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March 14, 2013 6:50:44 AM

Looking to build my first ever gaming rig and I'm very very new to this! Majority of this will be used to play Sim City 2013. I don't need anything fancy, I just my game to look like the trailers do :) 

Approximate Purchase Date: Ready to start buying ASAP
Budget Range: $500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open
Location: Long Island, NY
Parts Preferences: Open
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: ?
Your Monitor Resolution: Samsung SyncMaster P2770's 16:9 aspect ratio supports a "Full HD" 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolution
Additional Comments: Building this to be able to play Sim City 2013.
Need a desperate upgrade from this:

First suggested advice:
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $635.47

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March 14, 2013 7:05:43 AM

Seems pretty good.
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March 14, 2013 7:12:59 AM

$635 to $500,
i wonder how to cut it off,
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March 14, 2013 7:21:34 AM

Might want to invest a bit more in the graphics card and you might like Windows 7 better than 8 but it's harder to find.
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March 14, 2013 7:27:54 AM

fallenicarus said:
$635 to $500,
i wonder how to cut it off,


No. You do not want to go lower than these specs for a gaming rig. And you'll never regret spending more on electronics (in the budget space, that is).
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March 14, 2013 7:28:06 AM

Do you live near a Microcenter? They often have motherboard CPU combos at a good price.
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March 14, 2013 7:32:19 AM

If you need to cut to $500, something like this might suit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.71 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.97 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 10:31 EDT-0400)
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March 14, 2013 7:34:42 AM

Why do you need a 7770 for this game? It doesn't need that much. It's only $90, but a place to save money.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is $70 and you get Far Cry 3 ($30) for free.

The best way for you to save is on CPU + mobo. Your listing is $140 +$83 = $223

At microcenter, you can get a bundle: FX-6300 + ASRock EXt 4 for $180
AND microcenter is in Long Island too.

Those changes saves $60.
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March 14, 2013 7:41:35 AM

The Microcenter bundle looks like a good deal for what the poster needs... I wish there were some on the west side of Michigan.
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March 14, 2013 7:54:19 AM

I'm going to price a few things on microcenter now and post my findings.

One reply said to upgrade the card and another said that I don't need that particular one. What to do?
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March 14, 2013 7:57:09 AM

For sim city i can't see the 7770 having many problems handling it.
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March 14, 2013 8:26:45 AM

mikerockett said:
If you need to cut to $500, something like this might suit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.71 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.97 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $499.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-14 10:31 EDT-0400)


I'm really liking this setup for just shy of $500
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March 14, 2013 8:28:00 AM

Beh162 said:
I'm going to price a few things on microcenter now and post my findings.

One reply said to upgrade the card and another said that I don't need that particular one. What to do?


I said to down grade the GPU to save money. Also, you can check "Recommended System Requirements"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SimCity_(2013_video_game) (just a quick search)

You can see that you don't need a 7770 to run this game. The website says:
"nVidia GTX 275 or better, or ATI 5850 or Better" you can buy those for $30.
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March 14, 2013 8:30:11 AM

Glad you like it, it's using a slightly older processor but when were looking at budget rigs we need to look at all avenues available. A good quad core CPU with a 7770 will be a fine set up for a cheap gaming rig. I recommend when you've got a spare $20-30 lying around, investing in a good CPU cooler.
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March 14, 2013 8:33:50 AM

Just from NewEgg...
CPU: Intel 3350P ($170)
MoBo: ASRock B75 Pro ($75)
RAM: G.Skill ARES 1600 8GB ($60)
GPU: Radeon HD 7850 ($155)
HDD: Seagate 1TB ($80)
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black ($30)
PSU: Corsair CX500 ($40)
Total: $610
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March 14, 2013 8:38:28 AM

jesot said:
Just from NewEgg...
CPU: Intel 3350P ($170)
MoBo: ASRock B75 Pro ($75)
RAM: G.Skill ARES 1600 8GB ($60)
GPU: Radeon HD 7850 ($155)
HDD: Seagate 1TB ($80)
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black ($30)
Total: $610


Good, but $110 over budget and missing an optical and a copy of windows.
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March 14, 2013 8:41:24 AM

envy14tpe said:
Beh162 said:
I'm going to price a few things on microcenter now and post my findings.

One reply said to upgrade the card and another said that I don't need that particular one. What to do?


I said to down grade the GPU to save money. Also, you can check "Recommended System Requirements"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SimCity_(2013_video_game) (just a quick search)

You can see that you don't need a 7770 to run this game. The website says:
"nVidia GTX 275 or better, or ATI 5850 or Better" you can buy those for $30.


Oh yeah makes sense. I'll upgrade slightly above that and add a CPU cooler just to be safe!
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March 14, 2013 8:52:30 AM

Not saying that envy is wrong but for the price difference of $15 between the 7750 and 7770 i would get the 7770. It should net you 5-20 extra fps depending on the game, also gives you more room if you want to play other games as well.
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March 14, 2013 8:53:55 AM

If you have access to a Microcenter, that's where you'll want to get your CPU, MoBo, and RAM. They always have lower prices than anyone on CPUs and they give a really hefty discount when you get a CPU/MoBo combo and often also give you like $5 off RAM. I put together an HTPC last month and ended up getting $55 off the in-store prices from combining CPU, MoBo, and RAM...which ended up being $85 cheaper than anywhere online because of their great CPU prices.

Cases and PSUs tend to be cheaper on NewEgg and the other online stores. HDDs vary.
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March 14, 2013 9:01:47 AM

mikerockett said:
Glad you like it, it's using a slightly older processor but when were looking at budget rigs we need to look at all avenues available. A good quad core CPU with a 7770 will be a fine set up for a cheap gaming rig. I recommend when you've got a spare $20-30 lying around, investing in a good CPU cooler.


I agree, but for someone who wants to play Sim City (not Battlefield 3) and $500ish budget, you need to save money somewhere. Also, is there any difference between a 7750 and 7770 in Sim City?
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March 14, 2013 9:07:04 AM

envy14tpe said:
mikerockett said:
Glad you like it, it's using a slightly older processor but when were looking at budget rigs we need to look at all avenues available. A good quad core CPU with a 7770 will be a fine set up for a cheap gaming rig. I recommend when you've got a spare $20-30 lying around, investing in a good CPU cooler.


I agree, but for someone who wants to play Sim City (not Battlefield 3) and $500ish budget, you need to save money somewhere. Also, is there any difference between a 7750 and 7770 in Sim City?


I honestly couldn't say for sure, not exactly the most benchmarked game out there :)  From what i can tell from the system requirements it looks like it may be more processor bound than GPU. Really depends on the OP, either will be perfectly fine, just depends if he wants the extra and if he's likely to play other games.
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March 14, 2013 9:11:04 AM

Going with the 7750 to save a few extra bucks is fine. I'm not a huge gamer so just enough to get by is fine! I'm just sick of laggy game play and crappy graphics.
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March 14, 2013 9:15:34 AM

If you can get to a Microcenter, you can go with the FX 6300 with mikerockett's build and actually save $26 on the bottomline when you bundle it with that same motherboard.
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March 14, 2013 9:17:37 AM

I'll be checking out Microcenter tomorrow!

Thanks for all the help, can't wait to get this started
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March 14, 2013 9:23:20 AM

Good luck with your build and enjoy your new rig :) 
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March 14, 2013 9:26:46 AM

Beh162 said:
I'll be checking out Microcenter tomorrow!

Thanks for all the help, can't wait to get this started

Microcenter is great for bundles (CPU+mobo) deals, but everything else is cheaper through amazon and newegg.

Enjoy the FX-6300. I think it's the best $100-150 CPU. Learn to overclock and you will see why.
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March 20, 2013 8:32:19 PM

What did you end up doing?
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March 21, 2013 4:28:28 AM

Purchased this from Microcenter today:

FX 6300 Black Edition 3.5GHz Six-Core Socket AM3+ Boxed Processor
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard
$170

For graphics card I went w/: MCI R7770

I asked the guy about a cpu cooler and he said the stock AMD is fine for now. I guess I'll worry about that a little later. Anyways, I'll be putting the rig together either Friday or Saturday (depending on delivery of the other parts)
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March 21, 2013 9:17:14 PM

Beh162 said:
Purchased this from Microcenter today:

FX 6300 Black Edition 3.5GHz Six-Core Socket AM3+ Boxed Processor
MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard
$170

For graphics card I went w/: MCI R7770

I asked the guy about a cpu cooler and he said the stock AMD is fine for now. I guess I'll worry about that a little later. Anyways, I'll be putting the rig together either Friday or Saturday (depending on delivery of the other parts)


The deal on your 6300+mobo is awesome!! Great buy. The guy was right that the cpu cooler is good for now, but when you want to overclock you will need a better cooler. (It's easier to install everything at once, but that's ok) Also, don't worry you can find decent coolers for $15-20, and great coolers for $30.
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March 22, 2013 6:58:21 PM

System is up and running! Only issue is I completely forgot I had to buy a wireless network adapter!! Once I get that I can test the gaming portion!!
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March 31, 2013 3:28:51 AM

How's it running now?

Fast enough?

Did you get microcenter deal?
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