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Budget intel based gaming pc for playing arma 2

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November 7, 2013 5:46:39 AM

Hey guys,

I have never built a gaming pc before and need some help. I am on a budget of about $600 and want a pc that runs arma 2 (mainly for DayZ Mod). Please help with any info you can provide.

Thanks everyone for your help!
a b 4 Gaming
November 7, 2013 6:05:11 AM

Do you need Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse......?
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November 7, 2013 6:09:11 AM

maurelie said:
Do you need Monitor, OS, Keyboard, Mouse......?


No. I have a monitor but will upgrade it later and have the Razor Naga Mouse and the Razor Blackwidow Keyboard.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 7, 2013 6:18:38 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-C/CSM Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $596.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 09:17 EST-0500)
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November 7, 2013 6:24:02 AM

maurelie said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-C/CSM Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($64.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.32 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.65 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $596.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 09:17 EST-0500)


Sorry I forgot to put this in my original post but I have the Corsair Oblivion full tower case (that i got for free) and a brand new 1TB seagate hard drive already so is there places we can upgrade on that build with staying in the $600 range?

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a b 4 Gaming
November 7, 2013 6:32:02 AM

Ok, here is the upgrade.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($73.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.32 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $580.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 09:31 EST-0500)
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November 7, 2013 6:41:02 AM

maurelie said:
Ok, here is the upgrade.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($73.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($87.32 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($177.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $580.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-07 09:31 EST-0500)



Is that cpu and motherboard able to overclock??
Thanks for all the help btw.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 7, 2013 8:37:30 AM

Neither the CPU or motherboard are able to overclock. Overclocking abilities will set you 200-300$ more because of unlocked processor, motherboard for overclocking, higher PSU wattage and aftermarket cooler.
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