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Let's build a $500 budget gaming/everyday PC tower.

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March 23, 2014 7:58:48 PM

So I really would like to get your opinion on this. Seems that it's time for an upgrade. What do you think is my ABSOLUTE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS to build this machine?! Something that would give me the option of playing the new released games as COD and Battlefield 4. And please give me your opinion also on should I build my own or buy a pre built one. And if you see something within the $500.00 budget please send the link in the answer box. Thank you for all your help.

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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2014 8:09:02 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3flEc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3flEc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3flEc/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($57.78 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($118.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $520.66

If you can save some more money, you'll want to get 8gb of RAM. As it currently is, this computer should be able to run most games 1080p at medium settings.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2014 8:17:22 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ECS A75F2-A2(1.0) ATX FM2 Motherboard ($40.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
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 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec GX500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Micro Center)
Total: $450.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-23 23:18 EDT-0400)

Benchmark of GTX 750 Ti @ BF4: www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-750-ti-review,...
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March 23, 2014 8:23:07 PM

Seems like no one includes a CPU cooler in their list?! Is that not necessary?!
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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2014 8:35:38 PM

The AMD comes with a CPU cooler. Not a very good one, but it works.
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March 23, 2014 8:38:56 PM

zeph_yr said:
The AMD comes with a CPU cooler. Not a very good one, but it works.


Thank you. Do you think you can answer my other (only other) 2nd question under my profile?! I'd highly appreciate it.
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a b 4 Gaming
March 23, 2014 9:19:33 PM

Not necessary for Athlon.
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