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$800 Gaming, internet browsing, light video and audio editing

hansperdman
  • 53 months ago

Budget: Max is $800. Willing to go higher if changes performance greatly.

Location: Southern California

Use (Gaming, Rendering, etc): Gaming mainly. I want to play games like Fallout 4, Skyrim, Company of Heros 2, Star Wars BF, BF4, FPS, on high settings. Will use it for internet browsing and light video/audio editing using Pro Tools, FL Studio, Photoshop, After Effects.

Peripherals required (monitor, keyboard/mouse, etc): Only need the tower and OS. I will be reusing my mouse, keyboard and monitor. The monitor is an LG 1080p LCD TV and i connect via HDMI. Not sure if that will be a problem connecting.

Operating System required: WIndows 10. Not sure if I should just start with 10...

I come from console gaming and Macs. This will be my first build and really hyped to get into it. Received some lists off reddit - r/buildapcforme and experimented with pcpartpicker, but still kind of daunted with so many options. Mainly will use machine for gaming and internet. It would be great to have rendering capabilities, but nothing overkill.

There are other questions like wifi, optical drive and cabling/cables - do I purchases these things separately? I found a few instructive guides online, youtube, the build guides section isn't showing any here for some reason. only can see the featured build guides on pcpartpicker home page. Anyway thanks for any input in advance.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Another build for you to consider. it is $20.00 over budget but it allowed for a R9 380X 4GB video card, Skylake i5 6500 and a SSD for your OS. Anyway have a look and all the best with your build! :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $204.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $35.98 @ Newegg
Storage Toshiba P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380X 4GB DD XXX OC Video Card $209.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC Solar-M1-R ATX Mid Tower Case $39.79 @ Newegg
Power Supply Deepcool 550W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $12.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $102.98 @ Newegg
Wired Network Adapter TP-Link TG-3468 10/100/1000 Mbps PCI-Express x1 Network Adapter $11.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $820.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-30 09:47 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This will definitely help when deciding. Do you know the difference between the CPU you listed and the Xeon Mister J listed up top?

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Here is a link with some ratings from bench marks for the two CPU's:

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Xeon-E3-1231-v3-vs-Intel-Core-i5-6500

It does appear that the Xeon is a more powerful CPU then the i5 6500, like an i5 with hyper threading, pretty cool actually, however you said in your post you are mainly gaming with light video/audio editing so i figured put more into the video card.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi hans..

Even tho' the Performance of the Xeon & the i5-6500 is nearly the same.. http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Xeon-E3-1231-v3-vs-Intel-Core-i5-6500/m11040vs3513, I'd recommend the newer and more importantly upgrade-able DDR4 skylake build..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ B&H
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $41.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $69.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380X 4GB DD XXX OC Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case Enermax ECA3212-BL ATX Mid Tower Case $19.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $43.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive LG WH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $49.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $22.90 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $898.49
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $828.49
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-31 01:32 EST-0500

See some benchmarks GTX 960, 380, 380X.. http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/312849-288093-329461

Also the fact that a SSD is helpful in reducing game-lag is very much taken over by the Seagate HYBRID drive with 7.8GB HYBRID CACHE... So SSD level Game-performance but a little longer booting time..

http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_desktop_sshd_review

Infact PCPARTPICKER actual users have reported 5-10s booting times with the Seagate HYBRID DRIVE...

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dx001

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the build! I still see a lot of DDR3 around. Is going DDR4 better in terms of upgrading? I might swap the blu-ray drive to keep the price down, but overall this looks like a sweet build. I need to buy soon cause i see prices going up!

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd say go for the better & latest skylake, see:

A. SPECS:

http://ark.intel.com/compare/80811,88191

If u see the official intel comparison above, be sure to check the 34.1 GB/s vs 21.3 GB/s Memory bandwidth (Skylake vs Haswell), 8 GT/s (Giga Transfers per sec) for the skylake vs 5 GT/s for Haswell, 14nm Manuf vs 22 nm..

B.

Benchmarks..

http://us.hardware.info/comparisontable/products/220716-315137-220715-315132

C.

Support:

The i5-6500 can be upgraded all the way to an i7-6700 & it being the latest build will enjoy better Hardware & drivers support for a longer period of time.. Also lower DDR4 1.2 V means lower heat dissipation & higher efficiencies.. The increased bandwidth is an added bonus

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow can't thank you enough for the help. This puts it a lot in perspective. Looking at the benchmark will go the skylake build.im still a bit confused on the processor you listed on the build than the comparison charts it lists i5 6600k not the 6500.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Naah dude, it's nothin' at all..

I think u get the general idea - comparison of Skylake & Haswell.. The test data for i5-6400 & i5-6500 are not available at us.hardware.info presently.. Here's another ACTUAL USER-UPLOADED DATA benchmark comparison.. see the i5-6500 ranked 16 places ahead of the i5-4590..

The i5-6500 is ranked 36th ( Desktop 83%, Gaming 83%, Workstation 47% )

The i5-4590 is ranked 52nd ( Desktop 80%, Gaming 79%, Workstation 45% )

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-6500-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4590/3513vs2604

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey still doin research and planning on buying this coming Monday. It looks like the vid card r9 380z is sold out. Seeing the review and specs on that one I can see why. You know a good substitute vid card?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B150M MORTAR Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $89.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $44.99 @ Adorama
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $69.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 380X 4GB DD XXX OC Video Card -
Case Enermax ECA3212-BL ATX Mid Tower Case $28.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.98 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $14.88 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $22.90 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $681.37
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $636.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-02 10:26 EST-0500
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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Would it be smart to add SSD for main drive? Never used SSD but have read that performance is super fast and reliable.

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