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Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« on: July 26, 2016, 12:58:04 am »
So before you say H97 isn't overclocking supported, I did my research it supports overclocking.

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/7JWtpb
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CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($239.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste  ($5.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard  ($69.88 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($26.88 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($42.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card  ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter  ($29.99 @ SuperBiiz)
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 01:03:16 am »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2016, 01:07:36 am »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)

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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2016, 01:12:42 am »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)

 I only have a 1280x1024 monitor so I don't see the point.
As I said, you get more performance for about the same price and it'll be more future proof!
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2016, 01:16:43 am »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)

 I only have a 1280x1024 monitor so I don't see the point.
As I said, you get more performance for about the same price and it'll be more future proof!

I play games that'll run perfectly on the 960, I don't care much about future proofing at the moment.
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2016, 02:20:03 am »
Someday, I'll save up my money for a (gaming) PC. Any suggestions and/or tips for making one?
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2016, 03:50:19 am »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)

 I only have a 1280x1024 monitor so I don't see the point.
As I said, you get more performance for about the same price and it'll be more future proof!

I play games that'll run perfectly on the 960, I don't care much about future proofing at the moment.
Still. The rx480 is way better and around the same price. The 960 is already experiencing problems running newer games so unless you're playing games from the past years, i would recommend upgrading.

I would also recommend getting an 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM card. Its a DDR4  card for about $10 more on newegg.
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2016, 04:10:02 am »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)

 I only have a 1280x1024 monitor so I don't see the point.
As I said, you get more performance for about the same price and it'll be more future proof!

I play games that'll run perfectly on the 960, I don't care much about future proofing at the moment.
Still. The rx480 is way better and around the same price. The 960 is already experiencing problems running newer games so unless you're playing games from the past years, i would recommend upgrading.

I would also recommend getting an 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM card. Its a DDR4  card for about $10 more on newegg.
That processor doesn't support ddr4 memory
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2016, 04:31:31 am »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)

 I only have a 1280x1024 monitor so I don't see the point.
As I said, you get more performance for about the same price and it'll be more future proof!

I play games that'll run perfectly on the 960, I don't care much about future proofing at the moment.
Still. The rx480 is way better and around the same price. The 960 is already experiencing problems running newer games so unless you're playing games from the past years, i would recommend upgrading.

I would also recommend getting an 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM card. Its a DDR4  card for about $10 more on newegg.
That processor doesn't support ddr4 memory
Hmm. I gues he could get a 6600k. Its still a 3.5 Ghz CPU. He mentioned overclocking too and ive read that this can be clocked to 4.4 Ghz with ease. Might have to get a better motherboard though.
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2016, 05:04:01 am »
He would have to get some other motherboard that supports the skylake architecture(the socket is different)
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2016, 07:38:45 pm »
I'd totally get a rx 480 instead of the gtx 960, you get more performance for about the same price! (or a 970 if you want, I've seen some for around 200$ and the performance is similar with that of the rx 480!)

 I only have a 1280x1024 monitor so I don't see the point.
As I said, you get more performance for about the same price and it'll be more future proof!

I play games that'll run perfectly on the 960, I don't care much about future proofing at the moment.
Still. The rx480 is way better and around the same price. The 960 is already experiencing problems running newer games so unless you're playing games from the past years, i would recommend upgrading.

I would also recommend getting an 8gb Corsair Vengeance RAM card. Its a DDR4  card for about $10 more on newegg.



The CPU doesn't support DDR4 that is a technology for Haswell-E, Skylake, and Broadwell-E at the moment. :/
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2016, 09:34:09 pm »
So I put together a cheaper and possibly better performing MiniITX build instead I think it's a good candidate since it's cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/v3FXvV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/v3FXvV/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($179.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! SHADOW ROCK LP 51.4 CFM CPU Cooler  ($39.90 @ NCIX US)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste  ($5.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($34.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card  ($154.88 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case  ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: ARCTIC Arctic F12 74.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($4.29 @ OutletPC)
Total: $655.20
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2016, 01:40:34 am »
So I put together a cheaper and possibly better performing MiniITX build instead I think it's a good candidate since it's cheaper.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/v3FXvV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/v3FXvV/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($179.89 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! SHADOW ROCK LP 51.4 CFM CPU Cooler  ($39.90 @ NCIX US)
Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste  ($5.88 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($67.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory  ($58.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 500GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($34.40 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card  ($154.88 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case  ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case Fan: ARCTIC Arctic F12 74.0 CFM  120mm Fan  ($4.29 @ OutletPC)
Total: $655.20
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16GB of RAM seems like too much, especially on a 2.7Ghz CPU that can overclock up to 3.3ghz, especially since its DDR4. If i were you, i would take that money and use it to upgrade to an i5-6500.
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2016, 10:17:27 pm »
This is actually why I stay on the gaming consoles. They're considerably less expensive than any adequate gaming computer, which is an issue when you have no money. It also depends on a reliable internet connedtion, something I don't have. I also know absolutely nihil about computers. I've heard computer gaming is vastly superior to any sort of console, but I have the best I can possibly get, a console. The only desktop computer in my house is a 2006 Dell that still runs Windows XP. It doesn't even go online anymore. I may join the elite computer community one day when it's more logical, but I can't do much for now. I will say this about any computer you consider on building though. The one thing about computers I know a little bit about is the graphics card. The very best graphic cards are made by Nvidia. They're very expensive, but also very worth it. If you'd like to have a more modern cooling system, you can also try to hook up a water cooling system. You have to be really careful with them though because the tubes can break and destroy the components of your computer.
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Re: Going to be building a $800 gaming PC.
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2016, 07:41:48 pm »
This is actually why I stay on the gaming consoles. They're considerably less expensive than any adequate gaming computer, which is an issue when you have no money. It also depends on a reliable internet connedtion, something I don't have. I also know absolutely nihil about computers. I've heard computer gaming is vastly superior to any sort of console, but I have the best I can possibly get, a console. The only desktop computer in my house is a 2006 Dell that still runs Windows XP. It doesn't even go online anymore. I may join the elite computer community one day when it's more logical, but I can't do much for now. I will say this about any computer you consider on building though. The one thing about computers I know a little bit about is the graphics card. The very best graphic cards are made by Nvidia. They're very expensive, but also very worth it. If you'd like to have a more modern cooling system, you can also try to hook up a water cooling system. You have to be really careful with them though because the tubes can break and destroy the components of your computer.
There are gaming computers that cost less ($350) and out-perform modern gaming console. Building computers are also very easy for beginners as long as you know what you're doing.
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