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December 5, 2012 4:31:52 PM

Hey guys, I'm looking to build a computer that can play any game out now smoothly and games 3 or 4 years down the road for about 800 dollars. I'm also in need of a decent monitor. I'm kinda nooby when it comes to this stuff so any input is appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date:Between Today - December 15

Budget Range: 700-800, i could bump it up to 900 if its worth it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording/editing videos, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: yes

Do you need to buy OS: no, I already have windows 7 bought

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none really, best price

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Virginia

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu

Overclocking: Maybe later on

SLI or Crossfire: No because I don't really know what this means

Your Monitor Resolution: preferably 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: This is what I've picked out so far. What do you guys think? Is this a good build for now and the future? And lastly, is there anyway I can get the about the same performance for a little less money?




PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $789.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-05 10:17 EST-0500)

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December 5, 2012 4:56:17 PM

looks like a good build all fine in my opinion :) 
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December 5, 2012 5:22:09 PM

You know not what you ask for. To play any game out now smoothly at high levels would require two video cards working together (SLI if they are Nvidia boards, CrossFire if they are AMD boards) The budget for those two top tear boards alone would be $800. If you want good performance and somewhat future proofing, spend that extra $100 now on a better graphics card. For $280 you can get a:

SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

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

This will be far closer to your goal of playing games smoothly and some future proofing.
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December 5, 2012 5:29:00 PM

babernet_1 said:
To play any game out now smoothly at high levels would require two video cards working together.

Do you mean at a $800 budget you need SLI to run current games on max settings? Because that may be the case for an $800 budget, but on higher budgets such as $1500 you can play current games at 80-125 fps on max settings with a single graphics card.
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December 5, 2012 5:44:55 PM

You'll be fine with a 2GB 7850 @ 1080p for quite some time. I can't imagine we'll really see VRAM usage going over 2GB on a single monitor for quite a while yet. (At least not with reasonable settings, i.e. not SuperSamplingAA or "UberSampling") VRAM is really the clincher on future-proofing at the moment, because, unless there's a massive paradigm shift in how graphics are rendered or DX12 hits with some killer App that everyone HAS to have, it should still offer sufficient computational power for a couple of years, especially with a second card added in further down the line. But, with Computers, it's a gamble. Short of a crystal ball, it's really hard to accurately predict what the computer world will be like in a couple of years.

I remember thinking that my 2 and then later 3 Radeon 4870's would carry me well into the future, but a couple of years later with the release of BF3 the 1GB of VRAM began to be an issue. DX11 offered improved visuals and multi-core performance as well as essentially free performance in retrofitted titles like WoW. And then I decided I wanted to do the whole triple monitor thing. They had the muscle (3.6TeraFLOPS total), but lacked the technologies and code paths to really be "future-proof". Not to mention my computer was essentially an expensive, complicated space-heater.
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December 5, 2012 5:45:14 PM

techdude9 said:
Do you mean at a $800 budget you need SLI to run current games on max settings? Because that may be the case for an $800 budget, but on higher budgets such as $1500 you can play current games at 80-125 fps on max settings with a single graphics card.


You need an update:

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/far_cry_3_graphics...

This shows that at maxed out settings on Far Cry 3, a GTX 680 will provide but 32 FPS at 1920X1200 resolution. You say any board can get 80-125 FPS? No, for Far Cry 3 you would need 3 or 4 of them in SLI to even get 80.


It is about the same for something like Metro 2033 Assassins etc.
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December 5, 2012 5:58:45 PM

Your build looks good for the money...a few things.. I would just change the ram to 1600 for about the same price (not that big of an improvement tho). I would also change that power supply to a Corsair, Seasonic, xfx, or Antec.
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December 5, 2012 7:02:25 PM

Babnernet I would go for a better gpu but i still have to get a monitor so i doubt i could afford both under 900 dollars. Btw, can anyone recommended a solid monitor for gaming?
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October 1, 2013 10:25:10 AM

Korvo said:
Hey guys, I'm looking to build a computer that can play any game out now smoothly and games 3 or 4 years down the road for about 800 dollars. I'm also in need of a decent monitor. I'm kinda nooby when it comes to this stuff so any input is appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date:Between Today - December 15

Budget Range: 700-800, i could bump it up to 900 if its worth it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, recording/editing videos, surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: yes

Do you need to buy OS: no, I already have windows 7 bought

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none really, best price

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Virginia

Parts Preferences: Intel cpu

Overclocking: Maybe later on

SLI or Crossfire: No because I don't really know what this means

Your Monitor Resolution: preferably 1920x1080,

Additional Comments: This is what I've picked out so far. What do you guys think? Is this a good build for now and the future? And lastly, is there anyway I can get the about the same performance for a little less money?




PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($91.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $789.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-05 10:17 EST-0500)



ok change the gpu to a 7950 change cpu to a fx 8350 change motherboard to a 990fxa-gd80v2 and maybe bump up your psu and you should be all set also crossfire/sli is when you run several gpus togethor which in the future it will be nice to crossfire the 7950
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October 1, 2013 10:31:25 AM

raiderguy92 said:


ok change the gpu to a 7950 change cpu to a fx 8350 change motherboard to a 990fxa-gd80v2 and maybe bump up your psu and you should be all set also crossfire/sli is when you run several gpus togethor which in the future it will be nice to crossfire the 7950


Um, you do realize this thread is nearly one year old?
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October 1, 2013 10:34:54 AM



whoops forgot to check the date
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