$900 Gaming/Design PC

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1231 V3 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $242.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $89.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston Fury Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $68.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.98 @ Directron
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 285 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $209.99 @ NCIX US
Case Rosewill Legacy U2-S-Window Mini ITX Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply OCZ ZT 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $97.99 @ SuperBiiz
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $897.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-02 03:21 EST-0500

This build has a Xeon E3-1231 which is pretty much a rebranded i7 without an integrated graphics card (which is not needed in this build where a discrete graphics card is included). The Quad core with hyperthreading will guarantee crisp performance in graphic design/video rendering and editing. Of course, it has enough power for gaming.

I also included a single stick of 8GB of RAM so you have room for another 8GB of RAM in the future when you can afford it. Of course, if you find that you're not using that much memory when doing your graphic design & video rendering/editing, then you don't have to upgrade it.

The R9 285 has the performance of somewhere between an R9 280 and a 280X. It's a pretty good card that can run ultra settings on most games. If you find that the FPS you get isn't satisfactory, then turning down the filters (anti-aliasing and such) would be helpful. Of course, there will be some games where you will have to turn the settings down to high, but the R9 285 gives you great performance for only $210.

The case is a mITX tower case that has a very unique aesthetic and sleekness. It's a pretty sweet case that doesn't have a bad pricetag.

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