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Old 12-29-2013, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $800 Budget for Gaming PC

Hello everyone,

This is for a co-worker of mine.
He has a budget of $800 for a gaming pc.
Here are the parts that I believe he needs (Cpu, mobo, gpu, ram, hdd, case, optical, psu)
He would like to play the latest games probably in high settings, but no need to max out, as long as they look better than a ps3/360.
We have a microcenter next to us so if you could suggest me any parts from there that would work as well unless we can get it cheaper elsewhere.
And also if you could show me AMD with ATI and Intel with Nvidia builds.
Please let me know if you need any more info
Thanks
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: $800 Budget for Gaming PC

Better than PS3/360, easy.

AMD build, not gonna happen. No point in getting their CPUs with that kind of budget and their worthwhile GPUs that I usually recommend in that range have been marked up due to availability. For instance, the R9 280x is supposed to be 299 bucks, but is now over 400. So in that case if you don't mind me not wasting my time.

CPU:
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54430

Motherboard:
Newegg.com - ASRock H87M Pro4 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM:
Newegg.com - Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Yellow Heat Spreader) Model TLYD38G1600HC9DC01

GPU:
Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-2763-KR GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card

PSU:
SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Newegg.com

HDD:
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com

Case:
Newegg.com - Cooler Master Elite 430 Red Edition - Mid Tower Computer Case with Windowed Side Panel and All-Black Interior

Optical:
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818AAT (DVD-E818AAT/BLK/B/GE) - CD / DVD Drives

$776

Since you have a Microcenter there see if they have any good CPU/motherboard deals as those seem to be their best. Doesn't need an i7 at all but if you could have a Haswell i5 combo cheaper than Newegg go ahead and do it.
You can also change the case to something he likes as I left some room for that. I just chose something cheap because the 200r is out of stock.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is all really good, thanks a lot.
I will show him all of this.
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