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Is this a good $950-$1000 gaming PC build? (Includes OS,SSD,Mouse,Keyboard,Monitor,and Headset)

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July 17, 2014 5:28:37 AM

I was just customizing my own build since I was planning to build one myself soon, and I was wondering whether this build could handle BF4, AC4, and the upcoming games on 60FPS, High-Maxed Settings. Please make any suggestions! Reminder: this includes the OS,SSD,Mouse,Keyboard,Monitor, and a Headset.

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zm8xRB) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zm8xRB/by_merchant/)

Type|Item|Price
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**CPU** | [AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8150frgubox) | $159.98 @ SuperBiiz
**Motherboard** | [ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-970extr...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl9d8...) | $88.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/a-data-internal-hard-drive...) | $44.99 @ TigerDirect
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $49.99 @ Amazon
**Video Card** | [PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr9...) | $179.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [Thermaltake Commander MS-I Epic Edition (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn400a1w2...) | $37.99 @ Micro Center
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx600) | $34.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lg-optical-drive-gh24nsb0) | $15.98 @ OutletPC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700615) | $89.98 @ OutletPC
**Monitor** | [Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vx228h) | $129.99 @ Best Buy
**Keyboard** | [Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-keyboard-jqd0000...) | $49.98 @ OutletPC
**Mouse** | [Razer ABYSSUS Wired Optical Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/razer-mouse-rz0100360100r3...) | $31.99 @ Amazon
**Headphones** | [Turtle Beach Ear Force ZLa Headset](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/turtle-beach-headphones-tb...) | $26.13 @ Mwave
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available | $985.96

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July 17, 2014 5:39:40 AM

This build seems old. I mean the 8150 is not good. Did you buy this already?
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July 17, 2014 5:42:07 AM

Trade the 8150 cpu for a 8320, almost identical price, fits in the same socket, then clock it up a bit.
This gives you a significant gain in cpu for the same money without changing the rest of your build, or it's cost.
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July 17, 2014 5:51:22 AM

envy14tpe said:
This build seems old. I mean the 8150 is not good. Did you buy this already?


No. I just made a build myself today..
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July 17, 2014 5:51:51 AM

I would try to go for a 280x instead the 280 one. MSI one has a good price, and the performance over the 280 is very noticeable. (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280xgamin...).
Also, I would highly recommend you to try to get a win7 OEM license instead of buying win8.
The rest is acceptable for your budget!
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July 17, 2014 5:52:09 AM

exroofer said:
Trade the 8150 cpu for a 8320, almost identical price, fits in the same socket, then clock it up a bit.
This gives you a significant gain in cpu for the same money without changing the rest of your build, or it's cost.


Sure. Thanks for the help ^_^
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July 17, 2014 5:53:43 AM

lobez said:
I would try to go for a 280x instead the 280 one. MSI one has a good price, and the performance over the 280 is very noticeable. (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9280xgamin...).
Also, I would highly recommend you to try to get a win7 OEM license instead of buying win8.
The rest is acceptable for your budget!


I heard the 8.1 is better for gaming... Also, i dont really want to step over the $1000 line... But ill see how it ends up. Ill update this when i can find out.


Luckily, I could save my money since i already have a monitor, so i can afford the 280X! Thanks for the help! ^~^

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July 17, 2014 6:02:32 AM

64GB SSD? While you have a storage drive of 1TB I would be more inclined to go at least 128GB SSD as I find games with large texture files etcstart up so much faster on an SSD that a 7300RPM drive can seem frustrating. Your call just an observation. I prefer playing my "game of the moment" on my SSD and use my HDD for generic storage such as photos and movies etc.
Lastly with only a 21.5" screen don't get too hung up about getting max settings, I am assuming (maybe wrongly) you will only be running 1080 and most modern kit eats 1080 specs comfortably and visually the difference is going to be marginal if one or two of the many visual settings is just down one step from max - sure it's nice but it will stand out like a sore thumb on a much higher res with a 27" screen. A $140 card will get you the results you are probably wanting on 1080 if you are running the 8320
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