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July 15, 2013 11:45:58 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $400 at most

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, word documents, watching videos, web browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: all

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but probably can't include in budget

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: anything but microcenter

Location: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p though I don't mind gaming at 720p if necessary

Additional Comments: I realize I'm not gonna get some powerhouse, but I want this for gaming on steam. Most graphically advanced games I plan to play are planetside 2 or the witcher 2/3. Any help is really appreciated.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: never had a gaming pc, want to try it

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July 15, 2013 11:52:47 AM

You will need at least 500$ unfortunately. Then you can game at 720p.
It's NEVER suggested to change an LCDs native resolution, so gaming at 720p on a 1080p monitor is a very bad idea for a multitude of reasons.

500$ will get you an APU based system.(With windows included.)
if you already have an older system that has windows and can be re-used. Then you can get away with +/-410$.
July 15, 2013 11:56:30 AM

Novuake said:
You will need at least 500$ unfortunately. Then you can game at 720p.
It's NEVER suggested to change an LCDs native resolution, so gaming at 720p on a 1080p monitor is a very bad idea for a multitude of reasons.

500$ will get you an APU based system.(With windows included.)
if you already have an older system that has windows and can be re-used. Then you can get away with +/-410$.


Why is it a bad idea to game a 720p on a 1080p tv?
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July 15, 2013 11:59:44 AM

Loudandproud said:

Why is it a bad idea to game a 720p on a 1080p tv?


Forcing the resolution to lower than native can cause damage to the display or in some cases even reduce performance.
July 15, 2013 12:09:34 PM

I did my best at trimming off any excess http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1gXUl still came out at 430 but that is a really good vid card. Will be cpu bottle-necked. I would try to at least try to go for the 965 black edition CPU.

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July 15, 2013 4:39:27 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($46.97 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $437.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-15 19:39 EDT-0400)
July 15, 2013 4:44:29 PM

bo for gity69's build, solid build, not amazingly powerful on the CPU, but the motherboard is a modern socket, allows for upgrades in the future, the 650ti is a very good card and will allow you to game at 1080p. maybe not high settings on every game, but definantly playable.
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