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March 18, 2013 1:40:25 PM

Hello guys,
Im 16 years old and am currently using a crappy pentium4 with mx440. After reading various forums on gaming desktops, ive decieded to start building one with a budget of $500-525. I want to atleast have an intel i3 in it and i want to be able to play BF3 on a mid-high setting. I also play HL2, TF2, Amnesia, F.E.A.R, etc. I want to be able to play todays games in mid settings ATLEAST. Please give me the best bang for my buck. I will purchase the equipment right away using your choices. Will purchase from newegg Thanks Guys!

One more thing, how long will it take to build this bad boy??
March 18, 2013 1:43:52 PM

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March 18, 2013 1:46:49 PM

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March 18, 2013 1:47:09 PM

To build a computer takes an hour or 2...to install windows etc. takes several hours longer...(just for windows)

My personal recommendation would be to buy an AMD FX-6350 for around $100...get a decent MoBo from Asrock or Asus or MSI for around $100, spend $30 on a case, $30 on a sound card, spend about $80 on a 7200 RPM HDD with 500 GB to 1TB memory, spend about $80-100 to get 8-12 GB of 1833 MHz DDR3 RAM, and the rest on a good Video Card...something like a Radeon 7870 if you can swing it...(~$150-200)

You can pick up an internal DVD Burner these days for about $40.00-50.00 or a Blu-Ray for about $75-100...can't think of anything else you'd want.

That should put you about ~$600 and will get you WAY more power than an i3 intel will get you...AMD is ALOT of bang for your buck.

Edit: Power Supply! You'll want at least a 450W Power Supply...600W if you can, that will give you more room later when you want to upgrade again...you can get a decent PSU for about $50-75.

You might end up a hair over $600...but if you shop aggressively online...(not necessarily newegg.com...other places many times are cheaper)...then you can find deals...

AMD.com and click shop to see some really good deals on Video Cards, CPUs and MoBo's...
March 18, 2013 1:54:28 PM

Hey look at this and tell me if this works aswell:

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.33Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99)
Cooler Master DP6-9EDSA-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($9.99)
ASRock H61M-VS Intel H61 Micro ATX Motherboard ($59.99)
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard drive ($59.99)
Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($94.98)
Antec 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.09)
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Total: $528



March 18, 2013 1:55:07 PM

If you're serious about getting advice you should answer a few questions.

Does your budget ($500-$525) include an operating system?
Do you need an optical drive (DVDRW)?
Do you already have all the peripherals needed (keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor / tv)?
Are you set on Intel or is AMD an option?
Do you prefer Nvidia or AMD or does it not matter?
What resolution are you playing at?
March 18, 2013 1:56:55 PM

You'll want loads more RAM to game...minimum 8 GB of RAM...also your performance will suffer if your HDD is not at least a 7200 RPM model...Radeon is a good card, the 6600 will get you by...upgrade later.

I would buy the AMD chip man, it's 6 cores instead of 2 and 3.5 GHz instead of 3.3...and with Turbo Core the 6350 can be made to 3.8 GHz without any OC on the chip...

MUCH faster...intel is too much money on not enough chip
March 18, 2013 2:04:23 PM

8350rocks said:
You'll want loads more RAM to game...minimum 8 GB of RAM...also your performance will suffer if your HDD is not at least a 7200 RPM model...Radeon is a good card, the 6600 will get you by...upgrade later.

I would buy the AMD chip man, it's 6 cores instead of 2 and 3.5 GHz instead of 3.3...and with Turbo Core the 6350 can be made to 3.8 GHz without any OC on the chip...

MUCH faster...intel is too much money on not enough chip


The Radeon 6670 is not a gaming card. Please don't recommend it.

8gb is also not needed for gaming, OP can use 4gb for now if it means he can allocate the funds elsewhere (GPU).

The FX-6300 is also not a 6 core CPU, it's a tri core with six modules. Please don't give bad advice.

Wait for the OP to follow the guidelines in the sticky or at the very least. answer the questions that have been asked.
March 18, 2013 2:07:41 PM

It is 6 cores with 3 floating points shared between them...that's not bad advice...

The 6600 series is not top of the line now...but it's not bad, depends on the games he wants to run...

I didn't recommend it, he asked...I said shoot for a 7870 if he could swing it...

4 GB of RAM will play games...but he'll get more bang for his buck spending $100 on the FX-6350 and putting the rest into doubling or tripling up the RAM so his CPU can access the programming loaded into RAM quicker and he won't thrash his system.

Don't insinuate that I am giving bad advice, he wants to dump all his money into a less useful processor than he could get for HALF the money, so I figure let him live and learn. He will get more performance from what I told him...but he doesn't seem to want to listen.
March 18, 2013 2:08:43 PM

dscudella said:
If you're serious about getting advice you should ask yourself a few questions.

Does your budget ($500-$525) include an operating system?
Do you need an optical drive (DVDRW)?
Do you already have all the peripherals needed (keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor / tv)?
Are you set on Intel or is AMD an option?
Do you prefer Nvidia or AMD or does it not matter?
What resolution are you playing at?


Does your budget ($500-$525) include an operating system? NO
Do you need an optical drive (DVDRW)? I GUESS
Do you already have all the peripherals needed (keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor / tv)? YES
Are you set on Intel or is AMD an option? intel
Do you prefer Nvidia or AMD or does it not matter? doeasnt matter
What resolution are you playing at? any

March 18, 2013 2:10:42 PM

Look guys, AS LONG AS IT FITS IN $500 AND CAN RUN BF3 ON HIGH ILL BUY IT NOW JUST GIVE ME THE WHOLE LIST :) 
March 18, 2013 2:11:29 PM

One last question, and probably the most important. Are you in the US? Also, what resolution is your monitor / tv?
March 18, 2013 2:13:54 PM

dscudella said:
One last question, and probably the most important. Are you in the US? Also, what resolution is your monitor / tv?


yes i live in the US and right now im using standard resolution but i MIGHT upgrade to a slightly larger one :) 
March 18, 2013 2:14:40 PM

Minhaz Ali said:
Hey look at this and tell me if this works aswell:

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.33Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99)
Cooler Master DP6-9EDSA-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($9.99)
ASRock H61M-VS Intel H61 Micro ATX Motherboard ($59.99)
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard drive ($59.99)
Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($94.98)
Antec 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.09)
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Total: $528



Ditch that CM cooler. It really isn't any better than stock. I would switch out for the AMD FX 6300 with an MSI 970A-G46. That would allow for a 7770 and 8b kit of ram.
March 18, 2013 2:14:42 PM

I agree. You can cut $100 off your cpu by getting this: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6100WMGUSBX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , the take that $100 and add it to your GPU (since you are trying to game), and get something like this: PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 18, 2013 2:16:22 PM

Try this:

MSI MoBo: http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Detail/Motherboard/990FXA-GD... ($110.00)
FX-6300: http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Detail/Processor/FD6300WMHKB... ($119)
Radeon HD 7770: http://shop.amd.com/us/All/Detail/GraphicCard/FX-777A-Z... ($105)
Corsair 8 GB DDR3 1600: http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Platfor... ($55.00)
WD Black 1 TB 7200 RPM: http://www.google.com/shopping/product/7227007111886761... ($87)
Corsair 600w PSU: http://www.google.com/shopping/product/5494783663902264... ($69)

$545.00

Needs: Case/DVD or Blu-Ray Drive/Sound Card/Ethernet Card or Modem, all of which should cost around $100.00 combined or less

If you can scavenge some of that great, if not...then you can find some slightly lesser pieces to sacrifice, or just pay the $650 and be done with it.
March 18, 2013 2:19:03 PM

Minhaz Ali said:
Hey look at this and tell me if this works aswell:

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.33Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99)
Cooler Master DP6-9EDSA-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($9.99)
ASRock H61M-VS Intel H61 Micro ATX Motherboard ($59.99)
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard drive ($59.99)
Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($94.98)
Antec 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.09)
--------------------------------------------------
Total: $528





Is this including shipping/handling charges?
March 18, 2013 2:20:33 PM

Also unless your buying a OEM cpu (i.e non boxed) you can save money you don't need to buy a seperate CPU cooler. Others may mention OC'ing but when your ready for that and have the money that be an option. Also you can still go with an i3 to save you a good $50+ I would since your only 16 so I'm sure your on limited funds. Though I would actually suggest getting a 7770 with the money you save from going with an i3 instead of an i5.
March 18, 2013 2:30:30 PM

Neuspeed said:
Minhaz Ali said:
Hey look at this and tell me if this works aswell:

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.33Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99)
Cooler Master DP6-9EDSA-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($9.99)
ASRock H61M-VS Intel H61 Micro ATX Motherboard ($59.99)
Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard drive ($59.99)
Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($94.98)
Antec 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($54.09)
--------------------------------------------------
Total: $528





Is this including shipping/handling charges?


Here's what it says from this website : http://www.destructoid.com/how-to-build-a-480-gaming-pc...

"So let's do the math: On top of saving $400 from buying from a computer retailer, you can save about $160 more if you want to take a hit in performance, which comes to a grand total of $560 in savings. You might as well slap a 50% discount sticker on retail computers and throw in some free computer training as well. Adding it all together without the price cuts brings us to a slim total of $698, while the cost-reduction build comes to a mind-blowing total of only $539.48. If you've never built a computer before or need some reminders on how to do it and which parts to pick, check out this tutorial or any of the many other guides online."


March 18, 2013 2:32:39 PM

Ill swap out the i5 for an i3
March 18, 2013 2:32:57 PM

Trust me, go AMD on your CPU...you'll seriously thank me later...the FX-6300 benchmarks LIGHTYEARS ahead of that i3
March 18, 2013 2:47:24 PM

i guess a FX-6300 will do, but im afraid if i add up everything else it's going to go above my budget, which i cant afford cause im 16 :p . Can someone PLEASE give me A FINAL LIST of everything that ill have to buy +shipping and handling with the FX-6300, under $500-530 and can run games smooth THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
March 18, 2013 2:50:17 PM

I already did...up a few posts...you could drop to a 7750 Radeon instead of a 7770, and pick up most of the extras you need...
March 18, 2013 2:56:07 PM

8350rocks said:
I already did...up a few posts...you could drop to a 7750 Radeon instead of a 7770, and pick up most of the extras you need...


Its only a 15ish dollar change. Wont be enough to buy a case, optic drive, etc. What if i changed the 1TB to a 500 GB?
March 18, 2013 3:02:03 PM

8350rocks said:
I already did...up a few posts...you could drop to a 7750 Radeon instead of a 7770, and pick up most of the extras you need...


lol bro i understand what you mean, but i need a COMPLETE build if anyone can. I need a damn case, optic drives, and maybe we can make the 1TB a 500, etc
March 18, 2013 3:24:56 PM

I can't believe how many poor responses and how much bad advice has been given here.

I'm on my phone so I cant make a partspicker list but I can tell you generally what to get.

With only $500 to work with and no OS we need to be reasonable about what you can afford.

Go with this:

AMD Phenom 2 x4 965 - around $90
AMD 7770 - around $130
Any good case for $40
A good brand power supply for $40
Windows 8 - around $80
Cheapest optical drive you can get
An AM3± motherboard for around $80
500 gb Hdd for around $50

That's the best you can do for a little over $500 and its able to be upgraded down the road. You don't need a sound or network card. That will play the games you want. Ill make a detailed list when I get home.
March 18, 2013 3:27:15 PM

JD88 said:
I can't believe how many poor responses and how much bad advice has been given here.

I'm on my phone so I cant make a partspicker list but I can tell you generally what to get.

With only $500 to work with and no OS we need to be reasonable about what you can afford.

Go with this:

AMD Phenom 2 x4 965 - around $90
AMD 7770 - around $130
Any good case for $40
A good brand power supply for $40
Windows 8 - around $80
Cheapest optical drive you can get
An AM3± motherboard for around $80
500 gb Hdd for around $50

That's the best you can do for a little over $500 and its able to be upgraded down the road. You don't need a sound or network card. That will play the games you want. Ill make a detailed list when I get home.


I love you so much thank you. btw you think a fx-6300 is a bad choice???

March 18, 2013 3:32:18 PM

The 6300 is better for sure but it is also $30-40 more. It won't make that much of a difference in gaming. Get it if you can fit it into your budget but don't go any less than the 7770 on graphics. Also I left out Ram. Pick up 4gb of 1600 if you can for around $20.
March 18, 2013 3:36:43 PM

JD88 said:
The 6300 is better for sure but it is also $30-40 more. It won't make that much of a difference in gaming. Get it if you can fit it into your budget but don't go any less than the 7770 on graphics. Also I left out Ram. Pick up 4gb of 1600 if you can for around $20.


Im able to extend the price up to $530 :)  Can you give me the final price with shipping and handling and the websites? Ive been struggling all day asking questions but no one answered :( 
March 18, 2013 3:39:48 PM

Sure I can do that. I'm not at home now but I will be in an hour or so. Ill make a detailed list then. Adding it all up in my head it came to around $550 but we might be able to find some of it on sale.
March 18, 2013 3:44:41 PM

JD88 said:
Sure I can do that. I'm not at home now but I will be in an hour or so. Ill make a detailed list then. Adding it all up in my head it came to around $550 but we might be able to find some of it on sale.


Thank you so much and ill be waiting for you :D 
March 18, 2013 4:08:56 PM

JD88 said:
Sure I can do that. I'm not at home now but I will be in an hour or so. Ill make a detailed list then. Adding it all up in my head it came to around $550 but we might be able to find some of it on sale.


Hey how does this look????

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($17.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $518.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 08:18 EST-0500)
March 18, 2013 4:12:29 PM

nvm, its not the same price :S

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March 18, 2013 4:26:39 PM
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Minhaz Ali said:


Hey how does this look????

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($17.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $518.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 08:18 EST-0500)


Couple of problems. First, you don't have an operating system (Windows) listed there. That's going to be around $80-$100. Also, that's not a great motherboard. Here's the list I came up with.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.64 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $515.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 19:25 EDT-0400)

Edit: Go with that HDD, it seems better than the one I picked. Case is up to you, you can spend less and maybe come up with enough cash to get the 7850. You'll need the 500 psu that way as well. Getting the better video card will do you more good than getting the 6300.
March 18, 2013 4:32:35 PM

JD88 said:
Minhaz Ali said:


Hey how does this look????

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($17.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $518.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 08:18 EST-0500)


Couple of problems. First, you don't have an operating system (Windows) listed there. That's going to be around $80-$100. Also, that's not a great motherboard. Here's the list I came up with.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($28.64 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $515.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 19:25 EDT-0400)


One last question, will the sales stay, or is it only for today? Such as outlet pc
March 18, 2013 4:33:44 PM

That's a good build...that will run BF3...if you have another $20, the FX-6300 will fit that same MoBo...AM3+ socket is upgradable to the new line of FX processors...and you can get the FX-6300 from AMD.com for $119

Prices are always fluctuating...but notice the PCPartPicker time stamp...you can use that app to find the best prices for the parts you're looking for...just google pcpartpicker
March 18, 2013 4:46:28 PM

My brother doesnt want to deal with this stuff until thursday. Will the deals remain????
March 18, 2013 4:47:01 PM

Prices are usually good for a week or so. If not, it shouldn't be a drastic difference. I'm not too familiar with Outlet PC, but Newegg or NCIX should have the same parts for close to the same prices.
March 18, 2013 5:03:51 PM

JD88 said:
Prices are usually good for a week or so. If not, it shouldn't be a drastic difference. I'm not too familiar with Outlet PC, but Newegg or NCIX should have the same parts for close to the same prices.


thanks, and keep in touch until i get the parts :) 
March 18, 2013 5:54:39 PM

Minhaz Ali said:
JD88 said:
Prices are usually good for a week or so. If not, it shouldn't be a drastic difference. I'm not too familiar with Outlet PC, but Newegg or NCIX should have the same parts for close to the same prices.


thanks, and keep in touch until i get the parts :) 


Minor points:
1) Get Windows 8 64-bit OEM (make sure it's 64-bit).

2) Get Start8 from Stardock ($5) after you build your PC. Go ahead and try the new interface though, then install Start8 to bypass the new "Metro" interface and work like Windows 7.

3) CPU choices: Google some gaming benchmarks yourself to find out which CPU gives the best performance. Simply find the two or three CPU's in your price point then Google each one. Example:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/fx-8350-83...
*Note how much variation between games there is. Some are more dependent on the GRAPHICS CARD. The resolution is also very significant so you may wish to game at 1600x900 instead of 1920x1080 (for example) and of course tweak other quality settings.
*The biggest mistake in gaming is to crank up the quality so high that the game runs at a low frame rate with stuttering. If possible (depending on game/settings) it would be nice to get 60FPS with VSYNC most of the time.

4) TWEAKING.
Always run FRAPS and tweak the resolution, quality etc when gaming. BF3 has a setting called "deferred AA" which causes a muddy blurring. Disable this. Some settings cause only minor improvements but can be very taxing. (There are guides on the Internet as well.)
*Spend some time learning how to tweak games (VSYNC, Anti-Aliasing, FPS, Fraps etc)

5) RadeonPro:
This is a great tool for:
a) Forcing AA if not supported (Mass Effected #1)
b) Forcing VSYNC if not supported (Witcher #1)
c) Forcing 50FPS instead of 60FPS with VSYNC (my monitor supports this only at 1280x720 and 1920x1080)
http://www.radeonpro.info/en-US/

6) Installing Windows:
a) Install Windows
b) Go to the Motherboard Support Site (don't use CD included) to download and install:
- main chipset driver, other relevant drivers including Audio.
c) Finish Microsoft Updates
d) Install other programs
e) Activate Windows
f) If you can obtain another hard drive (even a free crappy one that works) make a backup IMAGE of your final Windows Installation so you can RESTORE this in case of issues.
March 18, 2013 6:49:04 PM

Thanks guys, and to ballerslife, i really cant pirate because verizon fios has a new polocy about piraters, not that i would tho :D 
March 18, 2013 8:13:15 PM

This is a great gaming pc for your budget its $25 less than your max price so feel free to add small things :) 

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

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 760GM-GS3 Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($50.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $456.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-18 23:11 EDT-0400)
March 19, 2013 3:07:02 PM

I live in Manhattan, NYC .....no where in sight lol
March 19, 2013 6:07:25 PM

Pirating may be a common thing on the web but we don't allow it here and we don't allow the promoting of it so that's why the posts from ballerslife were deleted.
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