i5 3330
Gigabyte H61M-S1 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM
WD Caviar Green 1TB HDD
Nvidia GTX660 (Non TI) OR the Radeon HD7870
Any branded 600W PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium/Professional (Better for gaming and an easier OS if you haven't used Win 8 before)
Any case will do as this is a budget build

AMD Build:
AMD FX8350
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Motherboard
Other components should be the same.
Also go for either a Samsung or an LG CD/DVD Writer.
I'm assuming you won't need WiFi and will connect the PC through a LAN cable as these motehrboards don't have an inbuilt WiFi support.


Would this GPU not be a better choice http:// for either build or would the little bit of wiggle room be spent on a better CPU on the intel build?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2013 11:33:16 PM

HaZarDouS PsYcO said:
KillerGamer said:
Intel build:
i5 3330
Gigabyte H61M-S1 Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 8GB RAM
WD Caviar Green 1TB HDD
Nvidia GTX660 (Non TI) OR the Radeon HD7870
Any branded 600W PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium/Professional (Better for gaming and an easier OS if you haven't used Win 8 before)
Any case will do as this is a budget build

AMD Build:
AMD FX8350
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Motherboard
Other components should be the same.
Also go for either a Samsung or an LG CD/DVD Writer.
I'm assuming you won't need WiFi and will connect the PC through a LAN cable as these motehrboards don't have an inbuilt WiFi support.


Would this GPU not be a better choice http:// for either build or would the little bit of wiggle room be spent on a better CPU on the intel build?


The link isn't working for me. I suggest spending the same amount you spend on a GPU, on a CPU as this is somewhat a 'rule of thumb'. You shouldn't be facing any bottlenecking then. Check my signature for my specs. I also have a GTX660 and it works fine... Please send the link again...
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a b 4 Gaming
December 26, 2013 11:55:08 PM

HaZarDouS PsYcO said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn760... sorry about that...the link "button" didnt do a good job. Also just noticed a possible incompatibility with the Intel build.
Intel: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2qOw7
AMD: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/HaZarDouSPsYcO/saved/3fQr


I doubt there are any incompatibilities as I have the same CPU and motherboard. The GPU you are saying (The GTX760) may cause bottlenecking. To solve this, you will need to buy an unlocked CPU (The FX series of AMD are unlocked and Intel processors with a 'k' in the end of the model are unlocked). Also, you will need a good cooling system for OCing if you buy a 760 and OC the CPU. Worry not, the 660 is a good mid range card and you won't face any major issues with it. However, if you need each and every fps, it's better going for the 760. Happy to help :) 
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December 26, 2013 11:59:31 PM

Alright thanks for the help so far, if i plan on keeping this same "base" build just throwing upgrades in it occasionally would you say the AMD or Intel would fit my needs better. Also would the Radeon card or the GTX perform better games like BF4?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 12:12:21 AM

HaZarDouS PsYcO said:
Alright thanks for the help so far, if i plan on keeping this same "base" build just throwing upgrades in it occasionally would you say the AMD or Intel would fit my needs better. Also would the Radeon card or the GTX perform better games like BF4?


It really dependson your need... I'd personally go for Intel... However, I have heard AMDs OC better..
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December 27, 2013 12:25:37 AM

KillerGamer said:
HaZarDouS PsYcO said:
Alright thanks for the help so far, if i plan on keeping this same "base" build just throwing upgrades in it occasionally would you say the AMD or Intel would fit my needs better. Also would the Radeon card or the GTX perform better games like BF4?


It really dependson your need... I'd personally go for Intel... However, I have heard AMDs OC better..


Ok how hard would it be to later swap in a nice i7 if I go with the Intel build? Also I've heard good about this GPU http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9270xdc2t... any experience with it?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 27, 2013 12:55:50 AM

HaZarDouS PsYcO said:
KillerGamer said:
HaZarDouS PsYcO said:
Alright thanks for the help so far, if i plan on keeping this same "base" build just throwing upgrades in it occasionally would you say the AMD or Intel would fit my needs better. Also would the Radeon card or the GTX perform better games like BF4?


It really dependson your need... I'd personally go for Intel... However, I have heard AMDs OC better..


Ok how hard would it be to later swap in a nice i7 if I go with the Intel build? Also I've heard good about this GPU http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9270xdc2t... any experience with it?


I apologize for my late reply. The Radeon R9 270X is very famous, especially due to the fact that mantle is releasing. Also, the clock speed of the R9 is better than any 660. I've also heard that Radeon cards get freebies like games inside the box. Mantle is basically going to boost up performance by about 40-50% in games like BF4 etc. Hence, if you play BF4 and other games in which Mantle is coming, I reckon you go for the R9 270X. However, the Nvidia GTX660 has PhysX which isn't present in the Radeons. It all comes down to personal preferences. However, the R9 270(x) is a re-brand of the HD7870 and is slightly expensive than the latter. If you have some extra $$$ to spend, go with the R9 270(X), if not the 660 is already a very nice GPU. Hope this helped :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 1:09:32 AM

HaZarDouS PsYcO said:
Sorry to bring this back up but after looking around i would like some advice on this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/HaZarDouSPsYcO/saved/3gnD after some revising i feel fairly proud of this and would like any feedback to improve.


You have the right to be proud of this build. However, if you even plan on OCing in the distant future, I would get an i5 3570k. It has the same LGA1155 socket so you won't need to change the motherboard and will be more future-proof due to its OCing ability. Also, I have heard of some reliability issues with ASRock so you may want to ask someone who owns an ASRock motherboard. Also, I would go for at least a 550W power supply just to be on the safer side. Hope I helped :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 5:55:39 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($106.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($225.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $867.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 20:54 EST-0500)

Changed the case, psu and a more reliable hard drive. The case is personal preference though.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 28, 2013 7:36:55 PM

Yeah thats a good PSU for a lil bit more. Ive had my 1tb Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM about to break the 4 year barrier since January 2010. Unless i heard wrong about those Caviar HDs.....
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