Budget Gaming PC $400-$600

Im looking to get myself a desktop mostly for gaming. I want to be able to play any game. Max settings isnt required but higher the better. I was looking at this prebuilt desktop from newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883229285

It seems nice but i was wondering if i could build something thats better for about the same price. I dont have any part or brand preference really just want something that will work nicely for what i want it for. Also i dont have any experience building computers, but i dont think thats really a deal breaker cuz i want to get the best computer possible. Any information/ and builds are appreciated. Im looking to buy probably in the next month. This is also my first time posting on this site xD
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  1. I'm pretty sure that the prebuilt computer you posted is insufficient of playing every game. The graphics card is pretty bad, and also for gaming (in that price range) I would go with an Core i3 processor instead of the Bulldozer. Whats your monitor resolution? Since it will make a big impact on performance.
  2. Well i have a monitor im going to use till i get a new one. I use 1152x864 atm on my monitor.
  3. That unit has a horrible motherboard
    and you can do better

    FX 4100 $110

    ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280

    CORSAIR Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233187

    COOLER MASTER Elite 430 $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227

    DVD drive $19

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W $40 [ after rebate]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    ASUS EAH6770/DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 6770 1GB $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121474

    Windows 7 64 bit oem $100

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB $80
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

    All decent quality gear, the latest AM3+ series of motherboard chipset and a much better graphics card
    $589
  4. Check the $600 build in my sig. i3 2100 + HD6870.
  5. Seems like decent build. A friend told me that the pre-built would be hard to upgrade later on. When i do place a order for all the parts is there anythin else i need order with it? Like cords or something lol?
  6. Zero_ said:
    Check the $600 build in my sig. i3 2100 + HD6870.

    Is there any real noticeable difference between amd and intel cpu's? I dont have a preference but i hear amd is better for cheaper builds for computers.
  7. Zero_ said:
    Check the $600 build in my sig. i3 2100 + HD6870.


    The parts in your $600 build total over $653 , and the RAM would run in single channel killing performance of the PC by about 8-10% . Its also probably going to void the warranty on the i3 processor since I suspect its rated at more than 1.5 volts .


    Tomshardware tested the FX 4100 against the i3 2100 . In most games the results were almost identical . In a few games what couldnt use the FX's 4 cores the i3 was better , but those games use older game engines .

    The FX can be overclocked to increase performance further . The i3 can not .

    If you have $650 to spend then upgrade the FX build to include the Radeon 6870
  8. Sounds like you know your stuff xD There are just so many choices :P
    Outlander_04 said:
    The parts in your $600 build total over $653 , and the RAM would run in single channel killing performance of the PC by about 8-10% . Its also probably going to void the warranty on the i3 processor since I suspect its rated at more than 1.5 volts .


    Tomshardware tested the FX 4100 against the i3 2100 . In most games the results were almost identical . In a few games what couldnt use the FX's 4 cores the i3 was better , but those games use older game engines .

    The FX can be overclocked to increase performance further . The i3 can not .

    If you have $650 to spend then upgrade the FX build to include the Radeon 6870
  9. Outlander_04 said:
    The parts in your $600 build total over $653 , and the RAM would run in single channel killing performance of the PC by about 8-10% . Its also probably going to void the warranty on the i3 processor since I suspect its rated at more than 1.5 volts .


    Tomshardware tested the FX 4100 against the i3 2100 . In most games the results were almost identical . In a few games what couldnt use the FX's 4 cores the i3 was better , but those games use older game engines .

    The FX can be overclocked to increase performance further . The i3 can not .

    If you have $650 to spend then upgrade the FX build to include the Radeon 6870


    Yes it's a bit over budget if you go by Amazon itself.

    However,
    1. A single stick allows for a easy future upgrade to 8GB. Also, the difference between single channel and dual channel in gaming is negligible, 2-3% at best. Far from the 8-10% you point it out to be. I'd like to see evidence to the contrary. The RAM is rated 1.5v and 1333MHz, so it 100% compatible with the CPU.

    2. FX4100 needs to be overclocked like nothing to MATCH an i3. It's not a bad CPU by any means. They will give similar performance, but the FX4100 is far from the better CPU. It's a weaker CPU that can be overclocked to match the i3.

    Apparantly others had the same idea.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/fx-4100-core-i3-2100-gaming-benchmark,3136-9.html
  10. actually for 650bucks you can get better performance with an i3 2100 or self build fx4100.

    real performance to what you see nothing would seem like a big difference.

    but for me I would recommend Intel only because I love intel. but decision is in your hands.
  11. actually I'm cooking up stuff in newegg now, does your 400-600bucks include the monitor? and OS? mouse? keyboard?
  12. I would need OS i have temporary mouse and keyboard i can use. Monitor im gonna have to get soon cuz one i have now aint in great shape :/

    Monitor i was lookin at getting soon would be 1920 x 1080
    Tavo_Nova said:
    actually I'm cooking up stuff in newegg now, does your 400-600bucks include the monitor? and OS? mouse? keyboard?
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