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Hi! I'm looking for someone to help shed some light on whats the best way to go.

AMD or Intel?

I'm just starting to decide how to build my computer and what with. If anyone has any builds or any useful information for me somewhere around my budget. Either Customized and pre-built or something I can do myself, I would greatly appreciate any assistance I could get.

Thank you for your time and I appreciate you swinging by and taking a look at my post!!


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Well, with a budget like that you'd be best off building it yourself. I've seen what happens when people buy "performance" prebuilts, and they either get a pile of crap rig, or vastly overspend for a good one. In fact a couple months back i was trying to fix a canadians high end rig, who spent over 5K USD equivalent for an i74770k, 240GB ssd, GTX 780 Ti SLI, a single 4TB HDD, and i think a couple other high end pieces of hardware, all for CS:GO.


Now, that being said, what do you intend on using this rig for?
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Gaming would be the most taxing.
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Gaming would be the most taxing.
Intel would be your best bet for a CPU considering the budget (Personally i am thinking a 4670k or a 4770k. Either one would work nicely). As for a video card or cards to pair up with it, that is beyond me as i am only just moving up to first gen DX11. You will want at least 8 gigs of ram, 16 would also work and allow for some future proofing. SSD is a must, at least 120GB (seriously, you have never used a computer until you have used one with an SSD in it.), plenty of HDD storage wouldnt go amiss either.
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Right in your budget range, and packs a huge punch.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uerZ
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Right in your budget range, and packs a huge punch.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3uerZ

This is good, but I would replace the WD green drive with a blue EZEX. Cheaper and faster. Also, the hero is an awesome board but probably overkill for this, same with the RAM. Something like this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($309.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($158.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($119.70 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($559.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($113.98 @ Best Buy)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1799.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-19 01:58 EDT-0400)

Also replaced the PSU, I don't particularly trust the Hive series.
Edited by Yorkston - 4/18/14 at 10:59pm
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I would do at least 16GB ram now days. You can find some Adata SSDs for fairly cheap. Possibly a single 120mm AIO or tower air cooler to shave some more money off to add to the GPU. The case is 100% personal choice. I personally hated the Phantom 530
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Are you in the US?
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I was about to start a new build with your budget, but decided to wait until the next gens tech come out (DDR4, 880 series, new Intel chips), but it's just because i'm satisfied with my current rig. I agreed with all the other builds above, but i personally prefer i5 over i7 (very minimal differences but nicer on price) if you're on strict budget (if not, then i7 is fine), take out the OS system, and buy a brand name PSU like seasonic instead of rosewill for a peace of mind. Also, if your budget is strict, then i recommend not buying the HDD, but put all that money into a 240/250gb SSD for convenience (my SSD lasts longer 3 years already). I made the same mistake before buying a 120gb SSD but the capacity is too tight for OS and even only couples game, since recent games size are ridiculous. Later, you purchase a HDD down the road (recommend buying 3tb, I got one for only $100).

That's about it. I strongly recommend you building it yourself (or with friends), and trying to find bargains on Ebay (new only) if you can, but don't be cheap. DO NOT BUY USED STUFFS (at least not now) because it's a pain to spot the broken piece when you start out. In my experience, used stuffs will end up costing you more money and headache if you don't know what you're doing.

By the way, I hope you have some dough to get a nice monitor (around 200-300) and again don't be cheap on it. Monitor is your eye and your experience to the world everyday. If you're tight on money, you can change gtx 780ti to gtx 780 and use that cash for monitor. Just my 2 cent.

Check it out and have fun !! ^_^

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3unk2


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CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Glacer 240L 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($114.99 @ Micro Center)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($204.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($153.95 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Video Card ($709.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1778.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Here is my build for you: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3up1K
I think it is a very solid build and it's nice to have a large SSD.
Edited by Dctr - 4/19/14 at 1:21am
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