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July 12, 2013 9:20:49 PM

I am hoping to build my first PC and I would like to make it gaming capable. I was planning on having it run anything from small titles like Bastion and Football Manager 2013, to games like Mirror's Edge and The Walking Dead and to larger titles like BioShock Infinite and Skyrim (basically single-player oriented games), all at around 1080p if possible. Again, I am brand new to PC gaming with only a small amount PC building, let alone gaming PC building, knowledge, so any and all help is greatly appreciated.

I have, however, started a small list of parts that I believe should do a fair job of running that games I would like them to. The list is as follows:

-Case: Cougar MicroATX Micro Tower (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-Motherboard: BIOSTAR A780L3C AM3 Micro ATX AMD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-Video Card: MSI R6450-MD1GD3/LP Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-HDD: Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-Memory: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-Power Supply: COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-I3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-Keyboard and Mouse: Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop w/ Mouse (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

-Total Price: about $550 (as is). Hoping for a total between the current price and $700.

Sorry if this is a lot of info, I just wanted to be thorough. If anything I've mentioned could possibly not work with another listed component, if there is a better alternative for the same price or less than something I mentioned or if there's anything else you feel that it is important I know, please leave a comment letting me know about it.

Thanks for all of the help!

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a b 4 Gaming
July 12, 2013 9:41:18 PM

Simple thing - Bioshock Infinite and Skyrim would make 6450 cry for help. You need something much faster than that. That card can not even play NFS Most Wanted properly. Its more of a video watching card.

Go for this build instead. I assure you that all the extra money you put into it is not wasted and same specifications and quality can not be bought with lesser money -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($178.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($28.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $706.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-13 00:40 EDT-0400)

The card is way way more powerful and so is everything else. Cramming in keyboard / mice and monitor was difficult for $700 budget but still this PC would play almost all games you want with no problem (At 1080p).

Now here you can change anything as per your needs but do not change video card and CPU. Video card is steal at that price since it retails for over $220 almost everywhere.
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July 12, 2013 10:40:45 PM

luckiest charm said:
Simple thing - Bioshock Infinite and Skyrim would make 6450 cry for help. You need something much faster than that. That card can not even play NFS Most Wanted properly. Its more of a video watching card.

Go for this build instead. I assure you that all the extra money you put into it is not wasted and same specifications and quality can not be bought with lesser money -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($178.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 USB 3.0 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS228H-P 21.5" Monitor ($127.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($28.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $706.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-13 00:40 EDT-0400)

The card is way way more powerful and so is everything else. Cramming in keyboard / mice and monitor was difficult for $700 budget but still this PC would play almost all games you want with no problem (At 1080p).

Now here you can change anything as per your needs but do not change video card and CPU. Video card is steal at that price since it retails for over $220 almost everywhere.


Thanks for the feedback man, greatly appreciated. As mentioned, I was hoping for something in the $500-$700, so while it is at the high end of my budget, I will take your word that it's worth the money. Thanks again!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 12, 2013 10:49:33 PM

Anytime mate.

Glad to be of help. By the way, I am female. :) 
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July 12, 2013 11:27:56 PM

luckiest charm said:
Anytime mate.

Glad to be of help. By the way, I am female. :) 


My apologies dudette :) 
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