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$1000 Gaming rig

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January 17, 2013 11:22:32 PM

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5 Ghz
Motherboard:Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+
Memory:8gb Patriot viper 3
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB
Case: NZXT Tempest 410
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified
Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5"
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (OEM) 64-bit


System already purchased.

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January 17, 2013 11:49:31 PM

For $1000, you could of done so much better. Rather disappointing.

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January 17, 2013 11:54:03 PM

Thank you for saying what everyone was thinking.
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January 18, 2013 12:16:41 AM

JJ1217 said:
For $1000, you could of done so much better. Rather disappointing.

Such as?
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January 18, 2013 12:19:12 AM

JJ1217 said:
For $1000, you could of done so much better. Rather disappointing.

^^^ 1+
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January 18, 2013 12:24:21 AM

Did you buy an OS and a monitor and keyboard/mouse?
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January 18, 2013 12:28:55 AM

Taylor_31 said:
Did you buy an OS and a monitor and keyboard/mouse?

I did.
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January 18, 2013 2:12:33 AM

deadmangaming said:
Such as?


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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($238.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($181.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $965.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 23:12 EST-0500)

Destroys it everywhere.

Cool quiet, fast, better monitor. Bit more money and you could get proper CF/SLI boards too.
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January 18, 2013 2:20:20 AM

JJ1217 said:
For $1000, you could of done so much better. Rather disappointing.


Eh, it's not a terrible value. He did get a monitor, and he did get an OS; I would have sprung for an i5 processor, but the 6300 should perform just fine, and the 7870 (GHz Edition) is a perfectly good card at the price point we're discussing (~$800 sans monitor & OS).

FWIW, I messed around with the build in pcpartspicker, and once I wedged in an overclockable i5 and a low-end z77 motherboard, there wasn't a whole lot of room to improve anything else. You could shave some cash from the case and power supply, but the former is a matter of taste; it might not be worth putting up with a different case just to save ~$20. Likewise, you're not going to save a whole heck of a lot of money on the power supply without sacrificing quality.

(I'm assuming he also bought a cheap optical drive. That's another $15-20 unaccounted for -- not much in the grand scheme, but those little details add up.)

I think we're all kind of used to ignoring the monitor and the OS for these build exercises. If the OP had posted that same list of hardware under the heading, "$800 gaming rig" (and without listing Windows or the monitor), would he have received the same response?

The only thing I know for sure is that the OP's setup beats the living snot out of just about any pre-built system you could buy for the same price. And that's really the main goal of building your own, isn't it?
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January 18, 2013 2:35:06 AM

JJ1217 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ybpM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ybpM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ybpM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-V ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($238.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($181.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $965.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-17 23:12 EST-0500)

Destroys it everywhere.

Cool quiet, fast, better monitor. Bit more money and you could get proper CF/SLI boards too.


That's a nice build, first of all. Don't take the following points the wrong way, but:

1. You've improved the processor, but what if the OP simply enjoys overclocking? You've taken that away from him. For some enthusiasts, the performance gains are almost secondary to the satisfaction of tweaking and tweaking their hardware. It's not my cup of tea anymore, but there was a time when I would have fit in that category :) 

2. Do we know he lives near a Microcenter? The same processor at newegg is $50 more, which is a non-trivial difference.

3. Regardless, and although your build is definitely an improvement, I think it's a bit over-dramatic to say that your build "destroys [his] everywhere." Game performance is going to be very similar in most situations (excepting heavily CPU-bound games), with the most noticeable difference being the extra screen real estate, which isn't an unreserved advantage given that both monitors use the same native resolution. The Asus has a commensurately larger pixel size, after all. I'd prefer the Asus model myself (partly because I'm a shameless Asus fanboy), but it's not a cut-and-dried matter.

4. He probably forgot to list an optical drive in the OP.

All of that said, I'll confess that I wonder at the OP's motivation for posting the bare specs of a build he already bought. It seems he wanted praise, so I guess it's fair that he's receiving criticism.
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January 18, 2013 3:40:39 AM

sorry pcpartpicker always lists it differently on the website, then changes it when you change to text. It was originally $1005, but upon pasting it the stupid website changed it to $965, which I didn't notice. If you've used pcpartpicker before, it does that quite often.
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January 18, 2013 11:59:28 AM

JJ1217 said:
sorry pcpartpicker always lists it differently on the website, then changes it when you change to text. It was originally $1005, but upon pasting it the stupid website changed it to $965, which I didn't notice. If you've used pcpartpicker before, it does that quite often.


Yeah, I hear you. I also wish there were an option not to display mail-in rebate prices, but i guess you take the bad with the good :) 
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