650 USD Intel Gaming Computer Need Build Advice

Hi guys, first off, this is not intended as a repost from my first post, this is th improved version from after I read how to ask for build advice! so here it goes,

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as I finalize the parts

Budget Range: 500-650ish USD- before shipping, and I can o a little more. its hard to explain my budget, I don't want to hit 700, but I'm willing to if necessary- in a perfect world, after shipping and the OS, 675 USD.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Gaming, Surfing the web, Animation/editing music

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No idea

Location: U.S.A, Central MD

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, IF if you can, in the Cooler Master Elite 431 Case
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No idea what these are :D


Additional Comments: Please, Don't suggest a case with red neon. For some reason, I can't stand cases with red neon.


Thanks For Reading,
Thrill
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  1. First off, for your budget range, I would recommend AMD. You can't afford to buy an i5 with that budget. But have no fear, AMD CPUs are excellent (especially for overclocking). I doubt you will be doing crossfire (running to GPUs side by side). I would buy the Windows 8 64-bit OS for 95 dollars.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Wired Network Adapter: StarTech ST1000BT32 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI Network Adapter ($12.80 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.87 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $636.59
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 20:43 EDT-0400)
  3. Thrillogy said:
    Hi guys, first off, this is not intended as a repost from my first post, this is th improved version from after I read how to ask for build advice! so here it goes,

    Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as I finalize the parts

    Budget Range: 500-650ish USD- before shipping, and I can o a little more. its hard to explain my budget, I don't want to hit 700, but I'm willing to if necessary- in a perfect world, after shipping and the OS, 675 USD.

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Gaming, Surfing the web, Animation/editing music

    Are you buying a monitor: No

    Do you need to buy OS: Yes

    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No idea

    Location: U.S.A, Central MD

    Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, IF if you can, in the Cooler Master Elite 431 Case
    Overclocking: Maybe

    SLI or Crossfire: No idea what these are :D


    Additional Comments: Please, Don't suggest a case with red neon. For some reason, I can't stand cases with red neon.


    Thanks For Reading,
    Thrill


    To start off, ill save you 100 bucks

    Use windows 8.1 preview.

    A little enlightenment:
    SLI= Nvidia's tech (more or less a cable) for using 2-4 Same Nvidia GPU's together as one.

    Crossfire, xfire CrossfireX= ^^ ^^ amd version, not as good. (frame pacing and scaling)

    As for everything else:
    If your doing 1080P, on ultra settings you should be ok, you can always upgrade later.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHsy
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHsy/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHsy/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($159.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($71.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $606.11
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-28 20:42 EDT-0400)

    Dude i feel the same about red... its not as bright or as bold hues as it should be
  4. My gaming rig is going to use AMD, trust me there is no point in getting an i3. Read this article: http://www.geek.com/chips/why-amd-mhz-dont-equal-intel-mhz-557914/

    Look at this aswell: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    You will see that the FX-6300 outperforms many of the i5 and i7 processors (intel's higher end CPUs).
  5. StarTrek2013 said:
    My gaming rig is going to use AMD, trust me there is no point in getting an i3. Read this article: http://www.geek.com/chips/why-amd-mhz-dont-equal-intel-mhz-557914/

    Look at this aswell: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    You will see that the FX-6300 outperforms many of the i5 and i7 processors (intel's higher end CPUs).


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHJy
    I think with a bit of editing, this could be a setup I might use? any tips?
  6. Thrillogy said:
    StarTrek2013 said:
    My gaming rig is going to use AMD, trust me there is no point in getting an i3. Read this article: http://www.geek.com/chips/why-amd-mhz-dont-equal-intel-mhz-557914/

    Look at this aswell: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    You will see that the FX-6300 outperforms many of the i5 and i7 processors (intel's higher end CPUs).


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHJy
    I think with a bit of editing, this could be a setup I might use? any tips?


    HA! THIS DUDE SAID HIS 6300 WOULD OUT PREF MY i7 4770K @ 4.6GHz!
    LOL!

    have fun with that dude.
  7. William Longstreet said:
    Thrillogy said:
    StarTrek2013 said:
    My gaming rig is going to use AMD, trust me there is no point in getting an i3. Read this article: http://www.geek.com/chips/why-amd-mhz-dont-equal-intel-mhz-557914/

    Look at this aswell: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    You will see that the FX-6300 outperforms many of the i5 and i7 processors (intel's higher end CPUs).


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHJy
    I think with a bit of editing, this could be a setup I might use? any tips?


    HA! THIS DUDE SAID HIS 6300 WOULD OUT PREF MY i7 4770K @ 4.6GHz!
    LOL!

    have fun with that dude.


    I'm confused- are you referring to me? I just would rather run a Intel set up, and Im looking at the power stats of AMD vs Intel as we speak.
  8. Thrillogy said:
    StarTrek2013 said:
    My gaming rig is going to use AMD, trust me there is no point in getting an i3. Read this article: http://www.geek.com/chips/why-amd-mhz-dont-equal-intel-mhz-557914/

    Look at this aswell: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    You will see that the FX-6300 outperforms many of the i5 and i7 processors (intel's higher end CPUs).


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHJy
    I think with a bit of editing, this could be a setup I might use? any tips?


    A. Bad PSU Will always lead to problems, esp a 19.99 one :)
    B 7770 is like nothing dude.
    C why a water cooler for a non over clock able cpu or mobo?
    I suppose you already had a case, so i deleted it
    D no reason in buying windows 8 when you can get 8.1 preview free...
  9. William Longstreet said:
    Thrillogy said:
    StarTrek2013 said:
    My gaming rig is going to use AMD, trust me there is no point in getting an i3. Read this article: http://www.geek.com/chips/why-amd-mhz-dont-equal-intel-mhz-557914/

    Look at this aswell: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    You will see that the FX-6300 outperforms many of the i5 and i7 processors (intel's higher end CPUs).


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHJy
    I think with a bit of editing, this could be a setup I might use? any tips?


    A. Bad PSU Will always lead to problems, esp a 19.99 one :)
    B 7770 is like nothing dude.
    C why a water cooler for a non over clock able cpu or mobo?
    I suppose you already had a case, so i deleted it
    D no reason in buying windows 8 when you can get 8.1 preview free...


    Is the Preview completely legal?
    seems sketchy to me
  10. William Longstreet said:
    Thrillogy said:
    StarTrek2013 said:
    My gaming rig is going to use AMD, trust me there is no point in getting an i3. Read this article: http://www.geek.com/chips/why-amd-mhz-dont-equal-intel-mhz-557914/

    Look at this aswell: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

    You will see that the FX-6300 outperforms many of the i5 and i7 processors (intel's higher end CPUs).


    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHJy
    I think with a bit of editing, this could be a setup I might use? any tips?


    HA! THIS DUDE SAID HIS 6300 WOULD OUT PREF MY i7 4770K @ 4.6GHz!
    LOL!

    have fun with that dude.


    I didn't say that it would outperform a i7-4700K, I said it outperforms many i5s and some i7s.
  11. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IIGI think I might go with this setup-any ideas on how I can conserve $? less fans?
  12. The fact of the matter is you want an AMD build for this budget price.

    Referring to this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IHJy You are putting way to much money into the CPU and not into the other parts. Get a good AMD processor such as the FX-6300 or FX-6350 and then put the money you saved into a better GPU. Your build will have poor performance if you put all your money in one area. You will have a greater performance if you spread out the money. You can also get an i3 CPU, but I think that you should go with AMD because you get more performance per cost.
  13. Thrillogy said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1IIGI think I might go with this setup-any ideas on how I can conserve $? less fans?


    For the case, I don't think that case will hold four fans, I would choose a better case or reduce the amount of fans. As for the CPU cooler, you can use the stock fan (the one that comes with the i5) unless you plan to overclock it, in which case you should get a CPU cooler. But here again, AMD CPUs are better for overclocking and you should spend less on the CPU and more on the GPU.
  14. ya man, just get rid of those 4 extra fans, you wont need them, and just go with the FX-6300, its actually pretty decent in multithreaded applications, spend more on your power supply and graphics card
  15. Never spend more on your CPU than your GPU, that GPU will do a lot more than the CPU will. And i don't recommend at all a $15 psu.
  16. A lot has changed since I posted this, both budget wise and component wise. Check out my main question as of now here-
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1883276/overclock-820-usd-gaming-build-advice.html
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