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July 18, 2013 7:51:38 AM

I've been messing around on PCPartPicker for a while and I think I've finally come to a rig that can handle the gaming I like doing.

I'm trying to keep it as close to $400 as possible but wouldn't mind going closer to $500 (broke college kid).

I bought a pretty nice laptop that has run all the games I've tried so far so I'm not worried about this system playing all the games I may want to play. I'm mainly looking for better system for playing DC Universe Online, a mmorpg I've gotten myself addicted too.

Anywhoo, here's the rig I built:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master DK9-7E52A-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($10.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $443.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-18 10:50 EDT-0400)

Oh, please tell me what you think and give suggestions!

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July 18, 2013 8:06:55 AM

Get the Phenom X4 965 Black Edition - it's better than the FX 4100, and cheaper.

You only need a CPU cooler if you plan to overclock

That motherboard won't be very good for overclocking, so if you want to overclock, you'll need a better board with a better chipset (AMD 970 is a good chipset).

Get 2x4gb RAM modules instead of 1x8gb.

That GPU isn't great - a HD 7770 or a HD 7790 would be better. Or a GTX 650 Ti.

Do you need OS? You haven't included it in the list :p 

And get a 1tb HDD instead of 500gb, if possible - the difference in price isn't too much, but worth it.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 18, 2013 8:12:23 AM

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 DK9-7E52A-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($10.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($78.56 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($87.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line Glow ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $509.46

Changed it for you - this is the closest I could get to 500$, although it doesn't include the 1tb HDD or better GPU that I suggested.
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July 18, 2013 8:45:01 AM

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 DK9-7E52A-0L-GP CPU Cooler ($7.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax ATX-298WR ATX Mid Tower Case ($23.25 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $532.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-18 11:40 EDT-0400)

This is what I came up with, this includes the OS. I also changed out the case for a cheaper one.
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July 18, 2013 10:04:56 AM

So I guess I have one more question. What kind of gaming am I going to be able to do with this build?
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