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Help Me Build a $750 Gaming PC

Please correct me if something I've decided on is wrong or downright impossible :)

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as possible

Budget Range: $0-800 (after rebates & shipping)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, media, office, internet

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg preferably. If it's easy to order from it should be ok

Location: Menomonie, WI, USA

Parts Preferences: Either Intel/AMD.. Definitely would prefer quad-core if it fits

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Unfamiliar, so no

Your Monitor Resolution: Want at least 21.5", HD resolution for gaming and videos if possible so ~1920x1080/1200

Additional Comments: I'm not a heavy gamer but I want to play games like Path of Exile, The Sims 3, and possibly other MMORPGs, Skyrim, etc. I might also use it for producing music with FL Studio

Why Are You Upgrading: I currently play Path of Exile and produce music on a Macbook Pro (13" to boot) that I got from my university. It's awesome, but it's not a gaming powerhouse. So help me build one!
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $747.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 15:48 EDT-0400)
  2. ^ good setup, but I would opt for the 2GB version of the video card, it's not that much more expensive. Next gen consoles are on the horizon and it is likely that game developers will cram more graphics-intensive stuff into their engines going forward, and a 1GB graphics card might become an issue too early.

    Of course you can stick with a 1GB card. Just saying, might consider a little future-proofing.
  3. Best answer
    An intel version

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $776.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 21:54 EDT-0400)

    I didn't choose 3570k to save money since you didn't want to overclock
    same cooler
    Intel mobo, same price
    same ram
    same video card
    I like this case better but your choice, same price
    same psu
    full windows 8 (I don't know the difference between oem and full, maybe someone can enlighten me, I just chose full)
    Almost same monitor, this one is LED, same price
  4. ScrewySqrl said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G215HVBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $747.46
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 15:48 EDT-0400)



    Anonymous said:
    An intel version

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G226HQLBbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $776.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-29 21:54 EDT-0400)

    I didn't choose 3570k to save money since you didn't want to overclock
    same cooler
    Intel mobo, same price
    same ram
    same video card
    I like this case better but your choice, same price
    same psu
    full windows 8 (I don't know the difference between oem and full, maybe someone can enlighten me, I just chose full)
    Almost same monitor, this one is LED, same price


    I decided to go with the Intel version which was a little bit more but I think I like what I see more than with the AMDs. Thank you both for the awesome setups and the help in the search!
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