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Building my first gaming pc with $600-$800 budget

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April 17, 2013 1:19:57 PM

I play many MMOs and other high-end games on my current pc, but I can only run very low graphics. Even then, I only get around 10-30 fps. I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me out. I've been looking around PC part picker, newegg, and asked some of the gamers in my MMOs for assistance with this, But even with their help, I have not found a suitable pc. I would prefer a 4gb ram, but if you think 8gb would be better, I am fine with that. Everything else is fine by your standards.


Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 months from now
Budget Range: $600-$800 after shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, homework (mainly using microsoft word)
Are you buying a monitor: no
Parts to Upgrade: N/A
Do you need to buy OS: I have windows 8 on my current pc, so i do not know
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, Crucial, and whatever PCPartPicker uses.
Location: North Carolina, USA
Parts Preferences: ATI or whatever you guys think is best.
Overclocking: nope
SLI or Crossfire: I don't think I need that
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Additional Comments: Sorry for not giving straight, concrete answers. Thank you for the consideration though! :) 

Thank you,
Zephyr The West

EDIT: Forgot the form.
April 17, 2013 1:41:56 PM

For $800, Asus P8Z77Pro, i5 3570, 2X4 1.5V DDR3 1600Mhz your choice just be 1.5V, AMD 7790, ADATA 120GB SSD, 500GB WD Blue, 500W power supply and mid tower case and LG 24X DVD-RW SATA
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April 17, 2013 1:42:07 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.14 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($238.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $777.04
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-17 16:41 EDT-0400)

Very solid build there for you, post back on any queries you have and I will answer then
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May 22, 2013 1:49:40 PM

So I noticed you did not include a CPU cooler or a SSD in the list. Do I need a CPU cooler or SSD to enhance my gaming? also, I believe I will have to buy a operating system, would you recommend windows 7 pro? Sorry about the super-late reply, but I have finally budgeted enough to build this computer, so I wanted to make sure everything is in order.

Thanks!


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May 28, 2013 3:32:32 PM

Ok, soz for the late reply on my behalf, ive been out of action recently X). Anyways, you don't really need a cpu cooler for "enhanced" gaming, by which I presume you mean better graphics settings/better fps, neither do you need an SSD. But a CPU cooler will allow for overclocking which will give ever so slight performance gains in games, although most of the time not worth it for normal consumers... An SSD will help with load times, but not much else. I would recommend windows 7 oem edition (btw whats wrong with using the 8 from the previous comp), pro isn't worth the money again for gamers :D 
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