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Budget, Barebones under around $650 - $750?

Last response: in Systems
June 14, 2013 7:18:26 PM

Hi, I haven't been in the loop with hardware for over 7 years now and was wondering what I should invest my money into building a gaming system. I'm looking to spend around 650 - 700 dollars. I tried putting one together myself on newegg, but I just feel so overwhelmed with all the options and don't want to make the wrong decision. I don't need a monitor or case just yet. What do you guys think?
June 15, 2013 1:38:40 AM

The FX 4350 is a very good budget processor. Build around that.
June 15, 2013 2:34:50 AM

Here is something you could go with to get you started. I haven't included a unlocked CPU because well in the end your budget doesn't leave room for it. Also it should be more than sufficient in the end for you.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($182.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($93.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.23 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($55.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $742.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-15 05:34 EDT-0400)