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Gaming PC for under $700

Hello,

So I am trying to build my first gaming PC for under $700 I know my budget is a bit tight but i would like to see what i can make...

So far i was thinking about...

Case- Cooler Master Elite 430 $44.99

Motherboard- ASUS F1A75-V EVO +

Motherboard and CPU come as a bundle for $224.98

CPU- AMD A8-3870K

Ram- Geil Black Dragon 2x 8GB $99.99

PSU- Corsair Enthusiast Series TX550M $99.99

Hard Disk- Western Digital AV-GP WD3200AUDX- 320GB $59.99

Opitcal Drive- ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM $57.99

I still don't know what video card to put in..

so plz if anyone has any ideas they will be MUCH appreciated...

Thanks
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  1. Well for that budget I would go for an AMD 955 instead , for graphic cards maybe a second hand gtx 460
  2. Thanks, I have had a quick look and decided I MIGHT be able to just push it an extra $30 or so. So now I'm looking at probably getting the-

    GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI V3 GeForce GTX 460

    or the-

    PNY VCQ600-PB Quadro 600

    Cheers

    Dude_unit
  3. a quadro is NOT a card for gaming, it is a workstation card.
  4. Best answer
    1. Don't go with AMD. Please just don't - their processors are worse than intel for gaming - they even admitted it themselves when they said they were backing out of performance CPU business.

    2. Why would you want 16 GB ram?

    How about this build?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.46 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.79 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Hawks Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
    Total: $700.21
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-27 07:02 EDT-0400)
  5. Sunius's build is excellent. Your build has a bunch of less-than-great choices, including the 16 GB of RAM and your use of an APU rather than a CPU. Also, do you really plan on watching blu-ray? Otherwise a CD/DVD combo is about $40 cheaper.

    Compared to Sunius's build, I might recommend trying to push the CPU up to a 2400 or 2500. (Also if you're not overclocking, you don't necessarily need a Z68/77 motherboard.) The 2300 just has a somewhat slow non-turbo speed.
  6. Cool thanks ALOT guys.
    This is only my first EVER build so i dont know that much about building a computer, thanks Sunius for that build I'll check it out.

    Thanks

    Dude_unit
  7. Glad to help! :)
  8. Do you have windows?
  9. ^ i think so if I can just use my parents version of it...
  10. Also what do u reckon about a monitor, I wont have any money left from the main PC and i know we have some spare mice and keyboards. but we dont have any monitors.

    Any ideas?
  11. So you need to fit a monitor into that budget as well? I made sacrifices on CPU and Graphics card in order to fit a monitor into your budget.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.66 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($92.46 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.79 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($68.00 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: OCZ 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
    Monitor: Acer G215HVAbd 21.5" Monitor ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $712.87
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-28 04:41 EDT-0400)
  12. Sweet thanks for that
    I still dont know for CERTAIN that I WILL need a monitor as i may be able to just hold back on getting the PC for a few weeks in which case i SHOULD have the money to get your first build AND a monitor but thanks ALOT!!!!

    Thanks

    Dude_unit :P
  13. Also I was wondering would it be better to get a motherboard with HDMI or does that come under the graphics card or something. or is HDMI not that important??
  14. You'll always want to connect your monitor/TV/Whatever to your graphics card, and not the motherboard. Motherboard connectors are made for people who don't play games and will gladly use integrated graphics.

    HD 6870 comes will HDMI port, while GTX 560 Ti comes with mini HDMI port, but has mini HDMI - HDMI convertor in its package, so there would be no problems connecting an HDMI device to it either.
  15. cool thanks
  16. Whats the difference between a Quad-core and a Dual-core???
  17. a quad core can do more work and is better at multiple tasks

    If you can fit a quad core into your budget please do so, if you have any intention of playing online games with multiple people on screen, i.e. wow bf3 gw2 swtor etc.
  18. I really just wanted to be able to play Team Fortress 2 and Minecraft on HIGH and do homework, I also have a few 'Disc' games like Total War, etc. So thanks I will DEFINATLY get a Quad-core :P
  19. Best answer selected by Dude_unit.
  20. Glad I helped :).
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