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#1 Oldnavy180

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 08:39 PM

Just wondering what you all think of this build for gaming for under/around $900.  Do all the parts look the best they can be for that price?  Are they all compatible (They should be).

Opinions, options, whatever, just want some feedback.

 

 

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/6yzcP6



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Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:36 PM

My only advice would be to switch out that OEM copy of windows for a full version that way if you need to, you can upgrade the mainboard in the future without having to buy a new OS.  OEM versions of windows are 1 install only tied to the mainboard.  For the 10 extra dollars you have future proofed any ' reinstallations on a new mainboard'



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 06:01 AM

The full version of the standard, not Pro, Windows 8.1 OS is about $20 more than the OEM.  Personally, since I only upgrade motherboards once every five years or so, the OEM version does make sense.  But, each budget and use case is different.


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#4 Oldnavy180

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:09 PM

Final update on parts list http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ysTkyc



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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:28 PM

Everything should be compatible using pcpartpicker right?

 

I checked it all already but just making sure :3


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 05:35 AM

It should all work.  There are a few items of note with your build.  With RAM, If you later decide to use a large, aftermarket CPU cooler, it may hit the top of the RAM since they have tall heat spreaders.  Also, if you later decide to use Crossfire or SLI, the AMD 970 chipsets aren't really designed for these multi-GPU setups.


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 11:26 AM

Changing motherboards to 990 which one?

 

ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131851&cm_re=amd_motherboard_990fx-_-13-131-851-_-Product

 

ASRock 99FX Extreme6

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157576&cm_re=amd_motherboard_990fx-_-13-157-576-_-Product



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 11:52 AM

My 2 cents!  8 cores are totally un needed as most all games are maxed at 4 cores, good gaming is decided more by a quality video card.  Frankly an Intel K chip which can be over clocked in the furure would be a better path.  I am also 100% in favor of lower profile ram, for any serious gaming you will need an after market cooler.


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Posted 13 March 2015 - 03:36 PM

Those two boards are very similar but the Asrock has a newer audio codec and it states the eSata port is 6gb/s where the Asus doesn't. So I would probably go with the Asrock board.



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Posted 14 March 2015 - 07:52 PM

 

Old Navy,

 

Here's my recommended computer build based on your $900 budget.

 

The total on my suggested computer build is about $14 over the budgeted amount, but this includes the Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit CD Installation disk.

 

Any questions? Reply here.

 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Apotop 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($105.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card  ($143.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($46.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer  ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)  ($133.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $913.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-14 20:50 EDT-0400



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 07:48 AM

A few things, the FX-8350 will work well for gaming.  Most of the workload for games is going to the GPU.  Also, the FX CPU's are indeed multicore designs, but they have unique design where one core shares certain components with another core.  Some programs, usually not games, are able to use this modular design with good results. 

 

Keeping the your build AMD would be a good idea as you can route more money towards the GPU.  If you think you will be running a multi-GPU setup, a 990FX motherboard would be a good investment.  I suggest the GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ or the ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX.


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 09:38 AM

I was a died in the wool AMD user for over 20 years, I switched to Intel in the last 8-10 and will not look back.  Lately the only thing AMD has over Intel is price, IMO any serious gamer should consider Intel over AMD.  The price difference is not great enough to give up the maybe slight but distinct advantage of Itel over AMD

 

We are not talking big $$ and testing shows the difference!

 

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-4690K-vs-AMD-FX-8350/2432vs1489

http://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-pc-gaming-cpus-processors/

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2014/07/03/intel-core-i5-4690k-review/5


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Posted 16 March 2015 - 06:00 PM

***UPDATED WITH THE ITEMS I ALREADY ORDERED***

 

 

I no longer need help on this build since I sort of scraped it and decided to whip up a new one last second.  I decided to go i5-4690k and a gtx 970.


Build:

 

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/w77zsY



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 06:56 PM

I like that build a lot better for a gaming rig.  I was initially going to point you towards an intel build for gaming but I didn't want to sway you from an AMD if you had your heart set on it.  I think you made a wise decision.



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 06:58 PM

OldNavy's build is very close to my suggested build.

 

Good luck with the new computer.






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