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Budget prebuilt gaming computer under $700?

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November 14, 2013 3:53:55 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month

Budget Range: $500-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (GW2, Skyrim, Witcher 3 eventually), surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Radeon 7850 or equivalent

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: Most likely not

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: I mainly need it to run Guild Wars 2 and Skyrim and Witcher 2 with normal fps. Eventually will play Witcher 3 when it comes out. Without GPU is fine since I noticed all pre-built over charged on GPU. I can always get the Radeon 7850 at ~$120.
November 14, 2013 3:59:23 PM

You probably won't be able to find a prebuilt one that has a 7850 and can play on high resolution for a price under a thousand. Gaming PC makers put a huge amount of money into CPUs and then buy crappy GPUs. However I like your idea of buying a prebuilt and replacing the GPU. Is the $120 included in your budget range? Hopefully, I will be able to find a good AMD prebuilt, with a FX-6300, that will go great with your Radeon 7850. One thing I will say is you should consider building your own.
November 14, 2013 4:00:47 PM

You will always get better parts with building your own. Companies that build computers use crappy mobos and PSUs. If you build it, you will have full control over what goes in it.
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November 14, 2013 4:04:50 PM

You can exclude $120 7850 from the budget. Reminded that I do need OS.
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November 14, 2013 4:12:21 PM

You can have a much better system than any vendor out there can offer just by picking your components yourself, this is a list I compiled that can serve you as an example of what you can do with your $700:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($195.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $690.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 19:10 EST-0500)

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November 14, 2013 4:24:45 PM
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November 14, 2013 4:27:12 PM

PepitoTV said:
You can have a much better system than any vendor out there can offer just by picking your components yourself, this is a list I compiled that can serve you as an example of what you can do with your $700:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($195.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $690.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-14 19:10 EST-0500)


That GPU you selected is only sold by NewEgg and is out of stock. Here is a radeon 7950 that isn't: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CP_Lyc...
November 15, 2013 9:28:27 AM

Thanks all. The DIY build is very tempting. And thanks StarTrek2013, the prebuilts are very good and fits my need. I didn't even know BB has those prebuilts. Now I can probably use all my BB rewards and gc to buy.
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November 15, 2013 9:41:13 AM

For the prebuilts, if you end getting one, please check the PSU that comes with it. You may notice that they don't tell you which one they have, not even the wattage. A faulty PSU can fry the entire system should something bad happens so it's definitely a piece of a computer you don't want to skimp on.
November 15, 2013 9:59:32 AM

I wouldn't go for those prebuilts
they are simply horrible for that price
build yourself , you won't regret it!

this build here or the build Pepito TV mentioned can simply play baseball with those prebuilts in QUALITY:

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core $117.97
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing $29.98
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ $69.99
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 $68.85
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $59.98
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB $169.99 (forget this one! buy the one pepito mentioned)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower $27.50
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V $44.99
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $15.99
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.00
November 15, 2013 10:31:12 AM

woah forgot to add the total sum lol : 691,24$
they are all from newegg but you won't really find price differences as long as you don't buy from European countries lol
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