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This month our aim was to provide a modest gaming system at a $700 price point. The Core-i3 paired with the R9 270 provides good performance for the cost. Some may debate that we should have used an FX-6300 instead; such changes can easily be made to the part list while retaining the same budget.

We opted to save money by reusing components from previous builds that we already had on hand. As a result, the price ended up slightly over our budgeted amount. Prices fluctuate hourly, so by carefully choosing similar spec components it should be possible to come in under $700 for this build (at least, at the time of writing this).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor $124.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81.Amp-UP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $75.36 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $80.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case $49.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $710.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-28 15:12 EDT-0400

 

Front View

BitFenix kindly provided the Comrade case for this build. I'm a fan of its simple and clean styling, and overall it was straight-forward to work with. At $50, it fits well for budget builds.

Side View

Inside is plenty of room for storage - three 2.5" and three 3.5" drive bays. The case comes with one 120mm fan in the rear, with space for two additional 120mm fans in front. Note that the only option for a radiator mount in this case is the rear 120mm fan mount. The front 120mm mounts will not accommodate a radiator.

Side View

Side View

Cable management is possible but tricky. There's only 1/4" of depth to work with behind the motherboard tray, so everything should be routed to the side or below to allow the side panel to fit back on. If you want to keep things clean, a modular or semi-modular power supply is a must.

Side Top View

While filming the build, I didn't take advantage of the top cable hole for the CPU power connector. After filming was over I rerouted the cables to use it as it kept the cables much cleaner. There isn't enough room to run the cable through with the motherboard installed, so to do this I had to remove the video card and motherboard, route the wire, then reinstall everything.

Overall the build came out fairly clean. I'm happy with the cable routing, though some aspects like the length of the HD audio cable made it somewhat challenging. For $50 (at the time of filming), I think this case has a place for budget builds.

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ITneto 9 points 7 months ago

Glad you deciced to build a budget PC!

 
 
houseoftyrone 8 points 7 months ago

Hmmm, yes, quite. Needs more Bill Cosby

 
 
Rhino2 7 points 7 months ago

Nice build. I'd play with that! Anyone can spend a lot of $$$ and build an awesome machine, but I think it takes more talent and patience to build a budget gaming rig. Looks sweet.

 
 
gogo809 [2 Builds] 4 points 7 months ago

yay for a free case, but come on, very little ventilation at all. With your 270 in there I expect it to be a toaster on hot days!

 
 
Bob777888 [1 Build] 3 points 7 months ago

How well does the i3-4130 run things?

Looks pretty great, and I'm happy that it's in the lower price range!

 
 
krenotenze [3 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

In most any game you will see very similar results to an i5 in performance unless the game takes advantage of 4 threads which most do these days. They work very well if you're on a budget but the board can always be upgraded to an i5 or i7 should the need be there ;)

 
 
Bob777888 [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

What is 4 threads?

 
 
KittenKookies 1 point 7 months ago

4 simulated cores. 2 threads per core.

 
 
Bob777888 [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

And how exactly would you do that? I'm new to making computers

 
 
KittenKookies 1 point 7 months ago

Intel cores have it built into the CPU. No messing with hardware or software. Hyperthreading is part of the i3 and i7 series of CPUs. No tinkering.

 
 
Bob777888 [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

Ok, sounds good. Thanks

 
 
krenotenze [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

2 physical cores, about 1.5 - 2 threads per core depending on clocking and operation. As he said, nothing on your end to configure, automatic. i7 is 4 cores with the same so effectively 8 cores to Windows.

 
 
alexbz13 1 point 7 months ago

It runs pretty well under load. I would say its on par with the performance of a the fx6300 from amd with out consuming as much power. Obviously it only has two acual cores but the performance per core is outstanding. I currently have it in my rig with a 750ti and a corsair h55 cpu cooler so it keeps things run cool and effeciently. i can play most games at high resolution too. I hope this helps answer your question.

 
 
XilDubstepliX [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Yea my 750ti is a little beast, but my athlon 64 x2 5000+ holds her back alot

 
 
Zombie615 2 points 7 months ago

Everything about this build is pretty decent for staying within a budget until you take into account the case only has one chassis fan going out the back. This thing is going to run hot real quick. I guess if you have a metal cutting device you could cut your own fan exhaust into the top an mount a fan there. Otherwise nice build for the budget gamer.

 
 
joeydefiant [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

or you could just get a shinobi from bitfenix. looks pretty much the same but has exhaust on top, bottom, back, front, sides, and everywhere.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

Awesome build... I've always loved the look (and price) of this case, but I'm worried that the front fans just won't work - I don't see where they're taking air from. Can you elucidate?

 
 
IloveLeche [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/IloveLeche/warp/4B2Y For $10 less I got in a Gtx 760 and an FX-6300.

 
 
SuperCookie [4 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

your link doesn't work

 
 
RuKiddin06 1 point 7 months ago

your link is broken, was it something like this? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3R73D

 
 
IloveLeche [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Yup, except no Ssd and the case was a Corsair Carbide Spec

 
 
Wcschuyler [4 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

i wouldve gone with one of the new corsair spec cases instead of this bitfenix

 
 
C2400 1 point 7 months ago

How would you rate the case? I'm looking at it as an alternative to the Zalman Z5+

Looks like a great build, nice to see one around my budget point.

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Check my last build for a review of this case

 
 
joeydefiant [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

the shinobi looks the same but is slightly better and still only about $60.

 
 
Daniel0913 0 points 7 months ago

You might want to check out the NZXT H440 red / black version. Much better than what you listed

 
 
bobokiller 1 point 7 months ago

looks amazing for a budget build

 
 
matthew12543 1 point 7 months ago

Looks great! However me personally I would of gone with the amd fx-6300 because of those 6 cores.

 
 
Summon3r 1 point 7 months ago

how would this perform on BF 4 or MWOmercs (cpu intensive games) games that like more cores? im assuming not well?

 
 
aXBlackDeathXa 2 points 7 months ago

The majority of games I've played were far more GPU intensive vs CPU. I would have no reservations about this system playing BF4 quite well on HIGH settings. I've seen i3 rigs with the same GPU run BF4 40 to 60fps. If you do some googling I'm sure you can find similar tested setups to compare.

 
 
okp11 1 point 7 months ago

Great job as always Phil!

I definitely approve of sacrificing a little bit of GPU power to add an SSD.

 
 
TheLastBoss78 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I'm curious about the choice of power supply. It seems a bit expensive for this build; is that to account for future-proofing?

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [9 Builds] 3 points 7 months ago

The one Ryan originally specced out was less expensive - but I ended up using this one since we were able to reuse it from our 250D build.

 
 
IndyAJD 1 point 7 months ago

Honestly, I would have swapped the SSD for an FX-8350. Sacrificing load time for actual performance doesn't bother me too much. But good build regardless.

 
 
BigJay21 3 points 7 months ago

I was thinking this too... Swap out the SSD for a better processor/Mobo:

Quick note: the MSI video card is the same, but is listed twice in the system - I chose the non-Newegg exclusive one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81.Amp-UP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $74.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card $179.99 @ Amazon
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case $49.00 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Micro Center
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $698.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-29 14:12 EDT-0400
 
 
Loveandpower 1 point 7 months ago

I think I agree with the other user who stated he would had sacrificed the ssd for a better cpu, myself, I would had done the 8350 vishera as well.

Talking about high end AMD cpu when can we expect a build off of the newer AMD cpu?(the 9xxx series)

 
 
Blaise170 [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

You probably won't see a pcpp build using it, but there are many user builds already. The 9xxx chips are just overclocked 8350's so there isn't much need for them if you are going to be overclocking anyways.

 
 
Loveandpower 1 point 7 months ago

I know, I just found it strange, it's sort of like the gpu's they are for the most part about the same as the 7700/7800 series maybe a tad bit of improvement but not a whole lot. ( ironically the same with the intel chips i3 to i4 was only like a 10-15% increase supposedly even though I haven't even witnessed that )

 
 
rammstein 1 point 7 months ago

i was wondering if you could build me a desktop that can run watch dogs on medium/high setting for about $700-800$?

 
 
rabbit358 1 point 7 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3BhVh

Could anyone help me with this? Is this a good combo together with a club 3d radeon 7750?

 
 
andrewjw 1 point 7 months ago

You shouldn't be buying 16GB RAM - at that budget, 8GB is already on the high side. Put that extra money into getting an R7 260X. The 7750 is really not powerful enough to be good in a build at that price range.

 
 
rabbit358 1 point 7 months ago

But I already have the 7750. And I plan on using this pc for some light videoediting as well. So I hope that justifies my choices :) Are there any other remarks?

 
 
TyGamer 1 point 7 months ago
 
 
reubenmorgan 1 point 7 months ago

Do you think there's a chance I will need more power if I get the 8350 instead?

 
 
iDieAlot1986 1 point 7 months ago

Is this Christopher Walkens twin?

 
 
kavc [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

just wondering, what do you do with it after you build it? do you sell them? keep them?

 
 
hjj174 1 point 7 months ago

They mainly just do some benchmarks to add to the system and then take it apart.

 
 
arneysurf 1 point 7 months ago

Does the case come with any fans?

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

one exhaust fan

 
 
Otsego.wupiwupi 1 point 7 months ago

Eh, missing the bitfenix, but all the parts on this one are recognized brands. Some sacrifices, but this $700 build should melt a ton more face. Like 60fps ultra 1080p BF4 kind of face melting.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.97 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $44.99 @ TigerDirect
Storage Western Digital AV-GP 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.95 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card $297.99 @ Amazon
Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $27.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $26.13 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $701.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-02 11:30 EDT-0400

You could always keep the Bitfenix, and upgrade to 8GB ram for the cost of the SSD.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $184.97 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital AV-GP 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.95 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB Dual-X Video Card $297.99 @ Amazon
Case BitFenix Comrade ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $26.13 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $703.01
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-02 11:35 EDT-0400
 
 
Painwithin [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

dont think 430watt PSU with a 280x is very wise combination ;)

 
 
Otsego.wupiwupi 0 points 7 months ago

The 430w should be plenty, no real overclocking likely on this build. This EVGA 430w is highly rated and should reliably handle this build as it doesn't even reach it's tested and rated capacity. If you really feel more wattage will help you sleep at night then...

You can go with a 550w for $22.98 that gets 4 stars on newegg. This drops my build prices $697.85 and $699.86, respectively. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/logisys-power-supply-ps550e12

Or you can go with a "Name Brand" Corsair, EVGA, or Thermaltake at 500w. All three cost the same and will raise my build prices to $704.86 and $706.87 respectively. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100w10500kr http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-power-supply-tr500

Either way, all builds are still faster than the OP's build with more than sufficient wattage in the PSUs, all at a price that is lower than OP's build.

 
 
Blaise170 [3 Builds] -2 points 7 months ago

Kill that PSU with fire. Get this one instead. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-vp450

 
 
Otsego.wupiwupi 1 point 7 months ago

The 430w should be plenty, no real overclocking likely on this build. This EVGA 430w is highly rated and should reliably handle this build as it doesn't even reach it's tested and rated capacity. If you really feel more wattage will help you sleep at night then...

You can go with a 550w for $22.98 that gets 4 stars on newegg. This drops my build prices $697.85 and $699.86, respectively. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/logisys-power-supply-ps550e12

Or you can go with a "Name Brand" Corsair, EVGA, or Thermaltake at 500w. All three cost the same and will raise my build prices to $704.86 and $706.87 respectively. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500 http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-100w10500kr http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-power-supply-tr500

Either way, all builds are still faster than the OP's build with more than sufficient wattage in the PSUs, all at a price that is lower than OP's build.

 
 
epicpcgamer [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I don't understand the choice of the i3 over something like he AMD 6300.

 
 
heizlegend 4 points 7 months ago

Intel CPU's tend to have better per core performance and most games don't utilize many cores so in the end the lower # but better performing cores of Intel CPUs often out perform the AMD's in games.

 
 
RazerZ 1 point 7 months ago

AM3+ is dead that's why.

 
 
epicpcgamer [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

YOU! Are actually kind of right. Seriously, why have they not updated anything?

 
 
RazerZ 1 point 7 months ago

That still confuses me. They kill AM3+ yet continue the weaker line of CPUs with FM2+...

 
 
andrewjw 3 points 7 months ago

It's kinda complicated. It has to do with GloFo (the fab AMD uses, since they're fabless now). GloFo has two 32nm processes, a SHP (high performance) and a low power. Zambezi and Vishera were on 32nm SHP at GloFo.

With 28nm, they built two new processes, 28nm SHP and 28nm LP (high power / low power). However, 28nm SHP had a lot of issues and is essentially capped at 95W for effective chips, hence the 95W cap on the new Kaveri chips. They couldn't make more AM3+ chips because those had 95W as the minimum and making only the FX 4400/6400 would disappoint anyone who wanted an FX 8450. So, they use FM2+ only and put out the highest performing quad-cores within 95W they can.

Also, next node is 20nm. Because of the 28nm SHP problems, GloFo is only making a 20nm LP process and trying to scale it up, meaning it should hit around 65W before it starts to have issues. This is why the A8-7600 has the flexible TDP - they're trying to get better at making lower-power chips. (Also, more of the market is shifting to performance/W instead of performance/s.) So, next year or the year after that, AMD will have a 65W cap on their chips, meaning bringing down power usage a lot and still only having up to current A10 performance/s. Hopefully AMD will eventually manage to get to a process node where they can make 95W chips again, but keep in mind that Intel packs an i7-4770K into 84W and an i7-4770S into 65W, so it's theoretically possible to get very impressive (i7 level) performance out of GloFo 20nm LP.

If that's the case, why isn't AMD prepared? This is a good question, and AMD people are probably kicking themselves for the decisions that lead to Bulldozer, a new, very high power architecture that wanted 125W to work well, in contrast with Intel's strategy since Sandy Bridge of just building on a little more performance/s and a lot more performance/W.

tl;dr AMD is about to be constricted way more on power than they had been before, when they move to 20nm, and so they can't keep making big 125W 8-core chips. They're trying to bring down power usage, but doing so with a Bulldozer-based CPU is hard. They can't release any more AM3+ because GloFo won't be able to make Kaveri work at 125W (Kaveri is 28nm), not because they don't want to.

 
 
RazerZ 1 point 7 months ago

I see. Thanks for the explanation.

 
 
krenotenze [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Because the enthusiast and performance market is a VERY small portion of the total scheme of things. That's why they're leveraging Mantle to make up for CPU needs and soon DirectX 12 will also create the "Close to the metal" optimizations too. Overall it will soon be very apparent that the GPU can be better utilized.

 
 
darakom 1 point 7 months ago

What a joke of a case! How does any air get into the case from the front…USB ports?!

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

it doesn't, case is horrible

 
 
Zvonfeng [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I think from bottom of the front panel, the place you take off the front panel. But yes, I do think it is a horrible design for the air flow.

 
 
matthewbowers88 1 point 7 months ago

If you were to upgrade any part of this machine would it be the graphics, case or processor? I got $850 to build a budget rig. Cheers.

 
 
polarbehr [4 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

case, there is no airflow and zero room for improvement

 
 
joeydefiant [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

if you like the look of the case and want bitfenix, get the shinobi instead.

 
 
chad001 1 point 7 months ago

I like this, you have an upgrade path if you wish. If you desire and the prices go down again, you could add an icore 5 or 7 and extend the life 3 years or more. I don't see a lot of heat being generated by the video card, doesn't look crowded, lot of room for air to circulate, no dead spots where the air will pool and heat up. Well done!

 
 
Keenan.PB 1 point 7 months ago

For this build which operating system do you recommend?

 
 
Blaise170 [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Depends entirely on what you are using your PC for. For gaming, I'd stick with Win7 or Win8, but for other kinds of work you might look into Linux Mint or similar.

 
 
rudyae86 1 point 7 months ago

So where are the benchmarks? ?? 1080p max settings on BF4 please :)

 
 
built98 1 point 7 months ago

do you need to use both hard drives

 
 
simuloid 1 point 7 months ago

How's the noise level when the system is under a 3d graphics load? As with some of the other comments, I'd like to see you fire it up on the video.

Thanks for building a reasonably priced PC, and showing how to put it together!

 
 
CoolBeans_ 1 point 7 months ago

You can get a much better computer for 40$ more http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3GLWj

 
 
OfficialNapalm 1 point 7 months ago

Build an HTPC next.

 
 
DougSimpson 1 point 7 months ago

Is the fx- 6300 compatible with this motherboard?

 
 
euant2000 1 point 7 months ago

no, u would need a different motherboard

 
 
Poison 1 point 7 months ago

So this can play most games? Even CK2 with all dlc installed?

 
 
fredlix 1 point 7 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3JPp9

I did some alterations and added an CPU-cooler and an optical drive. I'm just wondering if this would work? i'v never build a pc before. Btw do i need 1TB storage? it seems awfully expensive.

 
 
MrAero 1 point 7 months ago

Changed it up, color scheme, black/white/sliver, same price! :s

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MrAero/saved/4Hbu

Much More Powerful!!, at cost of SSD, bit more $$.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MrAero/saved/4Hdc

 
 
spencerrr 1 point 7 months ago

How does the PCI 2.0 on the MOBO effect performance?

 
 
mikethomasa@gmail.com 1 point 7 months ago

This system is billed as a gaming system. I'm not well versed, but don't you need an operating system to move things along, or is it free because you are "only playing a game". I keep seeing people using i5 CPU s at the bare minimum. I need to go on the cheap for PC. To justify the effort it has to move through basic with ease and be up-gradable. In short, occasional gaming, web surfing, video and Photoshop with QuarkXpress. I'm betting against this BitFenix build.

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [9 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

An operating system is absolutely required, and in no way is piracy of software ok (as I assume that is what you were implying).

 
 
mikethomasa@gmail.com 1 point 7 months ago

I would say theft, if that is what I meant to say. No, it seems that an i3 CPU would fall short on the performance side. As I clearly stated, in my original post, "I keep seeing people using i5 CPUs' at the bare minimum". What I did infer is the absence of an OS to give the illusion of a Great Low Price for this build. It is an element one will need to run the hardware. I have no idea how it will perform under load or if there is even such a thing as a grading system, like a Care and Driver review. I would be interested in such a review as I am about to build a system using the Intel i5 4440 CPU. If I can find a way to get the build done on the cheap and have respectable performance and reliability I would be more then happy. I need to ditch my 32 bit windows XP machine, and this laptop Inspiron 32 bit Windows 7 upgraded from Windows Vista is fairing to better.

 
 
mikethomasa@gmail.com 0 points 6 months ago

No. You don't get it, but that's ok.

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Derpishcreeper 1 point 7 months ago

The SSD is a waste of money for a budget build in my opinion, just use a hard drive, and go bigger for the GPU/CPU.

 
 
damric 1 point 7 months ago
 
 
GhostFace0621 1 point 7 months ago

This is beautiful. I should have done the same thing.

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Amaster514 1 point 6 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $164.98 @ Newegg Canada
CPU Cooler Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $69.97 @ Amazon Canada
Motherboard ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $74.98 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $70.48 @ Newegg Canada
Storage Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.99 @ Amazon Canada
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card $179.98 @ Newegg Canada
Case Thermaltake Versa H21 Window ATX Mid Tower Case $72.24 @ Newegg Canada
Power Supply Logisys 480W ATX Power Supply $24.98 @ Newegg Canada
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $22.98 @ Newegg Canada
Wired Network Adapter StarTech ST100S 10/100 Mbps PCI Network Adapter $17.98 @ Newegg Canada
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $763.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-26 21:16 EDT-0400

is liquid cooling worth it?

 
 
dproeder 1 point 6 months ago

Nice Build! Now impress me with that 300$ build that all the video game forum master racers say is "Totally doable".

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Some0ne 1 point 6 months ago

i dint want an ssd an some other things so i modified this build to make this http://pcpartpicker.com/p/QXnYLk so if anybody can tell me if this is good I'll be very happy

 
 
Some0ne 1 point 6 months ago

Should i maybe spend a few more $ and get a better cpu?

 
 
Storris 1 point 6 months ago

Love this site. As soon as I can afford to, I'll be using it to build something awesome. Which brings me on to a question:

2x Xeon 2697 v2 and 4x Titan Black

Maximum performance from other components including 2x 4 EVO SSD in RAID 0

Are you going to build it?

 
 
via_Cat 1 point 6 months ago

Please dont make fun of me when I ask this but (Im a noob when it comes to doing this stuff) what operating system does this come with?

 
 
Spahrtan 1 point 6 months ago

Late to the party, but what about this? IMO much better without the SSD

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Spahrtan/saved/vN22FT

 
 
immaman1992 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

You guys need to do more builds in the $1500-$2400 range. Also some builds that include monitor, mouse, keyboard and OS. That would make a lot of people happy. :P

 
 
kesigal 1 point 6 months ago

My client are looking for for same kind of gaming pc: - I done some research for parts - CPU mostly recommended by tomshardware is Core i5-4690S but client also clime i7 will be better - question is if i5 with less price is going to be same performance as i7?

  • we need Motherboard same type - only with wifi adapter on-board;
  • is 8GB RAM will be enough memory for run today's games
  • How that MSI Radeon card - i red GeForce GTX 650 or later better benchmark
  • and finally 550W power supply is enough capacity for run all components here

Waiting for some advices all will be appreciate Thank you

 
 
Phynexs 1 point 5 months ago

You spelled read wrong

 
 
Phynexs 1 point 5 months ago

This is one sexy computer. 1 thing i would change is the case, its not a good color choice... maybe red or green.

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

A stock cooler? I waould've bougth an after market one even though there is a budget.

 
 
AverageGamer323 2 points 7 months ago

I have a stock intel cooler and they actually are not too shabby if you don't OC. It's actually pretty quiet as well, so if you're on a budget it's not that bad to use the intel stock cooling, although it would be better to use an aftermarket liquid cooling from corsair, or something similar.

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

Okay, I see. I've only actually used aftermarket coolers because they are quieter than stock.

 
 
AverageGamer323 1 point 7 months ago

They are indeed much much quieter, but stock cooling, at least for intel, isn't THAT bad (I can't vouch for AMD since I have never used an AMD processor). I do plan on upgrading mine soon though to liquid cooling, it'll be much better than what I have now - stock cooling is only really good if you're on a tight budget

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I haven't even tried my stock AMD cooler so I have no idea how it's like. My Aftermarket cooler has a fan controller that I set to 100% speed all the time.

 
 
IndyAJD 1 point 7 months ago

My intel stock cooler isn't the quietest, but it does the job well enough.

 
 
joeydefiant [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

i use the stock cooler that came with my 8350. it maxes at 51C after full load for 2 hours.

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Really? How about the noise? my 6300 oced to 4.1GHz goes to 57c Max.

 
 
Wcschuyler [4 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

stock amd coolers suck period, for an i3 tho the stock intel cooler is more than fine

 
 
DonutDefector [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I don't use stock anyway.

 
 
joeydefiant [1 Build] 0 points 7 months ago

yes getting water all over your components is a great idea.

 
 
AverageGamer323 1 point 7 months ago

I can't tell if you're joking or being sarcastic... I hope you're being sarcastic

 
 
Allan88 0 points 7 months ago

How well would this run Watch Dogs? I've never built a computer before and don't really know what to look for in regards to components, but looking at the recommended spec for Watch Dogs it says you need an 8 core CPU @ 4.0GHz and this only has 2? Also, is the graphics card up to par? Would anything else need upgrading without going too much over the budget?

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okp11 3 points 7 months ago
 
 
hjj174 2 points 7 months ago

That review uses BF4 which I'm pretty sure is optimized for AMD which makes it biased and therefore invalid.

 
 
okp11 [Staff] 2 points 7 months ago

What are you talking about? Look at the other games in the benchmark if you don't like BF4. It still is blatantly the better card.

Also there is no such thing as being "optimized for AMD". Sometimes one company just has better drivers. Sometimes a game can better make use of features that one GPU offers over another. Its not like AMD has access to anything that Nvidia doesn't when making their drivers for BF4.

 
 
tsaunders 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah I was wondering why they did not going with the 750ti

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