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My first gaming PC build $300-$600

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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  1. Go for a build involving either Athlon X4 750K and 760/7870 XT and/or i3-3220 and 7850/660.
  2. 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.
  3. Best answer
    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)
  4. I've got a monitor, mouse, and keyboard already.
  5. Also I might do some video editing later if I choose to do video games on Youtube.
  6. 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.
  7. Sorry for so many replies but, I'll only need 500GB of storage for games and stuff.
  8. Mine has a more powerful GPU (for rendering, at least) and more memory, which also may help you out.
  9. Both the builds have 1TB storage added already.
  10. 500 GB saves you what, $10? Not worth it.
  11. 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.
  12. Which build do you think you'd go with? If you're not overclocking, you can spend a few bucks less on either build.
  13. I don't think I'll need to overclock, and I picked the best solution that I will use... maybe.
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