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Novice Gaming Rig Builder Needs Help with System Build

Approximate Purchase Date: (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $500-$800 USD, after shipping, before rebates

I am posting price quotes from pcpartpicker and Newegg, respectively.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Emulating, watching Videos, Surfing/E-Mailing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All, buying a completely new system

Proposed System Specs (built on Newegg):

CPU
AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor - $86.55, $99.99

CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler - $36.98, n/a

Motherboard
MSI A88XM GAMING Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard - $79.99, $109.99

Memory
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory - $66.98, HyperX FURY $69.99

Storage
Western Digital VelociRaptor 500GB 3.5" 10000RPM Internal Hard Drive - $124.99, $125.99

Video Card
Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card - $89.99, $109.99

Case
Raidmax Viper GX ATX Mid Tower Case - $68.99, $69.99

Power Supply
Antec HCG M 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply - $59.99, $79.99

Optical Drive
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer - $18.79, $19.99

Case Fan
Cooler Master SickleFlow 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan - $4.99, $9.49

Do you need to buy OS: No

pcpartpicker quote: $706.25
After Rebates and shipping: $630.24

Newegg quote: $730.40:

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, quotes from pcpartpicker

Location: I live in southern Missouri and would mainly like to order parts online and have them shipped. I was mainly considering using a trial of Newegg's Premium Service to get free shipping on the parts.

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Native 1440x900

For playing mainly steam games such as: DOTA 2, CS: GO, The Last Remnant, Far Cry 3, etc, and some PS2 Emulation for games like Dark Cloud 2

I'm having a lot of trouble emulating older games and running newer games on my ancient PC.

Update: I could also use my 1080p Samsung HDTV as a monitor, I was not thinking of it at the time. Apologies!
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  1. How about this?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($68.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.19 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $824.79
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:15 EST-0500
  2. Or this - it's more on budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($68.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $805.58
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:17 EST-0500
  3. This system will do all tasks including games faster and at higher settings.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($71.89 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $691.52
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:21 EST-0500
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($57.88 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
    Case: BitFenix Neos Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $798.81
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:27 EST-0500
  5. You can get a lot more for your money my friend. This will run pretty much anything on ultra at 1080p

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($328.99 @ Directron)
    Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.98 @ Directron)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $805.59
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:25 EST-0500

    To bring the cost down and still run even the newest games on high settings, consider dropping the GPU to a gtx 960 or r9 280x. If you went for the $67 Antec hcg 620m you could also drop the GPU to an r9 290 and still Max out most games
  6. Another option. Similar, yet different. I'm not a fan of mATX boards unless space requirements call for it. And none of my parts include MIRs. There may be some, but I don't include them in the price. Left a little room for any merchants that may charge tax.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($70.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($222.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax Viper GX ATX Mid Tower Case ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $772.60
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:31 EST-0500
  7. plywrlw said:
    You can get a lot more for your money my friend. This will run pretty much anything on ultra at 1080p

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($328.99 @ Directron)
    Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.98 @ Directron)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $805.59
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:25 EST-0500

    To bring the cost down and still run even the newest games on high settings, consider dropping the GPU to a gtx 960 or r9 280x. If you went for the $67 Antec hcg 620m you could also drop the GPU to an r9 290 and still Max out most games


    I like this one too, but he's playing on 1440x900. Just can't see spending $300+ dollars for that res. If there's a chance the OP may upgrade monitors in the not to distant future, then that's the way I'd go.
  8. It's always good to see the Intel Fun Bunch trolling AMD threads ...
    :sarcastic:

    AMD FX-6300
    Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
    Patriot Blaze 120GB SSD
    $224 before $10 rebate

    XFX Double D Radeon R9 280 3GB: $214 before $30 rebate
  9. AMDThunder said:
    plywrlw said:
    You can get a lot more for your money my friend. This will run pretty much anything on ultra at 1080p

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($75.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 970 4GB STRIX Video Card ($328.99 @ Directron)
    Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.98 @ Directron)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $805.59
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:25 EST-0500

    To bring the cost down and still run even the newest games on high settings, consider dropping the GPU to a gtx 960 or r9 280x. If you went for the $67 Antec hcg 620m you could also drop the GPU to an r9 290 and still Max out most games


    I like this one too, but he's playing on 1440x900. Just can't see spending $300+ dollars for that res. If there's a chance the OP may upgrade monitors in the not to distant future, then that's the way I'd go.


    Yeah but you know what us PC folk are like, always itching for the next upgrade, this way they can either play at that resolution for a ridiculously long time or not have to upgrade their GPU if they upgrade the monitor

    Plus I did just do a build that was the top of their budget then recommend two much cheaper GPUs to bring the cost down!
  10. Wisecracker said:

    It's always good to see the Intel Fun Bunch trolling AMD threads ...
    :sarcastic:

    AMD FX-6300
    Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
    Patriot Blaze 120GB SSD
    $224 before $10 rebate

    XFX Double D Radeon R9 280 3GB: $214 before $30 rebate




    Nothing wrong with suggesting Intel or AMD CPUs, just explain your choices, objectively list advantages and disadvantages and move on. No need to stoop to insults and cheap shots.
  11. Wisecracker said:

    It's always good to see the Intel Fun Bunch trolling AMD threads ...
    :sarcastic:

    AMD FX-6300
    Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
    Patriot Blaze 120GB SSD
    $224 before $10 rebate

    XFX Double D Radeon R9 280 3GB: $214 before $30 rebate




    Why suggest inferior hardware, when their budget easily can accept better?
  12. PizzaTheHutt said:
    Or this - it's more on budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($68.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $805.58
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:17 EST-0500


    I really do appreciate the help, but is Intel just the more logical choice, even if you have to make room in other areas? I really do trust Intel more than AMD typically, I just wanted to create a machine with no low-end hardware if I had to shove an intel processor into my budget.
  13. Best answer
    BlackHelios said:
    PizzaTheHutt said:
    Or this - it's more on budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.69 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97M Anniversary Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($68.98 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $805.58
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-16 16:17 EST-0500


    I really do appreciate the help, but is Intel just the more logical choice, even if you have to make room in other areas? I really do trust Intel more than AMD typically, I just wanted to create a machine with no low-end hardware if I had to shove an intel processor into my budget.


    I don't see that you're "making room" in any other area. IMO, all of the suggested builds are better than your original config. The 4460 is still a quad core i5, and will be an awesome gaming CPU. And the GPU better in each case as well. 1080p ups the ante just a bit, so you'll want the best GPU your budget can buy. I never recommend an expensive case on a budget build. You don't have to have an SSD, and could probably get by without a DVD drive. Can't tell you the last time I used one. Core parts are most important. GPU, then CPU, and fill in the blanks around it.
  14. I really do thank everyone with the help, I'll be going with your suggested build AMDThunder. Much appreciated!
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