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February 23, 2014 8:58:04 PM

hey guys , recently i decided im going to go with pc gaming instead of the new consoles but i really dont know what parts to get and such, my max budget is exactly 700$ and unfortunately (this is the hard part) i need things like monitor/keyboard/mouse/wifi adapter, don't need OS or speakers

i would really appreciate it if you guys could post the best bang for the buck build with all of the above that i could get my hands on

i really dont care about gaming mouses or keyboards as long as they are somewhat comfortable , i care more about performance,

P.S I already have the case which is an Antec Three Hundred Illusion


THANKS!

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February 23, 2014 9:10:59 PM

Im sure others might already be working on something, but ill see what I can do in pcpartspicker.

Do you have an Intel/AMD preference?
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February 23, 2014 9:22:17 PM

This has some good peripherals, and a very solid system. Everything you need to start gaming at great settings.
If you have any questions, just ask.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.95 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-K6800 Wired Standard Keyboard ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6880 Wired Laser Mouse ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $695.35
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 00:30 EST-0500)

EDIT: I missed the fact that you needed a monitor. The one thing about this build is that it will cost you $730 up front, but you can get $35 in mail-in rebates that take about a month to get back.
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February 23, 2014 9:24:34 PM

jmmalcolm3 said:
How is this, I'm not too sure, anyone give feedback please: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Z2Su



Beat me to it, covered all his bases. The one thing I would change in that would prolly be slightly larger monitor. I'd go crazy if I had to play something on a 15" screen. Everything else looks fine.
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February 23, 2014 9:26:00 PM

Here ya go bud.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($135.38 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($11.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($67.78 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $704.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 00:27 EST-0500)
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February 23, 2014 9:31:36 PM

Edit, Zared added a monitor :) 
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February 23, 2014 9:32:27 PM

jmmalcolm3 said:
How is this, I'm not too sure, anyone give feedback please: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Z2Su


That board is know to catch fire due to VRM issues, I would not suggest that board at all.

Again, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THAT BOARD, EVER!
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February 23, 2014 9:33:27 PM

Dude, it has a 21.5" monitor lol, what do you mean it doesn't have one???
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February 23, 2014 9:34:22 PM

veladem said:
Dude, it has a 21.5" monitor lol, what do you mean it doesn't have one???


Crap, you're right. My bad, crap eyes. Will edit.
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February 23, 2014 9:35:54 PM

aviconus said:
veladem said:
Dude, it has a 21.5" monitor lol, what do you mean it doesn't have one???


Crap, you're right. My bad, crap eyes. Will edit.


All good xD You started to scare me I thought it didn't have one xD

AGAIN, DO NOT USE THE MSI 970A-G46!!! MIGHT CATCH FIRE!!! NOT WORTH THE RISK!!!
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February 23, 2014 10:39:31 PM

veladem said:
jmmalcolm3 said:
How is this, I'm not too sure, anyone give feedback please: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Z2Su


That board is know to catch fire due to VRM issues, I would not suggest that board at all.

Again, I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THAT BOARD, EVER!


What would you recommend?

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February 23, 2014 11:30:10 PM

veladem said:
Here ya go bud.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($135.38 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($11.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($67.78 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $704.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 00:27 EST-0500)


thats it right there... except i personally think the OP should just go and buy a mouse and keyboard at staple/office depot/best buy that he feels he likes so he can try them out.... then just minus what was spent off the total. things like that are very subjective and personal. you can also find a 1080p monitor for around $110 if you search around. if you save a tiny bit of money overall you might be able to net yourself a gtx660 for $180 which would be a noticable improvement over a 650ti.
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February 24, 2014 12:00:44 AM

Very true, I really do just like the KB and Mouse there, I am currently using a Xornet cause my G500 get mauled :/ 

So yeah, OP, knock the KB and mouse off my build and go test some different KB/mouse styles!
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February 24, 2014 1:01:20 AM

Thanks for all the replys guys! This forum is awesome

However im confused now from all the builds everyone posted here, i dont know which to pick, i think everyone agreed on veladems? If so i would be just as happy with a 10$ mouse/keyboard in a local store and use what i saved for a better graphics card,

Btw is that cpu good? I heard unless its intel or amd fx dont get it, but im a noob lol


P.S just saw this build what do yo guys think?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CO6P

I think removing the case, and going for 500gb instead of 1tb i can squeeze in the kb/mouse/wifi adapt/monitor , maybe im dreaming big haha
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February 24, 2014 2:47:45 AM

Since you've already got a case something i would go for,

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.12 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($195.99 @ Staples)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN822N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($15.49 @ Staples)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Philips 227E4LSB 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Gigabyte Force K3 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($19.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Gigabyte GM-M6900 Wired Optical Mouse ($18.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $698.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-24 05:45 EST-0500)

the rebate/promo on the xfx psu ends today so be sure to buy that today.It's a very good psu and unbeatable for that price.
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February 24, 2014 5:51:52 AM

As said above bud, if you want to play around with that little bit of extra cash from not buying those particular KB/mouse then you'll be able to get whichever you want.

If you're building a gaming PC, I suggest you not skimp on the peripherals, gaming with a nice mouse and keyboard makes a HUGE difference.

Best regards man, Vel.

PS: I don't think I would recommend the FX-6300 at your price/budget range seeing as gaming is 80% GPU roughly, and it is very important to balance overall the build. The 6300 is very potent, and can handle cards into the $1,000 build budget range.
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February 24, 2014 6:01:08 AM

andyisvenom said:
Thanks for all the replys guys! This forum is awesome

However im confused now from all the builds everyone posted here, i dont know which to pick, i think everyone agreed on veladems? If so i would be just as happy with a 10$ mouse/keyboard in a local store and use what i saved for a better graphics card,

Btw is that cpu good? I heard unless its intel or amd fx dont get it, but im a noob lol


P.S just saw this build what do yo guys think?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2CO6P

I think removing the case, and going for 500gb instead of 1tb i can squeeze in the kb/mouse/wifi adapt/monitor , maybe im dreaming big haha

This build isn't actually far off from mine. If you get a 660 instead of the 760, you can get everything you want. I highly recommend the newer AMD processors. They are far superior to their predecessors. On a budget build like this, you can't really afford to get an i5 and the 6xxx series from AMD outperforms the i3's so I think that a 6300 fits the bill for this build.
Take another look at my build, I think you would be quite pleased.
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February 24, 2014 6:30:12 AM

veladem said:

PS: I don't think I would recommend the FX-6300 at your price/budget range


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I think that a 6300 fits the bill for this build.


You two don't agree on this?
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February 24, 2014 7:21:22 AM

I would really like to buy everything today and just receive/build and get right into the action honestly, i plan on upgrading about 3-4 months in, now idk if i should pick the 6300 or not haha this is all pretty complicated hopefully i learn quick,

I couldnt thank you more for your help guys seriously
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February 24, 2014 7:33:40 AM

Vic 40 said:
veladem said:

PS: I don't think I would recommend the FX-6300 at your price/budget range


zared619 said:
I think that a 6300 fits the bill for this build.


You two don't agree on this?

FX-6300-http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-6300+Six...
Anthlon x4 750- http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Athlon+X4+7...

I don't want to be rude, but I have no idea why anyone would recommend such an out-dated processor for a new build. If you went with the Anthlon, you also couldn't upgrade to a newer processor because it uses and out-dated socket.

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February 24, 2014 7:44:01 AM

@andyisvenom,

I know it's difficult,but i think mine is a wel balanced build,
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Z8nw
I see that the rebate is over on the xfx so it has become more expensive.I could look for a less expensive psu or gpu if you wanted.

ideally you would take some time to think things over.Buying a pc in one day can end up in a dissapointment.

@zared,

i agree,i saw that contradiction and had a little laugh.It is in my build.
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February 24, 2014 7:49:43 AM

Vic 40 said:
@andyisvenom,

I know it's difficult,but i think mine is a wel balanced build,
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Z8nw
I see that the rebate is over on the xfx so it has become more expensive.I could look for a less expensive psu or gpu if you wanted.

ideally you would take some time to think things over.Buying a pc in one day can end up in a dissapointment.

@zared,

i agree,i saw that contradiction and had a little laugh.It is in my build.

I really like this build, and I would recommend it to anyone. I think the OP was looking for a $700 range though.
Just to re-iterate. I think this is just about the best you can do for $700.
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February 24, 2014 8:24:45 AM

Like i said i could adjust the build with a cheaper but adequate psu,
PCPartPicker part list =$702.49
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February 24, 2014 11:32:45 AM

the 750k is a good budget processor. if someone is seriously stuck on a budget and can't find a way to squeeze out some extra money for an fx6300 then it is what it is. i personally thing you "should" hold out for an fx6300.

the r9-270 is a very decent graphics card but the gtx660 is about 10% faster and costs about $180-190 so personally i would go for that. if you base a system off of an fx6300+gtx660 you will have a great 1080p performing machine.
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February 24, 2014 11:45:28 AM

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the r9-270 is a very decent graphics card but the gtx660 is about 10% faster

I don't know where you look but every review i've read says that the r9 270 generally is faster than the gtx 660.Only in games that really favor nvidia will the gtx 660 be faster.

The one i've chosen is even physically a r9 270X with it's 2 power connectors needed,you could say it's only a lower clocked version of the r9 270X.Clocks can go up via overclocking.
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February 24, 2014 1:03:52 PM

sup guys so i made like 2 or 3 changes to one of the builds you guys reccomendedme me and this is what i came up with, i dont think i can get my hands on something better since this one has a better graphics card,

what do you guys think about this one? i think its the best

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Zn0k
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February 24, 2014 1:37:49 PM

andyisvenom said:
sup guys so i made like 2 or 3 changes to one of the builds you guys reccomendedme me and this is what i came up with, i dont think i can get my hands on something better since this one has a better graphics card,

what do you guys think about this one? i think its the best

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Zn0k


thats a pretty solid build you picked out. if you can if would be better to get a western digital blue 1tb hard drive as its better suited for everyday use. also the power supply is pretty much borderline budget. you might be able to search around yourself and find a little bit better quality unit.
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February 24, 2014 1:53:23 PM

nikoli707 said:
andyisvenom said:
sup guys so i made like 2 or 3 changes to one of the builds you guys reccomendedme me and this is what i came up with, i dont think i can get my hands on something better since this one has a better graphics card,

what do you guys think about this one? i think its the best

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Zn0k


thats a pretty solid build you picked out. if you can if would be better to get a western digital blue 1tb hard drive as its better suited for everyday use. also the power supply is pretty much borderline budget. you might be able to search around yourself and find a little bit better quality unit.


thanks for the quick reply, im sort of a little worried about the motherboard though since it got alot of bad reviews, btw is it true that the only reason i would want more than 4gb ram is to play 2 or more games at a time, i was told that Playing BF4 on Windows 8.1 total RAM usage is 3.6GB and that's with Origin and Steam running in the background, i wont get any fps increase with more ram, and that a Cooler Master 212 EVO CPU would provide more of a performance increase than an extra 4gb of ram,

whats your take on this?

its been tough choosing but i think im finally approaching my perfect build haha thanks to all of you guys, loving this forum
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February 24, 2014 2:09:00 PM

You should definitely go with 8GB of RAM I regularly use 5 when just multitasking. Chrome can often take up over a gig by itself, plus your OS is going to have a baseline of about 1.5~2GB. 4GB would be undercutting it. While it may be true that BF4 uses a little less than 4GB with Steam and Origin up, you don't leave yourself much room for growth in the future. I also agree with nikoli that you should get a WD blue. They are only another $10. Other than that, the build you posted looks great.
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February 24, 2014 2:44:59 PM

zared619 said:
You should definitely go with 8GB of RAM I regularly use 5 when just multitasking. Chrome can often take up over a gig by itself, plus your OS is going to have a baseline of about 1.5~2GB. 4GB would be undercutting it. While it may be true that BF4 uses a little less than 4GB with Steam and Origin up, you don't leave yourself much room for growth in the future. I also agree with nikoli that you should get a WD blue. They are only another $10. Other than that, the build you posted looks great.


i see what your saying, thanks for the advice, but right now asmuch as a low difference 10$ is, i cant im already 60$ over budget cause i have to wait for mail in rebates, i will probably get a ram upgrade a 2 months from when i receive it, and hard drive a little more from then. im happy with this so far, awesome gpu and cpu, now im just wondering if it is all compatible with my case, antec three hundred illusion
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February 24, 2014 4:08:00 PM

andyisvenom said:
now im just wondering if it is all compatible with my case, antec three hundred illusion


It will all go in like a charm. The 300 illusion is a great case.
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