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Best Performance Gaming PC for Under $650

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April 30, 2014 5:40:29 PM

Looking for the best performing gaming pc for under $650.
Needs:
Operating System
Good Video Card
120 GB SSD (that's the only storage for now)


Thanks for the input!

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a c 343 4 Gaming
April 30, 2014 5:50:16 PM

start from here

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($73.98 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.74 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $662.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-30 20:51 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2014 5:51:26 PM

I would get the AMD FX-6300 for the CPU.

The GTX 750ti is a great low-budget gaming card.

Get a high-quality power supply, at least 400-500 watts.

For storage, I would get a Samsung 840 Evo.

And for the OS, I would get Windows 7, unless you want 8.1 (that extra 0.1 is very important...).
Unless you want to try Linux. It is free, you could just try it. Then you could use that cash to get a better graphics card and/or CPU. I just started using Linux, and I must say, I will never use Windows again! (I don't play games, though. You can play most games in Linux, see this.)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2014 5:56:44 PM

i know its a little over $650 but you really dont want a processor less than the fx6300 and if you want to be able to have a very goo experience a 1080p in all games you dont want any less than the r9-270 video card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $684.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-30 20:58 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2014 5:58:19 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X Extreme4+ ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $650.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-30 20:58 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
April 30, 2014 6:28:44 PM

If you live near a Micro Center, you can bundle the CPU and motherboard to save a lot of money. (All CPU's at Micro Center have to be picked up at the store.)
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May 1, 2014 4:10:17 AM

Thanks for the help! I'll be looking for an fx-6300 and r9-270
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