Best Build For The Money
Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:23 PM
What parts do you all recommend for the best $900~ gaming rig? I will need the following parts, the rest I have:
The case I will be using is large and should be able to fit most components.
Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:43 PM
I'd go for something along the lines of:
It should be good for gaming at 1080p with almost everything on high in most games. If you wanted seamless gaming, you might want to go with a HD7870 instead of the SSD, at the sacrifice of loading times. In all, if you're not going for all-out gaming performance, I'd say you would be happy with that build.
Processor AMD FX-6100 Hex-core, 3.3GHz > Intel Pentium M 2.0GHz Single-core, 2.0GHz
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz > Hyinx 1.5GB DDR2 667MHz
Graphics Radeon HD7770 + Radeon HD5570 > ATi Mobility Radeon X600 400MHz Core
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 Socket AM3+ > OEM Latitude D810 Motherboard Socket 479
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA 7200.14 > Western Digital 80GB IDE 5400RPM
Power Supply Cooler Master Elite ATX 500W > OEM Dell Power Supply 90W
Case Zalman Z11 Plus 4x 120mm fans, 3x 80mm > OEM Dell Latitude Case
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:39 PM
ASRock Z77 Extreme4 - $124.99
Sapphire HD7870 GHz Ed - $219.99 ($204.99 after $15 MIR)
Seagate Barracuda 2TB $104.99
OCZ Vertex4 128GB - $109.99
Antec EarthWatts Green 650W - $79.99
Total: ~$911 ($896 after MIR)
At this point, you should also invest in some good CPU coolers. You're buying an Unlocked SKU and a capable Motherboard after all, kinda wasted if you don't overclock your CPU sometime in the future. Something like this or this should prep you nicely (I prefer the later)
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:05 AM
Just a quick run through Newegg.
Corsair XMS3 8Gig (2x4) 1600
Seasonic S12II 620W
Intel 335 Series 240GB SSD
Total cost: $842
You have a little bit of wiggle room in your budget to bump things here or there to a different brand but overall this is will give you the most efficient use of your money for a great gaming experience. Since you have a large case with good air flow you can overclock the 3470 to 3.9GHz if you need a speed bump but the stock speed will give plenty of gaming performance. The SSD will make the whole system feel faster and while 240 Gig might not sound like muchy it is plenty of space if you are not hoarding games. Will hold the OS 5 or 6 large games and still have room left over easy.
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