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What is a good budget gaming build? (~$600)

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May 20, 2012 7:34:14 PM

Hello everyone,

I am new to this technology world and am in great need for a good budget gaming computer. I do have a basic understanding of how things work but do not know what my exact build should be.

What it will be used for:

Gaming: I want to be able to play smoothly on high graphic settings

Internet: Lots of internet use, lots of videos, movies, and especially DOWNLOADING large files (movies, etc)

Overclocking? - no

Home theater? - yes

Again, my budgets is around $600-700 (€470-550)

Thanks in advance for all your help, I really need it!
May 20, 2012 8:01:40 PM

Thanks! However, this got me thinking, what type of processor would be best for gaming and overall computer usage? If i were to choose Intel i would get an i5 but when it comes to AMD I know next to nothing about their processors.
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a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2012 8:10:27 PM

The intel i3 / AMD phenomX4 / AMD FX 4100 are all roughly the same as gaming cpu's

The AMD quads tend to be a little better elsewhere and better at multitasking .

The i5 2400 is a step up , but is more expensive , and you may have to compromise and buy cheaper motherboard with worse features . Intels Z 68 and Z 77 are the best options

If you build with AMD then use a mb with the 970 or 990 chipsets to get the best upgrade options for the future
a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2012 8:13:07 PM

i5 is too expensive for you, go for i3.
May 20, 2012 8:16:00 PM

Ok. Heres the thing, im going to college soon and I want a solid pc that will last, i dont want to buy another one soon. What doe you suggest i get if i were to go with an AMD build? And with an Intel build? Links (preferably from Newegg) are greatly appreciated.
a b 4 Gaming
May 20, 2012 8:21:09 PM

An AM3+ build is the way to go .

FX 4100 $100
Mb with a 970 series chipset $ 85
2 x2 gig of DDR3 1600 MHz RAM running at 1.5 volts $30
Radeon 6870 $150
HAF 912 $60
DVD $19
500 gig hard drive $75

500 watt psu $ 60


Set newegg to list the lowest price first to spot the bargains
May 20, 2012 8:57:40 PM

Ok, this is what I came up with. Im not sure if the power supply is good enough? And will everything work perfectly well together? Also, as for the OS, should i get OEM or retail? and Home or Professional?

Mobo: $95

CPU: $110

Video Card: $150

PSU: $45

Memory: $45

CD/DVD burner + media: $20

HDD: $80

Fan + Heatsink: $30

Case: $50

OS: $100

Grand Total (before rebates/shipping) = $725

^^ So where can I reduce my expenses?