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February 4, 2014 7:48:11 PM

Hey guys! Ive been thinking about buying a pc for a while now. Decided I wanted to build my own for the experience. Everyone who has built one seems like they loved the experience. But im a noob when it comes to pc stuff... so I was hoping someone could help me with a parts list. My budget is between like 700-1000. If a couple hundred makes a big difference let me know! Trying to have a budget build but if a couple hundred means alot more power count me in. Was hoping to play on high settings. Id use the pc for gaming from fps games to strategy to mmos. Also for other college student needs. All I have is a keyboard, mouse, and speakers. Unless I can play on my 55 inch smart tv I would need a monitor. I read through alot of forums and joined this websites forum cause the community seems so helpful and awesome. Once I get the parts ill def be asking any questions I have building on this site. If I need to clarify anything just ask me. But anyways thanks for your time guys!

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February 5, 2014 1:39:52 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.50 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone Precision Series PS05B-USB3.0 ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i600 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1078.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 04:39 EST-0500)

A little bit over budget but it will last you for a good 3-5 years. It is also overclockable
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February 5, 2014 8:00:42 AM

Thank you both for the quick response! I see you both chose amd 8 core processors. Are they better then the newer haswells? Ive been reading about which is better but seems I cannot get a straight forward answer. Also down the line 3 to 5 years when I need to upgrade, which parts will have to be replaced to get good performance again? Or will I just have to build a whole another computer and swap everything? Thanks alot shocking and uncle, You are really helping a new guy out
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February 5, 2014 10:50:24 PM

smajic19 said:
Thank you both for the quick response! I see you both chose amd 8 core processors. Are they better then the newer haswells? Ive been reading about which is better but seems I cannot get a straight forward answer. Also down the line 3 to 5 years when I need to upgrade, which parts will have to be replaced to get good performance again? Or will I just have to build a whole another computer and swap everything? Thanks alot shocking and uncle, You are really helping a new guy out


The reason why we both chose amd fx 8320's is because they are simply for flexible. 8 cores means fast video editing and faster graphics work. And haswell isn't better than AMD the only area haswell is better at AMD is in benchmarks. Most of the leads that haswell has are purely benchmark based and you won't notice them.
And not only that but intel has some of the worst price performance ratios. While shocking's computer is good my computer is built as a price performance based/ multiuse machine (Media, Video editing and gaming.) And not only that but the motherboard in shockings build is wasted unless your a pro who knows how to overclock extensively. http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_value_available.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvLRZxRL8N8
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February 6, 2014 8:00:40 PM

Thanks again uncle! But just wondering how does it say that some of those parts are incompatible? The pc picker site is telling me that. Can I still use those parts?
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February 7, 2014 5:21:28 AM

The motherboard will be compatible but since the case that he pick doesn't have a 3.0 USB you can't use it I suggest getting a cheaper and better case. Personally never heard about that case. I also recommend getting the better GPU for more future proof
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February 7, 2014 4:41:49 PM

smajic19 said:
Thanks again uncle! But just wondering how does it say that some of those parts are incompatible? The pc picker site is telling me that. Can I still use those parts?


I fixed it but remember my build is designed as a multi-use price performance build while delivering price performance, and shockings build has no ssd and only 8gbs of ram and this build is quite literally developed for a college student like you, SSD's, 16gbs and the CUDA cores in my card helps with video rendering, graphical related workloads and i have a blu ray player too. So to sum this up shockings build is more powerful graphicly but lacks the flexibility (Media center, video rendering and playing games at 1080p) and it also lacks the price performance my build has. (and a 780 is overkill in 1080p) Also if you want a cheaper alternate $700 (http://pcpartpicker.com/user/unclema0/saved/3GqX)
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February 7, 2014 7:00:20 PM

SSD is not that important 16GB Ram is not that important right now. If you heavily video rendering go get 16GB and Blu Ray? What is actually the point of having that? Do you know a game that comes out in Blu Ray? No? yeah i think so. 780 is not overkill for 1080p especially when Next Gen is upon us with the new release of consoles the Graphics is highly demanding and a 780 will handle that on 1080p
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February 8, 2014 5:05:40 AM

Shocking777 said:
SSD is not that important 16GB Ram is not that important right now. If you heavily video rendering go get 16GB and Blu Ray? What is actually the point of having that? Do you know a game that comes out in Blu Ray? No? yeah i think so. 780 is not overkill for 1080p especially when Next Gen is upon us with the new release of consoles the Graphics is highly demanding and a 780 will handle that on 1080p


1. the blue ray isn't for rendering it's for using the pc as a media center. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ-RhnonZyg
2. why is 16gbs of ram not important it's a video editing machine for like the 16th time it's a multiuse computer.
3. He said his a college student i.e he could be studying graphics and or video which is where the 16gbs of ram will shine.
4. how does the release of consoles make games more demanding? The 'next gen console' is a 200 dollar apu build with 8 cores.
5. the gtx 780 is overkill look at the benchmarks O.o
6. If you are able to find a GOOD 1000 dollar build without an SSD please post it.
7. An SSD greatly inmproves boot time, loading times and helps with rendering this ispretty important for a COLLEGE student.
8. The funny thing is how you say 16gbs of ram isn't important 'now' but a overkill 600 dollar gpu is and also check out my build's price performance.

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html
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February 8, 2014 5:45:18 AM

Well performance is much better then boot time. I would pick a better GPU rather then having a faster boot time which doesn't effect gaming that much. 8GB of ram is good for amateur video rendering, but if he heavily render then get the 16GB. Why does next gen console affects graphic? Because developer can work a lot on the graphics due to a more powerful build. If console is a 200$ build, try building it. Fit in a 8 core CPU,8GB DDR3 Ram,500GB HDD,and a Radeon HD 7870(PS4 GPU). If he lacks on the Ram if using 8GB he can add another stick of it. And when he lacks the GPU power? He has to spend 400+ dollar for PSU and GPU IF he wants to sli. Or grab another GPU.
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February 8, 2014 1:01:08 PM

Shocking777 said:
Well performance is much better then boot time. I would pick a better GPU rather then having a faster boot time which doesn't effect gaming that much. 8GB of ram is good for amateur video rendering, but if he heavily render then get the 16GB. Why does next gen console affects graphic? Because developer can work a lot on the graphics due to a more powerful build. If console is a 200$ build, try building it. Fit in a 8 core CPU,8GB DDR3 Ram,500GB HDD,and a Radeon HD 7870(PS4 GPU). If he lacks on the Ram if using 8GB he can add another stick of it. And when he lacks the GPU power? He has to spend 400+ dollar for PSU and GPU IF he wants to sli. Or grab another GPU.


1. The 780i is overkill and it's not worth the extra money to upgrade deal with it. http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_value.html
2. The PS4 has a graphics card that is no where near as good as the hd 7870. PS4 gpu= 1.84 teraflops, 7870= 2.56.
3. I still don't get how the ps4 makes games more graphically intensive.
4. your poorly informed and half the specs you got for the ps4 are wrong.
Heres the right specs:
8 core jagur apu @ 1.6ghz
8gbs of ddr5 ram
500gb hdd
5. He can't stick another 8gbs of ram in because his budget 700-1000
6. Sli 780 O.o you obviously haven't built a computer...........
7. he has enough money to upgrade the gtx 780 in my build if he wanted to
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February 8, 2014 3:13:30 PM

Better off with good long lasting quality components rather then a cheap quality component
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