Around August of 2013 I decided I wanted to build a gaming pc. After using a laptop for several years, it just could not handle some of the games I have. I bought all of the parts around black friday / cyber monday 2013, so I got really good deals on some of the parts (especially the video card).
I had an older monitor/keyboard around, and I was able to get an operating system through my university.
My budget was about $800, and I got a great system for around that (not including monitor). I have done some benchmarking - it can run Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite at an average of 85 fps (1080p), and runs the majority of my games on max settings, 60+ fps.
Overclocked the CPU to 4.2GHz on stock voltage. Hoping to overclock more further down the road. Also OC'd the graphics card from the stock 880MHz to 1GHz, and memory from 1250MHz to 1500MHz.
Overall it's been a great system. Had a little trouble installing the operating system, but after that it's been fantastic.
Note that benchmarks listed for 3DMark 11 are actually 3DMark Advance (Extreme is fire strike, performance cloud gate, and entry ice storm).
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||$159.99||(Purchased)|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master GeminII S524 77.7 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$34.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+||$98.95||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866||$50.34||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid||$99.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB||$131.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Apevia X-DREAMER4-GN ATX Mid Tower||$72.98||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$64.99||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer||$14.24||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00|
|Monitor||Asus VX238H 23.0"||$129.99||(Purchased)|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Encore ENUWI-G2 802.11b/g USB 2.0||$0.00||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical||$44.99||(Purchased)|
|AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.2GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||31.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||42.0° C|
|Extreme Preset Score||X6210|
|Performance Preset Score||P18229|
|Entry Preset Score||E106743|