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I want to build a decent gaming computer I'm willing to spend $1100 - $1200. I have put together a very rough spec list, but honestly I don't know very much at all about these parts, whether or not I'm paying too much or too little. So, feel free to tell me what you think. I know I want a blue ray burner and I'm pretty set on the case I've chosen but beyond that I'm not really sure.

Component Selection Base Price Promo Shipping Tax Price Where

CPU

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $86.99 $4.99 $91.98 SuperBiiz


Motherboard

MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $69.98 $69.98 Outlet PC


Memory

G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $67.99 FREE $67.99 Newegg


Storage

Seagate Momentus LP 1TB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.99 FREE $79.99 Newegg


Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 3GB Video Card $229.99 -$10.00 $3.99 $223.98 Newegg


Sound Card

Asus Xonar DX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card $82.99 FREE $82.99 Best Buy


Wireless Network Adapter

Rosewill RNX-N300X 802.11b/g/n PCI Wi-Fi Adapter $21.99 FREE $21.99 Newegg


Case

Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case $159.99 FREE $159.99 Best Buy


Power Supply

Cooler Master eXtreme Power 600W ATX12V Power Supply $54.99 -$15.00 FREE $39.99 Newegg


Optical Drive

LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $67.94 $67.94 Outlet PC


Monitor

LG EB2442T-BN 24.0" Monitor $159.99 FREE $159.99 Newegg


Keyboard

Cherry G83-6104 Wired Standard Keyboard $29.99 $29.99 Dell Small Business


Mouse

Logisys MS6801SE Wireless Optical Mouse $21.99 FREE $21.99 Newegg



Base Total: $1134.81
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Shipping: $8.98
Total: $1118.79
post #2 of 51
What I came up with, minus your keyboard and mouse as they're purely your choice

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.74 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($248.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($159.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($58.23 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1056.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-27 11:08 EDT-0400)
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post #3 of 51
You both put together terrible rigs. I don't have time to put together something for you right now, but don't go with yours or the one listed after.

You can stretch your money SOOOOO much further. Example, I spent ~ 1400 on my rig.
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You both put together terrible rigs. I don't have time to put together something for you right now, but don't go with yours or the one listed after.

You can stretch your money SOOOOO much further. Example, I spent ~ 1400 on my rig.

I dont see how it is terrible?
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The case should NOT be more expensive than the CPU.

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Edited by Jodiuh - 5/27/13 at 1:12pm
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Plus your optical drive of choice. I didn't pick out a motherboard since I don't know what's the better choice for AMD. If you want, you can ditch the IPS monitor and get a normal ~$160 LCD, to make room for something else you might want.
Edited by boredgunner - 5/27/13 at 10:30am
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB EK Predator 240 Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer Predator XB270HU w/ Ideal Lume Standard bi... MK Disco TKL (KBT Black) Antec HCP Platinum 750W Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Tempered Glass 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 960 Pro 1TB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB EK Predator 240 Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
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MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G Pro Cooler Master Storm Speed-RX Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD Yamaha RX-V579BL 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
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EVGA e-GeForce 9800GX2 EVGA GeForce GTX 295 dual PCB OCZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066 Intel 330 Series 180GB 
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post #8 of 51
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I dont see how it is terrible?

I'm saying if you're going down the MC route you should be picking up a 3570k instead of the 6300 for much better performance: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/701?vs=699

OP, you need to not get that case. I know you're probably dead set on the visual appeal of the case but if you don't have money to put down on performance AND visual appeal, you always go down the performance route. I am hoping I can talk you out of that specific case. Overall, you can spend your money much more efficiently for things that matter. It's kind of like buying a car and instead of dropping a turbo charger on it you opt for getting flame decals and a spoiler which will invariably make it look childish and mismatched.

If I were you: I would drop the sound card + the case and focus on getting an SSD and an Ivy Bridge in there. It is not worth gimping your system with an AMD processor if you're looking for performance. If anything, the 8350 is the only viable option if you're looking for long term support for multi threaded games.

You're bottle necking yourself tongue.gif
post #9 of 51
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Plus your optical drive of choice. I didn't pick out a motherboard since I don't know what's the better choice for AMD. If you want, you can ditch the IPS monitor and get a normal ~$160 LCD, to make room for something else you might want.
buy the memory that wthenshaw suggested. A good price and low voltage. Looks like it can overclocked to 1866MHz with no problems.

A 660 TI would be better than the 7870. Especially at the prices you can find it at now.
This looks like a nice offer. FTW Signature 2 lightly used $250
EDIT: it's $265 with shipping. I don't know if the FTW sig 2 is worth it anyway. EVGA warranty though smile.gif but the prices that you mentioned that cheap, bored gunner, dont come up all of the time.


A little slower but $25 cheaper if OP really needs to hold back on the money. Rebate ends today though.

If you have something like a best buy or Walmart or any brick and mortar store, check out their store listing. They might be phasing out an IPS monitor and sell it to you for half price just to get it out of stock.
Unless you are serious about FPS games because I wouldn't want an blur or delay that could come with an IPS monitor.
The main benefit to me for an IPS monitor is the wonderfully clear text.
Edited by iEATu - 5/27/13 at 12:07pm
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Patriot Pyro SE 120 GB  WD Caviar Black 500 GB x2 (1 backup) ASUS CD/DVD RW 24x Noctua NH-D14 
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post #10 of 51
Agree with J3st3r, except keep the sound card. Xonar DX is my fav card. Also, just wait for Haswell.
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