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Help me build a gaming pc with budget $500-550 including monitor and shipping

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April 24, 2014 5:21:50 AM

Hi, I'm a noob at building a pc, but a long-time lurker here and in reddit.
I finally had a pocket to build a budget gaming pc but I want help from you guys.

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1. cpu. I don't really mind if it's an i5 or same power in other brands as long as it is a 4th gen. I wouldn't opt for an i3 either, and an i7 would be a bonus. Not necessarily an Intel but atleast same power with i5 or better.
2. Mobo. I completely dont have any idea how to choose one, but I've heard that FX 6300 is really good in general. I dont care about the ports. I'm pefectly fine with USB2.0. I dont need a soundcard either. But I need wifi card to support wireless connection.
3. case. I don't really care about its fanciness and size as long as it can perfectly fit all the parts and has good air flow
4. storage. I don't really mind if it's only 320GB but I won't also dive in at 160GB. I'm not a fan of SSDs either, but if it can boost my gaming experience somehow, it would be awesome.
5. vcard. My wish is to have GTX660Ti but I'm sure it can't fit in to my budget. The AMD r series will be very good
6. psu. I want a 20% allowance to the overall power that this build will consume. I will rarely shutdown the PC also (will I need a cooling gum on this?).
7. RAM. I really need a help on this. I've heard that most build will need atleast 4GB of RAM, but 6GB and 8GB would be cool too. I'm also a bit into future RAM upgrades so which would be better 6GB or 8GB or 4GB?
8. MONITOR. I need a monitor that can handle 1920x1080 resolution. I dont care if its 15 inches only.

9. I dont need an OS, mouse, keyboard, soundcard.
10. I do need a wifi card for wireless capability and wireless stick (dont know the term of that hardware you plug in the back to enable wireless connectivity)
I would probably also need plastic wires to be neat but not necessary.

11. My gaming routine.
I really like playing the latest games like Skyrim but I always end up sticking to Dota2, so I don't mind if it can only run the other games in Med settings.
I just want a 60+FPS when playing Dota2 at 1600x900 resolution, it would be cool if it can acheive that at 1920x1080 too.
I dont play CounterStrike-like games.

12. My preference.
I'm the kind that will sacrifice the display over performance. I always configure at best performance than balance between display.
I'm also the kind that would sacrifice the RAM and CPU/APU just to opt in with better vcard for better gaming experience.
I prefer to have lower electric bills.

13. budget. I'm tight at $500-550 INCLUDING shipping. 600 is a no, would be willing to wait a year more with this budget.

14. optical drive. forgot to mention this one (edited). I will only be needing this if I can't solve any problem using using flash drive or external drive. So I wouldn't mind if it will be the cheapest drive in it.

ALSO, this might be impossible, but if you can recommend a LAPTOP with my preference and budget, I might consider it. Would sacrifice all for portability but first is to achieve Dota2 at 60+FPS at 1600x900 reso with high settings (willing to dump other games. sad).

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April 24, 2014 5:57:07 AM

"9. I dont need an OS, mouse, keyboard, soundcard." Where are you getting the OS?
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April 24, 2014 5:57:08 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.18 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $523.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 08:58 EDT-0400) This is basically the cheapest I could give for good performance
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April 24, 2014 6:20:07 AM

WyomingKnott said:
"9. I dont need an OS, mouse, keyboard, soundcard." Where are you getting the OS?

I already have w7. plus I can just download if I want to upgrade. :D 
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April 24, 2014 6:20:38 AM

This is the best i can squeeze out of your budget.

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB FTW ACX Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: AOC e2050Swd 60Hz 19.5" Monitor ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $553.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 09:20 EDT-0400)
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April 24, 2014 6:25:34 AM

DeadGraphics said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.18 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $523.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 08:58 EDT-0400) This is basically the cheapest I could give for good performance


thank you
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April 24, 2014 6:32:05 AM

thank you. wow
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April 24, 2014 6:54:32 AM

DeadGraphics said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.18 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $523.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 08:58 EDT-0400) This is basically the cheapest I could give for good performance

Hi man, what if with out optical drive. or the cheapest one. Will only use it if I cant solve any problem using flash drives or external drive
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April 24, 2014 1:49:39 PM

infinityfine said:
DeadGraphics said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xB9i/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.18 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
Case: Sentey CS1-1398 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($109.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $523.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 08:58 EDT-0400) This is basically the cheapest I could give for good performance

Hi man, what if with out optical drive. or the cheapest one. Will only use it if I cant solve any problem using flash drives or external drive

Personally I would just walk past my build and go for camohama's one because it is just beastly +1 to his build
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