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Have about $700.00. Thinking of building a gaming PC.

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April 12, 2014 1:10:22 PM

Hello, guys.

I have about $700.00. I was thinking of building a gaming PC's. I don't have any of the parts, other than the monitor. I have a 24 inch Asus 1080p monitor that I got for Christmas this year.

I am trying to primarily game on the machine. I am looking to play pretty much everything available. I am not really interested in making an absolute beast (hence the budget, lol), but something that works quite well with everything on the market right now and looks significantly better than the available gaming consoles.

I would appreciate any insight that you guys can provide.

Side question, would it be better to get a 6-core processor instead of a quad?
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April 12, 2014 1:12:39 PM

the intel i5 would do better than an fx 6300 if that was what you were thinking of. but both solid cpu's
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April 12, 2014 1:25:28 PM

heres a great build but may stress abit if you include os.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($192.90 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: A4Tech 3100N Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($25.27 @ Amazon)
Total: $664.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-12 16:24 EDT-0400)
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April 12, 2014 1:27:21 PM

Stress as in, surpass the $700.00?
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April 12, 2014 1:30:08 PM

yes with windows included. or you can purchase without windows.
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April 12, 2014 1:31:23 PM

I was thinking of going Intel, too. Sorry for not clarifying.
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April 12, 2014 1:35:27 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($192.90 @ OutletPC)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Keyboard: A4Tech 3100N Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($25.27 @ Amazon)
Total: $697.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-12 16:35 EDT-0400)
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April 12, 2014 2:08:20 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($192.90 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $678.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-12 17:17 EDT-0400)

Including Windows
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April 12, 2014 4:01:13 PM

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($192.90 @ OutletPC)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $678.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-12 17:17 EDT-0400)

Including Windows


Hey I had a question about that optical drive. Is there a significant difference between that model (DRW-24F1ST) versus this model (DRW-24B1ST)

The optical drive is my last part I need. Any help would be appreciated
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April 12, 2014 4:36:46 PM

Optical drives do not matter at all, get the absolute cheapest you can possibly find. I would personally save up a bit and get a more powerful CPU, the i3 is great and all, but it is only a dual core, which is becoming fairly outdated compared to the i5s. If you can save up a bit and get an i5, it will definitely be worth it.
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April 12, 2014 6:13:58 PM

Optical drive choice really has no significance tbh. Cheapest is best.
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April 12, 2014 7:29:32 PM

if i only had 700 this is what i would build
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3qKKq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3qKKq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3qKKq/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FB-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $704.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-12 22:28 EDT-0400)

if your really lucky you could probably get a 8320 from microcenter for 99
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April 12, 2014 10:48:52 PM

If you only have 700 to spend, AMD is great. Before you start spending a lot more, AMD tends to beat out Intel for cost/value. I got my 8320 for $130 last week at MicroCenter, and they often have great motherboard combos, too.
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