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Best Computer build for under $700 (with tax)

Hello, i am an application developer and the PC i am currently working on does not allow me to do very much. I am able to code and surf the web with minimal slow spikes but as soon as i run virtual device software, along with Photoshop, and spotify, it often starts to go VERY slow. It will often crash on me, if not all the time. I am an avid gamer so I do find myself playing hardware heavy games. I am very tired of having to either stop using Photoshop or stop listening to music so i can work. So, on that note i am looking for a good computer build that will not make me spend thousands of dollars but is still powerful enough to exceed my expectations. This can also be a laptop, even though I've never built a laptop, I wouldn't mind if it was. I'm open to both sides. if anyone knows a tutorial for building laptops, im all ears.Thanks in advance for the help.
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  1. Best answer
    just yank your hard drive and dvd drive out of your old system and you're good to go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.95 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
    Total: $678.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:54 EDT-0400)
  2. ingtar33 said:
    just yank your hard drive and dvd drive out of your old system and you're good to go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.95 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
    Total: $678.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:54 EDT-0400)

    Is it able to play all games on the market right now on at least medium no lag? By the way, i was wondering if my hard drive in this crappy 10 year old computer would fit that mother board? (i am not an expert in computer hardware so i have no understanding if the cables or the port are the same.) Also, i have a 700 GB WD external hard drive, i wouldn't be able to use that instead of a hard drive seeing as a unplug it on a day to day basis.. or could I?
  3. I would not mind spending some more money for a better case (looks cooler ex. lights, glows,) another $30 to meet that $700 or a little more doesn't really bother me if it makes it look cooler. Although I would prefer if the case did not go up by hundreds of dollars just for lights.
  4. I will also need another monitor.
  5. Gamergeek101 said:
    ingtar33 said:
    just yank your hard drive and dvd drive out of your old system and you're good to go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.95 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
    Total: $678.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:54 EDT-0400)

    Is it able to play all games on the market right now on at least medium no lag? By the way, i was wondering if my hard drive in this crappy 10 year old computer would fit that mother board? (i am not an expert in computer hardware so i have no understanding if the cables or the port are the same.) Also, i have a 700 GB WD external hard drive, i wouldn't be able to use that instead of a hard drive seeing as a unplug it on a day to day basis.. or could I?


    it will play most games on high... you could use the external. the internal it depends, if it's a ribbon ATA connection then no... if its a sata connection then yes. it might be easier to spend $60 on a 1TB seagate hard drive.


    as for a new monitor, here is a solid deal http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117
  6. This is a interesting option:

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

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($31.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $697.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 22:54 EDT-0400)
  7. filippi said:
    This is a interesting option:

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

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($31.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $697.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 22:54 EDT-0400)

    which build is better, yours or ingtar33's? plus, yours does not include a monitor.
  8. ingtar33 said:
    Gamergeek101 said:
    ingtar33 said:
    just yank your hard drive and dvd drive out of your old system and you're good to go.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.95 @ Adorama)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
    Total: $678.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 21:54 EDT-0400)

    Is it able to play all games on the market right now on at least medium no lag? By the way, i was wondering if my hard drive in this crappy 10 year old computer would fit that mother board? (i am not an expert in computer hardware so i have no understanding if the cables or the port are the same.) Also, i have a 700 GB WD external hard drive, i wouldn't be able to use that instead of a hard drive seeing as a unplug it on a day to day basis.. or could I?


    it will play most games on high... you could use the external. the internal it depends, if it's a ribbon ATA connection then no... if its a sata connection then yes. it might be easier to spend $60 on a 1TB seagate hard drive.


    as for a new monitor, here is a solid deal http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236117


    I'd prefer spending the $60 extra. any good one that fits the build? P.S: I talked to my boss and he said that if i wanted to, i could get a new keyboard, mouse, and monitor. so now i need those in the build. i can raiase the limit from $700 to $850 if that help me. if not then ill save to buy myself a new keyboard and mouse. Edit: that monitor is pretty expensive. Would the monitor im currently using work good with the games and the computer?
  9. This xeon is really strong. And check this good IPS monitor:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Svn6
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Svn6/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Svn6/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($225.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($31.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VS239H-P 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $857.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 23:11 EDT-0400)
  10. My monitor is a Dell SE198WFP.
  11. So is it better than ingtar33's build? His looks pretty solid to me, fair price, recommended components, etc.
  12. your boss said you can go up to $850 right? toss a 20 of your own cash down on this build and you're set.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.95 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $878.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 23:18 EDT-0400)


    Gamergeek101 said:
    So is it better than ingtar33's build? His looks pretty solid to me, fair price, recommended components, etc.


    well, his build is good too, i think the biggest difference though is the SSD in my build. If you've never had an SSD you'll wonder how you lived life without it after. Your main complaint was load times and sluggishness. hard drives are the slowest part (BY FAR) in a computer. The SSD will make your system sing along.
  13. ingtar33 said:
    your boss said you can go up to $850 right? toss a 20 of your own cash down on this build and you're set.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($96.95 @ Adorama)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec GX700 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Gaming 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.50 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Asus VH238H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $878.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-23 23:18 EDT-0400)


    Gamergeek101 said:
    So is it better than ingtar33's build? His looks pretty solid to me, fair price, recommended components, etc.


    well, his build is good too, i think the biggest difference though is the SSD in my build. If you've never had an SSD you'll wonder how you lived life without it after. Your main complaint was load times and sluggishness. hard drives are the slowest part (BY FAR) in a computer. The SSD will make your system sing along.


    Ordered the parts, THANK YOU SO MUCH! seems like a great build for the money! SSD HERE I COME!
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