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Expert Help First PC Build: Budget ~$870

Approximate Purchase Date: this week- Oct. 1

Budget Range: $700~$870 after shipping (could go Slightly over)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: recording HD game-play and editing videos

Are you buying a monitor: yes, (was thinking: 24 inch 1920x1080. suggestions?)


Parts to Upgrade: none

Do you need to buy OS: yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon only (have Amazon Prime :D)

Location: CA, USA

Parts Preferences: Preferably AMD CPU or whatever is good for multitasking. Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Mid-Tower Case. At least 8GB of RAM. Maybe a 2GB Video Card? (don't have much knowledge :D)

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Additional Comments: I want to be able to record: BF3 on high settings(maybe maxed :D), Minecraft (maxed), etc maybe BF4. If you're an expert pleassee respond. :D

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Always had a cheap laptop.. Tired of it... You wanna see it? lmkXD
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    Here you go, you should be able to max out any game at 1080p with this rig:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $795.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 06:28 EDT-0400)

    ive left $75 of headroom for any unexpected costs :)

    [EDIT]: didn't account for monitor costs, this monitor would be good:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-ve247h

    Ill edit my build later if you want the monitor to be included in your budget.

    edited build to include monitor within budget:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($205.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($87.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Monitor: Asus VE247H 23.6" Monitor ($147.93 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $861.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-23 06:35 EDT-0400)

    changes include a lower clocked version of the same processor, and one step down graphics card.
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