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Thoughts on a build for a friend?

post #1 of 4
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So this what I threw together for a friend of mine that wants a gaming rig. His budget is $1,000. Going to once over it again tomorrow when I have more time, but a couple more pairs of eyes and more knowledge wouldn't hurt.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ximposter/saved/23Qr
post #2 of 4
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Silverstone AR01 81.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($118.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($254.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.94 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $962.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 14:12 EDT-0400)

Changed the motherboard (which is better) aswell as the graphics card and windows 7 to the oem version. I also added an ssd and a cooler.

You could also afford an i5 build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Silverstone AR01 81.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G43 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($298.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1006.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 14:24 EDT-0400)
Edited by South80 - 7/29/13 at 11:25am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX 6300 Asus m5a99x evo MSI GTX 660 8gb corsair vengeance  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 120gb  Asus Silverstone argon ar 01 Windows 7 64 bit 
PowerCaseAudio
xfx xxx 650 Antec One Asus Xonar DG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 Asus crosshair V formula-Z Asus 7970 Corsair vengeance pro 1600mhz (2x4gb) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Corsair force series GT 120gb + western digital... Corsair H100  Windows 7 home premium 64-bit Corsair AX 750 
CaseAudio
Corsair 650D Asus Xonar DGX 
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AMD Rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX 6300 Asus m5a99x evo MSI GTX 660 8gb corsair vengeance  
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 120gb  Asus Silverstone argon ar 01 Windows 7 64 bit 
PowerCaseAudio
xfx xxx 650 Antec One Asus Xonar DG 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX 8350 Asus crosshair V formula-Z Asus 7970 Corsair vengeance pro 1600mhz (2x4gb) 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Corsair force series GT 120gb + western digital... Corsair H100  Windows 7 home premium 64-bit Corsair AX 750 
CaseAudio
Corsair 650D Asus Xonar DGX 
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post #3 of 4
That build you posted is a good start, but you could get a 7950 for nearly the same price as that 7870 right now, I switched the PSU to a Rosewill Capstone since they are Gold rated and it is semi modular, added an SSD and the UD5 is better than the UD3, but still within budget.
I think that this will give you the most bang for your buck:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $980.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 15:16 EDT-0400)

You could also check out the Corsair 200R case and save some money that way, it is a great case. That Sapphire 7950 is a freaking steal right now, that has to be the lowest price I have seen for a 7950... I also need to upgrade my 7850... biggrin.gif

Hope this helps. Cheers. thumb.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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onlyHAFsane
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
thanks for the input gents.. i wish i knew how long the 7950 is going to be on sale.. need to upgrade my little GTX 550
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