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Building a PC (80% work/20% gaming) $600-700 Budget

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February 8, 2014 10:53:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1-2months

Budget Range: Would like to stay within the $600-$700 range.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1) Multitasking (will be using 2-3 monitors) for websurfing/work 2) Videos 3) Video Games. I don't think I will be playing games like Skyrim all the time. Skyrim is probably the most graphic demanding game I will ever play on this computer.
Parts Not Required: Operating System, Keyboard/Mouse, and Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, Newegg, Tigerdirect, ebay, Most "legit" websites

Country: United States

Parts Preferences:
1) I was originally interested in getting a i5 4670K. But I feel like it is going to be an overkill for the stuff I do. I do not mind if it is AMD or intel
2) Please help me decide on a 1TB HD vs 240GB SSD. (I do have a 1TB External HD so space is not my main concern. Mostly performance.)
3) Semi-Decent Graphics Card. For my 2x 27in monitors.


Overclocking: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



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February 8, 2014 11:22:30 PM

For multitasking you really cannot beat the AMD FX-8320. Here is a build I have quickly put together:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.39 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $659.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 02:21 EST-0500)

This PC will play Skyrim easily. Wether going with a SSD or HDD depends upon your space requirements.
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February 8, 2014 11:45:49 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $619.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 02:44 EST-0500)

-Better motherboard. You want at least a 970 chipset motherboard to ensure that the VRMs are good enough to handle an eight core processor.
-I wouldn't bother with a SSD unless you already have a HDD. With that said, you can still max out your budget by going with a SSD: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...
-The 7870 is stronger than the GTX 660.
-The 230T is a better quality case for airflow and cooling your components.
-XFX is made by Seasonic, so the quality is great.
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February 9, 2014 10:36:27 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Grey ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $619.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-09 02:44 EST-0500)

-Better motherboard. You want at least a 970 chipset motherboard to ensure that the VRMs are good enough to handle an eight core processor.
-I wouldn't bother with a SSD unless you already have a HDD. With that said, you can still max out your budget by going with a SSD: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-internal-hard-driv...
-The 7870 is stronger than the GTX 660.
-The 230T is a better quality case for airflow and cooling your components.
-XFX is made by Seasonic, so the quality is great.


I'm new to building so maybe you can help me. Don't I need a CPU cooler or cooler (?). Or does it already come with it?
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February 9, 2014 11:08:11 PM

The 8320 comes with a stock cpu cooler. It may not be that great, but it does what it's meant to do. It prevents the 8320 from overheating at stock speeds. Of course, if you want to overclock, then you would want an aftermarket cooler.
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February 17, 2014 5:54:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V7l8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V7l8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2V7l8/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($20.81 @ NCIX US)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Cooling MX-2 4g Thermal Paste ($7.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus A55BM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2S-122B-GP 39.8 CFM 120mm Fans ($5.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Kingwin CF-012LB 40.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($3.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Philips 227E4LSB 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Devastator Keyboard & Mouse Wired Standard Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $588.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 20:55 EST-0500)
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February 17, 2014 7:27:09 PM

if you're looking at more of that 700 dollar range here

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2VbeW) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2VbeW/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2VbeW/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $154.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970...) | $89.97 @ OutletPC
**Memory** | [Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit4g3d...) | $59.99 @ Microcenter
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.98 @ OutletPC
**Video Card** | [Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9270xdc2t...) | $223.99 @ Staples
**Case** | [NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caso22001) | $46.98 @ Best Buy
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600) | $54.99 @ Microcenter
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24nsb0) | $15.99 @ Microcenter
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $706.88
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 22:26 EST-0500 |
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February 17, 2014 7:28:11 PM

and if you're looking at that 650ish range this

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Vb6I) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Vb6I/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Vb6I/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $154.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970...) | $79.79 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-memory-bls2kit4g3d...) | $59.99 @ Microcenter
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.98 @ OutletPC
**Video Card** | [Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-gtx660dc2o...) | $179.98 @ SuperBiiz
**Case** | [NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-caso22001) | $46.98 @ Best Buy
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600) | $54.99 @ Microcenter
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24nsb0) | $15.99 @ Microcenter
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $652.69
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-17 22:28 EST-0500 |
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