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March 22, 2013 12:25:14 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31/W8 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ 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)
Keyboard: Gear Head KB2200B Standard Keyboard Wired Standard Keyboard ($5.61 @ Amazon)
Total: $583.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 03:24 EDT-0400)

plan to play WoW skyrim starcraft2 and counterstrike source

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March 22, 2013 12:46:09 AM

thats agreat build....but i see nothing wrong with going to a i5 for 50$ more and a jump in performance and 4 cores:) 
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March 22, 2013 12:49:34 AM

I think you can probably do better for your budget. Also, at that price range I'm fairly confident that AMD is usually going to be the way to go, as you can get an FX6300 for the same price. What kind of graphics power you need is going to be dictated by your display resolution, but I'd definitely be tempted to try and squeeze in a HD7850 at that price range (or at least a GTX650Ti), it's a push though. If you really don't fancy the AMD route, you should consider the i3-3220, it's better than the 2130 and cheaper, no reason not to.

Here's an alternative thing I just knocked together, it's not perfect, I'd prefer a better motherboard and a little bit more money everywhere to round it off, but it does squeeze an FX6300 and a HD7850 under $600. Motherboard/case/memory is really just picked because it's (effectively) the cheapest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.85 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $587.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 03:45 EDT-0400)
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March 22, 2013 12:55:57 AM

i apologize to the mods
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March 22, 2013 12:57:42 AM

ah... after os..i see. its a good guidline though.
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March 22, 2013 7:18:39 AM

Rammy said:
I think you can probably do better for your budget. Also, at that price range I'm fairly confident that AMD is usually going to be the way to go, as you can get an FX6300 for the same price. What kind of graphics power you need is going to be dictated by your display resolution, but I'd definitely be tempted to try and squeeze in a HD7850 at that price range (or at least a GTX650Ti), it's a push though. If you really don't fancy the AMD route, you should consider the i3-3220, it's better than the 2130 and cheaper, no reason not to.

Here's an alternative thing I just knocked together, it's not perfect, I'd prefer a better motherboard and a little bit more money everywhere to round it off, but it does squeeze an FX6300 and a HD7850 under $600. Motherboard/case/memory is really just picked because it's (effectively) the cheapest.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.85 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($175.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $587.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 03:45 EDT-0400)



i literally have 600$ on a card i cant go over that at all so how about this?

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-P5HB5C (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ 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: $580.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 10:17 EDT-0400)
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March 22, 2013 7:43:20 AM

Better, but I'd change a couple of things. In any gaming machine of any budget you probably want to be spending most on graphics. You haven't specified your display resolution, so it's a bit hard to know if you are spending enough on graphics.

I'm still inclined to say at this price AMD is the better option for CPU, but if you are set on Intel, then here's a couple of tweaks.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ 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: $588.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 10:41 EDT-0400)

Oh, reason I changed the case is because I personally value front-panel USB3.0 and there's not really a reason not to have it.
One thing to note is that the AMD HD7790 is coming out in the coming weeks and will slot right into the price bracket (~$150) of graphics card which would be perfect for your build. Worth looking out for.
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March 22, 2013 7:44:52 AM

Rammy said:
Better, but I'd change a couple of things. In any gaming machine of any budget you probably want to be spending most on graphics. You haven't specified your display resolution, so it's a bit hard to know if you are spending enough on graphics.

I'm still inclined to say at this price AMD is the better option for CPU, but if you are set on Intel, then here's a couple of tweaks.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ 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: $588.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-22 10:41 EDT-0400)

Oh, reason I changed the case is because I personally value front-panel USB3.0 and there's not really a reason not to have it.
One thing to note is that the AMD HD7790 is coming out in the coming weeks and will slot right into the price bracket (~$150) of graphics card which would be perfect for your build. Worth looking out for.


um im not sure the resolution but i plan to use my HD tv and that build goes over my max budget of 600 :/ 
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March 22, 2013 7:48:54 AM

If you are using it at the moment right click in your desktop and either Display or Screen Resolution should tell you what's up.
The games you are talking about playing are fairly light on demands, and if your tv is 720P then you really don't need much graphics power, the HD7770 is going to be absolutely fine. If however, you want to play newer games, and you want to play at 1080P, it'll start to slow down and you'll need to turn settings down.
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March 22, 2013 7:51:44 AM

Rammy said:
If you are using it at the moment right click in your desktop and either Display or Screen Resolution should tell you what's up.
The games you are talking about playing are fairly light on demands, and if your tv is 720P then you really don't need much graphics power, the HD7770 is going to be absolutely fine. If however, you want to play newer games, and you want to play at 1080P, it'll start to slow down and you'll need to turn settings down.


well since im just putting my foot in the door so to speak will that stuff run any game? and atleast play em on medium settings without lag which is all i want for now new games as well and then when i make more money upgrade everything

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March 22, 2013 8:12:05 AM

Any of the setups listed will run basically anything, with obvious compromises depending on what you are trying to run.
It's impossible to know what the next generation of games will bring, so I always try to make sure that any cards I suggest (or buy myself) are currently running basically everything at high detail settings within their resolution niche.
By that I mean that for 1080P gaming, I'd suggest going for at least a HD7850. A HD7770 is going to run all games at 1080P, but it might require more tinkering with settings to get smooth gameplay.
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