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January 30, 2014 2:55:05 PM

I want to build a computer for around 500 dollars(not including monitor) that will be able to run games like Dayz, Nether, BF4, COD on 1080p on medium to high settings.
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January 30, 2014 3:14:23 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($70.69 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $486.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Can't get much today for 500 bucks, Haswell Pentium, with a decent R7 260x

some people will recommend an AMD Athlon X4 740, and that's fine too, but in both cases the CPU will be the main bottleneck.

you SHOULD be able to run these games at medium settings on 1080p, though in some cases you'll need to go low
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January 30, 2014 3:17:56 PM

Here's a suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($57.87 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $496.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-30 18:17 EST-0500)
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January 31, 2014 3:16:48 PM

So the cpu is what will slow games down or lower the fps. I'm new to pc gaming im coming from console. Im 14 and don't really understand much yet, but in the future would you recommend upgrading the cpu?

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January 31, 2014 3:17:17 PM

lmaonade200 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($70.69 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $486.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Can't get much today for 500 bucks, Haswell Pentium, with a decent R7 260x

some people will recommend an AMD Athlon X4 740, and that's fine too, but in both cases the CPU will be the main bottleneck.

you SHOULD be able to run these games at medium settings on 1080p, though in some cases you'll need to go low


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January 31, 2014 3:17:50 PM

lmaonade200 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($70.69 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-E Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.80 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $486.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Can't get much today for 500 bucks, Haswell Pentium, with a decent R7 260x

some people will recommend an AMD Athlon X4 740, and that's fine too, but in both cases the CPU will be the main bottleneck.

you SHOULD be able to run these games at medium settings on 1080p, though in some cases you'll need to go low

So the cpu is what will slow games down or lower the fps. I'm new to pc gaming im coming from console. Im 14 and don't really understand much yet, but in the future would you recommend upgrading the cpu?
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January 31, 2014 5:47:13 PM

yes the CPU is what will hold the system back, it's a lower end Intel processor, while the graphics card R7 260x is a mid ranged card. Overall it shouldn't be too bad, you'll still be able to get decent performance, everything you'd expect from a 500 dollar computer anyway, and I would recommend upgrading in the future, an Intel Pentium is no lightweight but it doesn't exactly match up to something like an i5 processor

that motherboard allows all Haswell CPUs (so including i3, i5, and i7 4000 series processors) to be used so you can always upgrade later if you decide to go with it.
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February 1, 2014 6:12:07 PM

for one, OP needs an OS so you're build is actually about 100 dollars over budget

and I don't understand the criticism for a Haswell Pentium, it's an okay CPU, it's still stronger at single thread applications than the older Athlon CPUs, just has less cores. And dude, if you're talking about "high performance apps" and eliminating anything Intel under 150 bucks (which includes the i3's FYI, which are strong in their own right), then you might as well eliminate anything under a Phenom II X6 for AMD processors while you're at it.
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