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Ok so ...

I would say that all the above systems are great choices. The i5 is a great CPU for gaming. I really can't knock Intel or NVIDIA. Both are very good brands and make excellent products. I however am an AMD fan. I believe that they make equally as excellent a product but are priced better and AMD does tend to be the ones who come out with the latest breakthroughs in technology first (Just saying Intel/NVIDIA people wink.gif) So here are MY two suggestions, though again, I don't think you would be disappointed with some of the above builds either.

First, being that your build will be primarily for gaming and you are new to building (all prices are reflective of today on Newegg and are subject to change):

CPU: AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1GHz Socket FM2 Black Edition w/ AMD Radeon HD 8670D $149.99 (only 100w so save on energy and heat. The APU's are really good for a build that is primarily for gaming and for people newer to building.)

MOBO: ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ AMD 990FX S $149.99

PSU: XFX Core Edition PRO850W 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $94.99 (Great PSUs based off of Seasonic design. 850w is overkill for now but good to have extra for future. Quality PSU is most important part in my book.)

CASE: NZXT Phantom 410 CA-PH410-B3 Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Orange Trim Computer Case $79.99 (Great case, room for water cooling, room to hide all unused wires/cables/chords, lots of space for add ons, quality metals and plastics, fan speed control, etc. I've used this case for the last 3 of my personal primary builds.)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) $71.99

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $99.99 (Quality SSD for faster OS operations)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $69.99 (Quality HDD for storage of larger files and games with a nice fast speed)

CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler (Can't forget to cool your CPU. $98.99 (The AMD APU probably won't need a closed loop liquid cooler like this, but again, future proof. I have used this cooler myself on my last 2 personal builds, OCing already well known warm CPUs and it works quite well.)


All this for less than $820 + tax/ship, though through Newegg a lot of that will be free shipping. Now keep in mind that this does not include an OS, monitor, speakers, keyboard or mouse.


2nd build is the same accept I swapped out the APU for a CPU and GPU.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core $199.99

GPU: MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit $319.99


This however adds another $370 to the first build.

To save even more money, you could take off the SSD and the H100i. You can use the Barracuda for everything, and the stock cooler will cool your APU as long as your not planning on OCing it. That saves you $200 right there. Now you're down to under $620 and will be able to play games that will be coming out for the next year or two on high settings at 1080p. I can't say that you'll be at 60FPS on MAX settings, but most people can live with that.
Edited by FatedFrenzy - 7/1/13 at 7:13am
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