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June 30, 2013 12:58:41 PM

Hey guys. So I'm new to tomshardware forum and I'm looking to build a custom rig. I have just gotten tired of my crappy Xbox 360 so I needed to upgrade. If you have any builds that would suit my needs I would appreciate it. Preferably, I would like a quieter computer because the computer is in my room. I would like it to play a variety of games such as Total War: Shogun 2, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Also League of legends (currently my favorite) Bioshock 1/2/Infinite, Mass Effect 1/2/3, Battfield 3, /4 when it comes out etc.) So mainly RTS, RPG, FPS, and maybe MMOs like SWTOR. Thanks!

Budget Range: 600-650$ I do live in the US. (i dont know what the sweet spot is for price/performance) This will include the whole tower, and a copy of windows 7.

System Usage: Gaming, movies (like netflix), and perhaps some basic applications like google chrome and word i will not be doing any kind of video editing or rendering.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

I will probably be overclocking my cpu and gpu when they start to become a bit slow, like in two years.

also i do need a legitamate copy of Windows 7 since i am too afraid to pirate it and get viruses on a new pc. So please try to include in the price i know it is a lot but i do not have 1000$ to spend on a gaming rig atm. Plus i dont have a monitor but i was thinking about posting that in another part of tomshardeware because they may know more about it but anyways what monitor would you recommend i was looking into something 1920*1080p and 2ms response time, but am not sure. That doesnt have to be included in the 600-650$,Anyways guys thanks for everything and appreciate all your help.
June 30, 2013 1:35:52 PM

Does this also include your monitor?

I'm in the middle of throwing a build together, but the price of a monitor is a rather big deal.

I just saw your updated info...
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June 30, 2013 1:43:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($19.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $612.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:45 EDT-0400)
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June 30, 2013 1:44:53 PM

Or if you want to spend that bit of left over budget on a GPU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($19.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $652.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:44 EDT-0400)
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June 30, 2013 1:47:20 PM

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

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($19.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $612.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:45 EDT-0400)


That's a shite build, mate. Single channel RAM is a big no-no, with that PSU being a fire hazard/system killer waiting to happen.

Give me a sec to make a better build.
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June 30, 2013 1:50:44 PM

I went with an AM3+ board so it is upgradable all the way to AMD "Steamroller" which won't even release until the end of this year or early 2014.

Also with the Phenom II x4 965 you will be able to overclock anywhere from 3.9-4.2ghz by simply buying a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ for $24.99.

This is about as far as you can get performance wise on a $600-650 budget. I skipped some of the things, like an SSD that would have been really nice for more gaming performance.

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June 30, 2013 1:50:46 PM

I went with an AM3+ board so it is upgradable all the way to AMD "Steamroller" which won't even release until the end of this year or early 2014.

Also with the Phenom II x4 965 you will be able to overclock anywhere from 3.9-4.2ghz by simply buying a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ for $24.99.

This is about as far as you can get performance wise on a $600-650 budget. I skipped some of the things, like an SSD that would have been really nice for more gaming performance.

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June 30, 2013 1:52:12 PM

acktionhank said:
I went with an AM3+ board so it is upgradable all the way to AMD "Steamroller" which won't even release until the end of this year or early 2014.

Also with the Phenom II x4 965 you will be able to overclock anywhere from 3.9-4.2ghz by simply buying a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ for $24.99.

This is about as far as you can get performance wise on a $600-650 budget. I skipped some of the things, like an SSD that would have been really nice for more gaming performance.


That and choosing a horrid PSU and single channel RAM.
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June 30, 2013 1:56:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $653.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:55 EDT-0400)

Made a few revisions to the above build. Single channel RAM will limit you, the PSU might not output the proper wattage, and the case was from a company that makes sub-par components.
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June 30, 2013 2:10:45 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $653.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:55 EDT-0400)

Made a few revisions to the above build. Single channel RAM will limit you, the PSU might not output the proper wattage, and the case was from a company that makes sub-par components.


Hey guys thanks all for the help but i will ask you thanatos, i have heard a lot of good things about the western digital caviar blue 1tb, and have heard bad things about the seagate, which one do you use and which one do you prefer? Also they are the same price but is one faster than the other or are they pretty much the same? Thanks in advance!
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June 30, 2013 3:11:10 PM

222lu222 said:
Thanatos Telos said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $653.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:55 EDT-0400)

Made a few revisions to the above build. Single channel RAM will limit you, the PSU might not output the proper wattage, and the case was from a company that makes sub-par components.


Hey guys thanks all for the help but i will ask you thanatos, i have heard a lot of good things about the western digital caviar blue 1tb, and have heard bad things about the seagate, which one do you use and which one do you prefer? Also they are the same price but is one faster than the other or are they pretty much the same? Thanks in advance!


Not a single Seagate drive of mine has failed, whereas 2 of my WD drives did. Both are equally reliable imho. (A friend's Seagate has failed) If they're both 7200 RPM and have the same cache, then they are the same in terms of specs.
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June 30, 2013 3:15:14 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
acktionhank said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($19.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $612.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:45 EDT-0400)


That's a shite build, mate. Single channel RAM is a big no-no, with that PSU being a fire hazard/system killer waiting to happen.

Give me a sec to make a better build.


How is is a fire harzard/system killer?

It had good consumer reviews.

A solid Single 12v Rail.. +5V@20A, +3.3V@25A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A

It is a fine PSU for a standard system.

It may not be an SeaSonic but it is by no means a bad 500w PSU. That it it's on sale for $19.
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June 30, 2013 4:32:02 PM

acktionhank said:
Thanatos Telos said:
acktionhank said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($19.75 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $612.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-30 16:45 EDT-0400)


That's a shite build, mate. Single channel RAM is a big no-no, with that PSU being a fire hazard/system killer waiting to happen.

Give me a sec to make a better build.


How is is a fire harzard/system killer?

It had good consumer reviews.

A solid Single 12v Rail.. +5V@20A, +3.3V@25A, +12V@34A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@3A

It is a fine PSU for a standard system.

It may not be an SeaSonic but it is by no means a bad 500w PSU. That it it's on sale for $19.


http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx

Look at tier 5. This is probably the most reliable chart, considering it uses very reliable sites as the sources. I know most of everyone else on the PSU side of this forum will agree.
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