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January 15, 2013 11:02:14 PM

I'm about to buy these parts to build a gaming PC, but I don't know a whole lot in terms of comparison. I looked at benchmarks and did a lot of research, but I just want to know your opinions.

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data Premier Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($106.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Logisys CS308RD ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA1912A-LED 19.0" Monitor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $675.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Now keep in mind this has a monitor and an OS involved in the cost. Budget is max of $750. Any thoughts?

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a b 4 Gaming
January 15, 2013 11:18:44 PM
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You need a better card, a better monitor, don't cheap out on the psu, the one that comes with the case is a crappy one, the case itself is no good, also a good cpu for your budget, the i3 is a good one, see toms hardware recommendations for cpus :


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell ST2220L 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $704.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 15, 2013 11:36:52 PM

To be honest, i rather get a better monitor like the dell, it's led backlit, 1080p with hdmi, if needed.
I know it doesn't leave a margin for the 660 gtx, but i think it's worth.
You have a point in the os, the windows 7 home premium 64 bits, i didn't even bother to change the os.
a b 4 Gaming
January 16, 2013 12:25:34 AM

id rather get a lower res monitor and a more powerful card. lets me have more performance while keeping a optimal 16:9 display
a b 4 Gaming
January 16, 2013 12:31:50 AM

Save: $80.00 (40%) 48 hour special, ends 1/16, he should not pass on the deal, as for the rest, who knows if he can pay a bit more for the 660 gtx, but i think it's best if he rather not skip the monitor, acer monitors have poor quality and that one is low res, lower quality.
The 7850 offer good performance in 1080p also, it's not much of a huge step, by the way the 660 gtx is overkill at that resolution, making it pretty pointless.
a b 4 Gaming
January 16, 2013 1:46:10 AM

i realize that but will help him in the long run if he would like to max out some other games
January 16, 2013 5:37:23 PM

djangoringo said:
You need a better card, a better monitor, don't cheap out on the psu, the one that comes with the case is a crappy one, the case itself is no good, also a good cpu for your budget, the i3 is a good one, see toms hardware recommendations for cpus :


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Dell ST2220L 21.5" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $704.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


This looks like the ticket! And to everyone else, I really do want to keep Windows 8 so that I get ahead of the game. See, the last time I bought a laptop, I bought Windows Vista instead of Windows 7 that would be coming out in like a month later(yeah, I know, horrible decision..), so I don't want the same thing to happen now. Although, is Windows 8 fit for games or would you recommend Windows 7?
a b 4 Gaming
January 16, 2013 6:59:10 PM

Well it's a matter of preferences, in my opinion the windows 7 is better for desktop, but the windows 8 might prove to be a longer term os, for gaming, it's seems there's no difference in performance.
January 22, 2013 11:22:26 PM

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