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April 24, 2014 2:59:41 PM

I'm looking to build a gaming PC to play games that aren't so demanding like Dragon Age or something and some MMOs. I'm new to PC tech and don't know where to start with the process and how to go about comparing etc. Any help is welcomed!

Approximate Purchase Date: Sept 2014 - Jan 2015, somewhere between then

Budget Range: $500-$700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, MAYBE streaming/video editing, school

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, if you know another trusted site that works to

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: as long as it gets the job done anything is fine with me

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, dont know what this is or if its necessary for what im looking for

Monitor Resolution: Not exactly sure, whatever works with the build

Additional Comments: I'll look for a monitor myself but if you find a good cheap one then you can show me. This computer would be for games less demanding, I plan to upgrade along the road so case size matters I guess haha. Games like Dragon Age Origins and 2, Mass Effect, Sims, Fallout(if thats not too demanding) etc, games like those and some MMOs. If a console can be built that can play Skyrim within my budget range that'll be cool but again I'm going to upgrade somewhere along the road so it doesn't have to play Skyrim now.

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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2014 3:17:51 PM

This would play skyrim, fallout, and all those games without any problem (at max settings probably).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card ($249.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $668.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 18:15 EDT-0400)

If you need the operating system included in the $700 budget let me know.
Also, if you prefer intel over AMD for the CPU it will be a bit harder :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
April 24, 2014 5:22:27 PM

If you have no intention of overclocking, this build would be a good idea.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xVW0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xVW0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xVW0/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: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $678.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:22 EDT-0400)
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April 25, 2014 11:15:54 PM

camohanna said:
If you have no intention of overclocking, this build would be a good idea.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xVW0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xVW0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3xVW0/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: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($299.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $678.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-24 20:22 EDT-0400)


If hes new to building won't he need an OS.
best option if you can get windows 64bit to go with aswell
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