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March 11, 2014 3:56:48 PM

I already have a Corsair 650 power supply, OS, Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler, Monitor and Hard Drives.

So basically I need CPU, RAM, Case, Video Card and anything else you guys can think of. Thank you for your help in advance! Been without a PC for 3 weeks now and it's getting to me. lol

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March 11, 2014 3:59:11 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38cn6

Remove what you need and you will be set
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March 11, 2014 4:03:43 PM

vJaMiNv said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/38cn6

Remove what you need and you will be set


Cool thanks, that was quick. I want to see any other builds anyone can come up with so I can compare, looking to buy within the next week or so. I forgot to mention I'm a bit partial to Intel and GeForce but I'm on a budget and you guys know more than I do.
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March 11, 2014 4:05:43 PM

Budget building = AMD
Well for gaming at least!
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March 11, 2014 4:09:11 PM

you also get 2 free games with the Video Card. Check it out
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March 11, 2014 4:17:59 PM

I'll go Intel for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $503.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 19:17 EDT-0400)
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March 11, 2014 4:36:38 PM

lackysami said:
allocco91 said:
I'll go Intel for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $503.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-11 19:17 EDT-0400)


you could have gone way cheaper with the case. you could have shaven half of the money off by choosing other case


It's one of my favorite cases. I've always been partial to cases and power supplies, but obviously it's completely up to the person.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?SID=2u1ZDKl1...

This case is on sale, but they couldn't pay me enough to look at that 365 days a year.
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March 11, 2014 4:52:48 PM

Thanks for the quick replies and suggestions. I still have a week before I buy and I was thinking about that Newegg case but still on fence. I do like the suggestion on the GTX 660 too
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March 20, 2014 8:42:53 AM

OK guys, I need more help. I'm looking to push my budget to $700 tomorrow and am thinking of this build, how does it look?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dcAu

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks


Any suggestions to bring down price for better CPU/GPU, please let me know.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($206.84 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($66.19 @ Micro Center)
Total: $682.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 11:42 EDT-0400)
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March 20, 2014 10:36:55 AM

Edited your build to what I would do with that budget
If you had another $100 to throw at it then I would go for the i5. Unless you plan to upgrade the 750 ti in a year or so this will give you better performance in games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $668.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:34 EDT-0400)

No point to 16 gb ram for gaming yet, will be another 3+ before we need more than 8gb (guesstimate)

This would also work (I do prefer the i5 over the fx 8320)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $699.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:41 EDT-0400)
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March 20, 2014 2:01:59 PM

numanator said:
Edited your build to what I would do with that budget
If you had another $100 to throw at it then I would go for the i5. Unless you plan to upgrade the 750 ti in a year or so this will give you better performance in games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $668.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:34 EDT-0400)

No point to 16 gb ram for gaming yet, will be another 3+ before we need more than 8gb (guesstimate)

This would also work (I do prefer the i5 over the fx 8320)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $699.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:41 EDT-0400)


Thanks! I'm digging that i5 build.
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March 20, 2014 2:21:18 PM

CucoGordo said:
numanator said:
Edited your build to what I would do with that budget
If you had another $100 to throw at it then I would go for the i5. Unless you plan to upgrade the 750 ti in a year or so this will give you better performance in games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $668.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:34 EDT-0400)

No point to 16 gb ram for gaming yet, will be another 3+ before we need more than 8gb (guesstimate)

This would also work (I do prefer the i5 over the fx 8320)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $699.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:41 EDT-0400)


Thanks! I'm digging that i5 build.


Haha yeah, realized I could squeeze the i5 into the budget but I would have preferred to have a better motherboard like this one or better:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $129.99
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March 20, 2014 5:22:09 PM

numanator said:
CucoGordo said:
numanator said:
Edited your build to what I would do with that budget
If you had another $100 to throw at it then I would go for the i5. Unless you plan to upgrade the 750 ti in a year or so this will give you better performance in games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($152.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $668.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:34 EDT-0400)

No point to 16 gb ram for gaming yet, will be another 3+ before we need more than 8gb (guesstimate)

This would also work (I do prefer the i5 over the fx 8320)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($85.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $699.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-20 13:41 EDT-0400)


Thanks! I'm digging that i5 build.


Haha yeah, realized I could squeeze the i5 into the budget but I would have preferred to have a better motherboard like this one or better:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $129.99


Looks like $738 with that board, now gotta figure tax. it's getting tight but tomorrow is the day I make up my mind after seeing my paycheck with my new raise factored in. Thanks again!
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March 21, 2014 8:47:23 AM

As per another suggestion I went with this build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $693.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-21 11:41 EDT-0400)

Thanks for all the help! Just ordered everything and hopefully will be up and running by midweek next week.
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