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[Community Help] AMD Low Budget $900 Gaming Build (UPDATED)

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March 26, 2014 2:17:03 PM

Dear Tom's Hardware,

I am rather in a bind with my build. And, here is why..

One, my budget is on the fritz because every-time I think I have a solid build.. etc.. I get hit in the face with $50 for this $50 for that $200 for this $200 for that.. I do know however. For my entire entertainment room setup(which includes a TV and entertainment center as well as gaming computer and any peripherals or software and speakers) is a $2000 HARD budget. meaning, I cannot go over this at all.. not a penny over. including tax. lol

I know most of you would probably tell me not to do this.. But, because of the restraints of my budget, what I am using it for, and my room size as well as a "Xbox One/Ps4" down the line I am going to use a 48'Inch 1080P 120HZ VIZIO Smart Television as a Monitor for the PC and for the Speakers I was going to use VIZIO S4251w-B4 5.1 Soundbar as far as the entertainment center I was looking at Altra Furniture Carson But, again. I'd like your solutions or discussions on what to do..

So, if I am going off everything above and that everything seems okay.. TV/Sound/Entertainment Center. then, this is what I am left with money wise for a desktop gaming system. $907.00 due to that fact it looks like I might be forced into AMD which isn't bad but never had a AMD system/build before.. always been a Nvid/Intel fan but if it's better price and performance wise.. then I am all for it. Also, to save money I have a copy on my laptop of Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit that I can use and I only activated this PC once in it's entire 6/7 year life.


Also, I am pretty much open to any case/mini-itx/micro-itx/itx/atx/mini-atx/micro-atx. it just has to have a dedicated card as well as support for SLI/CrossFire in the future.. it must also be able to fit in the middle of entertainment center right beneath the sound bar in-between the 2 entertainment doors on each side of the entertainment center.. Which I believe is exactly 11inches tall. I am pretty much open to any builds you guys suggest it just has to remain under $900

The games I hopefully will be able to play in 1080p would be Skyrim on High/Ultra(HD Texture pack + HD Mods) at at least 60 FPS.




Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2014 2:24:23 PM

If you are really limited on space, and don't really care about adding loads of expansion cards to your pc, then an ITX build may be a viable option for you. That would drastically reduce the space because the dimensions of ITX boards are 170mm x 170mm (very small for a motherboard). I personally use AMD for both my CPU and video card, and I have no complaints whatsoever.

Here is a good ITX case that happens to be smaller than the one you posted: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

P.S. The TV you plan to use actually has some pretty fantastic specs compared to a PC monitor. The only issue would probably be size, but then again you can play most steam games with an Xbox 360 controller, so it may not be an issue at all :D 
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March 26, 2014 2:24:26 PM

I should also specify I am not(revised to open) to looking for a Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX it has to be upgradable/with SLI/CrossFire Support for the Future.


But, if it fits me into better hardware and still allows for SLI/CrossFire support I am open to it
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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2014 2:33:15 PM

ElderBerries said:
I should also specify I am not(revised to open) to looking for a Micro-ATX/Mini-ITX it has to be upgradable/with SLI/CrossFire Support for the Future.


But, if it fits me into better hardware and still allows for SLI/CrossFire support I am open to it


Well, unfortuantely ITX only supports one PCIe slot, so microATX would be the way to go for you. I don't really know of a case that would be smaller than the one you posted for microATX. Besides, if you go any shorter than that, you probably won't be able to fit a decent GPU in it anyway.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2014 2:39:36 PM

Hello,

I'm glad to help you out.

First off, the peripherals. I would strongly recommend even a cheap surround sound system. It's noticeable and adds to the experience tremendously.

I'm going to put together two builds for you in case you want to spend more on the TV and Audio.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($72.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $904.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-26 17:36 EDT-0400)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda ES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M2 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $701.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-26 17:39 EDT-0400)


I'm not sure if that Windows licence will legally work. You should call and confirm.


EDIT: You mentioned you wanted a full size system. Very well, change to a Corsair 200R or 300R and a Z87 motherboard:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z87extr...

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a b 4 Gaming
March 26, 2014 2:40:28 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3gYau
That build can be Overclocked, add another Graphics card and still be Overclocked... The PSU included will easily power everything.
It has a CPU cooler so that can be overclocked aswell.
It can only be Crossfire, not SLI.
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