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The most powerful gaming PC for max. $800 (First build) Recommendations please!

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August 17, 2014 7:21:37 AM

Hello!

I want to build an absolute beast computer for gaming. The price can be in between $700-800. It will be my first ever build so I don't want any too complicated stuff ;) 

Here are my requirements and info:

Overclocking: Not going to overclock

System: Win7

Part brands & quality: I like the top notch stuff :p  XFX or Corsair PSU would be nice.
I want a powerful CPU, would like a quad-core one or something like that. I currently have an 8-core one and it is not powerful enough.

Crossfire or SLI: Nope

The main usage: Please don't laugh at me.
I mostly play Minecraft and surf on the internet or do school stuff on my PC. I am a pvp'er in MC and I can't play at all if I'm getting under 80 FPS. That is a fact and I can't help it.
My monitor is a 60Hz monitor and I know that the eye (and the monitor) can't keep up with over 60fps but I feel rly laggy at 60-70fps. I have Optifine and I dont play with good quality settings and u can't rly tell me anything about the game that I don't already know. I'm here to get a new PC.

I want to play on Max settings with over 80fps so I need a powerful CPU since Minecraft is a processor related a game. I also want to run it perfectly with shaders mod etc.
Minecraft only uses one CPU core at the time (with Optfine, 2) so I need a CPU that doesn't have that many cores. Every core needs to be powerful.

I might get some graphically challenging games soon (Assasin's Creed, CoD, BF) but I have played MC since summer 2012 and I still like it a LOT :p 

Internet: I need a quick internet connections because I might start doing YT soon.

Parts that I don't need: Monitor, mouse, headphones, mousemat and keyboard.

RAM: 16 gigs would be nice

Other things: I need a good case that will keep my system cool and stable. Also I don't want it to heat my room too much since I don't have that good air ventilation.

Thank you for your time and support <3 :)  I know that I'm a bit challenging "customer" since I have so weird requirements!


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a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2014 7:47:27 AM

Alright first of all , You can't have 16 Gigs of Ram at this budget and its not needed in gaming anyways its more needed for people who do video editing and stuff like that . Second of All this quite a tight budget but since you're playing minecraft the GPU won't be stressed as much so thats why I went with the R9-280 ( as slightly/more powerful as GTX 760 ) .

Here's my build and feel free to ask anything or tell me to save you a couple of bucks here and there :
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gqTtLk
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gqTtLk/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($224.67 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280 3GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($199.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.91 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $846.50
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-17 10:47 EDT-0400
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August 17, 2014 8:03:10 AM

Hi there!

Thanks for this awesome answer. Yes, I knew that I don't need that much RAM, remembered it right after I posted this :p 
I have heard that EVGA power supplies are not that good and I already have an XFX Core Edition 550W one in my current setup so I think that I won't need a new one.

Do I need any aftermarket coolers or something for this kind of build?

Thank you!
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a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2014 8:07:58 AM

EVGA make very solid Power Supplies , even Blackbird recommends them in his builds however you can use the old one and it will be just fine and then save some money towards a GPU or a SSD . If you aren't overclocking then the stock coolers will be fine.
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August 17, 2014 8:34:36 AM

Ok, I thought that evga's are not so good, sorry I am a "noob" with this stuff. I will use my current one then.

Are u sure that this setup will run smoothly like silk? Because if I buy this I will be using it like 5 years or so with some upgrades in the future if needed. I don't have that much money since I am just a regular guy that goes highschool.

Can u recommend any good and fairly cheap SSD's? Though I'm not sure if I am able to build any of this stuff myself because I am rly bad at working with computers.

And should I buy a better GPU or the SSD? Can u recommend some parts? It would be great if u could.

Thank you so much sir! U have helped me a lot!
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August 17, 2014 8:53:40 AM

Oh, I forgot to ask this: I live in Finland, so will there be a lot of shipping costs when I order these products? It would be nice to know if there is/isn't :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2014 9:18:48 AM

RevolutionHD said:
Oh, I forgot to ask this: I live in Finland, so will there be a lot of shipping costs when I order these products? It would be nice to know if there is/isn't :) 


In that case I recommend buying from Europe , shipping from the US will take a long period of time and a lump some of money , England or France is your best bet then .

Good SSD : http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX100-adapter-Internal-CT...

Better GPU : http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-3GB-Graphics-GV-R9...

The better SSD will reduce loading and booting times but offer no real FPS difference in gaming while the GPU won't definitely reduce booting up time however you'll see about 10-12 FPS difference depending on the game. So its your call.

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August 17, 2014 9:28:54 AM

Ok, but I just wanted to buy the parts from the US bcs 800 $ is around 599 euros... buying the stuff from Europe would be much more expensive :/ 
Time isn't an issue. I'm not on a hurry so I can wait as long as I need to ;) 

Well anyway, thanks! I will do some sesearch about the pricing in Europe!

Also, would the SSD be a replacement for the HDD or should I use both of them?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2014 9:31:08 AM

RevolutionHD said:
Ok, but I just wanted to buy the parts from the US bcs 800 $ is around 599 euros... buying the stuff from Europe would be much more expensive :/ 
Time isn't an issue. I'm not on a hurry so I can wait as long as I need to ;) 

Well anyway, thanks! I will do some sesearch about the pricing in Europe!


Well you can add all the parts in cart and see how much shipping will cost , in that case I recommend buying all parts from 1-2 stores only.
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August 17, 2014 9:34:02 AM

Yea, I think that I could buy some of the more expensive parts from US and the others from EU...
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August 17, 2014 12:28:55 PM

Hey TopLuca I need help!
I decided to buy everything from Amazon and the only things that they don't have are the motherboard and the RAM. Can u tell me what products I should replace them with?
Also, they can't deliver the DVD-thingy to my address. That must be replaced too... :( 

Thank u <3
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a b 4 Gaming
August 17, 2014 2:28:00 PM

RevolutionHD said:
Hey TopLuca I need help!
I decided to buy everything from Amazon and the only things that they don't have are the motherboard and the RAM. Can u tell me what products should I replace them with?
Also, they can't deliver the DVD-thingy to my address. That must be replaced too... :( 

Thank u <3


Alright brother , from which amazon exactly are you buying ? The United States version or France or UK ? That will help me with the availability .

Your Welcome <3
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August 18, 2014 4:45:50 AM

I am buying from the US Amazon since they have the cheapest stuff for me and they ship to Finland.

Sorry that it took me so long to answer but I had to go to bed and I just got back from school :) 

Also, now when we are talking, I would like a cooler looking case that doesn't cost any more money than the current one on the list :) 

Luv u :3
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a b 4 Gaming
August 18, 2014 9:15:46 AM

RevolutionHD said:
I am buying from the US Amazon since they have the cheapest stuff for me and they ship to Finland.

Sorry that it took me so long to answer but I had to go to bed and I just got back from school :) 

Also, now when we are talking, I would like a cooler looking case that doesn't cost any more money than the current one on the list :) 

Luv u :3


Search for the corsair 200R , thats very neat and very handy .
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August 18, 2014 9:29:42 AM

Ok, checking it! :) 

Edit: Wow, I really like the look of that case :o  But it costs a little more and I like the previous one too bcs it has a window on it. Otherwise that is much better! Whats ur recommendation out of those two? I am a bad decider xP
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August 19, 2014 5:56:01 AM

They don't ship any mobos to Finland :( 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2014 8:04:45 AM

Do you have any local stores in there ? You can ship from the UK ?
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August 19, 2014 8:08:59 AM

Yse, we have many local stores and they are selling the mobo for 110 euros or so (I mean the MOBO u first requested) that problem is solved I think. But I need to find a good RAM that the US Amazon has (unlike the Avexir one) and an Optical driver. (The previous one didn't ship either :p ) <3
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2014 8:12:01 AM

Alright I'll get you the RAM and the optical drive immediately , give me a second.
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August 19, 2014 8:17:01 AM

Sorry this complicated case, my home is just in a weird place I guess

Thank you so much!
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2014 8:22:36 AM

RevolutionHD said:
Sorry this complicated case, my home is just in a weird place I guess

Thank you so much!


No need to worry brother , I live in a much weirder place I guess !! Your always welcome :D 
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August 19, 2014 8:29:48 AM

Thx! I changed my mind about the case and I will buy this one bcs it looks so cool :3:http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00FM5JMWA?cache=b6507cea...

So the final version of the setup looks like this:
Corsair 200R Compact ATX PC Case
Gigabyte R9 280X OC
Intel i5 4690K
AsRock Z97 PRO4 ATX or something xD
My XFX Power Supply (btw will 550 watts be enough for this setup?)
Corsair Vengeance RAM
The optical drive u found
Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium

What do u like?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2014 8:38:52 AM

The 200r hahaha alright , If you need any further questions feel free to ask me ;) 
Don't also forget to choose the best solution
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August 19, 2014 8:40:27 AM

I will pick th best solution instantly after writing this :3

Than u sir!
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2014 8:41:40 AM

The TDP under full load should be 452 so it will be fine ;) 

The build looks yummy !
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2014 8:42:01 AM

RevolutionHD said:
I will pick th best solution instantly after writing this :3

Than u sir!


No need to thank me brother , I'll always be there for you :D 
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August 19, 2014 8:44:04 AM

:D  I will order/buy these things in September/October bcs I don't have the money yet... ^^
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a b 4 Gaming
August 19, 2014 8:46:25 AM

RevolutionHD said:
:D  I will order/buy these things in September/October bcs I don't have the money yet... ^^


Congrats in advance ;)  You can add me on steam , my id is the same as this username.
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