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June 29, 2014 12:49:56 PM

I have around 800-900 USD please help with PC build.

This is a computer that I want to eventually upgrade and keep over the years. I was looking for a full/tall case. I would also like a cpu that SLI ready so I can have 2 video cards, (if thats what SLI ready means). I have never built a computer before but I would be happy to try. I would like to use this PC to stream and record videos. If that isnt possible for my price range then I would like to atleast be able to run fps taxing high settings.
Oh also, I am going to need an OS. Thank you so much for any help.

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June 29, 2014 2:52:52 PM

nickdf13 said:
I have around 800-900 USD please help with PC build.

This is a computer that I want to eventually upgrade and keep over the years. I was looking for a full/tall case. I would also like a cpu that SLI ready so I can have 2 video cards, (if thats what SLI ready means). I have never built a computer before but I would be happy to try. I would like to use this PC to stream and record videos. If that isnt possible for my price range then I would like to atleast be able to run fps taxing high settings.
Oh also, I am going to need an OS. Thank you so much for any help.


Start here, then decide how you're going to make it fit your budget. :) 

You can scale down on the CPU, get a cheaper video card or you can lose the SSD (or maybe some of all of those)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($75.60 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.06 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($317.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($71.30 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1151.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Just in passing - it's the motherboard that has to be SLI-capable. In general, SLI IMHO has only two uses:

1. to use an old and a new card together.
2. When one cannot buy a single card that can do what the two cards can do.

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June 29, 2014 10:05:27 PM

This build might be good for you (and your budget) :) 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LcsDkL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LcsDkL/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($78.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $895.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

I don't think you'll need SLI/CrossFire for FPS gaming at high settings unless you use 2 or more monitors.

Why not?
Two video cards sitting closely together in your case will draw more power, produce more heat, and produce more noise.

Please refer to this article for more information about SLI (Nvidia) and Crossfire (AMD)
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245454-33-crossfire-f...
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June 29, 2014 11:53:29 PM

For a new build I would go with Intel; as they provide a better path for upgrading and should last you longer than an AMD build, IMO. I have curated a list of components below which is within your budget, unfortunately at $900. The motherboard I've selected does not allow you to overclock your CPU and does not support SLI, however it does support CrossFire (AMD's branding of SLI).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($187.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PERFORMANCE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $897.54
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Feel free to change any of the above. I have included a hefty PSU ready for SLI/CrossFire support, if you desire to do so in the future.

All the best. :) 
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June 30, 2014 2:02:16 AM

kevin_allen said:
This build might be good for you (and your budget) :) 

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LcsDkL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LcsDkL/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($78.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $895.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

I don't think you'll need SLI/CrossFire for FPS gaming at high settings unless you use 2 or more monitors.

Why not?
Two video cards sitting closely together in your case will draw more power, produce more heat, and produce more noise.

Please refer to this article for more information about SLI (Nvidia) and Crossfire (AMD)
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/245454-33-crossfire-f...


I do plan on using 2 monitors if not 3 but I would like to only game on the main/middle monitor and have internet browsers or whatever open on the others. now Im guessing with a good amount of ram i wont need two video cards?
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June 30, 2014 4:48:15 AM

I drive two monitors - game on one and jsut whatever on my second monitor. The performance of the Graphics card is influenced by the DDR4 RAM on the video card - yes. THat's one of the reasons 4K monitors are not yet ready for prime-time.
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June 30, 2014 4:29:17 PM

So I put all three of the comps together from the lists above and came up with this

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BsqjNG

That will be upgraded over time, the first thing i was going to upgrade was put an i7 4770k processor in it.
Will this computer be good enough to run my games on high with 40-60 fps and run 2 monitors?
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