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September 30, 2013 8:22:33 PM

Hey guys, I want to build myself an entry level PC to play games like BF4, PS2, The Witcher, STALKER, and Minecraft at medium settings.

No reusable parts.

OS: Yes, need to buy one.

Monitor: Yes, resolution @ 1600x900 to play games comfortably

Mouse/Key: None, I have a mouse and keyboard

I don't live near any major computer shops.

CPU preferences: Intel

GPU preferences: nVidia

Resolution: 1600x900

800 dollars is max, 750 is preferable.
Thanks!!
a c 274 4 Gaming
September 30, 2013 8:42:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($185.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($127.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 23:42 EDT-0400)
September 30, 2013 8:47:38 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($185.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC e2251Swdn 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($127.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $810.01
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 23:42 EDT-0400)


Thanks for the reply SR-71, but, is there anyway to include an Intel and nVidia build? I want the fancy PhysX from nVidia.
Thank you for your time! :)  :) 
PS: This is my first build!!!!
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a b 4 Gaming
September 30, 2013 9:00:33 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Sentey GS-6500 ATX Full Tower Case ($61.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.88 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Samsung S20B350H 20.0" Monitor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $793.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-30 23:56 EDT-0400)

So it isn't exactly what you want, but it is within your budget.

The FX-6300 will be a good CPU as most games can't really use more than 6 cores (although Battlefield 4 is rumored to be able to use 8).

The single terabyte HDD will give you all the room you need for games.

The GPU will be able to run your games on medium-high (maybe not ultra).

The number one rule in gaming is COOLING. Your components will get very hot and a Full Tower will get you the best airflow to those components.

The power supply will give you all the power you need and is a very reliable PSU.

The monitor is fit to the specs you wanted.
a b 4 Gaming
September 30, 2013 9:02:32 PM

Honestly, it's kind of unrealistic to put an Intel and Nvidia onto your board for that budget. It can be done, but you would probably either get a low end Intel CPU or a low end Nvidia graphics card. AMD provides comparable parts at cheaper prices so you can get more bang for your buck.
October 1, 2013 12:27:56 PM

thepinkanator95 said:
Honestly, it's kind of unrealistic to put an Intel and Nvidia onto your board for that budget. It can be done, but you would probably either get a low end Intel CPU or a low end Nvidia graphics card. AMD provides comparable parts at cheaper prices so you can get more bang for your buck.


Hey thepinkanator9, it makes sense what you are saying, so I'll go for that build. Thank you!! :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :)  :) 
October 1, 2013 12:53:11 PM

If you have a Microcenter near you a I5-4670k with an entry level MSI board is $264 before tax.

a b 4 Gaming
October 1, 2013 6:55:24 PM

Kalmado said:
If you have a Microcenter near you a I5-4670k with an entry level MSI board is $264 before tax.



While that may be cheap for an Intel set, it is still almost 1/3 of the total cost of the build. Not smart if you ask me.
October 1, 2013 7:17:12 PM

thepinkanator95 said:
Kalmado said:
If you have a Microcenter near you a I5-4670k with an entry level MSI board is $264 before tax.



While that may be cheap for an Intel set, it is still almost 1/3 of the total cost of the build. Not smart if you ask me.
If the person is buying everything at once and not waiting on sales than I agree. I also skipped over the OP saying they do not live near any major pc retailers so I assume no Microcenter nearby. Too bad because an AMD 6300+entry level Asus or Gigabyte mobo is only $109 before tax.

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