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Help with a $600 microATX gaming PC build?

Hi all!
I've been looking into making a microATX gaming pc with a budget of around $600 (I can go a little higher though). If I could get any help, it would be greatly appreciated!

The PC I have in mind would have:
At least a quad core CPU

Windows 8 (included in cost)

DVD Drive/Burner

And obviously microATX case/mobo

All help is greatly appreciated!
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  1. Best answer
    as you wish

    you cant buy fx 6300 because no mATX form factor of its mobo
    you cant buy i5 because of the price

    this is the best you can have

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($58.80 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.00 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $593.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-19 00:33 EDT-0400)
  2. You could swap that cpu for a phenom 955 BE 3.2ghz they should work in micro atx am i right or is the athlon better
  3. I'm pretty sure phenoms have heat problems. I'm currently using an old phenom II for gaming and the second I get to gameplay, my fans go full-bore to counteract the heat.
  4. LummusMaximus said:
    I'm pretty sure phenoms have heat problems. I'm currently using an old phenom II for gaming and the second I get to gameplay, my fans go full-bore to counteract the heat.


    im using the phenom x2 955 OC'd to 3.6ghz now with 2 x 80mm and a Zalman CNPS5X cpu cooler and im playing games cool around 50-60 celcius which i dont think is to bad
  5. leyton1 said:
    LummusMaximus said:
    I'm pretty sure phenoms have heat problems. I'm currently using an old phenom II for gaming and the second I get to gameplay, my fans go full-bore to counteract the heat.


    im using the phenom x2 955 OC'd to 3.6ghz now with 2 x 80mm and a Zalman CNPS5X cpu cooler and im playing games cool around 50-60 celcius which i dont think is to bad


    To be fair, the desktop is an old Dell with the tiniest fans in the world.
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