Building a Gaming Computer

Hey guys, I am quite new to the building a computer stuff but have researched the past few months on the subject. Now that I have most of the general information on building a computer, I wanted to pick out my budget and parts right now so I can plan out how much i need to save. My budget is most likely going to be UNDER $700. I may get help from my parents either with money and/or parts. For my computer I was looking to play Battlefield 3, Minecraft, Skyrim and games like that on maybe on high settings. If someone could just kind of plan out what parts I could look at and maybe if I want just modify. Thanks!

Forgot to add this template to the question...

Approximate Purchase Date: Next year or so.

Budget Range: $700-$750 w/ help from parents with parts and/or money

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Games, internet, school, movies.

Parts Not Required: Mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: U.S.A.

Parts Preferences: CPU (Intel) other than that, everything is fine.

Overclocking: Not yet decided

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Probably 1024x768 but not determined yet.

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet computer and a computer that does not produce too much heat.
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  1. Do you need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, operating system, anti-virus, etc? Or just the computer components?

    What CPU do you want, Intel or AMD.
    Do you plan on Overclocking?
  2. Thanks for responding Impulsez. I would need a monitor, keyboard and operating system unless there is a way to transfer my OS from my laptop to a cd or something. Also I would prefer to have an Intel CPU but you don't have much room with my budget for opinions, I just want to get the most out of my money to game. I also do not plan on overclocking since I don't know what that is.
  3. What size monitor do you want? Resolution? 1080P or does it not matter. You can get a real nice 1080P 22Inch monitor on newegg for 100 - 200$ Depending on your preference. That's a big chunk out of your budget right there. I highly recommend a 1080P monitor.

    22Inch monitor for 120.00

    Windows 7 home OEM will run 100.00, I'd recommend Windows PRO at least, it's 140.00, but that is entirely up to you.

    Remember, get 64BIT no matter what.

    So you're at around the 200-300 range, depending on your choice and we haven't even got into the core components. Many people forget to calculate into their budget the price of OS, Anti-Virus, Networking, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse & those things' really add up to the total cost of the build.

    For keyboard and mouse, you can get whatever. Gaming mouses and keyboards can climb towards the 100 dollar each and up price range.

    Standard mouse and keyboard combo will be around 30 dollars.

    I will make 2 builds for you in a minute, one AMD and one Intel. But let me just go ahead and advise you, that these builds will be "a little" over your 700 dollar budget because of the monitor and other things. Perhaps someone else can give you a much cheaper build but this is my recommended builds for the below 1000 budget.
  4. Motherboard - 95.00

    CPU - 125.00

    RAM - 42.00

    Hard Drive - 85.00

    PSU - 40.00

    GPU - 135.00

    CD Drive - 21.00

    Case - 60.00

    Total: 603.00

    You can change the case and Ram for something cheaper, I've had really good experiences with that RAM though, it's good stuff. The case, you can probably find one for 10 or 20 dollars less but again that case is really good.

    Monitor, is up to you.
    Keyboard/Mouse is up to you.
    Speakers up to you.
    Anti-Virus up to you.
    Networking up to you.

    OS - 100.00
    Windows 7 Home.

    Total - 703.00

    I know this is probably not the price you are looking for. Sorry. I hope another user can provide a much cheaper build but this is the best I could come up with.
  5. 703 was what he wanted actually.
  6. CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $230 [...] 6819115072

    Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H61MA-D3V LGA 1155 Intel H61 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory $30 [...] 6820231277

    HDD : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $85 [...] 6822148767

    PSU : Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $75 [...] 6817371044

    GPU : EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Case : Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans $55 [...] 6811147153

    I actually came up with this setup. I did not include the monitor or keyboard (which I could use my parents old one since they are getting a new computer), OS. This is over my budget but I'm sure my parents will get me the CPU for christmas or something that I ask for. I'm also not in a big hurry so the money will accumulate over time.
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