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post #1 of 21
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Hello, I need some help to build the best gaming rig on a $1000 budget. I'm looking to play resource intensive games like Arma 2 and such.
I will not be needing to purchase Windows.

Here is my current build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/edlook/saved/1GCK

Is this a good build, and do you guys have any suggestions/alternatives? Thanks in advance! I probably would need a monitor too.
post #2 of 21
I don't know much about the AMD builds but I do know If I was you I would get a SSD to put the OS on as it is so much faster than a mechanical drive. just a 120GB would be enough or actually you could get away with 60GB... Just something to think about..
post #3 of 21
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^ Thanks for the suggestion, but an SSD would blow my budget and since bigger hard drive space is a must.
post #4 of 21
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^ Thanks for the suggestion, but an SSD would blow my budget and since bigger hard drive space is a must.

No problem and I looked at your build you had and saw it was 850 and thought you could add a 120GB to this. it would only cost you 100 dollars so you would be at 950 or so. and still have the 500 gb drive you have on this. just a suggestion and trust me it would amaze you..
post #5 of 21
that looks good, I don't know anything about amd processor you should make sure it has enough juice to feed your gcard properly.

you could probably find slightly cheaper ram, also I don't know what Lite-On is but I would spend the extra $4 for a Samsung dvd writer or some other more popular brand.

as it sits you can afford a nice monitor and still be within budget. I wouldn't get an SSD unless u sure u can afford it, it doesn't improve performance in many games, just loading times. you could check if your games will see any advantage.

if you are even on the borderline of not having enough cpu to feed that gcard then I would spend a bit more there if anywhere, you don't want to get a really nice gcard and then starve it.
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that looks good, I don't know anything about amd processor you should make sure it has enough juice to feed your gcard properly.

you could probably find slightly cheaper ram, also I don't know what Lite-On is but I would spend the extra $4 for a Samsung dvd writer or some other more popular brand.

as it sits you can afford a nice monitor and still be within budget. I wouldn't get an SSD unless u sure u can afford it, it doesn't improve performance in many games, just loading times. you could check if your games will see any advantage.

if you are even on the borderline of not having enough cpu to feed that gcard then I would spend a bit more there if anywhere, you don't want to get a really nice gcard and then starve it.

How could I find out if the processor has enough juice for my gfx card?
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How could I find out if the processor has enough juice for my gfx card?

well its an amd processor and you are in intel general, so im not sure what the best policy is here.

I think maybe go make another thread in amd forum and ask them, they will tell you. I think your gcard is one of the more preferred and powerful models from ATI, so it should be well known by the amd guys which processors will do well for you.

someone might answer it here though.

also you can try googling benchmarks, and see what similar CPUs are recommended for your gcard, reviews from tomshardware are pretty good imo, among others. passmark cpu benchmarks will give u some ideas, just google cpu benchmarks if u haven't seen that site.
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post #8 of 21
This is the best way to go at your budget:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $841.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-02 05:17 EDT-0400)

Notice how there isn't a motherboard as there aren't any Z87 motherboards listed on PCPartPicker yet.

I'd highly recommend going for a Gigabyte motherboard, they make the best motherboards if you ask me.

The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H would be perfect for you.
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post #10 of 21
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Updated build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/edlook/saved/1GCK

If you are going AMD, at least let it be a 990FX chipset and a FX-6350 or FX-8320. Price differences aren't all that much. However, realize you are going to need some good cooling and a decent overclock out of either to bring those CPU's to life.

Which is why you might want to consider Intel, which is within your budget. Like the build recommended above for instance.
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