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$600 Gaming PC Build

Hi there! This is my first post on Tom's Hardware and I'm looking for some advice and a possible build for my first homebuilt desktop. I'm trying to run games like Mass Effect and Borderlands 2 on high or at least to the point where it wont constantly freeze on me. I have no preference for AMD or Intel for CPUs or any preference for video card makers.

No Peripherals and no OS will be needed.

Thank you! I really have no idea where to start out with this.
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  1. GeorgeQiao said:
    Hi there! This is my first post on Tom's Hardware and I'm looking for some advice and a possible build for my first homebuilt desktop. I'm trying to run games like Mass Effect and Borderlands 2 on high or at least to the point where it wont constantly freeze on me. I have no preference for AMD or Intel for CPUs or any preference for video card makers.

    No Peripherals and no OS will be needed.

    Thank you! I really have no idea where to start out with this.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.03 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $592.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 20:55 EDT-0400)
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.59 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.03 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $591.55
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-03 22:33 EDT-0400)
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