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Hi everyone,
I'm completely new to trying to build a PC of my own and wouldn't even consider it, except My older, "all in one system" is on it's last leg - so to speak. I have spent 2 wks. trying to learn and understand the necessary components, etc. - however, I'm still getting confused on how to choose what's best, and keep it w/in my budget. The following, is what I need/want (if possible) if someone would be kind enough to possibly post some builds that would be compatible. Also, I should mention that I play an online game, "AION"., and according to their site, this is what I need.

BUDGET: $600.00
Quad-Core 2.3 Ghz or better
8 or better GB of RAM
NVidia GeForce 560 Ti or better (or ATI Radeon 6950 - or better)
DirectX compatable sound card
1 TB Hard drive
Case -
(And any other components that are necessary )

NOTES: Since I have an all in one now ( *but will never own one again*), I need a Monitor. - however, this will not fit in my budget at this time - SO, I will be using my TV as my monitor - it has HDMI - so I need to make sure that whatever configuration my computer has - it will b able to have an HDMI out slot that can work with my TV.
Sending you ALL a sincere thanks for any and all help you can give me!
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  1. This is $25 over your budget but I would highly recommend it since most MMOs run better on intel processors rather than AMD processors:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $623.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 17:37 EDT-0400)

    If you already have a copy of windows then there are some other tweaks that can be made but this build is pretty solid. For connecting to the TV most modern graphics cards (including the on in the build) have HDMI and DVI outputs.
  2. numanator said:
    This is $25 over your budget but I would highly recommend it since most MMOs run better on intel processors rather than AMD processors:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $623.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 17:37 EDT-0400)

    If you already have a copy of windows then there are some other tweaks that can be made but this build is pretty solid. For connecting to the TV most modern graphics cards (including the on in the build) have HDMI and DVI outputs.
  3. numanator said:
    This is $25 over your budget but I would highly recommend it since most MMOs run better on intel processors rather than AMD processors:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $623.00
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 17:37 EDT-0400)

    If you already have a copy of windows then there are some other tweaks that can be made but this build is pretty solid. For connecting to the TV most modern graphics cards (including the on in the build) have HDMI and DVI outputs.


    Hi Numanator, I really like your build very much. Especially since you chose the 750 Ti Graphics card. I've read about it and I know its a good card. questions?
    I have Win 7 OS - I was hoping to squeeze in an i5 processor? is there anyway to do that? If not, how much over my budget would it take me?
    Also, RE: Cases: looking for a flat top case that has some ports on the front, and decent cable management -doesn't need to b fancy looking - but practical, with room for expansion if at all possible.
  4. Best answer
    A non-overclocking i5 is about $80 more than the i3, without the windows it ends up being about the same price. Another option would be keeping the i3 and upgrading the gpu to a gtx 760 or R9 270x (AMD), it depends on your needs though I would probably get the i5 since the intel i5 will last you longer than a gpu upgrade IMO.

    For the case, I think the Corsair 200R would work for your needs, it has a flat top and 2 usb ports on the front, also pretty good cable managment. If you want more front usbs I will have to look around for a case.

    This would be the build with an i5:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $618.02
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 19:31 EDT-0400)

    pretty much the only change would be the processor.
  5. Hi ! hey Numanator,
    That Last build is EXACTLY what I was hoping for! It has EVERYTHING I was hoping to put into a build annnd at the price I was looking for! I Honestly cannot thank you enough =) I should start ordering the parts next week and I'm super excited. I've been struggling along with an HP all in one system and it just was not "cutting the mustard" but that's what happens when you rush out and buy things off the shelf in an electronics store. I'm looking forward to building my very first custom built system.
    Anyway, many thanks to everyone who participates in helping others on this site.

    numanator said:
    A non-overclocking i5 is about $80 more than the i3, without the windows it ends up being about the same price. Another option would be keeping the i3 and upgrading the gpu to a gtx 760 or R9 270x (AMD), it depends on your needs though I would probably get the i5 since the intel i5 will last you longer than a gpu upgrade IMO.

    For the case, I think the Corsair 200R would work for your needs, it has a flat top and 2 usb ports on the front, also pretty good cable managment. If you want more front usbs I will have to look around for a case.

    This would be the build with an i5:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $618.02
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 19:31 EDT-0400)

    pretty much the only change would be the processor.
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