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April 10, 2014 9:08:40 PM

So I'm trying to create a nice little gaming computer that I could use to play BF4 on my 1080p monitor, as well as livestream some, do some light rendering work, and edit videos with.

I know that this will by no means get me a top of the line build, but playing games at 50-60 fps on near max settings works for me.

I've completed a build on Pcpartpiker and want your input please.


CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core $169.99
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ $104.99
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 $79.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB $319.99
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower $37.99
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $59.99
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer $14.99



Why I chose these parts:

I feel like I would definitely benefit from the 8 cores, whether it be from playing BF4 to rendering and coding in Unity. And for the cheap price, I feel like I could go with the performance drop in single threaded applications compared to if I got a 4670k or higher

The reason I chose an AMD friendly build is because I wanted to overclock the CPU and the GPU, when my PC is not gaming, I want it to be litecoin or dogecoin mining. The ram is 2400 instead of 1666 because I feel that with AMD builds, faster ram does indeed bump the performance up a noticeable amount.

I went with the R9 280x because it can handle most games, and is decently priced. And again it's AMD friendly.

I went with a 750 watt PSU because maybe 3-4 months after I finsih the rig, I plan on adding another 280x, putting them into SLI mode, and adding another 8gb of ram.

I know I will probably need some extra fans if I plan on overclocking, but again the budget is 800, maybe 900 MAX

All help/input is appreciated!
April 10, 2014 9:28:40 PM

Yeah, but I'm on a tight budget as you can see, does it affect it that much?
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April 10, 2014 9:33:46 PM

CraftedElements said:
Yeah, but I'm on a tight budget as you can see, does it affect it that much?


You can build an Intel build with 750W PSU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $890.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 00:33 EDT-0400)
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April 10, 2014 9:45:07 PM

I was aiming for an all AMD build, and the 800$ budget.
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April 10, 2014 9:48:50 PM

CraftedElements said:
I was aiming for an all AMD build, and the 800$ budget.


Just saw that, Intel build would be much better (IMO)
"I know I will probably need some extra fans if I plan on overclocking, but again the budget is 800, maybe 900 MAX

All help/input is appreciated!"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $890.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 00:33 EDT-0400)

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a b 4 Gaming
April 10, 2014 10:02:40 PM

May I say that you can get an aftermarket 290 for 435 right now it could circumvent your xfire need for a while.
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April 10, 2014 10:03:59 PM

Ahmadjon said:
CraftedElements said:
I was aiming for an all AMD build, and the 800$ budget.


Just saw that, Intel build would be much better (IMO)
"I know I will probably need some extra fans if I plan on overclocking, but again the budget is 800, maybe 900 MAX

All help/input is appreciated!"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($319.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $890.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-11 00:33 EDT-0400)



In your opinion would that be the best build for my money/needs?

No bottlenecking would happen?
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April 10, 2014 10:05:44 PM

combine1237 said:
May I say that you can get an aftermarket 290 for 435 right now it could circumvent your xfire need for a while.



All I could find was this http://www.amazon.com/XFX-RADEON-947MHz-Graphics-R9290A...
For 355$ I would be better off going with this? Instead of the 280x Saphire? It would be 20$ more
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April 10, 2014 10:14:03 PM

CraftedElements said:
combine1237 said:
May I say that you can get an aftermarket 290 for 435 right now it could circumvent your xfire need for a while.



All I could find was this http://www.amazon.com/XFX-RADEON-947MHz-Graphics-R9290A...
For 355$ I would be better off going with this? Instead of the 280x Saphire? It would be 20$ more


Yes, no bottlenecks, best price/performance and don't get reference R9 290 it will kill your ears!
Also if you read that offer carefully, you'll notice that it's a used graphics card.
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April 10, 2014 10:20:50 PM

Yeah, I hear it has hynix vram too.
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April 10, 2014 10:23:29 PM

So if I take the Intel build, slap in that 290 I should be good to go?


And if I stick with the 2400 ram would that work as well?
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April 10, 2014 10:32:58 PM

For intel above 1600 shows big diminishing returns for the price, yes the 290/290x's are beasts, and should max out most games for the next year and a half on their own. I also like intel for emulators.
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April 10, 2014 10:33:57 PM

CraftedElements said:
So if I take the Intel build, slap in that 290 I should be good to go?


And if I stick with the 2400 ram would that work as well?


2400MHz is not worth the money 1866MHz CL9 RAM should do fine anything above won't increase performance.
Also Intel CPU's have stronger cores and i3 would be a lot faster in single core/thread programs but in gaming i5 is the best you can get for the money!
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April 10, 2014 10:38:01 PM

What exactly does "Aftermarket" mean?
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April 10, 2014 10:42:55 PM

Ah I see, and for mining LiteCoins/DogeCoins/Bitcoins would I be able to do that when I'm not gaming and make some money? I'm not worried about power bills, they are the same no matter our consumption.

Do you have any hash readings on the 290 that I was linked?

Is it feasible?
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April 10, 2014 10:56:43 PM

It should be ok as it has hynix ram, depends on the card though I guess 850 kh would not be out of the question.
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