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 Post subject: Building a gaming computer
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:02 pm 

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Hello, I am wanting to build a computer this is my first time. I want a computer that plays minecraft at high fps and be able to record with fraps. I also want to play games like, skyrim, FC3, CoD BO2, Bioshock inf. etc... Monitor is the only peripheral I need, but I'm sure I could get one outside of my budget. My budget is $700 no more. Live in the USA. Here is my current rig need to lower price.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/PCk9

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($103.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($81.64 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $814.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-11 22:00 EDT-0400)

 Post subject: Re: Building a gaming computer
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:26 am 

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I would start here: http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb2 ... ec2012.png

It doesn't include the OS so make sure you deduct that from your budget.

 Post subject: Re: Building a gaming computer
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:57 pm 
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There are a number of ways you could build a Minecraft PC, but building one that can run Skyrim on max in a $700 budget is a "no".

To get an ok build like that in budget though. I would go with:

CPU: Phenom II (OC it)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Blue 4GB ($33 at Amazon)
Storage: That one can be tough... Unless you NEED 1TB (I don't), I would go with a WD 500GB Black (64mb cache). I picked up one the other week for $60.
Video Card: I would suggest a GTX 560 Ti. I have one it's awesome (I picked it up for $140ish). Runs Skyrim on High and most other games on max. They are getting really hard to find though, so I may keep the 7870

There are a few really nice builds for under $700, but looking at your wishlist I have one thing to say, "Not going to happen" :cry:

Good luck and crafting! (In a mine :lol: )

 Post subject: Re: Building a gaming computer
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:06 pm 
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Welcome to the forums! Good luck on your build.

$700 is a tight budget, but you can build a decent gaming computer that will play Minecraft fine - the other games may be high and not max, but they'll still look nice and much better than a console.

My suggestions:
  • Drop the video card to a 7850 - not quite as powerful as a 7870, but you can pick it up much cheaper (like at Newegg where the XFX 7850 is only $180). It's about a 7-10% decrease in performance for about a 20-25% decrease in price.
  • Try to find a Phenom II x4 965. It's still compatible with the AM3+ board and is a solid CPU. It's $95. this also allows you an upgrade path in a year or two if you want. And you shouldn't see much impact to gaming performance, if any.
  • Why are you going with 1866 RAM? You shouldn't see any change with 1600 RAM and you can find it much cheaper (like this Crucial RAM for $58) You could try 1333 and save even more, but other posters agree that 1600 is the sweet spot.
I've dropped about $90 from the cost, so you're getting closer. Your next move would be to look at the case (you can probably find a cheap one for $30-35). After that, the motherboard, but I wouldn't recommend it - the one you have is a pretty good chipset and already fairly cheap.

let us know how it turns out. Hope this helps.

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