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GrandMaster Smith
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Posted 01 March 2014 - 05:24 AM

Tax returns have finally came in and I'm long overdue for a PC so I can trash my outdated laptop so I've decided to spend around $600-$800 on a new computer.

 

I'm not really looking to play brand new AAA titles on super-max settings but one of the games I'm wanting to play is Skyrim with high res texture packs and plenty of mods, possibly the new Elder Scrolls coming out soon also.. V would be nice too if it ever gets released for PC. I also plan on doing music and video editing so I'll need decent processing power. Other than that though it'll mostly just be used for internet browsing and medium ranged strategy games. If my newegg account was working atm I'd post the parts I was looking at about a week ago but it's not wanting to go through right now.

 

Anyhow like I said, just looking for a good gaming PC with potential to be upgraded when need be. Already have a nice monitor, might need a new mouse and keyboard though. Looking to cap by budget around $800 so any builds or advice for parts anyone has feel free to share!


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

Do you plan to overclock the CPU?

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Posted 01 March 2014 - 08:01 PM

Don't forget to include the OS in your build


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:50 PM

Here is a configuration, slightly over the $800 budget, NO OS in the build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU:  AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard:  Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory:  Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage:  Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card:  Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case:  NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply:  Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive:  Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard:  Rosewill RK-8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse:  Logitech G100s Wired Optical Mouse  ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $801.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-01 16:47 EST-0500)


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:15 AM Edited by GrandMaster Smith, 02 March 2014 - 01:17 AM.

Do you plan to overclock the CPU?

 

I hadn't really thought much about it, I wasn't really planning on it but I suppose it would be for the best to get a CPU that can handle OC'ing for the long run. 

 

Don't forget to include the OS in your build

 

Any advice for an OS? I heard the new windows is sh*t. I currently have Windows 7 and don't really have much problems with it other than older games like Age of Empires 2 having some minor graphic issues.

 

Here is a configuration, slightly over the $800 budget, NO OS in the build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU:  AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor  ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard:  Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard  ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Memory:  Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage:  Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card:  Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card  ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case:  NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply:  Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive:  Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer  ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard:  Rosewill RK-8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard  ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse:  Logitech G100s Wired Optical Mouse  ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $801.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-01 16:47 EST-0500)

 

Thank you I appreciate that, I'l have a look through all of it

 

 

I've been out of the custom PC game for a few years, I was shocked to see 2GB gpu's for around $150 haha so any and all advice is welcomed


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 08:47 AM

This is what I'd consider:

$199,99 Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell 3.2GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54570
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116896

$249,99 ASUS GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121775

$87,99 ASRock H87 Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157383

$59,99 Western Digital WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, Blue - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822236339

$69,99 Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model TLYD38G2133HC10QDC01
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820313417

$59,99 Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817182131

$19,99 ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204

$44,99 Antec GX500 Black Computer Case
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129191

= $792,92

i5 will be much faster than FX-8320 in games.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/32FlW
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Posted 02 March 2014 - 11:07 PM

Don't forget to include the OS in your build

 
Any advice for an OS? I heard the new windows is sh*t. I currently have Windows 7 and don't really have much problems with it other than older games like Age of Empires 2 having some minor graphic issues.

If the Win7 that you have already came with that laptop then forget about it. Most laptops don't come with an actually copy of the OS but with a recovery disc and you would have to not only use the OEM product code and it likely won't work anyway as it'll look for some specific to know it really is meant to be installed on the right product.
As for which one to use that's up to you. As it stands now I say stay with 7 until you feel a need to mode to 8 or 8.1 or whatever is next. If you do want to go to 8 then make sure it's 8.1 if for no other reason than security updates.

You can get Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 or Windows 8.1, both 64-bit and both OEM, for $100 on Newegg

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 09:56 AM

Eee! I'm pretty chuffed with myself. I've just *half* built myself a PC. I got a case, motherboard, CPU, and DDR3 memory then I gutted my old PC and used the 500W PSU, HDD, DVD RW drive and the sh*tty graphics card and put them all together to Make a better PC. I can now actually play Skyrim on low (which still looks a lot better than 360)

 

I'll let a few more paychecks fill the coffers before I get a GPU and I'm looking to spend £200-250 +/- on something PS4/XOne beating. One thing I'm wondering s Islap a solid state memory chip into one of the spare SATA ports and have two lots of memory going?

 

Case:

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Motherboard: Gigabyte H87M-HD3

CPU Intel i5-4760





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