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$800 New Gaming Rig, Offer Suggestions Please!

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April 14, 2014 5:08:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: One week or within the week!
Budget Range: $800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming is my top priority.
Are you buying a monitor: No, at least I don't want it included in with the $800 please.
Parts to Upgrade: None! All new parts!
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferably Amazon but also Newegg
Location: City, State/Region, Country - Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Parts Preferences: No parts preference. Can be Intel or AMD.
Overclocking: No. I like to keep it simple!
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future but only one GPU for now please.
Your Monitor Resolution: Unknown at this time.

Additional Comments: I would like a case with easy cable management and possibly a modular PSU to cut down on internal cables. Cables gave me a headache with my first build. A quiet case would be nice too, but not top priority. I am willing to spend a little extra to have these features.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to play games with my girlfriend that I built my first computer for.

Thank you for reading this I am eagerly waiting to build a new gaming computer!
April 14, 2014 5:31:19 AM

Here's a nice AMD option:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $848.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 08:30 EDT-0400)

This is a hair over your budget, but the parts are all good quality. Managed to get most from Newegg but some other vendors had betteer prices.

The Motherboard is one of a few 970 series with 8+2 phase power, good for an 8 core CPU.

The PSU is deliberately overspec'd a bit because going to the 500w range doesn't save you much and it's better to have some overhead with your PSU. Keeps it cool, quiet and efficient at load. The Hive series is a solid budget unit that is semi-modular.


* If * you really plan to do SLI or Crossfire in the future, you'll need to bump the motherboard to something with a 990 chipset like this:

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga990...

That will push your total budget up by ~$40 for a total near $900.

If thuis is too high, I would keep the board but drop the aftermarket cooler and drop the CPU down to an FX 6300. That will save you ~$50 and get you back in the $850 range.
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April 14, 2014 5:33:31 AM

great build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($207.40 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Enermax TRIATHLOR 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $799.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 08:33 EDT-0400)
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April 14, 2014 5:34:53 AM

AMD option:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($151.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($339.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $821.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 08:25 EDT-0400)

Intel option:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Pro3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($329.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $825.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 08:32 EDT-0400)

You can use either GPU that you like (280x/GTX 770). It all depends on which games you play the most will decide which one might be better for you. Both are good options, so keep that in mind.

Here's Anandtech's bench results on the 2 GPU's listed above.
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April 14, 2014 5:50:38 AM

ModernWarfare said:
great build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.29 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($207.40 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Enermax TRIATHLOR 650W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $799.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-14 08:33 EDT-0400)


This build + the 990FX board I suggested earlier is pretty much exactly what I would do if you are certain you will be going Crossfire or SLI in the future.
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April 14, 2014 5:55:57 AM

the board has crossfire but if you want a better board and add a few bucks that would be great :) .
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April 14, 2014 2:30:46 PM

Thank you for your suggestions everyone! I'll be building the Intel build lunyone suggested!
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