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July 3, 2013 4:44:46 PM

looking for a good gaming pc under $350 that will run most current games at around 60+fps on medium or high settings on 1 monitor.
parts not required: monitor, speakers/headset, keyboard/mouse, OS (already have a copy of windows 7)

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July 3, 2013 4:47:54 PM

Here ya go!
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($86.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar A55MLV Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($47.70 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.82 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $311.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:47 EDT-0400)
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July 3, 2013 4:51:22 PM

I don't think that the APU could push a good framerate on medium/high settings.

I set up an okay $350 build for a friend some time ago:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($63.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.72 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $335.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:51 EDT-0400)
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July 3, 2013 4:52:29 PM

Okay this should work fine for your needs:
You can upgrade the GPU later and upgrade the processor to an i3/i5/i7 later when you get the money.
This is what i came up with. I think you should spend like $400 at least if you want to play 60 FPS on modern games.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G870 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($86.32 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($95.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $409.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:52 EDT-0400)
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July 3, 2013 4:54:13 PM

peanutreaper486 said:
I don't think that the APU could push a good framerate on medium/high settings.

I set up an okay $350 build for a friend some time ago:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($63.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($32.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.72 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $335.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-03 19:51 EDT-0400)

everything about your build is good except the gpu, because a 6670 won't run crap at high settings at 60 fps. The most modern game it can run at all high is one of the COD games. No crysis/bf3 in sight at high settings for that little card. the 7770 is like double the performance for a little less than double the price, plus it has GDDR5 memory instead of DDR3.
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July 3, 2013 4:59:04 PM

everything about your build is good except the gpu, because a 6670 won't run crap at high settings at 60 fps. The most modern game it can run at all high is one of the COD games. No crysis/bf3 in sight at high settings for that little card. the 7770 is like double the performance for a little less than double the price, plus it has GDDR5 memory instead of DDR3. said:
everything about your build is good except the gpu, because a 6670 won't run crap at high settings at 60 fps. The most modern game it can run at all high is one of the COD games. No crysis/bf3 in sight at high settings for that little card. the 7770 is like double the performance for a little less than double the price, plus it has GDDR5 memory instead of DDR3.


The 6670 can't run good frames on high settings on a 1920x1080 resolution, but it worked more than well on my 1600x900 monitor. Come to think of it, I don't think Sloth mentioned what resolution he had. If he does have a 1920x1080 monitor, go for the 7770, yes. But if it was lower, I think he could live with a 6670. Budget is quite a priority here.
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July 3, 2013 5:02:27 PM

7750 is a waste of money iiTzzDeFuze, the 7770 GHz edition is like $20 less.
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July 3, 2013 5:06:10 PM

okay so i see 3 or 4 options here which one should i go with?
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July 3, 2013 5:10:14 PM

Tom's Hardware AMD Radeon HD 7770 And 7750 Review: Familiar Speed, Less Power
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The Radeon HD 7750 is a drastically different graphics card, even though the same piece of silicon serves as its foundation. A 55 W power rating means that it doesn’t need an auxiliary connector at all—just a 16-lane PCI Express slot. And a 6.5” PCB is short enough to fit in space-constrained environments like diminutive desktops and HTPCs. We haven’t seen a serious graphics card with single-slot cooling for a while, but this board manages challenging feat, too.
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July 3, 2013 10:06:49 PM

iiTzzDeFuze said:
Tom's Hardware AMD Radeon HD 7770 And 7750 Review: Familiar Speed, Less Power
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The Radeon HD 7750 is a drastically different graphics card, even though the same piece of silicon serves as its foundation. A 55 W power rating means that it doesn’t need an auxiliary connector at all—just a 16-lane PCI Express slot. And a 6.5” PCB is short enough to fit in space-constrained environments like diminutive desktops and HTPCs. We haven’t seen a serious graphics card with single-slot cooling for a while, but this board manages challenging feat, too.


7770 is much better than the 7750. And because of the lesser price it's much more useful.
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June 1, 2014 1:58:15 PM

Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 - $54 @ Canada Computers OR MSI A55M-E35 - $54 + $9 Shipping @ Newegg

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 - $75 @ Canada Computers OR AMD 6400k - $70 @ Canada Computers
RAM: G.Skill ripjaws x series 4gb ddr3 (2x2gb) 1600mhz - $53 @ Canada Computers
Hard Drive: WD Blue 500gb - $59 @ Canada Computers
PSU: Coolmax 500w - $27 + Free shipping @ BestBuy Canada
Network Card:
Case: LEPA LPC307B-BL(U3) -$34 @ Canada Computers
Video/Graphics Card: Asus Ge-Force GT 610 1GB - $49 @ Canada Computers

TOTAL = Intel: $351 OR AMD: $346 + $9 Shipping = $355
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