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December 29, 2012 5:38:27 PM

It seems every time i go thru and pick parts to build a new gaming computer, I'm always going over budget. So I'm coming here asking for advice on a gaming computer build with a budget of $800. This budget will take me about 8 to 9 months to save the money if I'm lucky.

I need a good gaming computer within my budget. I do have some requirement for this build ( I think why I keep going over budget)

My Requirements ...

1 > Case needs a powers supply to be put in the bottom instead of up at the top

2 > power supply to meet the demands of the computer probably between 500w - 600w

3 > Motherboard and processor need something that can meet today's gaming requirement and still be able to use for the next 3 to 4 years, but upgradable

3a > cpu cooler - what cooler is a great heatsink & cooler for the processor

4 > Graphic card Nvidia or radeon whichever will give me the best bang to gaming

5 > memory needs to be ddr3's, with this one i had read that windows 7 home edition only recognize 16GB and windows pro recognize 32GB. Is this true?

6 > sound card - nice decent card

7 > HardDrive - at least a 7200 rpm, 1TB. would like to run run raid ( as this would be the first time running a raid and not sure wich to do 0 or 1 or 10 and then how many harddrives is needed minium for each raid setup)



December 29, 2012 5:41:49 PM

First things first - I need to know what kind of stuff you are going to be running. From there we can determine what components you need
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December 29, 2012 6:03:40 PM

this computer will be use for gaming mainly, but at the same time I'm slowly trying to learn C++.

right now I play Diablo 3, trying to play PlanetSide2 with horrible lag, Mechwarrior online, MMO's off and on, and Hawken
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December 30, 2012 1:02:58 AM

I suggest trying to spare the extra $80 for this build. It can be overclocked and that GPU can run any game on high-max settings

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uUqW
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uUqW/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uUqW/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $847.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 22:01 EST-0500)

If you cant spare the money, this build will suit you well-

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uUsu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uUsu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/uUsu/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $767.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-29 22:02 EST-0500)
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January 9, 2013 2:15:55 AM

Best answer selected by SiNiStEr NaTiOn.
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February 28, 2013 7:52:14 AM

I'm a computer addict and i really love messing up with my computer build. It's even more exciting once you understood what are the importance of every part. Building a <a href="http://www.squidoo.com/best-gaming-computer-build">gaming computer build</a> takes a lot of patience and time.
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March 14, 2013 11:37:25 PM

Hi! I think it would be best that you spare a little more than 80$. Let's say around100-150$ especially with the workload your pc is going to do. A top gaming computer build will really go over the budget you set, most especially for gaming. Why don't you check this site out for comparison of pc hardware prices: http://www.squidoo.com/best-gaming-computer-build

Hope that could help.
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March 16, 2013 3:08:44 PM

This is the build i was working on for myself.
If you're in Canada id suggest this one (:

$780 total
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/K7FN

7950 is currently the best card on the market taking into account performance and money. I havent bought this yet but i really want to once im done selling my own current pc. Ive read it can overclock to performance on par or near the gtx 680.

Depending on what games ur playing, if 7950 is too overkill for you, replace it with the 7850 or 7870 and save even more money, and then upgrade ur cpu or get an ssd which now a days, is extremely popular, and ull love playing ur games on it.

I suggested AMD cuz Intel is wayy too expensive, and in the long run when more games utilize 4 cores, that cpu is gonna be pretty nice.
Ofcourse u can get a fx 6300 instead of 4300 for like $10-20 more and overclock, but i prefer not to risk overclocking at all, and plus the stock speed for 4300 is 3.8ghz anyways.
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