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Looking to spend under $680 for a gaming PC

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March 28, 2013 6:16:44 PM

Just what the title says, I don't have any build experience so I have been looking towards pre-built such as
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't think I could build the set up for that. I just don't like the motherboard. Anyone have any advice? I may be willing to attempt to build it on my own but the os has to be included in the 680 max (I'd love it to be less) price.

Thanks!

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March 28, 2013 6:23:23 PM

Here is a nice DIY rig

USB3 mb + case
nice PSU and HDD
7790 (performs between an 7770 and 7850) [beats an 650ti, loses to 650ti boost]
1866mhz ram (only $2 more than 1600mhz kits, and like $4 more than 1333mhz kits)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($158.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $643.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 21:24 EDT-0400)

Here is an different build that goes heavier on the gpu side and weaker cpu

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $648.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 21:27 EDT-0400)

Here is an guide to DIY a PC

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/04/how-to-build-you...
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2011/04/a...
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March 28, 2013 6:27:10 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $617.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 21:26 EDT-0400)

That pre-built actually isn't that bad, except for the HDD, MoBo and PSU.
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March 28, 2013 6:29:24 PM

SHORYUKEN said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $617.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 21:26 EDT-0400)

That pre-built actually isn't that bad, except for the HDD, MoBo and PSU.


^ 3470 is $40 more ($183) if you can't drive into MC to buy it

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March 28, 2013 6:32:59 PM

stickmansam said:
SHORYUKEN said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $617.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 21:26 EDT-0400)

That pre-built actually isn't that bad, except for the HDD, MoBo and PSU.


^ 3470 is $40 more ($183) if you can't drive into MC to buy it



Yes?

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March 28, 2013 6:59:03 PM

just saying :p 
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March 28, 2013 7:10:14 PM

Here you go :) 

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($204.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $687.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 22:17 EDT-0400)

Be sure to notice the included Radeon 7870 as it is quite a bit better than the cards mentioned in the other builds. You can always downgrade it if you like, but that is a pretty good deal on that particular card right now, and it was in a combo with the RAM for an extra $15 off.
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March 28, 2013 7:11:11 PM

Amazing guys! Thank you, I'm ordering in the morning and I think I'm going to have to give it a go myself. I feel pretty confident in the building of it. Just a bit nervous of the cost if I do screw it up!

Thanks!
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March 29, 2013 8:57:23 AM

So this is the build I went with: I had to do the 1333 memory as that's all the mobo supported. Thanks so much for the help guys!


Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148840
Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model TED38192M1333HC9DC
Item #: N82E16820313086
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116986
COOLER MASTER Elite 431 Plus RC-431P-KWN2 Black Steel Body (0.5mm SECC), ABS plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119256
SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151256
Rosewill RFA-120-WL 120mm 4 White LEDs LED Case cooler X 2
Item #: N82E1683520005
HIS iCooler H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Item #: N82E16814161402
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128565
AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
Item #: N82E16819113286
COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US 500W ATX12V v2.3 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817171031
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March 29, 2013 11:02:37 AM

Have fun with it then :) 

FYI the 1866mhz ram would have down clocked to 1333mhz, frgt to mention that :p 
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