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#1 N3koAsylum

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 12:29 PM

Hello to all. First off, I'm new to to building computers from scratch. With that being said, below is a list of computer parts gathered up from various sites including the prices. Appreciation would be reached out to everyone if you guys can help me or guide me down the right path as to telling me what I should or shouldn't buy.

 

Processor: AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core 3.5GHz AM3+ Processor - AM3+, Eight-Core: $140

Tiger Direct
 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Motherboard: $65 
Tiger Direct
 
Operating System: Windows 8: $100
New Egg
 
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB Desktop Memory Module - DDR3, 1600 MHz, PC3-12800 $60
Tiger Direct
 
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100362SR Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 $280
Tiger Direct
 
Power Supply: Corsair CX600 V2 CX Series CP-9020048-US 600W Power Supply: $75
Tiger Direct
 
SSD: PNY Optima Series 240GB Solid State Drive - 2.5" Form Factor SSD, SATA III $110
Tiger Direct
 
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s - ST1000DM003 $53
Tiger Direct
 
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme 240mm Liquid Cooling $95
New Egg
 
Case: AeroCool Xpredator-X3 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis - White Edition: $140
Frozen CPU
 
WiFi PCIe: ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express $30
New Egg
 

Please note that I'm building this computer for PC Gaming purposes.

i.e Guild Wars 2, Black Desert, League of Legends, Kingdom Under Fire II etc

(MMORPGs mainly)



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#2 SpywareDoc

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 04:21 PM

Add $120 to that and this one will blow that ones socks off:

Motherboard    Newegg > MSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $79.99 after $10.00 rebate card

Processor SuperBiiz > Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Processor 4.0GHz 5.0GT/s 8MB LGA 1150 CPU, OEM - $318.95

Heat Sink B&H > Zalman USA CNPS9900MAX-B Max CPU Cooler w/Blue LED Fan - $46.99

Memory Newegg > G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9D-8GAB - $67.99

Graphics B&H > ASUS Strix GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card with Factory Overclocked Core STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 - $329.99

Boot Drive Amazon > PNY Optima 240GB 2.5-Inch SSD (Solid State Drive) - SSD7SC240GOPT-RB - $89.99

Storage Drive Amazon > WD (Western Digital) Blue 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive $44.99

Optical Drive Amazon > Pioneer Electronics USA Blu Ray Combo Drive, BDC-207DBK - $38.94

Power Supply Amazon > EVGA 600B 80PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V/EPS12V Active PFC 600W Power Supply 100-B1-0600-KR - $59.27

Computer Case Amazon > Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (HAF XB Rev. 2) - High Air Flow Cube Style ATX Computer Case with Removable Drive Cages and Dual 120mm XtraFlo Fans - $99.99

Operating System B&H > Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM System Builder DVD (64-bit)  - $91.71

Total: $1,268.80
 



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Posted 11 April 2015 - 04:59 PM



Hello to all. First off, I'm new to to building computers from scratch. With that being said, below is a list of computer parts gathered up from various sites including the prices. Appreciation would be reached out to everyone if you guys can help me or guide me down the right path as to telling me what I should or shouldn't buy.

 

Processor: AMD FX-8320 Eight-Core 3.5GHz AM3+ Processor - AM3+, Eight-Core: $140

Tiger Direct
 
** Rest of post deleted for brevity **
 

Please note that I'm building this computer for PC Gaming purposes.

i.e Guild Wars 2, Black Desert, League of Legends, Kingdom Under Fire II etc

(MMORPGs mainly)

 

N3ko,

 

For starters, don't let the 8 core AMD blind you to the fact that Intel i5 4690k or the Intel i7 4790k processors perform far better than the AMD 8 core processors, especially for gaming purposes. 

 

The Intel 'K' series processors can be easily overclocked, even with air cooled CPU coolers. No need to purchase liquid cooling system.

 

You do not need that large of a SSD drive for the operating system installation. Samsung SSDs have better reliability rating than any other brand. The 128 GB SSD is plenty big enough to install Win 8.1 64-bit.

 

Here is my recommended build:

 

 
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($226.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($103.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card  ($328.11 @ Amazon) 
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($83.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)  ($87.89 @ OutletPC) 
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter  ($31.89 @ OutletPC) 
Total: $1172.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-04-11 18:01 EDT-0400
 

Edited by Serpius, 11 April 2015 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:58 AM

An AMD FX-8350 CPU will work well for gaming, I use an older FX-8150 and it does quite nicely.  Your graphics card will be more heavily used with games than the CPU, but you still shouldn't skimp on a good processor.  You can certainly get an Intel i7, or high-end i5, and get good results, but I'd focus most of the money on getting a high performing graphics card.

 

Here's an idea for an AMD build.

 

Case:  LIAN LI PC-9F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower - Lian-Li makes excellent, though minimalist, PC cases.  In general, aluminum cases are of higher quality with side vents, windows, and fans adding to the noise.  $104

 

Motherboard:  GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 - This is one of the AMD 970 chipset motherboards.  The 970 is the basic core of the 900 series and is designed for FX CPU's.  If you are wanting multi-GPU capabilities, a 990FX board is the way to go.  $74

 

CPU:  AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz - It's not going to match the performance of some of the higher-end i5's and certainly i7's, but for gaming, it does a very good job.  If you use other programs which prefer actual physical cores, this CPU will do well.  $179

 

GPU:  EVGA 04G-P4-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB - This isn't quite a flagship GPU, but it is still a great performer.  If you want to go flagship, I'd suggest an GTX 980, like the GIGABYTE GV-N980WF3OC-4GD GeForce GTX 980 4GB.  $329

 

PSU:  EVGA 600 B 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 600W - 600W should be more than enough for this build, however, if you plan on using SLI/Crossfire, you may want a bit more wattage.  $64

 

SSD:  Intel 530 Series SSDSC2BW120A401 2.5" 120GB SATA III - This will be the drive you will install the operating system on.  You may need a cheap drive adapter to allow it to fit into a 3.5'' drive bay.  Here's an inexpensive one.  $74

 

HDD:  Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache - Here is the drive you will use to keep most of your data.  $89

 

OS:  Windows 8.1 64-bit OEM - You need this.  It is also eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade when that is released.  $99

 

ODD:  LG WH14NS40 - This is a Blu-Ray burner.  $59

 

Wireless NIC:  ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter - I've used one of these.  I prefer plugging an Ethernet cable into the PC whenever possible due to drivers and the usual quirkiness of WiFi.  $35

 

Aftermarket Heat Sink and Fan:  Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - This has broad compatibility with a number of AMD and Intel sockets.  It's large and bulky, but does well with quietly cooling a CPU.  $34

 

RAM:  Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - Should be plenty.  Be careful with RAM and aftermarket heat sinks.  Some RAM includes large heat spreaders which can block installation.  $59

 

Total Cost:  $1,210  (The above lists comes from Newegg, shopping around may get you a better price on some components)


Edited by DJBPace07, 13 April 2015 - 09:35 AM.

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