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[First Time Building] Looking To Build a PC To Run Sims 3/4

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January 13, 2014 7:20:03 AM

Although I'm mostly building this PC for Sims 4 there's a good chance I will be keeping Sims 3+expansions (I have about 5 expansions) on the pc with Sims 4 until I'm ready to unstall it because I may not like Sims 4 lol
So the PC would need to be able to have both games on it and still run smoothly. This computer will only be used for gaming and internet, otherwise I have a laptop for the other stuff.
I don't really play hardcore games just sims and the odd free-to-play MMORPG - think Diablo 3 type graphics.

I don't have experience with building a computer but I have brothers/dad who can help when I need it as they're pretty knowledgeable with this stuff.

Budget: Would like to stay under $600, lower is better if possible.
Don't Need: monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers or OS. I plan to go with windows 7 because I absolutely hate 8 and my dad already has windows 7 so one less thing to pay for.
Other Info: A plus would be a quiet pc, it will be kept in my room so I'd prefer if it wasn't too noisy.

As far as all the other technical stuff I have no idea, this is where I need someone's expertise. Things like graphics cards, motherboard, power supply etc.. that stuff I'm not too familiar with.

Thanks in advance for any help and I can gladly provide more information, just ask because I wasn't sure what else might be important but it's a start!

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Sorry guys! I totally forgot to mention I'm from Canada so the prices are different for me. So far this build by filippi comes closest to my price range considering it was american pricing first it's pretty good but a bit lower would be ideal: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2ABnI
January 13, 2014 7:44:51 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock 980DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($160.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $596.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-13 10:44 EST-0500)
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January 13, 2014 7:45:23 AM

This should be totally overkill for what you need, but here's a good build for your price range:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($145.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $561.58
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-13 10:44 EST-0500)
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January 13, 2014 8:39:20 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone! I'll have a look over them and let you all know if I have any other questions :)  It's awesome that you stayed within budget.
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January 13, 2014 10:14:23 AM

The build doesn't have to be really close to $600, if I can even get away with a decent build that can run Sims on Med-high graphics that is much lower than my budget I'm okay with that too. $600 is just my max budget.
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January 13, 2014 5:42:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi A85S3 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.09 @ Mwave)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($51.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $368.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-13 20:42 EST-0500)
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