$600-$900'ish Gaming Computer

I want to build or buy a gaming computer in the price range of $600-&900'ish. Here are my questions.

1) If I can just buy a decent gaming computer in that price range without sacrificing too much quality, I will. Can anyone recommend specific ones that can play games like Diablo 3 and graphics intensive new RPG's?

2) If you recommend that I build one, please consider that I have never build a computer - and am computer hardware illiterate. I'm smart enough, so I would learn the basics - but I've heard horror stories where people break the hardware assembling it.

My price range is $600-$900'ish. I'm flexible but I just got my first accounting job so price is important.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.
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  1. If u like intel you should go with Core i3 but if u got more cash something more i5ish
    but Amd is solution here because i see u don't have that much $$$ u can go for Phenom II processors such as X4 X6 or bulldozer... but i would quite recommend checking out Amd Apu's because they are super fast! this month they are launching next generation ones so they are going to be 30% faster and you can crossfire it with another gpu or even 2! but im not sure if its true! and for gpus u can go with Nvidia if u like it like gtx 560 ti or 570, maybe amd's 6870, 7850 there are alot of them outhere and for the motheboards u can choose of variety of manufacturers as ASUS they are the best right now... for Ram u can go either corsair, g.skill, mushkin all great! for storage u can go with corsair really fast ssd's or intel ssd's remember there are alot of manufacturers for power supplies and ssd's and harddrives so good luck on you build!
  2. Hi.

    Generally if you want a good PC you should build it yourself.Pre-built PC's are very expensive for what they offer.You can usualy get the exact same PC for 60% of the price.

    If you read the manuals you shouldnt run into any problems.PC building is easier than it looks.

    Diablo 3 doesnt really need a very powerfull PC but some other RPG's need quite a bit of power.So i made a PC for you.It's powerfull enough to run almost all games at MAX without the unneccecery options.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($82.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.55 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: OCZ 600W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $690.98
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 14:47 EDT-0400)
  3. The average mark up you pay for a prebuilt PC (unless you buy some cheap worthless prebuilt PC by Dell/HP/ETC) is about $300. Now this is based on sites like ibuypower who build real gaming computers.
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($102.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.64 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $848.13
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-01 15:09 EDT-0400)
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