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Trying to build a $600-$700 gaming rig

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January 28, 2013 3:51:22 PM

Here are my specs: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A1Q5

Any recommendation for better parts? Also, are these compatible?
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January 28, 2013 3:54:12 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 28, 2013 4:15:03 PM

Cut down on the processor and invest more in the GPU. For gaming that's where it counts.

Try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($188.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $614.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 13:14 EST-0500)
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January 28, 2013 4:15:03 PM

For gaming the 650 isn't that good of a choice on a budget of $600-$700. Grab the 8320, it will overclock just as far as the 8350.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.15 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $645.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 13:12 EST-0500)
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January 28, 2013 4:40:13 PM

Instead of the His Radeon HD 7870. Would Evga gtx 660 work better? It looks like EVGA GeForce GTX 660 got better reviews, etc.

Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A6AY


Thanks!
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January 28, 2013 5:28:42 PM

rukai said:
Instead of the His Radeon HD 7870. Would Evga gtx 660 work better? It looks like EVGA GeForce GTX 660 got better reviews, etc.

Link: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/A6AY


Thanks!


That's a good card but you shouldn't rely only on store reviews. Most of the things that people complain about can be easily fixed and a lot of the negative reviews have nothing to do with the product itself.
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January 28, 2013 9:50:05 PM

Thanks :) 
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