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May 7, 2014 4:26:47 PM

Hey, guys. I'm building a gaming rig and really want to play games on high (not necessarily max) settings like Max Payne 3, Shogun 2, Battlefield 3 and/or 4, AC4, CoD: Ghosts (yes, I still haven't played those games because of my crappy PC), Watchdogs, CoD: Advanced Warfare, and basically every new game. I wanna build a PC that I can play with for 2 or 3 years before upgrading again. My range is 400-500$. I have a vogue rig in my mind and i just need some kind of second opinion.

Processor: 4 cores at 3.2 Ghz or higher (doesn't matter if AMD or Intel)
GPU: I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go with Nvidia with an Intel and AMD with AMD (of course)
Motherboard: Probably MSI or Asus or maybe Gigabyte
Cooling: I'm still looking for a cheap and reliable liquid cooling but air is fine.

I have a separate budget for the other parts of the PC so don't worry about them. Thanks

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a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2014 4:39:01 PM

Intel generic gaming build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 460 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.81 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Inwin Dragon Slayer MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $554.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 19:38 EDT-0400)

AMD generic gaming build:

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CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($18.16 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.31 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 460 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($97.81 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Archon ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $577.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-07 19:38 EDT-0400)
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a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2014 4:41:53 PM

An SSD alone will not be enough to store a decent library of games. You can instead get a decent 500 GB HDD.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 7, 2014 4:42:48 PM

whatever. how many games can you possibly play at one time?
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May 8, 2014 6:27:19 PM

Cool! I'm probably gonna go with the AMD one. Thanks! You really helped!
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May 8, 2014 6:30:51 PM

@Joseph I'm just gonna additional storage after some time so it's fine.. Thanks, btw.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 8, 2014 6:37:53 PM

Which build did you go with? mix-match? None of the above? :p 
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May 8, 2014 6:38:44 PM

I'm going with the AMD build :3
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May 8, 2014 6:46:10 PM

Sure. Many thanks, btw.
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