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Decent gaming computer for around 500?

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July 29, 2013 7:16:00 AM

I'm looking to buy a pre-built PC or one that I need to build (preferably not) for around 500 dollars.

I usually play games like World of Warcraft, Battlefield 3 (and will be 4), Skyrim, etc.

I'd like to run those on high/ultra if possible.. especially BF4.


Suggestions?
a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2013 7:30:22 AM

If you are building from scratch and really want to play everything at Ultra, you are going to need so spend about half your budget on the GPU alone. That doesn't leave much for everything else.

You probably won't play BF4 comfortably at Ultra under $700.

Go read the builder marathon articles for $500-1200 builds. That will give you a general idea of what to aim for.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 29, 2013 7:33:35 AM

Heres a system that can do BF3 at 1080p ultra settings at 75FPS+:
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: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($166.10 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($6.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $493.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 10:32 EDT-0400)

Im assuming you can get the OS yourself.
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