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July 17, 2013 7:19:19 AM

I am looking to build a decent gaming rig to Play Saints row the 3rd, Left 4 Dead 2, and Call of Duity Ghost when it comes out. I have a budget of around %500 but I already have Monitors and a copy of Windows. Any Suggestions?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 7:29:39 AM

what country?
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July 17, 2013 7:56:39 AM

envy14tpe said:
what country?


United States
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 8:21:32 AM

Here you go - PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($190.70 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $503.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:14 EDT-0400)

If you miss the DVD drive that what I would lean towards , else get this - PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $508.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:21 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 8:26:26 AM

This is the best build for 500 dollars. It is very capable in gaming. And the CPU is very much overclockable, which means that few weeks later you can grab a good CPU cooler for like 30 bucks and overclock this CPU to get lot better performance out of it. So it is a definite buy.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($170.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:24 EDT-0400)

If you think that the answer helped, then don't forget to select it as the best answer. It would be highly appreciated by me.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 8:32:48 AM

CommentariesAnd More said:
Here you go - PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($190.70 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $503.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:14 EDT-0400)

If you miss the DVD drive that what I would lean towards , else get this - PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $508.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:21 EDT-0400)


I like your first build with the 7870. It's faster than the 660 and will game better. Also, the Phenom II is a beast!

Phenom II X4 over Athlon II X4 anyday.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 8:33:27 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
This is the best build for 500 dollars. It is very capable in gaming. And the CPU is very much overclockable, which means that few weeks later you can grab a good CPU cooler for like 30 bucks and overclock this CPU to get lot better performance out of it. So it is a definite buy.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($170.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:24 EDT-0400)

If you think that the answer helped, then don't forget to select it as the best answer. It would be highly appreciated by me.


Stop posting case pictures, it's annoying.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 8:44:48 AM

envy14tpe said:
Sangeet Khatri said:
This is the best build for 500 dollars. It is very capable in gaming. And the CPU is very much overclockable, which means that few weeks later you can grab a good CPU cooler for like 30 bucks and overclock this CPU to get lot better performance out of it. So it is a definite buy.


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($170.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 11:24 EDT-0400)

If you think that the answer helped, then don't forget to select it as the best answer. It would be highly appreciated by me.


Stop posting case pictures, it's annoying.


Yeah , just like this guy :p 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:02:45 AM

Don't forget a CPU cooler like the Cooler Master Evo or 212+.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:08:37 AM

Here a build with both of the things -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($190.70 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $516.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 12:08 EDT-0400)

I hope you liked it , thanks envy14tpe for the best answer :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:17:56 AM

As long as i am not breaking any forum rules, you cannot stop me from posting pictures of the case.

If i am breaking some rule, then that is another thing..
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:37:20 AM

This is CommentariesAnd More's build, but I added a cooler and upgraded mobo a bit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($190.70 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $561.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 12:36 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:38:58 AM

Here's something with the GTX 660Ti as well -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $545.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 12:48 EDT-0400)

There's only 4GB of RAM , but you can add more later on , I can game on high using 4GB of 1333MHz of RAM. I see no reason why you can't. The extra 30 bucks you spend now will result in a 15-30% boost in games later on and you won't regret it. Upgrade RAM when you have the money and need to do so.
EDIT - added a CPU cooler as well ( envy14tpe said ). If you arent in to OCing a Hyper TX3 is just good.If you want some mild OCing , get a Hyper 212 EVO though.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:44:39 AM

I gotta keep enforcing the fact he needs a cooler for that CPU. If he/she buys the 965 then he/she better overclock it!

I'd like to see this build bump up to $550.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:47:14 AM

Sangeet Khatri said:
As long as i am not breaking any forum rules, you cannot stop me from posting pictures of the case.

If i am breaking some rule, then that is another thing..


We just said it because we don't like it. Also I have something to say bout your signature , The condition of Tech in India isn't bad at all. Just the case that no one out here is into PC building. I am 14 and I do it , I won't call myself a geek but sure a lot of guys around me do. Its the case of personal preference. Else I know alot of guys who are into Smartphones and tablets. By saying that the condition is bad , indirectly you are trying to show how smart you are right ? Thats just not the case. Also this isn't a rule breaking , just my honest opinion.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 9:54:26 AM

envy14tpe said:
I gotta keep enforcing the fact he needs a cooler for that CPU. If he/she buys the 965 then he/she better overclock it!

I'd like to see this build bump up to $550.


I think
GTX 660Ti + Stock 965BE > GTX 660 + 965BR OCed to 4.3GHz
Plus the Phenoms reach so high on OC , you can have a microwave with a couple of those. Also the OP didn't mention about OCing. The GTX 660Ti is a stripped down GTX 670 which is a more stripped down GTX 770 / GTX 680. ( The GTX 770 is rebranded GTX 680 with higher clocks speed )
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 10:34:11 AM

Okay, so you guys are mocking me for no reason. Go ahead.. I don't give a f*ck!!
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July 17, 2013 10:45:03 AM

envy14tpe said:
This is CommentariesAnd More's build, but I added a cooler and upgraded mobo a bit.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($190.70 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $561.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 12:36 EDT-0400)


I can possibly nudge up to $600 if needed $650 would be my absolute max.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 11:05:48 AM

This build is designed to overclock, when you are ready to learn. Also, it'll play games on 1080p on Ultra. It'a an excellent build for the price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ PCM)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $588.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 14:04 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
July 17, 2013 11:25:05 AM

Here's a better build for the money -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($255.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $650.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-17 14:11 EDT-0400)

The FX-6300 will have you covered especially in BF4 , etc. The extra 2 cores will be much better and is some future proofing. Also the GTX 760 is a bit tad better than the GTX 660Ti. If you cant get this one , get envy14tpe's build , which also awesome for the money
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