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January 4, 2014 9:44:13 PM

So I have saved up $600 and I really want to build a gaming pc! Though I only have $600 , my Grandparents said they would be willing to pitch in $100 so my budget has gone up to $700.

So this machine will be used mostly for gaming, but I am also an amateur programmer, I stream a lot of video (Netflix, youtube, Hulu, etc.), and I browse the web a lot.

My $700 budget does not include any extras (Monitors, keyboards/mice, etc.) because my main focus right now is the pc, and I have some older monitors keyboards and mice that can be used for now (I will probably get a good monitor in late April / early May).

I would like it to be able to play next gen games if that is at all possible, but of course I can upgrade in the future so current gen is still very satisfying, especially coming from a laptop with no dedicated graphics card.

Since all the game I play are bought off Steam or something similar, they are all digital downloads, so I have no need for a disk drive (even if I decided I really needed one for some reason I have a decent one from a 2 year old pc I can use).

Thanks in advance for the people who respond to this!
January 4, 2014 10:01:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $697.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-05 01:01 EST-0500)


Do you need an operating system? If you don't then here you go!
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January 4, 2014 10:03:56 PM

Oh yeah I don't need an OS my brother bought a 3 pack of windows 7 a couple months ago and has only used two of the keys.
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January 4, 2014 10:10:49 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vSQs - Without the OS

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vT0J - With OS

Sorry for going $40 over your budget with the OS, I wanted to make sure you got amazing performance for the price. I'm sure you can play BF4 on this thing with pretty good settings(high, maybe even ultra). If you want me to make it 40 dollars less I can but the performance will not be as good.
Had fun choosing parts for you :) 
Good luck, and if you need some tips or maybe if you have a question, just ask.

EDIT: Didn't know you didn't want the OS. Well the first one is really good and will give you awesome performance on games like BF4 on High - Ultra settings.
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January 4, 2014 10:12:10 PM

zemiak said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $697.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-05 01:01 EST-0500)


Do you need an operating system? If you don't then here you go!


He needs a optical drive lol
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January 4, 2014 10:15:47 PM

Scoutdrago3 said:
zemiak said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $697.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-05 01:01 EST-0500)


Do you need an operating system? If you don't then here you go!


He needs a optical drive lol


No...he doesn't

"I have no need for a disk drive (even if I decided I really needed one for some reason I have a decent one from a 2 year old pc I can use)."

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January 4, 2014 10:27:53 PM

Took zemiak's build but modified a few things:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $712.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-05 01:26 EST-0500)

-Better quality cpu cooler and motherboard for overclocking.
-Faster HDD as you don't want a 5400rpm for your primary drive.
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January 4, 2014 10:28:51 PM

zemiak said:
Scoutdrago3 said:
zemiak said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $697.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-05 01:01 EST-0500)


Do you need an operating system? If you don't then here you go!


He needs a optical drive lol


No...he doesn't

"I have no need for a disk drive (even if I decided I really needed one for some reason I have a decent one from a 2 year old pc I can use)."



Oh sorry, read it wrong. But he does need one for the OS install. After that probably not if you are gonna play games through digital download.
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January 4, 2014 10:31:02 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vSQ1
Took out Optical Drive. Now its 6 dollars under your budget and since I am giving you a 270x you will have the Mantle API which is being implemented in a lot of games now including BF4 which will give you higher performance.
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January 4, 2014 10:36:50 PM

Not necessarily. The R9-270X is much weaker than a GTX 760. The R9-270X is weaker than a Radeon HD 7950 but the GTX 760 is stronger than the 7950. Also, you chose the LE version of the motherboard so you won't be able to overclock the 8320 very good, if it all.

I'm not sure how much of a performance increase Mantle will provide as it is still not released yet, so that is still unknown. Nonetheless, the GTX 760 is stronger than the R9-270X.
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