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First timer looking to build Gaming PC, budget of 600

Hi folks,
I am a first time builder here and am looking to make a PC primarily for gaming purposes. Ideally I'd like it to be able to run Skyrim at medium graphics or better. I am rather clueless on things like AMD vs Intel and etc. Suggestions on parts would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Approximate Purchase Date: Hoping to build at end of the year, trying to pick up easy parts as I see them on sale

Budget Range: $600 USD max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, photo editing, internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Memory, DVD Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, or anywhere with best price

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I would prefer a mid-sized case and an AMD graphics card

Overclocking: Maybe (to be honest I don't even know what over-clocking entails, but as long as my computer doesn't catch on fire I'm OK)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Energy efficiency and quieter cases/fans are important considerations for me.

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So far I have purchased:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314&cm_sp=Cat_Memory-_-Daily_Deal-_-20-231-314

I am completely lost on appropriate CPUs, motherboards, graphics cards, and PSUs so any suggestions would be great!

Thanks again!
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  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/system-configuration-recommendation-51.html

    Click on the budget intel or AMD build; that will give you an excellent $ to performance pc.
  2. Micro Center is having a sale right now for the best processor for gaming, the i5 2500k for $179 and $60off any motherboard. So u can get the Asus z68 for $59 with combo. $239 for both CPU and z68 mobo.
  3. Best answer
    For gaming, consider these parts:

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727

    Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    RAM:
    You've already mentioned that you've purchased it already

    PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    GPU: SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102948

    CASE: Rosewill Challenger Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

    Optical Drive:
    Any $20 drive should do

    Subtotal: $524.95
    **Not including rebates, special offers/deals, nor shipping/handling
  4. Best answer selected by Gidbin44.
  5. This build looks really great and it seems like it leaves plenty of options with expansion in the future if I want to go that route. Thanks so much!
  6. bobusboy said:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/system-configuration-recommendation-51.html

    Click on the budget intel or AMD build; that will give you an excellent $ to performance pc.


    Thanks! This resource will be very helpful.
  7. Gidbin44 said:
    This build looks really great and it seems like it leaves plenty of options with expansion in the future if I want to go that route. Thanks so much!


    You're welcome :)

    You can also check out PCpartpicker.com, it makes picking out parts a bit less of a hassle, while providing you with the best deals from around the web. Good luck with your build!
  8. its going to be very hard to get running without a hard drive .
  9. Outlander_04 said:
    its going to be very hard to get running without a hard drive .


    Haha, good catch!

    This HDD should be enough. 360gb is plenty for just gaming.

    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/462993/Western-Digital-Scorpio-Black-WD3200BEKT-320/


    EDIT: Take note that HDD prices are currently inflated due to the flooding. If you can get an HDD for $50-$70, go for it. You can always wait until the price drops back down as well. Try checking retail stores before buying one online.
  10. There are small SSD's available that are worth considering . Use as a boot drive and add a hard drive later when they are cheaper again
  11. Love_Peace said:
    Haha, good catch!

    This HDD should be enough. 360gb is plenty for just gaming.

    http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/462993/Western-Digital-Scorpio-Black-WD3200BEKT-320/


    EDIT: Take note that HDD prices are currently inflated due to the flooding. If you can get an HDD for $50-$70, go for it. You can always wait until the price drops back down as well. Try checking retail stores before buying one online.



    Haha yeah, I caught that earlier too but already considered the HDD. I'm hoping to catch a black friday deal on a decently sized harddrive. And if not that I do have an extra 80GB HDD that could potentially tide me over until prices fall again.
  12. Ah, ok sounds good then, you're set for the most part, good luck again!
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