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April 6, 2013 5:25:32 PM

Could someone please help me pick some components for a $500 gaming PC, the total should not go over $600. I want it to be portable and suitable for a living room. A micro ATX mobo looks attractive because mini ITX boards are expensive. At the most, I want the PC to be able to play Crysis 3 at high settings and it has to be future proof for the next few years. This is my first build so could someone also tell me where tto find tutorials on how to build a PC? Thanx ;)  (If you help)

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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 5:32:29 PM

does this thing need a monitor and an operating system?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 5:47:21 PM

Juzza said:
Could someone please help me pick some components for a $500 gaming PC, the total should not go over $600. I want it to be portable and suitable for a living room. A micro ATX mobo looks attractive because mini ITX boards are expensive. At the most, I want the PC to be able to play Crysis 3 at high settings and it has to be future proof for the next few years. This is my first build so could someone also tell me where tto find tutorials on how to build a PC? Thanx ;)  (If you help)


First: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...

Second, you're asking for something that a little difficult. Here is a review of Crysis 3. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/crysis-3-performanc...

It's going to take a computer a little more than $600 to play this game on high and have "future proof".

It takes a
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April 6, 2013 5:54:20 PM

I don't need an OS or a monitor. I don't mind if the PC can play Crysis 3 @ Medium, I'm just using it as an example because it is a very intensive game so I won't be playing games even more intensive much and if I do I don't mind normal settings. This is 1080p gaming.
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April 6, 2013 6:01:30 PM

I'm not going to be overclocking anything except a GPU possibly. I want the PC to be built by Christmas 2013. I don't really know where to buy the components since this is my first build but I can get stuff from the US. I don't mind ATI graphics but I do prefer Intel over AMD unless the CPU is truly better overall. So far I think...
CPU: i3-3220
GPU: GTX 650 Ti Boost or HD 7850 or GTX 750 Ti (When it comes out, what type of performance will it have?)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45
Case: I have no idea, it has to be small and portable
RAM: 8 GB's of DDR3 1600MHz
HDD: Either a WD Blue 500GB or a Seagate Barracuda 500GB
PSU: An 80+ Certified PSU depending on the power consumption of the system

What do you think? I'm a newbie so please help me pick some good parts
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 6:43:38 PM

get back to this thread later or tomorrow.
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 7:02:08 PM

Juzza said:
I want the PC to be built by Christmas 2013. s


Come back in October/November and get a new Intel Haswell chip. Until then, just forget about building one. Prices and parts will be very different by Christmas. Besides, you want to buy all the parts at the same time. You don't want to buy one part here and then one two months from now. Warranties.

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April 6, 2013 7:30:30 PM

But wouldn't the Haswell i3 chips be more expensive than the current ones? What would the performance improvement be? Doesn't that mean I need a different, more expensive motherboard as well? I haven't bought any parts yet, I'm just planning for Christmas. Thanx everyone for replying so quickly, please be here when the year's nearly out :) 
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April 6, 2013 7:39:03 PM

Um, just a few more questions: What will the performance of a i3 4220 (Haswell) and a GTX 750 Ti be like? What price do you think they will be and when do you think they are going to be released? Does anyone know any good, portable Micro ATX cases because I will still stick to a Micro ATX mobo. When these new parts are released will it increase the price of the system as well (No more than $600)?
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a b 4 Gaming
April 6, 2013 8:42:17 PM

First, more expensive, not really. The 2500k was $220 when the 3570k was released for $230. Intel doesn't really drop prices. The 2500k is still $220 before discounts. As for performance, read this article about Haswell. ( http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-4770k-haswe...) As for the 700 series from Nvidia, no one knows. Like I said, forget about it right now and then come back in October/November.
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