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July 9, 2013 4:58:38 PM

Right now I'm using my dad's old laptop and we're planning to get a new one "soon", so I'd like to know the best parts I can get for like $300-$600. I'll probably want to play games at 1080p medium/high quality, or maybe ultra on some. The games I'd be playing on it would be: Minecraft, Portal, Team Fortress 2, Simcity, Lego games, Terraria, Cube World, and various others. I'd also prefer Windows 8 for OS, and I'd like the least expensive case since I don't care about looks, but it needs good airflow.

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July 9, 2013 5:05:19 PM

Go for a build involving either Athlon X4 750K and 760/7870 XT and/or i3-3220 and 7850/660.
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July 9, 2013 5:07:41 PM

You should not really be spending ANY less that the below. This is monitor EXCLUDING.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eZea
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eZea/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1eZea/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($159.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($57.74 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $653.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 20:21 EDT-0400)

EDIT : Fixed, I added a 1GB instead of 2GB card.
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July 9, 2013 5:14:31 PM

Try this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-D3H ATX FM2 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Wintec One 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.72 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $600.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-09 20:14 EDT-0400)
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July 9, 2013 5:20:04 PM

I've got a monitor, mouse, and keyboard already.
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July 9, 2013 5:27:44 PM

Also I might do some video editing later if I choose to do video games on Youtube.
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July 9, 2013 5:28:58 PM

whyme101 said:
Also I might do some video editing later if I choose to do video games on Youtube.


Then the more cores your CPU has, the better.
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July 9, 2013 5:30:46 PM

Sorry for so many replies but, I'll only need 500GB of storage for games and stuff.
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July 9, 2013 5:30:49 PM

Mine has a more powerful GPU (for rendering, at least) and more memory, which also may help you out.
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July 9, 2013 5:32:38 PM

Both the builds have 1TB storage added already.
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July 9, 2013 5:35:04 PM

500 GB saves you what, $10? Not worth it.
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July 9, 2013 5:38:59 PM

Thanks for the help from both of you guys I appreciate it. (And 500GB saved me $31) Plus I'd never use up 500GB much less 1TB.
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July 9, 2013 5:59:20 PM

Which build do you think you'd go with? If you're not overclocking, you can spend a few bucks less on either build.
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July 9, 2013 6:11:22 PM

I don't think I'll need to overclock, and I picked the best solution that I will use... maybe.
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