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February 16, 2014 4:30:24 PM

I am looking to break into the gaming PC world! I've been reading up parts but I'm actually pretty clueless when it comes to making a decision. I want to make a system that will cost me $500-600. I need practically everything. I also would appreciate advice on monitors. I can spend money separate from the 600 on a monitor. I want to play rpg's mmo's and shooters. Any help is appreciated! Thanks for your time!

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February 16, 2014 5:12:18 PM

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 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: XFX Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.97 @ OutletPC)
Total: $585.88
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February 16, 2014 5:25:32 PM

Thanks! Would you reccomend an Asus monitor? Like the VS247H-P 23.6 inch?
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February 16, 2014 5:27:40 PM

yes, asus makes some good monitors, but your rig will struggle at that high of resolution, at least depending on the game.
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February 16, 2014 5:30:00 PM

So how could I beef up my performance a little bit or should I just pick a lower end monitor and call it a day? And how much will it struggle?
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February 16, 2014 5:52:10 PM

another issue to recon with since you in all likely hood do not know a lot about p.c who are you going call when your rig starts miss behaving then there is the cost of upgrading and the games p.c games hold no value 600 buys you the xbox one
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February 16, 2014 5:56:44 PM

My uncle built his own a little bit ago and I know a guy who deals in computers. Is upgrading really that bad if you are smart about it?
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February 16, 2014 6:28:29 PM

no, just about everything is plug and play, graphic cards require extra software, but mostly plug and play. You will have to double check for compatibility when upgrade a CPU/mobo/RAM though, but it is pretty straight forward. Good thing about this mobo is if you feel like the CPU is lagging, it supports a wide variety of upgrades.
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February 16, 2014 6:43:18 PM

Thanks! I'm just nervous about getting into it. I'm sure it will be great once I do. Any recommendations to better this build a little?
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February 16, 2014 6:58:09 PM

Only if you're willing to spend more money really.
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February 16, 2014 7:17:03 PM

Ok thanks and can I expect to play medium to high graphics on most games?
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February 16, 2014 7:21:03 PM

Really depends on what resolution you play at and what games you like to play.
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February 16, 2014 7:29:50 PM

I'm thinking 1080p and I really want to play skyrim online and WoW and shooters
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February 16, 2014 7:32:42 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5541/amd-radeon-hd-7750-r...

Here's benchmarks of the card, it isn't a high end card but with your budget it's about the best we can do. I suggest start saving again and upgrade the GPU as the rest of your system is actually decent.
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