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Posted 02 March 2016 - 03:54 AM
Posted 02 March 2016 - 07:17 AM
Different shops have different selections so you are purchasing those parts from where?
Posted 02 March 2016 - 07:32 AM
In the $700 to $900 range, you have several options you can consider. As a base, let's use the following:
CPU: AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5 GHz - This isn't the highest-end FX-8300 CPU, but it is certainly a good value. $129
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R - It's a fairly basic case. $59
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home - Full Version - You need this, it's only marginally more expensive than the OEM version. $119
PSU: CORSAIR CX series CX600M 600W - A modular PSU with enough wattage for most graphics cards. $68
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - I actually use this is my PC, but in a 4x4GB configuration. 16GB isn't really necessary in gaming unless you are streaming, so, to save money, I'm looking at a single 8GB stick. $31
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-970A-D3P - This is a solid motherboard running the 970 chipset, so it really isn't designed for multiple GPU's. $89
Base Cost: $495
You'll still need a storage device, graphics card, and, depending on how you get software, an optical drive.
For storage, you can get a single Seagate Desktop HDD ST2000DM001 2TB drive. Or, you can get a Seagate Desktop HDD ST1000DM003 1TB for storage with Crucial BX100 2.5" 120GB for the OS and a few games. The latter option is more expensive, but you will see a performance gain with booting and load times.
For the optical drive, the ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS is an inexpensive non-Blu-Ray choice.
Taking the base configuration and going with the 2TB drive, a GTX 970, and no optical drive, that costs $895. If I had to choose, I'd go for this and add on more memory or optical drive later if conditions demand it.
Posted 03 March 2016 - 04:05 AM
Posted 03 March 2016 - 04:07 AM
Posted 03 March 2016 - 06:55 AM
You need a copy of Windows in that build, which will increase the price by $100, otherwise, it works. If you want to go Intel, I suggest going with a Skylake-based processor so you may upgrade the CPU later on. The downside to doing this is cost due to it being a new platform. If you are interested in Skylake, you will need to swap out the CPU, RAM, and motherboard, I suggest the Intel Core i5-6500 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.2 GHz LGA 1151, GIGABYTE GA-Z170XP-SLI (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 (A less expensive alternate would be the GIGABYTE GA-Z170-HD3P (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 which is good if you aren't using more than one GPU), and CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133.
Posted 27 March 2016 - 12:52 PM
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