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August 31, 2013 7:51:41 PM

Hello everyone on tom's HARDWARE forums, I am having some trouble in picking out the right parts for a budget gaming PC. Here is some information:

- My budget is $800.
- The games I will be playing are:

Garry's Mod
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto V (when it comes out)
Minecraft
Team Fortress 2
Terraria
World of Tanks
World of Warcraft

Also, I would like to emulate my PS2 games. However, if I can't due to the budget, then it's ok.

- I'm fine with a build that will run every game listed with at least 60+ fps on medium.
- I have a monitor with a maximum resolution of 1600 x 900.
- This build will be for GAMING ONLY (with the exception of playing music and/or browsing the internet in the background).
- I would like to use an Intel Core i5 processor. I'm not really a big fan of overclocking by the way.
- I already have my peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc).
- I already have a cpu cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus with an unused Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound).

Thank you to everyone who responds in advance.

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August 31, 2013 8:00:12 PM

With this build you'll be able to play all of those games with all of the settings maxed out, and run that emulator without a single problem.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yxQo
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yxQo/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1yxQo/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($81.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($299.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $784.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 22:59 EDT-0400)
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August 31, 2013 8:08:27 PM

This build has an AMAZING price/performance and can pull of max settings on BF3 at 1080p with max settings, which means all your other games should run more than fine.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($81.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($203.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($78.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.49 @ Amazon)
Total: $778.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-31 23:08 EDT-0400)
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August 31, 2013 11:35:11 PM

Damn, I didn't expect a 7970 3GB for this budget. Anyways, thank you guys for helping me with my build. :D 
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September 1, 2013 9:13:24 AM

No problem, we're here for that, sir !
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September 9, 2013 11:49:07 PM

Hi. Since this is a recent post. I have a question regarding the build you chose. Did it work fine for you?

Because I plan to use the same CPU and motherboard. I'm new around PC building, haven't built any yet. My question is.. Did you not encounter a problem like this one?

https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=167656.msg1227...

Thanks in advance!! :) 
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September 12, 2013 3:22:07 PM

Lits Labor said:
Hi. Since this is a recent post. I have a question regarding the build you chose. Did it work fine for you?

Because I plan to use the same CPU and motherboard. I'm new around PC building, haven't built any yet. My question is.. Did you not encounter a problem like this one?

https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=167656.msg1227...

Thanks in advance!! :) 


The CPU, GPU, and motherboard all are compatible with each other, and they have no problem playing games on max in 1600 x 900 (my max), however you might have a different resolution, meaning you might get a different result.
Also, some devices have a chance of failing before they are used (or at least a component of the item). With newegg (where I bought all the components), everything I buy comes working out of the box. It might just be my luck though. :) 
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September 15, 2013 11:19:42 PM

obscurus said:
Lits Labor said:
Hi. Since this is a recent post. I have a question regarding the build you chose. Did it work fine for you?

Because I plan to use the same CPU and motherboard. I'm new around PC building, haven't built any yet. My question is.. Did you not encounter a problem like this one?

https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=167656.msg1227...

Thanks in advance!! :) 


The CPU, GPU, and motherboard all are compatible with each other, and they have no problem playing games on max in 1600 x 900 (my max), however you might have a different resolution, meaning you might get a different result.
Also, some devices have a chance of failing before they are used (or at least a component of the item). With newegg (where I bought all the components), everything I buy comes working out of the box. It might just be my luck though. :) 


Thanks for replying! I see you are currently enjoying your hardware. Just a bit worried cos I'm a n00b. XD Anyways, after lots of researching, I learned alot regarding PC building. :D 

Anyway, thanks again. :) 
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