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March 14, 2014 6:30:15 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($190.00)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 600W ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $723.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 21:28 EDT-0400)
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Crenfro36/saved/43nb

Still debating on graphics card. I really want a GTX 650 Ti Boost, but none can be found!!! I really don't want to spend the money for the GTX 660, any suggestions where I can find a boost?

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March 14, 2014 6:38:53 PM

original pcpartpicker link?
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March 14, 2014 6:45:32 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Danbuscus250/saved/43zQ
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core $179.99
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.99
Motherboard MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ $69.99
Memory A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $64.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $54.99
Video Card XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB $205.66
Case Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower $47.71
Power Supply XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V $49.99
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $14.99
Total: $718.30

things i changed: i went with an amd build. the fx 8350 slightly outperforms the i5 4440, the ram is a tad faster, the graphics card is a little faster, not much, the case is just a different brand/color, the psu is WAY better, cuz the thermaltake TR2 series is tier 5, at the worst of the worst. and thats about it. you did a good job, but i would do a little more research on the psu's. i used to just find the cheapest one with the highest watts XD that is a terrible idea. http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-su... look here whenever you pick a psu, and try to stay in tier 1, 2A and 2B.
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March 14, 2014 7:12:29 PM

it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
cheaper mobo for non-OC build. no point of using z87 + non-OC i5
cheaper case, hdd
better PSU
gtx 760
*you can save $40 by swapping gpu with Radeon 270X (slightly below gtx 760 performance)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $729.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 22:11 EDT-0400)
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March 14, 2014 7:33:32 PM

^ you build paired 8350 with G46
this will lead into explosion as g46 VRM is weak.

and who the hell use 7870 nowadays? R9 270X is $209
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March 14, 2014 7:44:05 PM

the R9 270x is about 5% faster, and it isnt possible for the mobo to explode, however if you turned off all the safety features which is really, really stupid, then the board may overheat, and your pc will crash before harm is done. and after it crashes and you leave it on, then the board might, and i mean only might catch on fire, and worst case scenario a capacitor or 2 may explode. if you dont feel comfortable about a 8350 in that board, you can get a different board for like $15-$25 more. or, just get the other build.
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March 14, 2014 8:20:42 PM

What's your budget? I'll think it's $700-$750:

AMD FX CPU build, GTX 760 ($730):
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $735.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 23:08 EDT-0400)

The GTX 760 (and it's from ASUS) is about 7% faster than R9 270x. If you want the build to be $700, change the GTX 760 to a GTX 660 Ti. The GTX 660 Ti is 1% better than the R9 270x.

If I were you, I'd get a SeaSonic PSU. The PSU is a very important part.
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March 14, 2014 8:22:34 PM

AMD Radeon said:
it is a revision of your build, with better price/performance parts selection
cheaper mobo for non-OC build. no point of using z87 + non-OC i5
cheaper case, hdd
better PSU
gtx 760
*you can save $40 by swapping gpu with Radeon 270X (slightly below gtx 760 performance)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3290A-G ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $729.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-14 22:11 EDT-0400)


B mobo? He should better get a Z or H, if he's using an Intel CPU.
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March 14, 2014 8:33:07 PM

well, you can get a 970 chipset for not much more, like $15. all 3 of us posted good builds, but if you go with the 3rd one and want to go down from the 760 dont get a 660 ti as it is the same performance, the 1% is completely irrelevant cuz different brands make different speeds, different cooling, and you can overclock it to about 30% if you wanted, and the 660 ti is an older card, the r9 270x has better architecture.
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