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Gaming/Editing PC Build (First build)

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February 19, 2013 9:34:01 PM

Approximate purchase date: I do not have one as I will probably buy parts as money comes.
Budget Range: Around $850 including a monitor.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Photo/Video Editing, Microsoft Office
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy an OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s): Newegg, Amazon, NCIX
Location: Saline, MI, USA
Parts Preference: None
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: I have no idea what this is.
Monitor resolution: Not sure as I do not know much about monitors.

Additional Comments: I would like this computer to be able to handle games such as ARMA 2 as well as be able to handle After Effects/Photoshop/Etc.
A large amount of storage for photos/videos/games is preferred. It would be nice if it is quiet, but that is not a necessity.
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a b C Monitor
February 19, 2013 9:39:00 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($110.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $791.65
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 18:38 EST-0500)
February 19, 2013 9:45:38 PM

Is Windows 8 worth the upgrade from Windows 7?
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February 19, 2013 10:57:08 PM

Yep, it's newer.
February 19, 2013 11:24:39 PM

etvs127 said:
Is Windows 8 worth the upgrade from Windows 7?

In my opinion no.
Having trialled windows 8, it doesn't seem to give any immediate benefits.
I'd stick with Win 7.
a b 4 Gaming
February 19, 2013 11:28:54 PM

Aussiemick7 said:
In my opinion no.
Having trialled windows 8, it doesn't seem to give any immediate benefits.
I'd stick with Win 7.


There's no reason to buy an older OS when Win8 is already here. It's like buying a 2012 model of the car when the 2013 model is already there.
May 27, 2013 7:49:31 AM

When I build this PC do I need a wireless network card to connect to the internet if I don't have a cable? If I do would internal or external be better?
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