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May 19, 2013 3:40:06 PM

This is my first time building a PC. I would like to do extensive gaming and graphic design for around $900. I have played with pcpartpicker.com and have come up with the following build... what I would like to know is if this would be able to play Skyrim and other games on max >60fps on a 1366x768 monitor. I would also like to know if the parts are compatible with each other and if there is a nVidia equal to the graphics card I have on my build, or if any parts are useless to buy (e.g if the motherboard comes with a sound card, etc.).

Thank you for your time!

EDIT: Forgot build :pt1cable: 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Dominator GT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($90.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DS 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card ($45.98 @ Outlet PC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N600PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Raider ATX Mid Tower Case ($96.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $925.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-19 18:39 EDT-0400)

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a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2013 4:01:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $853.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-19 19:03 EDT-0400)

This build is better
May 19, 2013 4:25:24 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $853.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-19 19:03 EDT-0400)

This build is better


Thanks a lot for the build!
I do need this computer within a couple of weeks, so I have a few questions for you before I purchase...

Will this build play modern games on max?
Does it include wiring?
Does it include any network adapters? (I'm guessing no since none are listed)
Does it include a sound card?
Would it be worth it to downgrade the storage to 750gb in order to increase graphics, or is the price difference not enough?

Thanks again. Sorry I'm so new to building PC's... I don't even know where to begin to research :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2013 5:04:46 PM

Mhh forget my build,
Haswell, the new intel cpu's are coming soon.
May 19, 2013 6:14:47 PM

Any comments on my final build before I buy?
I'm pretty clueless but after researching around this seems to be the best bang for my buck.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN751ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Aerocool Shark 120mm Green 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $882.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-19 21:13 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
May 19, 2013 11:42:25 PM

You can switch to a fx 6300, it cost 120$, so 60$ cheaper.
When overclocked it has nearly the same performance as the fx 8350.

Build looks good,
I also own the asus hd 7870 + fx 8350
Almost every game can be played on high-->max.
But it can be made better.
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Sound card not needed, the motherboard already has one integrated.

With the saved money by choosing the fx6300 and dropping the sound card, you can upgrade to a msi hd 7950 twin frozer.
It's a overclock beast, it can be faster then a hd7970/gtx680 when overclocked. Its easy to do and maintains cool
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7950twinfr...


This way it would be the perfect 900$ build :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN751ND 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Aerocool Shark 120mm Green 82.6 CFM 120mm Fan ($15.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($65.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $904.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-20 02:57 EDT-0400)
May 20, 2013 10:15:56 AM

Thanks a lot Marcopolo123 I'm just about to purchase... two questions: will the fans included in the build handle the overclock... and how do I mark your answer as perfect?
May 20, 2013 10:28:59 AM

I love that build but see if you can find the M5A97 R2.0 (not the LE board) on sale to fit your budget. The LE board is not bad but the non LE has more features, a USB 3.0 header and VRM heat sink as well. Most of the time it's only a few dollars more but I think the LE has a MIR right now. Either board would be great but it needs to fit your budget. Good luck and great build!