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August 17, 2014 7:01:20 PM

I've been recently looking for setups to make a good gaming computer for under 800 dollars. I have one setup, but before i do anything with it i would like to see other options for computers that will play games at decent frame rates. The setup i have now is http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Chrisreckner/saved/bVWzK8
Please tell me if this will work for my purposes and if there are any better builds that will give me better performance.

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August 17, 2014 7:06:55 PM

Looks good, except for your PSU. Get a better power supply. You will also need a OS, all that great hardware can't be put to good use without a OS!
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August 17, 2014 7:11:33 PM

Do you need that SSD now, or could you buy one later? I'm doing you up a better build now, and if I removed the SSD for now you could get a much better GPU which will actually improve gaming performance. :) 
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August 17, 2014 7:14:00 PM

lp231 said:
Looks good, except for your PSU. Get a better power supply. You will also need a OS, all that great hardware can't be put to good use without a OS!


Thank you i will look into that
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August 17, 2014 7:15:24 PM

This is a budget build so you're going to want to get a micro atx motherboard. Most aren't built for multiple graphics card but they save you money.

You're also going to want to lower the PSU wattage and get a higher quality unit. The builder series is good but there are better.

Drop the CPU cooler as well, only overclockers will need it.

Switch out the single stick of ram for 2 sticks. Dual channel is much faster.

Drop the SSD for now and put that money toward a better CPU. You can always buy an SSD later. Inversely you could always drop the hard drive and keep the SSD. Got for an intel i5 cpu and motherboard.(only keep it if you can find room in the budget)

Newegg is running a promo right now. 50 off 750 or more purchase, code B2BCJ25. ends on Wednesday.
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August 17, 2014 7:16:01 PM

Alex Kelly said:
Do you need that SSD now, or could you buy one later? I'm doing you up a better build now, and if I removed the SSD for now you could get a much better GPU which will actually improve gaming performance. :) 


The ssd i not needed, it is there because it was in the build i based this on. Thank you
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August 17, 2014 7:20:22 PM

thor220 said:
This is a budget build so you're going to want to get a micro atx motherboard. Most aren't built for multiple graphics card but they save you money.

You're also going to want to lower the PSU wattage and get a higher quality unit. The builder series is good but there are better.

Drop the CPU cooler as well, only overclockers will need it.

Switch out the single stick of ram for 2 sticks. Dual channel is much faster.

Drop the SSD for now and put that money toward a better CPU. You can always buy an SSD later. Inversely you could always drop the hard drive and keep the SSD. Got for an intel i5 cpu and motherboard.(only keep it if you can find room in the budget)

Newegg is running a promo right now. 50 off 750 or more purchase, code B2BCJ25. ends on Wednesday.


Thank you for the extra information. i never knew that two was better when it comes to ram, i thought it was like the possessor in which on core that has highr tic rate is better.
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August 17, 2014 7:23:01 PM

Chris reckner said:
thor220 said:
This is a budget build so you're going to want to get a micro atx motherboard. Most aren't built for multiple graphics card but they save you money.

You're also going to want to lower the PSU wattage and get a higher quality unit. The builder series is good but there are better.

Drop the CPU cooler as well, only overclockers will need it.

Switch out the single stick of ram for 2 sticks. Dual channel is much faster.

Drop the SSD for now and put that money toward a better CPU. You can always buy an SSD later. Inversely you could always drop the hard drive and keep the SSD. Got for an intel i5 cpu and motherboard.(only keep it if you can find room in the budget)

Newegg is running a promo right now. 50 off 750 or more purchase, code B2BCJ25. ends on Wednesday.


Thank you for the extra information. i never knew that two was better when it comes to ram, i thought it was like the possessor in which on core that has highr tic rate is better.


Also of note, ram always runs at the speed of the slowest stick. If you're going to buy more later on, make sure you buy the same ones or at least sticks of the same speed. (ex. DDR3 1600)
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August 17, 2014 7:28:10 PM

Chris reckner said:
thor220 said:
This PSU is good, if you can't find one at a better value

SeaSonic S12G S12G-550 550W $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Just out of curiosity what is the difference between this one and the other one?


The seasonic above is gold rated. This means it emits less heat and uses less power. In addition to that, the voltage ripple is much tighter on the sea sonic. This means that when the system is experiencing load or is being feed crappy unstable power, the power supply will be able to handle it. This will increase component life and stability.

As an additional plus to emitting low heat, it's very quite.
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August 17, 2014 7:28:21 PM

Alex Kelly said:
Here you are. All very high quality parts. XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic and are great value. :) 
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s86mNG


Thank you for the build. I think that i might spend more on a better processor, but other then that it looks great:) 
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August 17, 2014 7:28:56 PM

Does this strike your fancy?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($185.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $775.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 17, 2014 7:30:20 PM

Alex Kelly said:
Here you are. All very high quality parts. XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic and are great value. :) 
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s86mNG


Nice, managed to squeeze in a better graphics card. Although the motherboard is kinda pricey. Not so sure about that CPU, it will have trouble with MMOs.
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August 17, 2014 7:33:29 PM

Joseph DeGarmo said:
Does this strike your fancy?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($185.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $775.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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This build is pretty good. I didn't see a windows license on his original build though, he might not need it. Also, if you make an order of 750+ on newegg and use the promo code I put in a post above, you get $50 off.
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August 17, 2014 7:33:32 PM

thor220 said:
Alex Kelly said:
Here you are. All very high quality parts. XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic and are great value. :) 
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s86mNG


Nice, managed to squeeze in a better graphics card. Although the motherboard is kinda pricey. Not so sure about that CPU, it will have trouble with MMOs.


On the build i changed the processor to a Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor, would that still work?
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August 17, 2014 7:36:01 PM

Chris reckner said:
thor220 said:
Alex Kelly said:
Here you are. All very high quality parts. XFX PSUs are made by Seasonic and are great value. :) 
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/s86mNG


Nice, managed to squeeze in a better graphics card. Although the motherboard is kinda pricey. Not so sure about that CPU, it will have trouble with MMOs.


On the build i changed the processor to a Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor, would that still work?


I would use Joseph DeGarmo's build instead. Just exclude the windows license if you don't need it and switch out the case to whatever you like. Just make sure it supports an ATX mobo.
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August 17, 2014 7:36:12 PM

Joseph DeGarmo said:
Does this strike your fancy?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($185.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $775.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I don't need the Os i have a copy of windows 7 already.other wise it looks good. however do you think that i could buy a higher quality gpu or cpu"?
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August 17, 2014 7:38:32 PM

Chris reckner said:
Joseph DeGarmo said:
Does this strike your fancy?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X Video Card ($185.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $775.53
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-17 22:28 EDT-0400


I don't need the Os i have a copy of windows 7 already.other wise it looks good, but i would make a few things a bit higher quality.


What on this list don't you like? I'll see if I can find something at an equivalent price.
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August 17, 2014 7:38:51 PM

Taking into consideration that you already have Windows, I threw in a better video card. Here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 17, 2014 7:41:24 PM

Joseph DeGarmo said:
Taking into consideration that you already have Windows, I threw in a better video card. Here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-17 22:38 EDT-0400


So with this build i would be able to play most games on medium to high quality at a solid 30fps or above right?
Oh and thank you for the build help.
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August 17, 2014 7:43:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($88.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $761.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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i5 4590, R9 280x and h97 mobo. Didnt fit in an SSD.
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August 17, 2014 7:45:07 PM

Chris reckner said:
Joseph DeGarmo said:
Taking into consideration that you already have Windows, I threw in a better video card. Here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-17 22:38 EDT-0400


So with this build i would be able to play most games on medium to high quality at a solid 30fps or above right?


Yes, you would. The only thing I would fault with this build is that the specific model of the GPU is ~$50 more then others.
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August 17, 2014 7:45:38 PM

Chris reckner said:
Joseph DeGarmo said:
Taking into consideration that you already have Windows, I threw in a better video card. Here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-17 22:38 EDT-0400


So with this build i would be able to play most games on medium to high quality at a solid 30fps or above right?


Yeah that will, assuming your playing at 1920x1080 (1080P). You might have to turn some things down on crazy new games like the witcher 3 but the game isn't out yet so I don't know for sure.
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August 17, 2014 7:48:22 PM

Mac266 said:
Chris reckner said:
Joseph DeGarmo said:
Taking into consideration that you already have Windows, I threw in a better video card. Here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-17 22:38 EDT-0400


So with this build i would be able to play most games on medium to high quality at a solid 30fps or above right?


Yes, you would. The only thing I would fault with this build is that the specific model of the GPU is ~$50 more then others.


ok Thanks i hardly know anything when it comes to the specs to performance.
Is there any reason for the gpu to be $50 more?
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August 17, 2014 7:50:44 PM

It's a special edition with a non-reference cooler. You do want the R9 series with a non-reference cooler though, the default one is bad.
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August 17, 2014 7:52:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.13 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $770.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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August 17, 2014 7:53:03 PM

thor220 said:
Chris reckner said:
Joseph DeGarmo said:
Taking into consideration that you already have Windows, I threw in a better video card. Here.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($84.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation Video Card ($309.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.16
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-17 22:38 EDT-0400


So with this build i would be able to play most games on medium to high quality at a solid 30fps or above right?


Yeah that will, assuming your playing at 1920x1080 (1080P). You might have to turn some things down on crazy new games like the witcher 3 but the game isn't out yet so I don't know for sure.


thor220 said:
It's a special edition with a non-reference cooler. You do want the R9 series with a non-reference cooler though, the default one is bad.


Ok i understand now, i was not really sure the difference between them
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August 17, 2014 7:56:49 PM

Yes, that XFX does have a non-reference cooler, but so does the Sapphire r9 280x Dual X and it is $249
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August 17, 2014 8:01:16 PM

So with the non reference cooler there has to be more case fans correct?
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August 17, 2014 8:07:44 PM

Thank you everyone for your help
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August 17, 2014 8:19:31 PM

Chris reckner said:
So with the non reference cooler there has to be more case fans correct?


Preferably an intake right near the video hard.
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