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AMD or Intel Gaming Build for under $700

I'm new to building, and I think $700 is a fairly reasonable estimate for what I'd like to do. Games I'd like to be able to run fairly easily are TitanFall, BF4, Blacklist, Saints Row 4.

I've found many builds with AMD and other with Intel, and I just don't know which to go with!

Any build suggestions?
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS80F CPU Cooler ($7.99 @ Mwave)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $680.87
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 12:24 EDT-0400

    yesh
  2. do you need stuff like monitor, operating sys, keyboard etc or just the computer components with a case
  3. pretty shur he just needs the box :D
  4. iceblitzed said:
    do you need stuff like monitor, operating sys, keyboard etc or just the computer components with a case


    Yep, need all that. I don't think I'll be able to get the performance I'm looking for as well as all these secondary items for under $700 so I'm willing to spend some more on those items. Good question!
  5. how do u like this build sir? best for ur monies
  6. iceclock said:
    pretty shur he just needs the box :D



    I was primarily interested in the box, yes! Keyboard and all that stuff i can pick up cheap, I don't need much convincing on what to get there!
  7. iceclock said:
    how do u like this build sir? best for ur monies



    What's the point in an 8 core processor when most games only use 2-4? This is why I'm conflicted with either AMD or Intel builds.
  8. games utilise 4 today better be future proof bro
  9. If you wanted an Intel Build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($82.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($152.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $661.55
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 12:35 EDT-0400

    Personally I prefer stronger core performance over more cores (i5=more powerful cores, fx-8320=more cores) mostly because I play some older games too.
  10. iceclock said:
    games utilise 4 today better be future proof bro



    It's definitely a nice build! What about upgrade capabilities later down the road?
  11. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($81.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $700.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 12:47 EDT-0400

    Intel offers a better upgrade path. The z97 and h97 will support the next gen Broadwell cpu's.
  12. bignastyid said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($180.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.99 @ Mwave)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($81.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $700.92
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 12:47 EDT-0400

    Intel offers a better upgrade path. The z97 and h97 will support the next gen Broadwell cpu's.


    I don't think the ran will work with the motherboard. The ram is too fast
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($185.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $683.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 17:06 EDT-0400

    fixed
  14. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($185.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($86.66 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $683.57
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-22 17:06 EDT-0400

    fixed



    Awesome! I had a question about power supplies. Is there a certain range above the projected watt usage a PSU should achieve? The one you recommend is 550W where as the projected watt usage is around 350W.
  15. ya u dont want the minimum u want more wattage for headroom :)
  16. lmk if u need more help
  17. iceclock said:
    lmk if u need more help



    You bet, thanks again!
  18. anytime sir
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