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: Newegg.ca

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
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072 $219.99

    Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 $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.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157301 $89.99

    The ram a standard 8GB for gaming here

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424 $37.99

    For HDD I would suggest this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697 $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!)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130604 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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049 $64.99 after MIR right now.

    And a combo DVD burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204 $18.99

    And Mouse and Keyboard

    Maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.877618 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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