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March 16, 2013 10:30:08 PM

This will be my first time building a gaming PC and i need help. It has to be under $500. Feel free to post your builds and/or suggestions. I will mostly use for the following games: GTA 4, DayZ, World of Tanks, War Thunder, and some other games.
Monitor: No
OS: Yes
Overclock: Maybe
Location: City, State/Region, Country: Phoenix, AZ USA
Preferred Website(s): Amazon, Newegg, and Tigerdirect

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a c 280 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 10:31:49 PM

Do you need a os/monitor? Are you planning to overclock? Country of origin.
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March 16, 2013 10:44:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.34 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $503.26
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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Here's a decent build. Since it is a gaming build, I opted out for a 7850 and a cheap case/mobo instead of going for a cheaper card. Another option would be to drop down to a 650ti, and spend a little more on case/mobo.
*sorry, didnt see you needing a os.
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March 16, 2013 10:49:47 PM

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CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.34 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: MSI TC- (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $488.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 01:49 EDT-0400)

Here. I had to drop dow your processor to a pentium, and gpu to a 650ti, but voila!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 10:49:56 PM

AMD version:

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.34 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $507.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 01:41 EDT-0400)

* 4 Core CPU and unlocked for easy OC'ing, if you want to do that later. Or you can get the Athlon II x4 640 CPU for ~$30 less, but it's not OC'ing friendly (if that matters to you).
* Only 4 gb's of RAM, for $25-30 more for 8 gb's total (if you get the Athlon II x4 640 you could afford the 8 gb's of RAM).

Intel version:

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CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.34 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $483.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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* Dual core CPU, can upgrade to i3 for about $40 more
* Mobo supports front USB 3.0 ports!
* 8 gb's of RAM!!

Both will game about the same, it just depends on which system you want to get/use.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 11:03:23 PM

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CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.34 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.17 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $506.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 02:03 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 16, 2013 11:55:45 PM

wouldn't buy a dual core processor for a gamer anymore.

he has 400 bucks not 500. opsys will eat 100.
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a c 280 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 12:19:52 AM

For $500 with os, you really can't go with a discrete graphics card. APU is your best bet.

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CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.42 @ Compuvest)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $501.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 03:19 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 12:31:21 AM

Not sure which one needs, since it's "Yes" on OS and "No" on Monitor.
Does he need OS or Monitor?
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a c 280 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 12:32:30 AM

Monitor: No
OS: Yes

Means he doesn't need monitor but he needs an os...
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 3:09:56 AM

realchaos said:
For $500 with os, you really can't go with a discrete graphics card. APU is your best bet.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.42 @ Compuvest)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $501.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 03:19 EDT-0400)



+1 to this solution

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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 3:20:00 AM

you can cheapen that build up by going to 1866 ram instead of 2400.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 4:46:44 AM

realchaos said:
For $500 with os, you really can't go with a discrete graphics card. APU is your best bet.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.42 @ Compuvest)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $501.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 03:19 EDT-0400)


My build above has a decent quad-core and a discrete video card so it is indeed possible. It's missing an optical drive but hardly a necessity for most people these days.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 5:16:32 AM

don't spend $75 on ram.... voila......... $ 4 - optical drive.
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a c 280 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 10:55:36 AM

APU works better with fast ram, unlike most other processors. With getting 2400ram, the apu will perform significantly better.
Unless the OP has an extra optical drive, there's no point in buying an os then. If hes doing it the usb way, he could just move the files off another computer with windows already installed into the usb.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 3:11:38 PM

realchaos said:
APU works better with fast ram, unlike most other processors. With getting 2400ram, the apu will perform significantly better.
Unless the OP has an extra optical drive, there's no point in buying an os then. If hes doing it the usb way, he could just move the files off another computer with windows already installed into the usb.


first of all he said he needs an operating system. an optical drive is not useless and in very big demand....... still................ think about that.

the ram won't run at 2400 unless he can get it to run at that speed........ doubtful. why spend more money than he needs. this is a "budget" build........ not over clocker's paradise.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 3:43:35 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KnGR
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KnGR/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/KnGR/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($122.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $470.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 18:43 EDT-0400)
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a c 280 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 3:56:45 PM

swifty_morgan said:
realchaos said:
APU works better with fast ram, unlike most other processors. With getting 2400ram, the apu will perform significantly better.
Unless the OP has an extra optical drive, there's no point in buying an os then. If hes doing it the usb way, he could just move the files off another computer with windows already installed into the usb.


first of all he said he needs an operating system. an optical drive is not useless and in very big demand....... still................ think about that.

the ram won't run at 2400 unless he can get it to run at that speed........ doubtful. why spend more money than he needs. this is a "budget" build........ not over clocker's paradise.


I'm just saying to the other guy who created a build with an os but no optical drive, it's pointless. You need an optical drive to run an os so unless he has an extra optical drive from a different system or something he can't run the disc. If he spends a bit of time researching how to get the ram to run at 2400, he would see significant performance.
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March 17, 2013 4:57:36 PM

The APU can hardly handle BF3 and other demanding games @720p lowest settings. Get a Sandy/Ivy dual core or Athlon 640, and a HD 7750,7770.
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March 17, 2013 5:28:51 PM

blake1243 said:
The APU can hardly handle BF3 and other demanding games @720p lowest settings. Get a Sandy/Ivy dual core or Athlon 640, and a HD 7750,7770.


I completely agree. My build above, or blake's living room machine+ os is the best idea.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zzWA
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a c 280 4 Gaming
March 17, 2013 5:51:10 PM

He never said he's playing demanding games like bf3...An apu can handle gta 4 with decent framerates.
Here's a build with discrete gpu:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Constellation ES 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.42 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.97 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $509.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-17 20:58 EDT-0400)
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