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Wanting to Build A Gaming PC, Are These Specs Good Enough?

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January 15, 2014 7:42:17 AM

So a couple of months ago someone gave me some options for building a gaming PC (which I have never done). I haven't purchased the parts yet and I want to this week. I am on a budget for what I want. The options given to me on here previously were very good. Someone else on a non related site gave me some specs and I liked that the price was around $700. I only play The Sims 3 with nearly all expansions and a lot of custom content. I want to use something called an HQ or high quality mod that will make my graphics and textures look more realistic. I want to make sure I have a good processor and a graphics card that can handle an HQ mod.

Would you have any recommendations for having something better but still coming around this budget? Thanks

These are the specs someone came up with. I am not sure if they are everything I need.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1XhlP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1XhlP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1XhlP/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5” 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.63 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($76.99 @…Amazon

Monitor: Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5” Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.77 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical Mouse ($7.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $699.33
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January 15, 2014 7:58:57 AM

When I clicked your link it came out to $774 not $699. I think because the ram price wasn't included for whatever reason. Are you looking at a $700 build then?
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January 15, 2014 8:07:23 AM

logainofhades said:
When I clicked your link it came out to $774 not $699. I think because the ram price wasn't included for whatever reason. Are you looking at a $700 build then?



Oh okay, this person did this build a while ago so the price may be different. I am still torn between building and buying. I really don't know too much beyond what I need for the game to run. I have looked at already built pc's but a lot of people say to build a pc is best. I would like a build around $700. If it is a bit more than that is fine.

These are the previous options someone on this forum gave me, they said it was a lot for the The Sims. Really I just want good graphics, processor and a good cooling system. Thanks for answering


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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1WB5o
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1WB5o/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1WB5o/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($158.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($303.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $898.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-02 22:24 EDT-0400)

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1WBeE
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1WBeE/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1WBeE/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($303.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $989.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-02 22:30 EDT-0400)
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January 15, 2014 8:14:01 AM

Before I noticed the price discrepancy, I came up with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($190.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Dell S2240M 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.29 @ B&H)
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical Mouse ($5.99 @ B&H)
Total: $783.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-15 11:13 EST-0500)
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January 15, 2014 8:18:05 AM

Praise_Gaben said:
This is 733 and has a better mouse as well. You weren't planning on overclocking right?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2BGV3


I am not very tech savvy. So I am not entirely sure what overclocking is, I've only heard about it, so no I wasn't planning to. Thanks for answering

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January 15, 2014 8:20:44 AM

logainofhades said:
Before I noticed the price discrepancy, I came up with this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($190.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Monitor: Dell S2240M 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Keyboard: Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.29 @ B&H)
Mouse: Microsoft Optical Mouse 200 for Business Wired Optical Mouse ($5.99 @ B&H)
Total: $783.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-15 11:13 EST-0500)


Thanks. Does this build have a CPU cooler?

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January 15, 2014 8:53:34 AM

The CPU comes with one. You can add a better aftermarket one if you want. Coolermaster Hyper 212 evo is a good cooler.
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