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Build a Mid Range gaming PC with budget of $600 or less

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December 2, 2013 11:43:12 AM

I have no prior experience building a PC and need a little Help.
I am a photographer and a light gamer. I need a good $600 build that will handle
Sim-city 5 and The Sims 3 on maximum settings. I also use Photoshop CS6 and Pinnacle Video editing software. I would like those to run perfectly. I know the basics of PC hardware but I have trouble understanding compatibility. I have been to PC Picker but I am unsure what parts will work for me. I would greatly appreciate any help anyone has for me. Thank you very much! :) 
December 2, 2013 11:49:25 AM

nick3232 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2dAiT pretty decent build if you want you can add an ssd for $85 use it as a system drive will make the pc much faster


Thank you! Would a 600w power supply do the job?
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December 2, 2013 11:50:10 AM

This would get the job done:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.55 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $596.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 14:48 EST-0500)

Excellent quality parts, with room for upgrades in the future and will run games quite well.

Hint: as you add parts in pcpartpicker, they will usually flag any incompatibility issues, so you'll know what's up :) 
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December 2, 2013 11:52:12 AM

nick3232 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2dAiT pretty decent build if you want you can add an ssd for $85 use it as a system drive will make the pc much faster


Don't forget an operating system...that's going to put that build at $700.
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December 2, 2013 11:56:31 AM

ACTechy said:
This would get the job done:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.55 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $596.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-02 14:48 EST-0500)

Excellent quality parts, with room for upgrades in the future and will run games quite well.

Hint: as you add parts in pcpartpicker, they will usually flag any incompatibility issues, so you'll know what's up :) 


Thank you for the tip on PC Picker. I forgot to mention I watch Blu Rays on my PC, I have a drive but will they play without being laggy lol
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 2, 2013 11:59:38 AM

ladouthitt said:

Thank you for the tip on PC Picker. I forgot to mention I watch Blu Rays on my PC, I have a drive but will they play without being laggy lol


No problem. Here is a Blu Ray reading optical drive, $35: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Brings the final price, after rebates, to $615...
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December 2, 2013 12:10:29 PM

ACTechy said:
ladouthitt said:

Thank you for the tip on PC Picker. I forgot to mention I watch Blu Rays on my PC, I have a drive but will they play without being laggy lol


No problem. Here is a Blu Ray reading optical drive, $35: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Brings the final price, after rebates, to $615...


One final question, I have a 3.5 sata drive now with win7 on it now. Could i just put that drive in this build and it all work?
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December 2, 2013 12:16:38 PM

ACTechy said:
ladouthitt said:

Thank you for the tip on PC Picker. I forgot to mention I watch Blu Rays on my PC, I have a drive but will they play without being laggy lol


No problem. Here is a Blu Ray reading optical drive, $35: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Brings the final price, after rebates, to $615...


I am noticing the video card is out of stock at newegg:/
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 2, 2013 12:55:15 PM

ladouthitt said:


One final question, I have a 3.5 sata drive now with win7 on it now. Could i just put that drive in this build and it all work?


Maybe, but only if your Windows 7 is a retail version (if you didn't build it, most likely it's an OEM copy and non-transferable to a new motherboard). And it can get dicey with drivers and whatnot.

For reference: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window...

ladouthitt said:

I am noticing the video card is out of stock at newegg:/


For a graphics card, this is even better, and still in stock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $140 AR
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December 2, 2013 1:09:24 PM

ACTechy said:
ladouthitt said:


One final question, I have a 3.5 sata drive now with win7 on it now. Could i just put that drive in this build and it all work?


Maybe, but only if your Windows 7 is a retail version (if you didn't build it, most likely it's an OEM copy and non-transferable to a new motherboard). And it can get dicey with drivers and whatnot.

For reference: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window...

ladouthitt said:

I am noticing the video card is out of stock at newegg:/


For a graphics card, this is even better, and still in stock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $140 AR


Thank you so much! You have been a great help! I plan on buying the parts very soon! I am ready to take on my first build!
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 2, 2013 1:12:09 PM

ladouthitt said:

Thank you so much! You have been a great help! I plan on buying the parts very soon! I am ready to take on my first build!


No problem! Enjoy the build!
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December 2, 2013 2:36:01 PM

ACTechy said:
ladouthitt said:


One final question, I have a 3.5 sata drive now with win7 on it now. Could i just put that drive in this build and it all work?


Maybe, but only if your Windows 7 is a retail version (if you didn't build it, most likely it's an OEM copy and non-transferable to a new motherboard). And it can get dicey with drivers and whatnot.

For reference: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/window...

ladouthitt said:

I am noticing the video card is out of stock at newegg:/


For a graphics card, this is even better, and still in stock: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $140 AR


Any chance you have another card in mind. I added to cart and said sold out.
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