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$600 Budget Gaming PC Help?

So this summer I'm planning on building my first gaming PC. I am not looking for something over the top, but would like to be able to play the latest games (BioShock Infinite, Far Cry 3, etc.) on decent settings with good frames. I don't plan to OC either. I will also use this PC for light video editing, moderate image editing, and school work. Help a guy out :)?

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months

Budget Range: $600 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, internet surfing, school work, video editing, image editing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7 Home Premium

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, and eBay

Location: CT, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD as I'm on a budget

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
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  1. 7850 + i3 + a 500w PSU. I think that's it.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.56 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $607.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 15:51 EDT-0400)
  3. I have no idea where else can I cut price out in this build -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.78 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $615.67
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 15:53 EDT-0400)

    After heaps of cutting prices it all comes down to $615 while maintaining a CPU and GPU good enough to keep up with your requirements of playing Far Cry 3 / BioShock Infinite on decent settings with good frame rates. Anything else would not be able to do so.
  4. RaisingTheBarHD said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.56 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $607.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 15:51 EDT-0400)


    He asked for Windows 7 as well. :)

    Otherwise I could cram in even an HD 7950.
  5. luckiest charm said:
    I have no idea where else can I cut price out in this build -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.78 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $615.67
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 15:53 EDT-0400)

    After heaps of cutting prices it all comes down to $615 while maintaining a CPU and GPU good enough to keep up with your requirements of playing Far Cry 3 / BioShock Infinite on decent settings with good frame rates. Anything else would not be able to do so.


    i forgot the os in mine. only thing i would reccomend for this is 8gb ram
  6. RaisingTheBarHD said:
    luckiest charm said:
    I have no idea where else can I cut price out in this build -

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Momentus Thin 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.00 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.78 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $615.67
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 15:53 EDT-0400)

    After heaps of cutting prices it all comes down to $615 while maintaining a CPU and GPU good enough to keep up with your requirements of playing Far Cry 3 / BioShock Infinite on decent settings with good frame rates. Anything else would not be able to do so.


    i forgot the os in mine. only thing i would reccomend for this is 8gb ram


    I took 8 GB Corsair Vengeance for this build before but that was costing $65 so had to give it up in order to get HD 7850. Otherwise I was getting 8 GB and HD 7750 instead.

    But he can add another 4 GB when he would have more money later on after a month or two. :)
  7. How about this build?

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aUUt
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($80.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.56 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.70 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($174.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.78 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $608.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-27 16:09 EDT-0400)
  9. Actually take a look at this one, Amazon had the OS for $10 cheaper:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aUX3
  10. Best answer
    Rango Sango said:
    Actually take a look at this one, Amazon had the OS for $10 cheaper:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aUX3


    I like this build. Here you can use single channel 4 GB memory from same company ($28) and use saved money for 1 TB HDD. :)
  11. luckiest charm said:
    Rango Sango said:
    Actually take a look at this one, Amazon had the OS for $10 cheaper:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aUX3


    I like this build. Here you can use single channel 4 GB memory from same company ($28) and use saved money for 1 TB HDD. :)




    Will single channel 4GB be enough? Also, do I need a CPU cooler?
  12. Rango Sango said:
    luckiest charm said:
    Rango Sango said:
    Actually take a look at this one, Amazon had the OS for $10 cheaper:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aUX3


    I like this build. Here you can use single channel 4 GB memory from same company ($28) and use saved money for 1 TB HDD. :)




    Will single channel 4GB be enough? Also, do I need a CPU cooler?


    It would be enough and difference would not be noticeable in 1 X 4 GB and 2 X 2 GB.
    Its a good idea to save money in that case.

    Also, you don't need a cooler if you will not overclock. If you are planning to do a decent overclock (I mean more than 400 MHz in this case, then you need a good one.

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a great CPU cooler.
  13. luckiest charm said:
    Rango Sango said:
    luckiest charm said:
    Rango Sango said:
    Actually take a look at this one, Amazon had the OS for $10 cheaper:

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1aUX3


    I like this build. Here you can use single channel 4 GB memory from same company ($28) and use saved money for 1 TB HDD. :)




    Will single channel 4GB be enough? Also, do I need a CPU cooler?


    It would be enough and difference would not be noticeable in 1 X 4 GB and 2 X 2 GB.
    Its a good idea to save money in that case.

    Also, you don't need a cooler if you will not overclock. If you are planning to do a decent overclock (I mean more than 400 MHz in this case, then you need a good one.

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a great CPU cooler.


    Ah, okay. Thank you!
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