Complete Beginner-Need Help With First Ever Build

Hey Everyone!

Brand new on this forums! Looks very active and helpful.

Well here's my story, I own a 2007 iMac Desktop, with a Radeon 2400 HD Graphics card. Basically I can barely run games such as Starcraft 2 (Only on low settings).

I'm looking to build a new PC as cheap as possible that I can play games like Starcraft 2, and Diablo 3 on Medium or preferably High settings.

Approximate Purchase Date: April - May

Budget Range:$400-500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Just Gaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Doesn't Matter

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: HDMI to TV/ Other other connection to TV (LED)

Additional Comments: Would like to run Diablo 3/Starcraft 2 at Medium or preferably high quality.
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  1. Hello Nick619 :hello:

    Lets start with the fact that all your aiming for is good gaming, the hardest thing on a PC today, IF you may overclock, you'll never hit $4-500 . If your going to OC, today you best off with the Intel core i5 2500k and a cooler.

    CPU $219.99

    Cooler $29.99

    As for the mobo if you really plan on dual video cards in the future you will need 2 PCI express 2 or 3 slots and this board has 2 and 4 slots for RAM. $89.99

    The ram a standard 8GB for gaming here $37.99

    For HDD I would suggest this $99.99

    As for video this should handle more than your mediocre qualifications plus you can add another in SLI later. (I have one of these referbed and its an animal!) With MIR 199.99

    Now for the PSU, if your really searious about adding another GPU later and OC you should look at like 750W, this should do $64.99 after MIR right now.

    And a combo DVD burner $18.99

    And Mouse and Keyboard

    Maybe IDK Cheap $42.98

    4-500 is unrealistic for decent gaming. This totals at $894.89 and thats as minimal as a guy wants for gaming with the possibility for OC and SLI in the future IMO.

    Just my 2 cents do with it what you will. ;)
  2. You can perfectly game on medium settings with a 500$ budget. Something like this will do very well:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.50 @ Vuugo)
    Total: $447.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-08 14:44 EDT-0400)
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