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Desktop gaming PC for around $700 Buy or Build

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March 4, 2014 8:55:42 AM

Hi. I'm in desperate need of some help with buying/building a new desktop PC and would greatly appreciate any help I can get. Its been years since I looked at getting a new computer and I feel pretty lost. I'm open to suggestions on pretty much anything.



Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully this week

Budget Range: around $700 to $730 total Before Rebates and After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: I have a monitor, mouse and keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I'm completely open to suggestions

Country City State: USA Baltimore Maryland

Parts Preferences: I'd like to get an nvidia graphics cards and intel processor but I'm open to suggestions

Overclocking: No I think that might be to advanced for me

SLI or Crossfire: open to suggestions

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: I need some version of windows (as always I'm open) and would like to be able to play Skyrim and Farcry 3 at high settings if possible.

Also I found this pre-build model that seemed pretty good to me
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0089KDCIU/?tag=gamingcomputer...

I only included it to show you where I'm at right now I have little idea how good or bad that system actually is.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 4, 2014 9:03:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.48 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $698.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-04 12:03 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.48 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($33.99 @ Staples)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $732.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-04 12:06 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
March 4, 2014 9:04:14 AM

Build, definitely build. For the price you can get a better cpu and a much better gpu. the gt610 is not a gaming GPU, it is extremely entry level. Also you are probably getting a crappy PSU that does not output the posted amount. For $700 you can get something much better if you build.
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March 7, 2014 6:34:58 PM

Thanks for your speedy reply! Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you I've been saving and can get the price up $900 totally, I might just start a new thread since the title is misleading currently.

Your build look really nice but it gave me warring Potential Issues/Incompatibilitie Some AMD 970 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Vishera CPUs. I'm not sure how serious that is or if it needs modification on the build.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 8, 2014 4:41:58 PM

It's just a simple BIOS update, not a big hassle in most cases.

Also, if you have almost a grand to drop I'd say wait till you have another $100 and get either a E3 1230 V3 or 4670K and a 780 GPU.
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