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June 20, 2013 12:32:04 AM

I'm looking to make a gaming computer for under $600. I hope you can help me with this project. This will be my first build, so any suggestions are also welcomed. Thanks!

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend by Saturday night 6/22

Budget Range: $550-600 Before Rebates (unless instant); After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Adobe CS7

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Best price shipping to Rexburg, ID 83440

Location: Rexburg, ID 83440 USA

Parts Preferences: Any

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I currently have the following Case purchased:
http://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Black-Steel-Chassis-921R...
Keyboard, mouse and monitor have also been purchased. Please be aware of the Dimensions of the case and any issues it may have with certain components.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I’m on a laptop and it is not cutting it for gaming. I also do some high resolution graphic images with Photoshop CS7, and after affects CS7. Mainly it will be used as a heavy gaming computer.

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June 20, 2013 12:40:23 AM

This would be my suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($102.10 @ TigerDirect)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($45.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $594.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-20 03:39 EDT-0400)

You could purchase a CPU cooler at a later date, money allowing, and overclock for additional performance. I would suggest the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo if you choose to do this.
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June 20, 2013 12:53:51 AM

aredflyingbird said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l5D ^^^^ get a aftermarket cooler like Jack said, if the money will allow later on


Actually, I believe you could fit a cooler into your build. The Sapphire 7870 GHz Edition is going for $200 right now, so by using that in place of the MSI you have there, you could squeeze in the 212 Evo.

Edit: Like so: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l9S
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June 20, 2013 9:50:02 AM

Jack Revenant said:
aredflyingbird said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l5D ^^^^ get a aftermarket cooler like Jack said, if the money will allow later on


Actually, I believe you could fit a cooler into your build. The Sapphire 7870 GHz Edition is going for $200 right now, so by using that in place of the MSI you have there, you could squeeze in the 212 Evo.

Edit: Like so: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l9S


So what would be the difference between the 3 different RAM chips that are suggested? they are all 8GB (2 X 4GB) cards, but different manufactures. is one more reliable then the others?
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June 21, 2013 2:41:24 AM

Skiazo said:
Jack Revenant said:
aredflyingbird said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l5D ^^^^ get a aftermarket cooler like Jack said, if the money will allow later on


Actually, I believe you could fit a cooler into your build. The Sapphire 7870 GHz Edition is going for $200 right now, so by using that in place of the MSI you have there, you could squeeze in the 212 Evo.

Edit: Like so: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l9S


So what would be the difference between the 3 different RAM chips that are suggested? they are all 8GB (2 X 4GB) cards, but different manufactures. is one more reliable then the others?


G.Skill, Corsair, and Crucial are just about the best of the best, as far as RAM is concerned. If pressed for a preference, I would tend to back G.Skill or Corsair over Crucial, but that's due to familiarity, not quality concerns.
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January 5, 2014 5:59:46 PM

Jack Revenant said:
Skiazo said:
Jack Revenant said:
aredflyingbird said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l5D ^^^^ get a aftermarket cooler like Jack said, if the money will allow later on


Actually, I believe you could fit a cooler into your build. The Sapphire 7870 GHz Edition is going for $200 right now, so by using that in place of the MSI you have there, you could squeeze in the 212 Evo.

Edit: Like so: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/18l9S


So what would be the difference between the 3 different RAM chips that are suggested? they are all 8GB (2 X 4GB) cards, but different manufactures. is one more reliable then the others?


G.Skill, Corsair, and Crucial are just about the best of the best, as far as RAM is concerned. If pressed for a preference, I would tend to back G.Skill or Corsair over Crucial, but that's due to familiarity, not quality concerns.


Can anyone suggest a computer case that won't break the bank, but has good aesthetics and space?
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