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post #1 of 6
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Hey guys, my friend is stuck gaming on an older laptop and he's only getting 20-30fps on most of the games he plays (especially BF3). Here is what I told him to order (should order tonight or tomorrow):


CPU: AMD FX-8120
$160

GPU: PowerColor HD 7870
$245

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
$125

RAM: 2x4GB G.Skill 1600MHz
$40

PSU: Rosewill Hive 750W
$95

ODD: Lite-On DVD-RW
$18

SSD: Samsung 830 Series 128GB
$110

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB
$70

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Two
$70

MONITOR: Acer S220HQLAbd Black 21.5" 5ms 1080p
$120

KEYBOARD: Microsoft Sidewinder X4
$50

MOUSE: Razer Naga Molten Special Edition
$68

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
$100

Total: $1,201

So what do yall think? And FYI, he wanted AMD. I believe I'm going to go to his house and teach him how to put it together, so there may be some pics when it gets here.. lol
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #2 of 6
i would switch the ram for the samsung wonder ram,

the ssd for the ocz vertex 4,

and get a WD hard drive,
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Are you talking about this ram?

He's not interested in overclocking so will there be any real gain?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #4 of 6
That's a very good budget build.

CPU: Great processor for the price.
GPU: 7870 is, yet again, a great card for the price. If he can put in some more money in the build, I would suggest getting a 7950. Either one will play @1080p exceptionally nonetheless. Texture mods, AA, and whatnot will be in favor of the 7950, obviously. I'd be on the safe side, though, and invest in a more future proof 7950.
Mobo: Best AMD price:features motherboard out there. Period.
RAM: Good
PSU: Rosewill Capstone 750w. It has more "true" power delivery than the other psu you listed (~690 vs ~650--multiply power efficiency rating by watts) because of the efficiency of the power supplies. Not to mention it will lower the electric bill a bit (not much, though, but it's better than nothing)
ODD: Good
SSD: Good. Some people say the Vertex 4 is better, and it usually is, but I have read a lot on these ssd's and people tend to say that the Samsungs are more reliable. You won't lose out on either, though. Both are great drives. If he can wait, get the Samsung 840 when it comes out.
HDD: Wow that's cheap. I remember when I got my 2TB for that price. Hopefully the prices will fall down to what they used to be. Good choice.
Case: Pretty basic case, but that's probably one of the more preferred cases in it's price range. Good choice.
Monitor: Good
Keyboard: Good, especially for the price.
Mouse: I would change your mouse to the Logitech G600. I know some people that have had both the naga and the g600, and they prefer the g600 over the naga any day. Higher DPI resolution, moar buttonz, and more ergonomic. Read some reviews on it for more info. A bit of a side story, but I tried out my friend's Razer DeathAdder, and the quality compared to my G700 isn't all that great. Logitech mice feel more solid, in my experiences.
OS: Good

Total: Close Enough.
Edited by airisom2 - 10/18/12 at 6:02pm
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Okay, I talked to him this morning and its too late to change anything, he ordered last night. Thanks for the suggestions though, next build I do I will try to use those parts.

With newegg 3 day shipping it should be here monday or tuesday of next week!

I'm excited and it isn't even my computer:D
ITX (Gaming PC)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Never mind about the pics, I wont be in town to build it. He's getting another guy to do it.
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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