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Build a $400-$500 gaming PC (Only need a list of parts!)

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November 5, 2013 4:53:26 PM

Hi guys, I want to build my own PC for gaming, and I'm having a hard time putting together the part list. My budget is $400-$500 depending on sales and how much money I get for Christmas. I want to spend around $250 on the CPU and GPU, but I'm having a hard time deciding on my parts. I want to play most games at around 40 FPS or higher, on normal or medium graphics settings. This is going to be a starter build, and I am going to be slowly upgrading the parts as I get more money. I would like to have 8GB of ram, and at least a 500GB hard drive. It's okay if you go over the price range a little bit, because I will wait longer to get more money! The only part I am sure about is the case, which is the NZXT Source 210.(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
I would like to have my graphics card to have 2GB or ram, so you can go cheaper on the CPU if you have to. I already have everything else I need, like a mouse, keyboard, speakers, and 1920x1080 monitor. Thanks in advance!
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November 5, 2013 4:58:09 PM

Just check the link in my signature, should be a good starting point.
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November 6, 2013 5:25:55 PM

hmmm I might just have what you want I have 2 questions: amd or Intel (amd cheaper/better price per preformance Intel more powerful with a I3/I5) and AMD or NAVIDIA this is just preference the only difference is you get 2 free games with amd and you get PHISX Wichita is a phisics engine Wichita at this price point is all the difference, be cause the processor isn't powerful enough at this price point (very sorry for the.long post) and I have the same issue, but I might know a bit that will help you :) 
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November 6, 2013 5:27:46 PM

robax91 said:
Just check the link in my signature, should be a good starting point.

hmm how would I go about making a signature? (I'm new to the fourms)


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November 7, 2013 12:30:56 PM

mrpizzaface said:
hmmm I might just have what you want I have 2 questions: amd or Intel (amd cheaper/better price per preformance Intel more powerful with a I3/I5) and AMD or NAVIDIA this is just preference the only difference is you get 2 free games with amd and you get PHISX Wichita is a phisics engine Wichita at this price point is all the difference, be cause the processor isn't powerful enough at this price point (very sorry for the.long post) and I have the same issue, but I might know a bit that will help you :) 


I'm leaning more towards AMD for my proccesor, and I don't really care if the graphics card is AMD or NVIDIA!
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November 7, 2013 1:44:52 PM

CPU: FX-6300 3.5Ghz 6-Core Processor ~$120
Mobo: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ ~$85
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ~$80
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ~$60
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ~$165
Case: NZXT Source 210 ~$35
PSU: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ~$45

~$590

A $400-$500 budget is really hard to work with. A $500 budget is a recommended minimum for a gaming pc.

I was just like you though, I started with that exact same budget but the price kept making its way up because I wanted to be able to have a PC that met my desires. If you're going to be upgrading parts, don't cheap out on the mobo/psu. Prepare for the future. If you'd like you can go with just 4gb of ram because you can always add in another stick later. As for the GPU, it should be the most expensive component in your gaming pc. Don't get a crap one and plan to upgrade it later, get a good one and build around it!


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