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First Gaming PC, budget: 500-650 (added list!)

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June 27, 2011 12:15:06 AM

Hey,

I'm 16 years old and I'm getting into PC gaming. I'm more interested in games like League of Legends (Not FPS at the moment, I have a xbox for that). I got my first job and I've been wanting to buy a desktop since I play on a horrible laptop. I have around $500 right now and In about 2 weeks I'll have $650.

I'm not worried about building it because my dad used to build computers all the time and so he's gonna take care of that. I've been looking at parts and honestly I really dont know if my combination works but I feel like this is good.

Parts not needed: OS, Monitor (will buy later have a good enough one for now).

List is below, sorry!
June 27, 2011 12:17:26 AM

You are gonna have to list each item. Sucks but yeah...
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June 27, 2011 12:38:28 AM
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June 27, 2011 9:27:19 AM

Look at this.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/600-gaming-pc-jun...

$600 PC with OS, so just $500 without. For and additional $30, I'd suggest bumping up the graphics to a HD6870 (check the $800 link on my sig).

Oh by the way, don't forget to try out Crysis 2 with DirectX 11 on this. It'll pwn the Xbox360 easy.
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June 27, 2011 2:20:32 PM

manu 11 said:
have you seen the system building martathon june 2011, it outperforms any game and is better option than a phenom 955 rig
heres the link
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/diy-gaming-pc,2970....

surely, bump up and take a 6870, much better option for gaming

Based on other threads I was under the impression that AMD processors outperformed the intel ones at this low budget area. Is this true or is the intel i-3 better than the one I had listed.

As for the graphics card I can definitely switch it up to a 6870. Any comments on the motherboard i have?

EDIT: Seems to me having 4 cores would be better than having the 2 that are in the i-3. Also If i plan on recording gameplay with Fraps would I need more RAM or is 4GB sufficient?
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June 29, 2011 1:12:21 AM

bump. still looking for advice.
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June 29, 2011 7:46:13 AM

Hi. I think your motherboard looks fine for it's price. If you stay with AMD you might want to consider bumping up $20 to the ASrock 880G Pro3, that way you can get 2nd gen. Bulldozer ugrade next year. It has a couple more features like USB 3.0 and Sata 6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There will always be division on which CPU is best for Gaming. I think Tom's Hardware summary in it's $500 System Builder Marathon said it well, "The June 2011 $500 Gaming PC is right for some, but not for all, and I’m expecting the comments section to reflect this. If you are purely a gamer, do not overclock, or are just drawn towards a high level of efficiency, then this build is just your ticket. But the real deal-breaker in my eyes is aggressive pricing on AMD's Phenom II X4 955 BE processor that has cropped up since our order date. Available for a measly $113, it’s just too attractive to ignore. And the fact that the entry-level Sandy Bridge-based chips are so limited in their flexibility doesn't help."

A lot of people recommend this hard drive, the Samsung Spinpoint f3. They say it's faster even though it is Sata 3. It's what I would choose right now and it's on sale for $54.99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Really, what ever you choose you will be happy. Hope this helped.
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June 29, 2011 8:18:24 AM

Zero_ said:
Look at this.
http://gamingrig.blogspot.com/2011/06/600-gaming-pc-jun...

$600 PC with OS, so just $500 without. For and additional $30, I'd suggest bumping up the graphics to a HD6870 (check the $800 link on my sig).

Oh by the way, don't forget to try out Crysis 2 with DirectX 11 on this. It'll pwn the Xbox360 easy.



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June 29, 2011 9:46:07 AM

Outlander_04 said:
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uh huh. so linking an appropriate page from your blog to support an answer that will help the asker make a better informed decision is bad?
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June 29, 2011 11:44:57 PM

thanks so much for all the help guys. Quick question would this motherboard support dual graphics cards? And if I did want to upgrade parts individually later on would you recommend first upgrading the Graphics card or the processor? or something else entirely.
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June 30, 2011 1:17:53 AM

It won't support dual, because it is a micro board. if you would want to sli or crossfire in the future, you will need to get a better motherboard, and the cheapest one I see is over $100.

If you want to upgrade, first upgrade your graphics card (a 6870 will last a while), and then the CPU.
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June 30, 2011 1:18:40 AM

Forgive me, the cheapest one is cheaper than $100. Sorry
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