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August 4, 2013 1:59:18 PM

I have been saving up for a PC to play all of my games at Medium to High settings. It can't be too expensive. The price includes a operating system which will be windows 8. The setup should be pretty powerful to at least run games like Just Cause 2 and all things Valve on high settings. Im a big gamer and am looking for something powerful and pretty upgradable in the future. Keyboards, mice, and a monitor are not apart of the 500 dollar budget. The build should also be pretty reliable for lots of gaming. Keep in mind that this is my First build, but I have done a lot of research on parts so i won't be too confused. Thanks so much for the help and a parts list would be very helpful. Feel free to ask as much questions as you need. Thank you.

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August 4, 2013 2:21:41 PM

500 bucks is too scarce for a gaming PC w/ OS, monitor and peripherals. Without these other things, this budget is just fairly enough for a single gaming rig.

That's the best I could do but still reach 550 bucks
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1odjP
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1odjP/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1odjP/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.97 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP 20xi 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $551.61
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:25 EDT-0400)
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August 4, 2013 2:31:30 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.
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August 4, 2013 3:30:24 PM

thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?
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August 4, 2013 4:22:00 PM

Frankly if u wanna play high end AAA games u should at least consider i5-3xxx/4xxx or FX-8320/8350 CPUs. 500 bucks are just too rough. None of the masters here can figure out a rig which is only 500 w/ monitor and OS and could "be powerful" for high end games.
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August 4, 2013 4:37:48 PM

Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?


For $500 you can't run games like that at full capacity. The build I created for you was put together to allow easy upgradability in the future. The build can handle your games at around a medium but you can't run it at full capacity with desirable results. All FX chips are unlocked and can be overclocked, but even then I don't believe it will be able to handle your games at full capacity. Also, I already went fairly cheap on the case already so I wouldn't go much cheaper if you want to keep that upgradability there.

In summary, you can't run games like you want for $500 but you can stretch the extra cost over time to create a better build that you can run your games on.
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August 4, 2013 10:50:09 PM

Maxime506 said:
Frankly if u wanna play high end AAA games u should at least consider i5-3xxx/4xxx or FX-8320/8350 CPUs. 500 bucks are just too rough. None of the masters here can figure out a rig which is only 500 w/ monitor and OS and could "be powerful" for high end games.


I already have a monitor so you don't have to worry about that.
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August 4, 2013 10:51:21 PM

thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?


For $500 you can't run games like that at full capacity. The build I created for you was put together to allow easy upgradability in the future. The build can handle your games at around a medium but you can't run it at full capacity with desirable results. All FX chips are unlocked and can be overclocked, but even then I don't believe it will be able to handle your games at full capacity. Also, I already went fairly cheap on the case already so I wouldn't go much cheaper if you want to keep that upgradability there.

In summary, you can't run games like you want for $500 but you can stretch the extra cost over time to create a better build that you can run your games on.

This build will run Just Cause 2 and Fallout New Vegas at high settings right?
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August 6, 2013 2:51:38 PM

Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?


For $500 you can't run games like that at full capacity. The build I created for you was put together to allow easy upgradability in the future. The build can handle your games at around a medium but you can't run it at full capacity with desirable results. All FX chips are unlocked and can be overclocked, but even then I don't believe it will be able to handle your games at full capacity. Also, I already went fairly cheap on the case already so I wouldn't go much cheaper if you want to keep that upgradability there.

In summary, you can't run games like you want for $500 but you can stretch the extra cost over time to create a better build that you can run your games on.

This build will run Just Cause 2 and Fallout New Vegas at high settings right?


While it may run on the hotter side if you do that, it should be able to do it. I would still look into upgrading the computer in the future though because while it may run on high it would be barely. Again,a $500 gaming pc isn't ideal for running all those games on the highest settings. I would stick to medium-medium/high settings until you at least upgrade the graphics card.
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August 6, 2013 10:50:09 PM

thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?


For $500 you can't run games like that at full capacity. The build I created for you was put together to allow easy upgradability in the future. The build can handle your games at around a medium but you can't run it at full capacity with desirable results. All FX chips are unlocked and can be overclocked, but even then I don't believe it will be able to handle your games at full capacity. Also, I already went fairly cheap on the case already so I wouldn't go much cheaper if you want to keep that upgradability there.

In summary, you can't run games like you want for $500 but you can stretch the extra cost over time to create a better build that you can run your games on.

This build will run Just Cause 2 and Fallout New Vegas at high settings right?


While it may run on the hotter side if you do that, it should be able to do it. I would still look into upgrading the computer in the future though because while it may run on high it would be barely. Again,a $500 gaming pc isn't ideal for running all those games on the highest settings. I would stick to medium-medium/high settings until you at least upgrade the graphics card.

That sound very reasonable for the price. Do you know if this build is more powerful then a 2010 Macbook Pro? That is what i am using right now.
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August 7, 2013 3:12:21 PM

Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?


For $500 you can't run games like that at full capacity. The build I created for you was put together to allow easy upgradability in the future. The build can handle your games at around a medium but you can't run it at full capacity with desirable results. All FX chips are unlocked and can be overclocked, but even then I don't believe it will be able to handle your games at full capacity. Also, I already went fairly cheap on the case already so I wouldn't go much cheaper if you want to keep that upgradability there.

In summary, you can't run games like you want for $500 but you can stretch the extra cost over time to create a better build that you can run your games on.

This build will run Just Cause 2 and Fallout New Vegas at high settings right?


While it may run on the hotter side if you do that, it should be able to do it. I would still look into upgrading the computer in the future though because while it may run on high it would be barely. Again,a $500 gaming pc isn't ideal for running all those games on the highest settings. I would stick to medium-medium/high settings until you at least upgrade the graphics card.

That sound very reasonable for the price. Do you know if this build is more powerful then a 2010 Macbook Pro? That is what i am using right now.


It will be much more powerful. The graphics card I have equipped you with has 4 times the dedicated graphics memory and the CPU has twice the amount of cores at a higher clock rate and twice the memory. I should perform MUCH better and also have a LOT more upgradability.

On a separate note, before you buy REAL HIGH QUALITY parts I would look at getting a stronger power supply to support what you are getting. While 550W should be more than enough for now, it won't be enough with a real good graphics card and possible 8 core processor you could get.

Feel free to message me if you have more specific questions and I will be happy to help.

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August 9, 2013 11:19:36 AM

thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?


For $500 you can't run games like that at full capacity. The build I created for you was put together to allow easy upgradability in the future. The build can handle your games at around a medium but you can't run it at full capacity with desirable results. All FX chips are unlocked and can be overclocked, but even then I don't believe it will be able to handle your games at full capacity. Also, I already went fairly cheap on the case already so I wouldn't go much cheaper if you want to keep that upgradability there.

In summary, you can't run games like you want for $500 but you can stretch the extra cost over time to create a better build that you can run your games on.

This build will run Just Cause 2 and Fallout New Vegas at high settings right?


While it may run on the hotter side if you do that, it should be able to do it. I would still look into upgrading the computer in the future though because while it may run on high it would be barely. Again,a $500 gaming pc isn't ideal for running all those games on the highest settings. I would stick to medium-medium/high settings until you at least upgrade the graphics card.

That sound very reasonable for the price. Do you know if this build is more powerful then a 2010 Macbook Pro? That is what i am using right now.


It will be much more powerful. The graphics card I have equipped you with has 4 times the dedicated graphics memory and the CPU has twice the amount of cores at a higher clock rate and twice the memory. I should perform MUCH better and also have a LOT more upgradability.

On a separate note, before you buy REAL HIGH QUALITY parts I would look at getting a stronger power supply to support what you are getting. While 550W should be more than enough for now, it won't be enough with a real good graphics card and possible 8 core processor you could get.

Feel free to message me if you have more specific questions and I will be happy to help.



Will the NZXT Source 210 case work for this build? Thanks soo much for all of the help and this will be the last question that I need.
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August 10, 2013 2:45:19 PM

Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
Kowman64 said:
thepinkanator95 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($42.86 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($70.00 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.50 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.73 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $531.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-04 17:32 EDT-0400)

I put together this for you. It's a bit over $500 but it will do what you want it to do. Use parts that you have from previous computers if you can to bring the cost down further. Hard drives and RAM are good parts to do this with but I still included them in the build in case you didn't have any. The hard drive I have on the build is sort of slow but don't worry about that, your computer will load your game into the RAM and the hard drive won't be needed after (especially with 8GB RAM). This is a VERY upgradable build able to hold up to 32GB of RAM, Crossfire support, and able to use an AMD FX 8350 CPU when you get the money. Use pcpartpicker.com yourself to build your own custom PC or change the build I created for you.

I can always get a cheaper case and use the extra money for more storage. Is this setup very powerful for high end AAA games? Is it unlocked?


For $500 you can't run games like that at full capacity. The build I created for you was put together to allow easy upgradability in the future. The build can handle your games at around a medium but you can't run it at full capacity with desirable results. All FX chips are unlocked and can be overclocked, but even then I don't believe it will be able to handle your games at full capacity. Also, I already went fairly cheap on the case already so I wouldn't go much cheaper if you want to keep that upgradability there.

In summary, you can't run games like you want for $500 but you can stretch the extra cost over time to create a better build that you can run your games on.

This build will run Just Cause 2 and Fallout New Vegas at high settings right?


While it may run on the hotter side if you do that, it should be able to do it. I would still look into upgrading the computer in the future though because while it may run on high it would be barely. Again,a $500 gaming pc isn't ideal for running all those games on the highest settings. I would stick to medium-medium/high settings until you at least upgrade the graphics card.

That sound very reasonable for the price. Do you know if this build is more powerful then a 2010 Macbook Pro? That is what i am using right now.


It will be much more powerful. The graphics card I have equipped you with has 4 times the dedicated graphics memory and the CPU has twice the amount of cores at a higher clock rate and twice the memory. I should perform MUCH better and also have a LOT more upgradability.

On a separate note, before you buy REAL HIGH QUALITY parts I would look at getting a stronger power supply to support what you are getting. While 550W should be more than enough for now, it won't be enough with a real good graphics card and possible 8 core processor you could get.

Feel free to message me if you have more specific questions and I will be happy to help.



Will the NZXT Source 210 case work for this build? Thanks soo much for all of the help and this will be the last question that I need.


While it will be a bit more tight, it should work.
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