$700 to $800 AMD Gaming Build

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $700 to $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Light video editing (home videos), Surfing the web

Parts Not Required: OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, SSD (I don't think I need one)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference as long as they are reputable and reliable.

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: AMD CPUs and GPUs only please. I prefer Western Digital hard drives because thats what I tend to use, but I am open to other brands if they are reliable.

Overclocking: Maybe, depends on how easy and safe it is and if the benefit is worth it.

SLI or Crossfire: Not now, but I may consider it in the future when I need to upgrade.

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, but probably not higher than 1680 x 1050.

Additional Comments: I would like to use this computer for as long as possible so it would be nice if I can easily upgrade it. Also, thank you for taking the time to help me.
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  1. Just a quick question: Why would you want only AMD CPUs and GPUs?
  2. vitornob said:
    Just a quick question: Why would you want only AMD CPUs and GPUs?

    ^ This - I am VERY unsure about the AMD CPU Part - I'm afraid there will be tumbleweeds in this thread unless there is a good reason - most of us here at Toms don't really know how to reccomend an AMD CPU and havent done for quite some time (Athlon 64 anyone?)
  3. I ask this cause is more than proven that the i3-2100 is a strong CPU, better than all AMD cpus, sometimes even if you overclock the AMD ones (speaking in games area, in highly multi-thread apps this might change).

    Here some links for enlight this:

    Benchmark Results: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 - Here the cpus doesn't make difference, at 1080p the GPU is the bottleneck
    Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
    Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
    Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
    AMD Or Intel: Which Offers Better Gaming Performance?

    Useful quotes:
    - "the dual-core Pentium G630 and G860, which perform incredibly well, matching up to AMD's former Phenom II X4 955 flagship"

    - "At $80 and $100 respectively, both Sandy Bridge-based Pentiums boldly snatch the budget gaming CPU recommendation from the Athlon II CPUs we’re used to seeing dominate this segment."

    - "With the sub-$100 Pentiums performing so well, Intel's $125 Core i3-2100 easily beats more expensive Phenom II and FX models. And the $190 Core i5-2400 dominates the sub-$200 landscape without challenge, really. As such, we're almost-shockingly left without an AMD CPU to recommend at any price point."

    - If you buy an AMD cpu, you won't have an open upgrade path, since for gaming the best cpu you could buy is the Phenom II X4/X6 (The FX line isn't that good for gaming, and it's expensive). Considering the next cpu (bulldozer) isn't AM3+ socket you're in a dead end.

    - If you go with the sandy-bridge (i3-2100 for example) you have a whole world from upgrade, considering this is more likely the mid-low sandy-bridge performer, without considering Ivy-bridge is coming out and is socket compatible! (disconsidering the H61 chipset)
  4. My build that I brought of ebay cost me around 750 and I can BF3 on ultra settings fine.

    CPU: FX-4100
    GPU: 6950 2GB
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P
    RAM: 8 GB G.skill 1333
    Hard Drive: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda
    Case: Antec Three Hundred
    PSU: 750w Huntkey PSU
    Optical Drive: Lite On DvD Writer
  5. amd phenomII x4 960t/x6 1090t
    sapphire hd 6850 the rest 500gb wdcb hdd
    520w seasonic 80plus bronze
    8gb g.skill 1333/1600 either are good
    lg/samsung odd
    antec 300/nzxt source 210
    mobo:any 4 slot ram and am3+
  6. vitornob said:
    Just a quick question: Why would you want only AMD CPUs and GPUs?

    Well, its not really a big deal. I can go with Intel CPUs too. It just seems kind of pointless to ask for a $700- $800 Intel build since it seems like there is enough of them on the forums that I wouldn't need to make my own topic.

    Thank you for the info and links, they are very helpful. I'll probably post again with what I end up deciding on after I read more stuff.
  7. Okay so after doing some more reading, I think it will be a good idea to go with an Intel CPU, but I have some questions.

    How much of a performance difference is there between an i3 and i5?
    Also, which i3 and which i5 are the best? I know that people recommend the i3-2100 and the i5-2500k alot and the i5-2500k is good for overclocking. But are there other i3's and i5's that are worth considering?

    I feel like an i5 would be more future proof since it has 4 cores.

    So, there's alot of motherboards out there. I know I need a LGA 1155 Socket, but I am unsure as to what chipset to use. It looks like the main choices are H67, P67, and Z68. Z68 seems to be the best one, but I am not sure.

    What are some good motherboards at various price points (like sub-$100, ~$120, ~$150, and I probably won't pay more than that)?

    Also, is there a benefit to use both the integrated graphics and a discrete graphics card? Are there any disadvantages?

    I am probably going to go with an AMD Radeon HD 6850.

    Is there much of a difference between Sapphire, HIS, PowerColor, XFX, etc.?

    I am most likely going to go with the Cooler Master HAF 912 or something similar.

    I am not entirely sure how much power I will need. I was looking at the Seasonic M12II and S12II because I know they are good. However, I was wondering if there was anything cheaper than that.

    Probably going to go with 8 gb of DDR3 1333 G.Skill ram. Although, I was wondering how important heat spreaders are.

    Optical Drive:
    How good are Lite-On drives? Seems like they are reliable.

    General Questions:
    How good is Newegg's return policy and replacement policy? If I get something and its broken, will I be able to get a replacement/refund easily?

    How easy is it to do the rebates for stuff I buy from Newegg?

    Also, is it a good idea to buy anything from Fry's or BestBuy? It seems like Newegg is better.
  8. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133183&cm_sp=Cat_Computer_Cases-_-Weekly_Deals-_-11-133-183 - Thermaltake V9 Black Edition - $54.99 With Rebates

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074 - Core i5 2400 3.1ghz - $189.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 - ASRock Extreme3 Gen3 Z68 Mobo - $121.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145531 - Hitachi Deskstar 500GB 7200rpm 32MB - $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233199 - Corsair Vengeance White LP DDR3 1600Mhz RAM 8GB - $49.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371044 - Antec Earthwatts 650W 80+ Cert PSU - $79.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127565 - MSI Twin Frozr II GTX560ti 1GB OC - $229.99 With Rebates

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136240 - LG 22X DVD Burner - $15.99

    Total With Rebates - $822.92

    PROS -

    - Upgrades to Ivy Bridge with full PCI-E 3.0 Support
    - SLI/Xfire Capable Motherboard and PSU
    - Quad Core i5 2400
    - Extremely Cool and Quiet Factory OC'd 560ti with the award winning Twin Frozr II Cooler installed
    - Low Profile RAM in case an aftermarket cooler needs to be installed

    CONS -

    $22.92 over budget
  9. What if I bought this combo:

    And then bought a GPU and optical drive to complete it? Will that work?
  10. demonicimpact said:
    What if I bought this combo:

    And then bought a GPU and optical drive to complete it? Will that work?

    But to keep within budget you would have to get an inferior Graphics Card.

    The system I showed you will perform much better than that Combo + a $130 Graphics card.
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