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December 29, 2013 7:12:21 PM

Hey guys,

I'm trying to build a PC almost exclusively for single and multiplayer gaming. I may also do some recording but no intense video editing. I'd like to pay around $600-$700 and I'd say >$850 >$750 is really pushing it. This price range must include Windows 7 or 8 OS.

The monitor I'd like to use (I believe I can) for now is my 32 inch Samsung TV. It is 1080p capable.

The games I want to play on this build include TES: Skyrim with a few realism mods as well as the DayZ Standalone.

I'd like some input on whether or not I can go a little cheaper on some parts of the build because with what I wanted, I came slightly into the red zone.

Suggestions are wanted as well, even if your suggestions completely change the build.

Here's what I have so far:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: AMD 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($92.68 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.43 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $862.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 22:14 EST-0500)

I understand the Phantom 410 is pricey for a budget build but I really like how it looks.
The 1TB Seagate HD is a hybrid HD/SSD and it seems pretty good to me.

If what I have is fine, can I get an estimate on the quality and FPS of the two games I mentioned I'd be playing.

Thanks in advance. :pt1cable: 
a c 209 4 Gaming
December 29, 2013 7:17:22 PM

Why not use other sites besides newegg and amazon. You can save $ which you can use to get better parts.
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a c 209 4 Gaming
December 29, 2013 7:26:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($90.43 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Tough Power 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $853.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 22:26 EST-0500)
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December 29, 2013 7:29:03 PM

Op use the build in my signature
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December 29, 2013 7:30:12 PM

RazerZ said:
Why not use other sites besides newegg and amazon. You can save $ which you can use to get better parts.

Thanks for the quick reply and build edit but +/- $15 isn't a big deal to me when the I prefer the convenience of ordering many parts from a single site.
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December 29, 2013 7:34:11 PM

MDXX said:
Op use the build in my signature

Do you have a PC Part Picker link? If not, no worries. What was the overall price and how do you think it'll perform for games like DayZ Standalone and Skyrim?
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December 29, 2013 7:36:49 PM

Easily run skyrim. No i dont sorry. I bought my parts within a 3 week span to get deals on most of my parts :)  oh you can get a cheaper hdd. Mine was rather expensive
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a c 209 4 Gaming
December 29, 2013 7:39:33 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.17 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($225.91 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($92.39 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Thermaltake Tough Power 750W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $869.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 22:37 EST-0500)

Will easily max skyrim/ DayZ, I can lower the price if you don't plan to overclock.
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a c 209 4 Gaming
December 29, 2013 7:44:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.17 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($92.39 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $672.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-29 22:43 EST-0500)

Will still run both games on high settings without a problem.
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December 29, 2013 8:18:28 PM

RazerZ said:
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Will still run both games on high settings without a problem.

Wow thanks for all the options :love: 

From what I've read, the 4 and 6 core CPUs are much better than 8 core (at least for gaming). Is there any specific reason your sticking with the FX-8320?

More questions (if you want):
Which build is better built for the future, upgrade wise?
For DayZ specifically, do you know what the average FPS would be given that it's a MMO?

And I don't know much about building or overclocking so as of now I don't plan to overclock, should I?

I'm going to sleep but I'll catch back up tomorrow, thanks for the help!
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December 29, 2013 9:08:09 PM

Kohl2 said:
RazerZ said:
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Will still run both games on high settings without a problem.

Wow thanks for all the options :love: 

From what I've read, the 4 and 6 core CPUs are much better than 8 core (at least for gaming). Is there any specific reason your sticking with the FX-8320?

More questions (if you want):
Which build is better built for the future, upgrade wise?
For DayZ specifically, do you know what the average FPS would be given that it's a MMO?

And I don't know much about building or overclocking so as of now I don't plan to overclock, should I?

I'm going to sleep but I'll catch back up tomorrow, thanks for the help!


Not really, I think you are referring to intel's four core i5. In that case each core is more powerful than an eight core AMD processor, but the 8320 is great for gaming. Both builds are good upgrade wise, but the highest you can go is up to a 8350. If you go intel you can start with an i3 and later go on to an i5 or i7. FPS should be around 40 on high.
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December 31, 2013 11:02:39 AM

RazerZ said:


Not really, I think you are referring to intel's four core i5. In that case each core is more powerful than an eight core AMD processor, but the 8320 is great for gaming. Both builds are good upgrade wise, but the highest you can go is up to a 8350. If you go intel you can start with an i3 and later go on to an i5 or i7. FPS should be around 40 on high.

Hey again RazerZ, can you check out these pre-built PCs I found on Newegg?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I personally like the first one. What are your thoughts? Even though they're pre-built, they seem like more bang for your buck although it doesn't actually list the model of some of its components.
Could you tell if they'd be able to hook up to my 1080p HDTV and if they have a wireless card?
I'm seriously considering these.
BTW, my budget is now set to about $700.
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a c 209 4 Gaming
December 31, 2013 5:18:50 PM

It may seem like more bang for your buck, but in the end of the day the only reason they're selling it cheap is to make a profit. In order to lower the price they use cheap components they can mass produce easily. If you build your own you can get a feel for what building a computer is like, and you will have higher quality parts that are much more reliable. Here's a build I would go with:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.61 @ Amazon)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.72 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $707.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-31 20:15 EST-0500)

If you want it to be less you can go with an AMD CPU.
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