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July 25, 2014 5:21:06 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YrfLFT It is to play sims 4, simcity 5 on high settings or ultra if possible

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July 25, 2014 5:35:19 PM

A bigger case since there is an incompatibility problem with the drive cages.
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July 25, 2014 5:35:39 PM

and a CPU cooler to OC for more performance
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July 25, 2014 5:44:35 PM

If 650 is your limit, perhaps change that xfx psu for a corsair or seasonic 80+ certified at least. Although xfx are decent. Just my two cents.
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July 25, 2014 5:50:48 PM

You really don't need to upgrade anything to play Simcity 5 on ultra settings.

I would also suggest a CPU cooler to keep your temps lower and also so that you can overclock your cpu.

Is this the build you currently have or plan to buy?
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July 25, 2014 5:56:12 PM

Just to get this clear, do you have ( currently own) everything but the CPU?

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July 25, 2014 5:58:53 PM

no eveything i need is on the list except for a great monitor i need that too and upgrades to the current list
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July 25, 2014 6:05:03 PM

I'll post a build soon.
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July 25, 2014 6:12:03 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.
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July 25, 2014 6:19:50 PM

RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance
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July 25, 2014 6:21:01 PM

kunthakenthe said:
RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


Her* XP
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July 25, 2014 6:29:00 PM

Midightsimmer14 said:
kunthakenthe said:
RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


Her* XP


what i meant was her sorry its just a habit
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July 25, 2014 6:31:47 PM

If i were you just wait for the Alienware steambox for its September release date and it is suspected to be priced around 500
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July 25, 2014 6:36:20 PM

Joseph99 said:
If i were you just wait for the Alienware steambox for its September release date and it is suspected to be priced around 500


I dont do alienware sorry
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July 25, 2014 6:37:50 PM

Jonathan Tyer said:
and a CPU cooler to OC for more performance


You do not need to change the case. You can just remove a hard drive cage. I doubt you are going to use 10 hard drives.
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July 25, 2014 6:40:08 PM

Um i need to change motherboard so it is cheaper and idk how to remove one AznGod
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July 25, 2014 6:40:30 PM

Midightsimmer14 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/YrfLFT It is to play sims 4, simcity 5 on high settings or ultra if possible


Notice how the 7870 doesnt have a price.... thats because its not available.

Thats why your build is only $560; it doesnt include graphics card.
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July 25, 2014 6:41:18 PM

Midightsimmer14 said:
Um i need to change motherboard so it is cheaper and idk how to remove one AznGod


Remove 1 or two screws or whatever

DONE
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July 25, 2014 8:07:29 PM

that cracked me up and i replaced video card
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July 25, 2014 8:10:56 PM

JC Denton said:
If 650 is your limit, perhaps change that xfx psu for a corsair or seasonic 80+ certified at least. Although xfx are decent. Just my two cents.


You don't even know about XFX psu's.
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July 26, 2014 9:25:06 AM

kunthakenthe said:
RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...
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July 26, 2014 9:26:19 AM

JC Denton said:
If 650 is your limit, perhaps change that xfx psu for a corsair or seasonic 80+ certified at least. Although xfx are decent. Just my two cents.


Seasonic manufactures XFX PSUs. No need to change it.
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July 26, 2014 12:16:13 PM

RazerZ said:
kunthakenthe said:
RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs
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July 26, 2014 12:22:00 PM

Midightsimmer14 said:
RazerZ said:
kunthakenthe said:
RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs


http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpr...
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July 26, 2014 12:24:38 PM

RazerZ said:
Midightsimmer14 said:
RazerZ said:
kunthakenthe said:
RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs


http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpr...


good but a bit cheaper?
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July 26, 2014 1:11:59 PM

Midightsimmer14 said:
RazerZ said:
Midightsimmer14 said:
RazerZ said:
kunthakenthe said:
RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman ZM-Z9 U3 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $900.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-25 21:12 EDT-0400

If you wanted to cut costs you could swap the CPU for a FX 6300, or if you wanted to go intel you could swap the cpu for an i3 and a cheap h81 motherboard.


the 970's dont work without a bios update. also you should get him a cooler other than that its pretty good. but OP do you want the cheapest possible or the cheapest while mantianing performance


So update the bios then? Now she switched to a motherboard that cost more than two times as much compared to the UD3P...



I am trying to find one cheaper but the same or better specs


http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a99fxpr...


good but a bit cheaper?


If you don't plan on using the features of a 990FX chipset motherboard, get the Gigabyte 970A-UD3P it's a good board for the price.
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