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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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    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:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    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)
  2. An SSD alone will not be enough to store a decent library of games. You can instead get a decent 500 GB HDD.
  3. whatever. how many games can you possibly play at one time?
  4. Cool! I'm probably gonna go with the AMD one. Thanks! You really helped!
  5. @Joseph I'm just gonna additional storage after some time so it's fine.. Thanks, btw.
  6. Which build did you go with? mix-match? None of the above? :P
  7. I'm going with the AMD build :3
  8. Sure. Many thanks, btw.
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