First Gaming PC Build- $850 Budget
Hey everyone, I've been reading quite a bit on here about building a PC and finally decided to ask what parts would be the best for my build within a budget of $850. I plan on buying within the next month or two. I do not plan on overclocking and will not need an OS or any peripherals, only a monitor included in the price. The PC will be used for gaming and general web browsing only. Also, I am torn between an AMD or Intel build, suggestions would be great.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.58 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-28 15:57 EST-0500)
Intel cpus are generally known for their single core perfprmance. most current titles run better on intel cpu's. But een still a i5-3570K is more than 4 times powerfull than a 8 core jaguar cpu(ps4). so this gives us an idea that core count isn't important. an fx-8350 is massively better than the jaguar chip on ps4. I've "heard" amd cpu's getting too hot,slow over time and burned when overclocking. I don't know how accurate that is but I've always found intel more reliable. then there's pci-express 3.0 support. no current gpu's hane enough bandwith to really make use of 3rd gen pci-x so gpu's perform equally on amd cpu's even though they don't have 3rd gen support. but I'm affirmative that future cards will exceed the bandwith level of 2nd gen. During that time amd cpu's will be a major bottleneck. oh amd www.pcpartpicker.com
For your budget you will not get more bang for your buck then with AMD, intel will require you to spend another $100 to get any semi-noticable increase in performance.
PCPartPicker part list CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($116.97 @ OutletPC) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US) Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.24 @ Amazon) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.25 @ Newegg) Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ B&H) Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Amazon) Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.98 @ Best Buy) Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ Amazon) Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC) Monitor: Acer S230HLAbii 23.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Best Buy) Total: $890.36 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-28 16:37 EST-0500)
Very similar to Francisco, but with an SSD drive and CPU cooler for overclocking and no WIndows OS since you said you do not need that. Also my price does not include mail in rebates like the $20 off the PSU.