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I need help building my first gaming computer.

I know almost nothing about building gaming PC's only a bit from what ive read here i'm 24 and have been wanting to build a PC for awhile just not sure if I can. I am pretty tech savvy and my budget is 600$ that is including the OS. Please help me i would like to be able to play most all games on atleast low to mid settings. Dont be afraid to fully explain yourself when it comes to building PC's im a complete noob but i would like to learn. Thank you in advance.
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  1. Does it have to be a gaming pc? Or can it be a console? Because you are let with only $500 dollars after the os and at that price, consoles win every time. If you are set on a gaming pc, save up a few hundred more bucks so you can get something that isn't just an expensive paperweight
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    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: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $580.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 22:10 EST-0500)

    I would recommend watching tutorials on youtube on how to build a computer. This is a great one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
    I watched this and nothing else and I was able to build my first computer. I was nervous and worried about breaking something, but it all turned out fairly easy.
  3. realchaos said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    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: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $580.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 22:10 EST-0500)

    I would recommend watching tutorials on youtube on how to build a computer. This is a great one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_56kyib-Ls
    I watched this and nothing else and I was able to build my first computer. I was nervous and worried about breaking something, but it all turned out fairly easy.


    Thank you very much for your quick reply i like this build and will probably move along with it as I think i'll be able to put it together.One question tho when i purchase all these parts will all the cords i need come with them?
  4. If possible I'd look into replacing that AMD Athlon with somthing a little better, try looking for a board that will support AM3 or AM3+. As mentioned above Id look into spending more around $800-$1000 on a gaming rig. I like to purchase a part or two every pay check. Takes a bit longer, but you end up with a nicer build.
  5. Yes all the cords and cables you need are included with the components.
    Going with an AM3+ set-up will force the OP to downgrade to a 7790 or increase his budget. Of course something like the FX-6300 would be a better processor option, but it's not worth the cost of downgrading the gpu.
  6. See i dont need the ultimate gaming rig right now tho i just want a good start where i can atleast play the games out even on low settings with 30 fps , and i can upgrade it as i go.Do you think that case will be suitable for future upgrades.And how much more would it be with the upgraded Processor?
  7. The case is decent, but you're limited to a mATX motherboard. So if you ever want to upgrade to an AM3+ set-up, you'll need a full size mid-ATX case. Or you can go for the even stronger Intel set-up which will work in a mATX set-up.
    Honestly, if you go end up going with the 750k, I don't think it's worth the extra money for an AM3+ set-up anyways as you won't get a big enough performance increase to justify the extra money. You can always upgrade to an Intel set-up later on, which costs about ~$180-190 for an i5-4430 and ~$30 for a cheap mATX motherboard that you can find on sale occasionally.
  8. realchaos said:
    The case is decent, but you're limited to a mATX motherboard. So if you ever want to upgrade to an AM3+ set-up, you'll need a full size mid-ATX case. Or you can go for the even stronger Intel set-up which will work in a mATX set-up.
    Honestly, if you go end up going with the 750k, I don't think it's worth the extra money for an AM3+ set-up anyways as you won't get a big enough performance increase to justify the extra money. You can always upgrade to an Intel set-up later on, which costs about ~$180-190 for an i5-4430 and ~$30 for a cheap mATX motherboard that you can find on sale occasionally.


    Thank you I really appreciate it. I will be ordering the parts later on today and may need to come back later with a few more questions.
  9. ok i have assembled the computer with all the parts suggested but when i try to turn it on nothing happens the power button started to flash but no fans nothing what would be some common problems i might be having it looks like everythings hooked up right and i made sure the power switch was on on the power supply.Anything helps.
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