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July 7, 2012 7:16:49 PM

Hey guys well my friend wants me to put together a gaming PC but his budget is $600. He doesn't expect to be able to play every game on max settings but he'd like the best possible. Try to use or thanks guys!

Approx. purchase date: 3-4 weeks

Budget: $600 ~ Can (US is at the same price point right now)

System usage: Gaming, streaming/downloading videos in HD formats, browsing web.

Parts not required: mouse, keyboard, monitor.

Preferred websites: or

Country: Canada

Part preferences: AMD (just because of the price point but if you have a strong argument that intel is the way to go at a $600 dollar budget please inspire me.)

Sli/crossfire: possibly in the future.

Over clocking: possibly.

Monitor resolution: N/A

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July 7, 2012 9:58:36 PM

I'd take a look at this first:

Best gaming CPUs for the money:

Best gaming GPUs for the money:

They have price points for the best, ie 130$ range, 200$ range, etc.

Most likely it's an intel CPU. I just built a computer for my brother and dad who play battlefield 3, it was a glorious experience, and I will post it here in a second.



After rebates, I think it's like 615$
You can not SLI with this though.
July 8, 2012 12:50:32 AM

hope you dont mind spending 60 more bucks. this will get you high settings easily in most games. if you want to cut some corners, id drop the CPU down to a pentium g630. its still better than amd fx no worries but to get better performance, id blow that extra 60 bucks
July 8, 2012 1:11:54 AM

I didn't see you having win 7 as part of the parts not required, so here is a sub $600 build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($188.30 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.88 @ Canada Computers)
Hard Drive: Seagate SV35 Series 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 460 SE 1GB Video Card ($79.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($38.88 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.79 @ DirectCanada)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($105.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
Total: $594.51 before $5 rebate
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

If you don't have to get windows, you can step up the GPU to an HD6870