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July 28, 2013 8:43:43 AM

Hey guys, this my first time posting on this website and I really need some help, I want to build my first pc for gaming with a $500 budget but I'm only 14 and my knowledge in computers is very limited. I would prefer an Intel build as it has a better upgrade path but I'm open to some AMD builds as well. I want it to be able to play games like League of Legends, Planetside 2, TF 2, BF3, Skyrim and minecraft at high settings. I may be able to stretch the budget a bit if its worth it.

OS, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard are not included in the budget. Btw, I also have the Cooler Master Elite 430 case and Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 500w PSU, should I use these or should I buy a new case and PSU?

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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2013 8:54:04 AM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $494.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 11:53 EDT-0400)

u can use ur old case, still added a new one just for good measure, but do not use the CM PSU
July 28, 2013 10:38:04 AM

jinayhvora said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B75A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $494.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 11:53 EDT-0400)

u can use ur old case, still added a new one just for good measure, but do not use the CM PSU


Hey @jinayhvora , really like the build. Quick question is it worth upgrading the gpu to a gtx 660 or maybe a 7850?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2013 10:45:45 AM

Heres a similar AMD alternative:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $484.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-28 14:34 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
July 28, 2013 11:25:33 AM

double? i don't think so, the 650 Ti Boost is more or less on par with the 7870 and the i3 has a better single core performance, and i would advise u to avoid Fx-X1XX CPUs as thy're based on BullDozer that had lots of problems and was not very good, if u really want AMD, get a 4300/6300
July 28, 2013 8:25:18 PM

jinayhvora said:
double? i don't think so, the 650 Ti Boost is more or less on par with the 7870 and the i3 has a better single core performance, and i would advise u to avoid Fx-X1XX CPUs as thy're based on BullDozer that had lots of problems and was not very good, if u really want AMD, get a 4300/6300


I guess I'm going with the 650 ti boost then, thanks for helpful information :) 
July 29, 2013 5:18:37 AM

Hey @jinayhvora , what do you think about replacing the mobo with the msi b75ma-p45 and replacing the CPU with the i5 4370. Won't be overclocking btw.
a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2013 5:26:40 AM

did u mean 4570 or 4670? and u need an B85 baord for it
July 29, 2013 9:28:16 AM

Hey @jinayhvora , honest mistake. I was talking bout the the i3 3470
a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2013 9:35:03 AM

okk, sure if u can afford that i5 within ur budget it would be an awesome thing to get, so i5 3470 with B75
July 29, 2013 7:45:39 PM

Yup, gonna save up for the i5.
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