Gaming System - 800-1200 budget

Going to be building a pair of systems for me and the lady. My primary focus is on WoW raiding. I play other games, as does she, but those are not really of a huge concern. Each system has the same 800-1200 budget. I just need the tower, no extra stuff like monitors/keyboard/mouse.

Right now I'm looking at the AMD 8350, Foxconn 990fx board, Geforce 660ti, Seagate 1TB HD, Samsung 840 Pro 240gb SSD, Raidmax 700w PSU, 16gb Corsair DDR3 1600, and whatever decent case I can find locally, and Win8.
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  1. Celerocity said:
    Going to be building a pair of systems for me and the lady. My primary focus is on WoW raiding. I play other games, as does she, but those are not really of a huge concern. Each system has the same 800-1200 budget. I just need the tower, no extra stuff like monitors/keyboard/mouse.

    Right now I'm looking at the AMD 8350, Foxconn 990fx board, Geforce 660ti, Seagate 1TB HD, Samsung 840 Pro 240gb SSD, Raidmax 700w PSU, 16gb Corsair DDR3 1600, and whatever decent case I can find locally, and Win8.

    Foxconn generally isnt a good brand, 660Ti is terrible price : performance wise, 7870 would be a much better choice. You don't want to cheap out on the PSU, wattage does not equal quality. Something like a corsair CX 500, CX 600, or XFX 550W would be a much better choice. You wont ever use 16GB of RAM for gaming, and it would be a waste of money. Grab the cheapest 2x4 kit of DDR3 RAM. Speed doesn't matter, you won't see a difference between 1333 MHz, 1600 MHz, etc.
  2. Okay, I tweaked it a little, and my friend showed me a website to organize all the parts. I'm leaving out the case for now, since I'll get that here (have a frys)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.29 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Wintec Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($53.48 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $985.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 03:43 EDT-0400)
  3. Celerocity said:
    Okay, I tweaked it a little, and my friend showed me a website to organize all the parts. I'm leaving out the case for now, since I'll get that here (have a frys)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.29 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Wintec Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($53.48 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $985.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 03:43 EDT-0400)

    Thats what I call a great build. Im curious though will you be overclocking?
  4. I hadn't really considered it. Isn't 4ghz pretty high, though? My last few main systems were all around 2.8-3.2ghz.
  5. Celerocity said:
    Okay, I tweaked it a little, and my friend showed me a website to organize all the parts. I'm leaving out the case for now, since I'll get that here (have a frys)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($194.29 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Wintec Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($53.48 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($224.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($47.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $985.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-28 03:43 EDT-0400)


    good build but get ram with frequency 1600 and remember to add a cpu cooler before u overclock
    there are a few changes which will increase the cost but also the performance
    like
    hd 7870 xt it is a better card and if u overclock it it performs better than hd 7950
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

    replace the psu with XFX Core Edition PRO550W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
  6. What cooler should I look into? And what kind of overclock should I do? I thought the difference between 1600 and 1333 doesnt matter much >.>

    Also, what does the XFX Core 550 have over the corsair 500? (besides 50w)
  7. u should start with a decent air cooler first like COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    u should go for 1600 it is only a few dollars and u will see the difference in gaming
    there is no problem with cx 500 but if u get hd 7870xt cx500 will have no headroom for overclocking
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