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New PC build. $600-800 cost limit preferred.

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June 18, 2013 4:39:43 PM

Hello everyone.

I've been trying to decide on parts(cpu/mobo/gpu) for my new build, but I haven't kept up with the technology. My current PC is 4+ years old and is an eldritch machine if matched with today's standard builds.

My question is what would be a good build for gaming/video producing and editing? I'd say 65% games/35% video.

I'm not sided towards either AMD or Intel in terms of loyalty. Only interested in a good quality CPU/Mobo that will last me as long as my current one if possible. Also, I have no idea about any upcoming additions to sockets, cpus, gpu series', etc... If those are pertinent.

Thank you for your time and I appreciate any help I receive. If any more information is required I will try to be punctual in my responses ^^.
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June 18, 2013 4:41:36 PM

Overclocking?
Need a monitor/os/keyboard/mouse?
Where do you live?
June 18, 2013 5:04:44 PM

realchaos said:
Overclocking?
Need a monitor/os/keyboard/mouse?
Where do you live?


I knew I was forgetting something.

1. Overclocking isn't something I really feel comfortable. Maybe if I read about it more I could do it, but it isn't a priority at the moment. Would be a nice option... I guess.

2. I need a new monitor, but it will come later. OS is windows 7 most likely since every game/program is forgoing XP in favor of it. Keyboard and mouse are fine, old, but don't fix what isn't broken.

3. Not sure how it's relevant(heat?), but I live in Missouri. In the warmer months the AC is usually on for my roommate. Maybe 1 or 2 months we open the windows when/if it's cool.

Hopefully that helps.

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June 18, 2013 8:06:30 PM

I was asking where you live because people here live all over the world (USA, Canada, China, New Zealand, UK, Australia) and it helps to figure out what stores to use because prices are always different.

By any chance, do you live near St. Louis / Brentwood? There's a local microcenter there and you can get some really awesome in-store only deals!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $819.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-18 23:04 EDT-0400)

-6 cores will help in video-editing.
-Overclockable if you add an aftermarket cpu cooler in the future.
-7950 does pretty well in gaming.
-Windows 7.
June 18, 2013 8:18:24 PM

I was going to suggest an intel build but for video editing and gaming this realchaos has suggested you a really nice build. Now what I suggest is that you don't buy the OS. Get it off a friend or torrent it . You will save $90 and that can go into more cpu power. You will get one of the latest cpu being the octacore amd fx 8350 and it'll make the price $800. Look at it lemme know what you think.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $789.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-18 23:17 EDT-0400)
June 18, 2013 8:21:32 PM

Plus in the near future as the prices drop for the gpu you can crossfire it and turn it into a beast pc.
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June 18, 2013 8:26:28 PM

I wouldn't really recommend torrenting it as it is illegal. If you are in college, you can see if you college sells them. School usually sells them for around $20-30.
Also, you can't crossfire with a 550w psu.
June 18, 2013 8:28:24 PM

Yea later you can up the psu after about a year. Torrent works fine or if you dont want to ..borrow it from a friend.
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June 18, 2013 8:44:40 PM

There's no 970 board that can properly crossfire and 2-way crossfire scales very badly. I wouldn't really recommend it.
Torrenting is like stealing, which is why I wouldn't recommend it.
OS discs are only meant to be used once. If you use your friend's disc (who most likely used it), you can install it but it will be non-genuine which is illegal as well.
June 19, 2013 2:41:10 AM

Okay, well I have Windows 7, so no worries there. There is also a microcenter near where I live so I'll have to check it out.

Looking at the two builds provided I do like some of the recommendations, but the Motherboard doesn't have a 3.0PCIE slot for the video card that's on there as well. Now I don't know much about the new slots, but won't that cause it to not work properly? And if PCIE3.0 is the new up and comer like the USB3.0 slots, shouldn't I get a mobo that has those?
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June 19, 2013 10:55:25 AM

Oh you don't need OS?
You can get the FX-8350 + Asus M5A97 R2.0 combo for only $235. Take out the OS and add that into my build and you'll have a nice video editting/gaming rig!
PCIe 3.0 isn't required. In a single gpu set-up, there's no difference between 3.0 and 2.0. It only gives better performance in a SLI/crossfire set-up which you won't be doing so it's not required.
June 20, 2013 1:20:14 AM


Hey guys im new to pc building i have no clue at all and im just tired of OH xbox one ps 4 when pc is better im looking for a really good fast gaming pc for games like skyrim trouble in terrorist town g mod counter strike star craft diablo amnesia chivelry pay day the hiest.games like that fps mmo rpgs please help me out post a list of a good build and for the tower i would like asthetics to be proud of owning.Thanks! for the Os windows 7 mouse monitor and keyboard and for overclocking yes or at least the parts are over clocking compatibal
June 20, 2013 3:56:18 AM

Drgo55 said:

Hey guys im new to pc building i have no clue at all and im just tired of OH xbox one ps 4 when pc is better im looking for a really good fast gaming pc for games like skyrim trouble in terrorist town g mod counter strike star craft diablo amnesia chivelry pay day the hiest.games like that fps mmo rpgs please help me out post a list of a good build and for the tower i would like asthetics to be proud of owning.Thanks! for the Os windows 7 mouse monitor and keyboard and for overclocking yes or at least the parts are over clocking compatibal


Well, that's all well and good, but you should really start your own thread instead of posting in someone else's when they are trying to find something specific. And maybe try to have a bit more structure to your post.
June 20, 2013 3:58:25 AM

realchaos said:
I was asking where you live because people here live all over the world (USA, Canada, China, New Zealand, UK, Australia) and it helps to figure out what stores to use because prices are always different.

By any chance, do you live near St. Louis / Brentwood? There's a local microcenter there and you can get some really awesome in-store only deals!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($63.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($284.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $819.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-18 23:04 EDT-0400)

-6 cores will help in video-editing.
-Overclockable if you add an aftermarket cpu cooler in the future.
-7950 does pretty well in gaming.
-Windows 7.


Thanks to both RealChaos and Mohsan456 for helping me out. I'll have a look over both and see what I can do with them. I guess you can close it now?
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