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January 12, 2013 3:53:44 PM

Hi! I am building my first computer for late christmas, but I'm trying to keep it at $1000 (including monitor and keyboard)
So far however, I am $113 above where I want to be. I was wondering how I might be able to cut it down a bit. I want to be able to play for instance Skyrim at 80+ FPS, BF3 at about the same (on normal settings). Maybe the BF3 is a bit ambitious, but oh well. This is what I have so far:


Vengeance series 8 GB RAM. $64
Saphire Radeon HD 7850 $179
Western Digital 1TB hard drive $84
850w Corsair Power Supply $169
Asrock 970 extreme 3 $75
AMD-FX 8150 $169
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo $30
Cooler Master HAF 922 $100
Razer Acosta $44
Viewsonic 24" LED Monitor $199

TOTAL: $1,113

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 4:02:07 PM

Get the FX-6300, if you must go for amd cpus, get piledriver one, and the FX-6300 is better than the FX-8150(old bulldozer).
Get a cheaper case, there's a lot out there, that are pretty good ones for less, e.g corsair 300r, cooler master HAF 912, storm enforcer,etc.
But the main overpriced thing is the psu which is overkill, get a xfx 550w pro, it's more than enough.
You might even spend the extra in a better card.
Also there's cheaper monitors out there for less.
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January 12, 2013 4:06:10 PM

Intel is better for gaming. If you dont plan on overclocking I can make something a little cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($274.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($169.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard ($40.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $1063.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 13:08 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 4:11:58 PM

That's good but if he must stay 1000$ :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks




CPU:  AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor  ($133.79 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler:  Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($24.99 @ Newegg) 
Motherboard:  ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX  AM3+ Motherboard  ($74.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory:  Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($35.57 @ NCIX US) 
Storage:  Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($69.99 @ NCIX US) 
Video Card:  Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card  ($279.99 @ Newegg) 
Case:  Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($51.52 @ NCIX US) 
Power Supply:  XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply  ($54.98 @ NCIX US) 
Monitor:  Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor  ($174.99 @ Best Buy) 
Keyboard:  Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard  ($40.24 @ Amazon) 
Total: $941.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-12 13:19 EST-0500)


or intel which is indeed better :


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($51.52 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.98 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Best Buy)
Keyboard: Razer Arctosa Wired Standard Keyboard ($40.24 @ Amazon)
Total: $957.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 12, 2013 4:43:12 PM

Thank you allll sooooooo much! But I thought the 8150 was newer?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 4:52:45 PM

No, it's not, it's from the bulldozer architecture, which is older, the piledriver "eight" cores are the FX-8320 and FX-8350.
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January 12, 2013 5:25:16 PM
a b B Homebuilt system
January 12, 2013 6:00:54 PM

If you need an amd cpu get the FX-6300, same performance in gaming and get the 660 ti, and the asrock extreme 3, which is cheaper...you can get the 660 ti with that, and i recommend going with an ips monitor like the asus that i putted on the list.
Or an i5-3470+h77m asrock mobo, which it's even better for gaming, and cheaper(with the h77 mobo), get the space for a 660 ti or 7950, and the better monitor.
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January 12, 2013 6:34:58 PM

Now that I think about it, I really do like the looks of that AMD Radeon HD 7950. I talked to a guy that had one, and he says he gets 69-70 FPS on BF3 ultra! I think I am just going to stick to the AMD build you recomended, thank you SO much!
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January 19, 2013 9:42:51 AM

Best answer selected by FlyingPigman.
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