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Pc under 650$ for gaming at 1366x760 resolution

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August 20, 2011 5:57:13 PM

i want 2 assemble a pc for gaming which should just come under 650$ to play games like gta 4 and other graphics intensive games at max settings on 1366x760 resolution. And i am considering a core i5 2400 as the processor as 2 my knowledge, performs better than amd's high end quad cores
a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2011 6:26:43 PM

Hello jason kiling;

So do the i5-2300 quad and i3-2100 dual core CPUs
i3-2100 has an extra $10 off the next couple of days.
That would give you an extra $50-$60 for a video card in case you upgrade your monitor.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2011 7:17:56 PM

I use a 2400 myself, and its fantastic.

I'd suggest the 2400, an H61M/U3S3 for SATA 3 and USB 3 options, 4 or 8 GB of DDR3-1333, a GTX460 or HD6850, a 1 TB hard drive, a Xkgmatek 400W PSU, Antec 430W, or Corsair 430W, and you will be good to go. should be about $550-600
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August 20, 2011 7:19:12 PM

well i wont be upgrading the monitor for a year or so, all i'm concerned is that my graphics card and processor should not get obsolete in near future for upcoming games. Moreover upgrading a cpu is more expensive than the gpu. So is my processor powerful enough to play upcoming games too? And what about the gpu?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2011 7:36:09 PM

jason kiling said:
Moreover upgrading a cpu is more expensive than the gpu.
In many cases that's not true. Core i5-2500K is $220 and Radeon HD 6970 is $340.
But ideally you want to buy a CPU to last 4 years and you can get GPU upgrades to keep up with newer games.
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August 21, 2011 4:20:57 AM

thanx for all ur suggestions. I think i will stick to hd 6770 for graphics. Umm..and for the cpu, i prefer core i5 2400 over new core i3 sandy bridge. But hey how does amd phenom x6 1075t performs in games. This hexa core processor has the same clock speed and turbo speed as the i5 i chose and is almost the same price. Which is better for gaming?
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August 21, 2011 5:03:13 AM

how much does the motherboad would cost me? The one you had earlier suggested.
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August 21, 2011 5:08:43 AM

i meant the one with the core i3. Does it support core i5 as well?
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August 21, 2011 5:13:29 AM

hey that's a good config. Where do i get those?

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August 21, 2011 5:26:05 AM

WR2 said:
In many cases that's not true. Core i5-2500K is $220 and Radeon HD 6970 is $340.
But ideally you want to buy a CPU to last 4 years and you can get GPU upgrades to keep up with newer games.


I got an i5 2500k at MicroCenter today for 179.99

Not sure it how long it's going, but it's an awesome deal. Even going to the store and paying tax it was less than 200.
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August 21, 2011 5:29:14 AM

You should have no problems with i3 2100 atleast in gaming. It manages to pull ~100FPS in Mafia II (Highest Settings) with a GTS 450.
>50 FPS in GTA 4.
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August 21, 2011 5:52:22 AM

i know that even core i3 2100 is very good for gaming but upcoming games will use more threads and more cores. Hence, the core i5 2400(i wont be overclocking,so i left the 2500k). And core i3 dont have turbo boost. My budget doesnt allow me to buy an aftermarket cooler for overclocking
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2011 2:11:27 PM

jason kiling said:
how much does the motherboad would cost me? The one you had earlier suggested.
Did you mean the link above? ASRock H61M-VS H61 Micro ATX Motherboard $60?
Yes, it supports all the Sandy Bridge i3/i5/i7 CPUs.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2011 2:15:01 PM

my suggested $650 build:

i5-2400: $190 (Newegg), or $149 if you have a microcenter nearby
AS Rock H61M/U3S3: $75
Mushkin 4 GB DDR3-1333: $26
Samsung F3 1TB drive: $60
Xigmatek 400W 80+ Bronze PSU: $35
DVD Drive: $19
Rosewill R102 case: $30
Rosewill Blue LED 120mm fan: $8
Masscool 80mm fan: $3
EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GTX 560: $190
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$636 total plus $12 shipping
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2011 2:24:31 PM

Well in mah siggy there's a build for $550 you could try that out. Then get the i5 2300 for a little more kick instead of the i3 2100, that'd give you about a $630 total.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2011 2:40:56 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
my suggested $650 build:
$636 total plus $12 shipping
or $736 with the OS included.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2011 2:53:01 PM

Ahh OP needs OS. Was unaware as I just skimmed.
w/o the i5 2300 it is $650.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 21, 2011 6:51:14 PM

WR2 said:
or $736 with the OS included.


If you need windows, drop to a Seagate 500 GB drive (saves $20), and a gigabyte GTS 450 or PowerColor HD6770 (Saves $80), which will still game just fine at 1366x768
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