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Need help building a everyday use computer for casual gaming.

I am building a new computer. I will use it for general computer things like surfing the web and watching movies and tv. I'll also be doing some very minor gaming. The games I would like to play are KotOR, Sims 3, Civilizations 3and 4, and Kerbal Space Program. I want it to be very upgradeable, though. I also want a CPU that has awesome integrated graphics, but can handle adding a $200 graphics card. I have a keyboard, monitor, mouse, and I have a copy of windows 7 64bit already, so don't add them in. I want to try to keep the build under like $350 or so, but make sure it can be upgraded.
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    Here's an option:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($78.18 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $389.12
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 19:56 EDT-0400)

    I know it's a bit over your budget, but it should give you room to upgrade later.
  2. maui67 said:
    Here's an option:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($78.18 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $389.12
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-09 19:56 EDT-0400)

    I know it's a bit over your budget, but it should give you room to upgrade later.



    So if I use this, I can handle the old games I play plus the CPU can handle a graphics card upgrade?
  3. Yes, it should handle older games just fine. And Yes, you can add a $200 graphics card later (i.e. GTX 660 or HD7850/7870).
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