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June 19, 2013 4:11:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: End of July (around the 29th-31st)

Budget Range: $600.00-700.00usd (After Rebates); no more than $750.00usd (Before Rebates). I'm on a strict budget, so I really can't go over 700 after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Downloading/Browsing the Internet, Watching Movies, Video Editing with Sony Vegas.

I am mainly buying this computer to play the Sims 3 on. It's the main game I am buying this PC for, so as along as it can handle the Sims 3 on high setting without any real lag (all expansion packs and stuff packs plus tons of custom content), then it would be perfect.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but that's not included in this budget. I already know the monitor I want and already have other funds for it. It's ASUS VH238H 23-Inch 1080P LED Monitor with Integrated Speakers.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes. I want a Windows 7 (64-bit) system.

Location: McComb, MS

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Since the Sims 3 relies heavily on the CPU, I would really love to get a i5 or an i7, as high as it can fit into my budget. I would also like to get either a Geforce GTX 650ti or 660 or something equivalent. Those should be able to handle the Sims 3. I will be updating my graphics card in the future, maybe by next year to a more powerful one, but for now this should do just fine. Although, I would like to be able to do some updates with ease without having to build a whole new pc. I also want at least 8GB of Ram, with room to upgrade to at least 16GB of Ram in the future. I also need at least 500GB of storage, but the more the better. Edit: I forgot I also need a mouse and keyboard and a wireless adapter.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080P

Thank you in advance.

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June 19, 2013 4:26:17 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $685.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 19:23 EDT-0400)

That GPU is supported by Sony Vegas when it comes to encoding:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1010035/sony-vegas-gpu-accel...

Though I don't know which version you have. The motherboard has 4 RAM slots and you get

your 8 jigga bytes. More can be added now if you want. While the FX 6300 isn't as powerful as an i5, it'll

do the job well I think. The motherboard is futhermore CrossFire X enabled. Thus you can simply add another

7850 and up the PSU a little, once your games start to see lowered FPS rates. The 7850 is equivalent to a GTX 660.


There's also:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($126.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $745.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 19:29 EDT-0400)

Had to cut back on the GPU though. It's a neat GPU still. You could then upgrade it later or SLI it, as this motherboard

supports SLI too. Had to forfeit the optical drive though.
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June 19, 2013 4:38:17 PM

You don't really need either a FX-6300 or an i5-4430 for The Sims or most of the OP's uses. Sims 3 is a couple of generations old now and has been around for a while.

Maybe try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($85.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($75.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 19:40 EDT-0400)

With this build you get a very overclock friendly CPU with a Seasonic PSU and the ability to add a nice ~$250 GPU later on. The Sims 3 has been around for like 5 years now and it doesn't require a huge CPU to play it.
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June 19, 2013 7:04:39 PM

Thank you both for your suggestions. But I think I'd feel safer with an i5. I just want to make sure it's powerful enough to handle the game and all its expansion packs and the 20,000+ extra content I load into the game. From your suggestions, I tried tweaked and added a few things, what about this: does it look good? I downgraded the GPU in order to stay within my budget, but the 650 can still run all of the Sims 3 expansion packs. The Sims 4 will be coming out early next year, and I would love to be able to play that too. But will have an opportunity to update this graphics card in the near future if I have to.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($15.65 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $709.53 (After Rebates); $$749.53 (Before Rebates)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-19 22:05 EDT-0400)
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June 20, 2013 4:43:51 AM

With Micro ATX you'll be limiting your possibilities remember.

You'll still be able to pay the games well.
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June 20, 2013 5:11:57 AM

Its the gpu that improves the fps.
Hd 7770 is faster then gtx 650.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.63 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $649.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-20 08:15 EDT-0400)



Intel version, however this would be capable to play the latest games.
For sims3,4,5 a 500$ pc would be plenty.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus USB-N10 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($15.65 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $744.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-20 08:21 EDT-0400)
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June 20, 2013 12:21:39 PM

Okay, thank you so much guys for the help.
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