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Old 04-25-2014, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $1300 Budget - Is this the best for my budget?

Hey guys,

So I want to spend between $1200 and $1300 on this computer, including peripherals (monitor, keyboard, excluding mouse). I plan to purchase my parts within 7 days.

I'm not purchasing my OS within this budget.

[Newegg] So far, my part list totals to $1279. I felt that before I finalize it, I should ask for some light review by people who know more about this than I do, as I am very new to this!

I plan on using this computer for gaming / rendering / programming.

My parts are listed below, or you can just click the link below to go directly to my
Newegg Wishlist, which feature all of the items:
Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg

Case: CM Storm Styker - $154.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Stryker SGC-5000W-KWN1 Black and White Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Newegg.com

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) - $199.99
Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) - $84.99
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2gb 256-Bit GDDR5 - $249.99
Mobo: ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $118.99 (after rebate)
HDD: Seagate Barracude 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB 3.5" - $89.99
Power Supply: CORSAIR HX850 850 Watt CrossFire Ready - $149.99
Water Cooling: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i High Perform w/120mm Fan - $86.99

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd Black 21.5" 5ms - $109.99
Keyboard: I-ROCKS KR-6820E-BK Black 104 key (Orange LED) - $33.99

Please note that these prices are AFTER any rebates, so if comparing prices to another item, please compare these prices to your item's after-rebate price.

Thank you for reading this. If you have no part suggestions, but just want to let me know of you think this is a good part list, please let me know!

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Old 04-25-2014, 09:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: $1300 Budget - Is this the best for my budget?

I recommend an i5 if not an i7 with that budget.

CPU: Intel i5 3570k
CPU cooling: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo
MOBO:MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming
RAM:G.Skill RipJaws X Series 8GB(two 4GB)
GPU: MSI Gaming OC GeForce GTX 760 2GB
SSD/HDD:SamSung SSD 120 GB, Seagate 1TB HDD
PSU:Rosewill CAPSTONE-550-M 550W
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: $1300 Budget - Is this the best for my budget?

Your PSU is way overboard for this machine. You can go with a Seasonic M1211 620w to really save some cash or the Seasonic G series 650w. More than plenty to suffice even the best single GPU solutions.

You can ditch the H80i for something a lot less beefy, like the H60 or even a CM 212 EVO for superior cooling to the stock solution.

With the money saved you can go i5 4670k and get yourself a better monitor or go with an i7 4770. Both will give you superior performance over the 8350 in gaming, the i7 furthering that in rendering. For a motherboard for either I suggest the ASRock Z87 Extreme4, or if you don't plan to OC (it's unnecessary anyways on these chips) you can get an ASRock B85 to further enhance your budget for other areas.

I'm sure you might be partial to the case, but it's seriously way overkill. Depending on how high you want to raise the settings in games I would drop to something a lot cheaper like a Corsair 300r and use that money to get yourself a GTX 770 over the 760.
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