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Best possible Gaming build for about 900$; It includes monitor, OS and peripherals. Thoughts ?

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April 24, 2014 11:53:43 PM

Hello guys,

I recently posted on this forum about a $1400 build. However I feel that for playing the games I play I won't need that much.

To this extent, I am trying to built a cheaper one and as I think you guys have very good insights I'd like your opinions.

Thanks anyway for stopping by in this thread.

I sincerly appreciate.

Here are the parts:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 65.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.93 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Devastator Keyboard & Mouse Wired Standard Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $922.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-25 02:56 EDT-0400)

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April 25, 2014 12:05:13 AM

I would change PSU and RAM for more reliable ones :) 
Other parts are really good for cheap build :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($80.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
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)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 65.0 CFM 140mm Fan ($14.93 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Devastator Keyboard & Mouse Wired Standard Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $940.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-25 03:04 EDT-0400)
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April 25, 2014 12:11:28 AM

Definitely use the 1.5 volt RAM .

Ditch the SSD all together and use a 500 gig hard drive
No need for the extra fan . The cases cooling is more than good enough already

Windows 8 is a better option for so many reasons , but mostly the much better license that lets you reuse it

Spend all the money you save on a better graphics card . With a little more tweaking a GTX 760 should be possible
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April 25, 2014 6:46:01 AM

Sorry double posts :x
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April 25, 2014 12:14:29 AM

I agree with ditching the ssd, its not worth it at this price point.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3y7GY
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3y7GY/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3y7GY/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm Devastator Keyboard & Mouse Wired Standard Keyboard w/Laser Mouse ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $933.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-25 03:14 EDT-0400)
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April 25, 2014 7:37:14 AM

juve9le said:
Sorry double posts :x


No problem :) 
You can delete your some previous posts :) 
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April 25, 2014 12:17:08 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Definitely use the 1.5 volt RAM .

Ditch the SSD all together and use a 500 gig hard drive
No need for the extra fan . The cases cooling is more than good enough already

Windows 8 is a better option for so many reasons , but mostly the much better license that lets you reuse it

Spend all the money you save on a better graphics card . With a little more tweaking a GTX 760 should be possible


Why ditch on the SSD ? I've been looking/reading around that it will significantly improve the boot speed, and the overall experience of "speed" when using the computer.

Moreover, the 1.5 volt RAM ? What do you mean by that ?

Let's assume that I only play CS:GO (which is the case for the moment). Even though I'd like to play other games, the GPU would still be enough no ?

I have WIN8 on my laptop, not a big fan of it considering I am not using (at all) the start menu. But if the features are better, I would definelty go for it.

Also for the GPU, I read somewhere (might be wrong) but depending on the design it won't fit. By design I mean the kind of GPU with a "box" (?). Sorry for the misunderstanding if misunderstanding there is.
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April 25, 2014 12:27:33 AM

1.5v CL9 RAM is always better than 1.65v CL9~10 RAM because it operates at lower voltage and lower timings 1.65v is an old for 1600MHz most fast RAM runs at 1866MHz with 1.5v and CL9 timings.
GTX-750ti should be enough for medium to high setting in most modern games but in CS:GO it would be just awesome :) 
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April 25, 2014 1:52:34 AM

The processor is rated to run with 1.5 volt RAM . The 1.65 volt RAM puts more stress on the memory controller built in to the FX 6300 and its lower quality anyway. Do not use 1.65 volt RAM

The SSD will help you boot faster . Mostly it wont open programs faster , and it wont make any difference to FPS in games . But spending more on a better graphics card will

Its easy to add a stat button and then nuke all the full screen apps [ metro screen , right click , uninstall , done ] . After that win 8 is almost exactly like Win 7 but faster and with a better license that lets you re-use it in another computer
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April 25, 2014 1:54:30 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The [processors is rated to run with 1.5 volt RAM . The 1.65 volt RAM puts more stress on the memory controller built in to the FX 6300 and its lower quality anyway.

The SSD will help you boot faster . Mostly it wont open programs faster , and it wont make any difference to FPS in games . But spending more on a better graphics card will

Its easy to add a stat button and then nuke all the full screen apps . After that win 8 is almost exactly like Win 7 but faster and with a better license that lets you re-use it in another computer


SSD also increases apps load time and games level load time
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April 25, 2014 2:30:00 AM

Ahmadjon said:
Outlander_04 said:
The [processors is rated to run with 1.5 volt RAM . The 1.65 volt RAM puts more stress on the memory controller built in to the FX 6300 and its lower quality anyway.

The SSD will help you boot faster . Mostly it wont open programs faster , and it wont make any difference to FPS in games . But spending more on a better graphics card will

Its easy to add a stat button and then nuke all the full screen apps . After that win 8 is almost exactly like Win 7 but faster and with a better license that lets you re-use it in another computer


SSD also increases apps load time and games level load time


I think you mean DECREASES , and you can be right . Sometimes .

Personally I'd rather have better graphics and smoother frame rates than fast load times
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April 25, 2014 6:14:58 AM

Yeah! You're right "decreases" but you understand what I meant :D 
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April 25, 2014 6:38:52 AM

Thanks for your answers guys,

What would be the difference if I put an HDD but with 10k RPM. Would it change anything ?

So I should go ahead with a GTX 760, and for the RAM what do you suggest ?

Thanks
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April 25, 2014 6:41:45 AM

juve9le said:
Thanks for your answers guys,

What would be the difference if I put an HDD but with 10k RPM. Would it change anything ?

So I should go ahead with a GTX 760, and for the RAM what do you suggest ?

Thanks


10k RPM HDD is not worth the money you won't notice the difference but lifespan would be lower than 7200RPM HDD
GTX-760 is good for gaming and you'll be fine with 2x4GB 1600/1866MHz CL9 RAM :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $68.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-25 09:41 EDT-0400)
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