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Need help building a Desktop to run Minecraft/Sims, max budget of 800$

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February 26, 2014 6:47:48 AM

I would want a good enough build to run Minecraft with shaders, along with a few other mods, at around 40-60 fps or better. It would also have to run Sims 3 at about 60 fps. Only need a tower as I already have a monitor, keyboard, etc. Also would prefer Windows 7 as the operating system since I hate how Windows 8 works :p 

I live in the US with a maximum budget of 800$ as stated in title, I don't really know much about computers so if you could explain why you picked certain parts I would be very grateful as I am always eager to learn more :) 

I am also new to these forums so if I posted in the wrong thread or have violated a rule please tell me.

Thanks for any help guys!

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a b K Overclocking
February 26, 2014 7:06:11 AM

Do you want to overclock? Good value for the price of the CPU, good quality PSU from XFX with more than enough power, good amount of RAM and speed, good GPU and budget case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $808.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 10:18 EST-0500)
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February 26, 2014 10:34:05 AM

StarBG said:
Do you want to overclock? Good value for the price of the CPU, good quality PSU from XFX with more than enough power, good amount of RAM and speed, good GPU and budget case.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($192.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $808.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-26 10:18 EST-0500)


I'm sorry to sound really dumb right now but I'm not entirely sure what overclocking is lol, from what I've read so far it means pushing a component past it's original specs but I'm not sure how I would do this.
Also thanks for the reply I appreciate it :D 
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a b K Overclocking
February 26, 2014 11:11:59 AM

It is in BIOS settings but it cost also more for a mainboard, cpu cooler and a K CPU,
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February 26, 2014 11:29:19 AM

StarBG said:
It is in BIOS settings but it cost also more for a mainboard, cpu cooler and a K CPU,


okay thanks for explaining you have been very helpful :) 

I don't believe I would want to overclock since it burns up the CPU and would require an extra or more powerful cooling fan. I will try out this build thanks a lot for all the info!
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