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Best $1200 & $500 PC for gaming without SLI Upgrade (ever)

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February 21, 2014 6:36:13 PM

I am building 2 different computers. For one I am looking at spending $1200.00 . I do not want to run sli. What is the best system for the money not including a case. I do not want to over clock it either. Then on the second pc I need just the best computer for $500.

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a b 4 Gaming
February 21, 2014 7:35:33 PM

$1200 PC-

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($80.33 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($499.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 450W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1210.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-21 22:30 EST-0500)

$500 PC-

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.12 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $522.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-21 22:35 EST-0500)
February 21, 2014 9:30:58 PM

Thank You

Is there a reason you went with an i5 instead of i7? Is it really worth having a ssd drive?

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a c 276 4 Gaming
February 21, 2014 10:13:25 PM

This is exactly what I would do with $1200 for what you have described.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2XO3K
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2XO3K/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2XO3K/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V3 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($244.30 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.31 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($80.33 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1198.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-22 01:12 EST-0500)
a c 276 4 Gaming
February 21, 2014 10:36:41 PM

For $500 I like the FX6300 but here is an alternative.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2XOER
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2XOER/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2XOER/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi B85S3+ Ver. 6.x Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($155.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $511.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-22 01:36 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
February 22, 2014 4:08:56 AM

I went with the i5 just because it is cheaper, and I could add a 780 instead of a 770.

Is an SSD worth it? Yes. For any build, even budget ones. Much faster boot speeds.
February 23, 2014 1:54:21 PM

Ok thank you.
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