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August 7, 2012 6:15:04 AM

Hello,
My father and I are looking into building a PC for me. I will use this computer for gaming such as Minecraft, League of Legends and other related games. I was hoping if the computer was powerful enough for higher quality game such as Call of duty. But I will also use the computer for school research and just home browsing. But the first thing I needed was a Processeser for the computer and I could;nt make a decision between AMD and Intel and I had to keep in mind the price, I needed the best bang for my buck. I would greatly appreciate it if you help.

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August 7, 2012 7:45:12 AM

Best bang for buck is regretably Intel, if you are wanting to buy once and get best performance consider a H77 chipset motherboard with a i5 3450, 2x4GB RAM, its RAM so brands is really much of a muchness, G.SKill are rather cheap for the performance offered so that is a good start. The games you listed are not real graphics hogs so I would suggest mainstream cards anything like a HD7850 or 7870 GHZ edition, or a GTX 570/580 possibly a 660ti if it is priced lower than $300 which I doubt. For a power supply a 500w should be more than copious, look at Seasonic, Antec or XFX, though Coolermaster are making more high end component grade units now. Throw in a HD and SSD and you are on your way.


I can give you AMD specs but people over here won't like that.
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August 7, 2012 8:13:06 AM

We still don't know his budget but i doubt he needs anything that powerfull.My PC can max both LOL and COD and it's not half as powerfull as what you said :D 

If you ask me you only need a Phenom II X4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With a decent cooler like this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That way you can overclock the beast to around 3.8-4 GHz

And i suggest you get a good motherboard too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Many people hate biostar but i really dont see why.

And i forgot the graphics card.
This is all you need to run the games you want at high settings.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you need a bit more power this is the way to go.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 7, 2012 8:24:42 AM

Set a budget, go with what experts say! Choose a CPU and GPU based on your budget:

for CPU: (Tom's Hardware Best CPU July 2012)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

for GPU: (Tom's Hardware Best Video Cards July 2012)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Still, its all about PREFERENCE. However, do not let that preference hinder you from getting the one you know is MORE EFFICIENT and approved by experts.

The august update might not be up but I'm sure last month's charts are not far-out.
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August 7, 2012 12:06:19 PM

My 2c:

First determine budget, than follow the advice of najirion... ;) 
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August 7, 2012 12:26:36 PM

all the above is a ok Intel and Amd are both great processors but if u want my opinion don't settle for any cheap main components

cpu (don't worry as much most new ones will handle the games) try and stay away from any thing below 3 cores (but make shour your board can handle it and possibly have room to grow)

Ram 8 gb total is plenty

i agree try and stay with main stream cards as they will last you longer for ur money and make u less likely to get frustrated

for your power supply yes 500 watt can be ok but why not spend the extra 20-40$ and get one that will handle future things as well like if for chrism ass you get a second video card and a new high end game ( my opinion is no less then 750 watts i have a 650 and regret getting it when i could have payed 10$ more)

Your case : well that's a area u can decide just make shour it has enough room for air flow

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August 7, 2012 1:09:39 PM

Intel has bang for buck and overall performance well in hand. You can save some money by getting a slightly older Sandy Bridge based i5.

The i5 2310 is a good buy right now for $179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An H77 chipset is a good buy, you can get a better CPU later on and it's a nice affordable chipset. ASRock is a good brand and well priced at $89 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a budget gaming machine, getting a semi-decent brand for the money and getting enough is all that matters. G.Skill makes some good cheap 8GB kits, $42 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The video card is the most important part of the gaming PC. If you're on a budget you have a few options. I think the Radeon HD 6870 or Radeon HD 7850 are the best buys for your budget right now. The 6870 is $169 and the 7850 is $229.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A good budget case would the like Thermaltake Armor V.3 or the Thermaltake Commander series ($50-$60). If you have a little more budget then you can reach for a NZXT Phantom 410, Corsair Carbide 500R and Antec Elevenhundred are all pretty good in the $100 range.

For a PSU, a 500W-600W is all you really need. Make sure you invest in a good brand though, Corsair, XFX, Antec, OCZ, and Seasonic all make phenomal units.
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August 7, 2012 1:12:53 PM

stant1rm said:
Intel has bang for buck and overall performance well in hand. You can save some money by getting a slightly older Sandy Bridge based i5.

The i5 2310 is a good buy right now for $179
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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The i5-2300/2310 are junk. A Phenom II @ 4.0GHZ is better than the i5-2300 and probably as good as the 2310. If going that route, pay the couple extra 5 bucks for an i5-2400.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Also, that makes no sense to spend $180 a CPU only to "upgrade it later" to the $220 CPU you should have bought in the first place (i5-2500K).
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August 7, 2012 1:16:55 PM

MComputer said:
Hello,
My father and I are looking into building a PC for me. I will use this computer for gaming such as Minecraft, League of Legends and other related games. I was hoping if the computer was powerful enough for higher quality game such as Call of duty. But I will also use the computer for school research and just home browsing. But the first thing I needed was a Processeser for the computer and I could;nt make a decision between AMD and Intel and I had to keep in mind the price, I needed the best bang for my buck. I would greatly appreciate it if you help.


None of those games you specifically mentioned are CPU intensive, it really doesn't matter if you go AMD or Intel for these. League of Legends, MineCraft and every COD game will be effortlessly maxed out on an AMD system, just the same as an Intel one. Although, I would suggest if going AMD you stay clear of the FX-4100/4170s. The Phenom II 965s are still available and would be the most viable option. Otherwise, you'd be fine with an i3-2120 from Intel, but ideally the i5-2400/3450s 3570K/2500K for the sake of system longevity. However when it comes to gaming, you want to go heaviest on the video card, getting a less powerful video card for the privilege of having an i5 is counterproductive.
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August 8, 2012 5:13:24 PM

Thank you, you guys are outstanding! But im having a difficult time picking out a video card and mother board. For my video card I want it to be quite powerful so it would allow to even possible upgrade in games. For my mother board i would also like room for upgrades my components on it. Keep in mind the best bang for the buck! :D 
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August 8, 2012 5:14:25 PM

Oh and my socket type is AM3
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August 8, 2012 5:23:03 PM

MComputer said:
Oh and my socket type is AM3


If you already have a socket AM3 board and you want to go with AMD you'll have to get a Phenom II or Athlon II. I would personally get rid of AMD and go Intel since Intel is faster but that is up to you and your budget.
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August 8, 2012 5:46:43 PM

You buy a PSU for you over usage, if you are going to run a single card setup a 500w with modern cards is like overkill take a 7870 will barely use 185w peak load and give GTX 580 performance in half the signature. Powersupplies need to be reliable not big, if you plan and you are certain you will cf or sli then a 750w is the safer option. But to buy a 750w just because or you may do this is a serious waste of cash.
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August 9, 2012 11:42:48 AM

sarinaide said:
You buy a PSU for you over usage, if you are going to run a single card setup a 500w with modern cards is like overkill take a 7870 will barely use 185w peak load and give GTX 580 performance in half the signature. Powersupplies need to be reliable not big, if you plan and you are certain you will cf or sli then a 750w is the safer option. But to buy a 750w just because or you may do this is a serious waste of cash.

Ill be getting the AMD phenom ll X4 will it work with the 7870?
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August 9, 2012 12:02:11 PM

MComputer said:
Ill be getting the AMD phenom ll X4 will it work with the 7870?


Yes it will work very well.
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August 9, 2012 2:52:04 PM

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