Gaming PC Build need help - $600-$700

Hello everyone, I am wanting to (and in need of) get a new gaming pc, As my current laptop is well a peace of junk now. (Can sell it for extra cash. :D?) I would love it if you guys could help me by listing parts for me to go ahead and buy first let me write down some notes so you guys get a better understanding..

- Budget: $600-$700 (can go over a bit more I am willing to sell my laptop)
- What does it need to do?: Play games preferably max settings - games like Skyrim, GTA:IV (and V? :D), ArmA: II + OA etc.
- Parts not needed: Well the thing is I need a Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse and OS as well - though if you can't don't worry about adding these into the cost if you can then that is great.

Thank you all :)
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  1. Forgot to note. I am in Australia
  2. For Skyrim, don't let anyone talk you into an i3. At bare minimum I would suggest an i5-2400 for best results. The other games an i3 will be okay, so I guess it really comes down to how heavily you want to play Skyrim. I will say 600-700 based on my experience on the forums is a pretty tight budget to work with with Australian prices. Especially, needing all the peripherals as well. I'd guesstimate for best results you're looking at at least $1000 possibly more.

    As far as video cards, another note about Skyrim is, AMD video cards tend to fair better with this game than Nvidia video cards. I would suggest at bare minimum a 6870 video card. Ideally a 7850, but I'm not sure how well thats all going to fit in your price range.

    What sites do you prefer to order from?
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($125.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($61.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($26.70 @ Mwave Australia)
    Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($73.30 @ Mwave Australia)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.80 @ Mwave Australia)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($22.00 @ PCCaseGear)
    Monitor: ViewSonic VA1938WA-LED 19.0" Monitor ($116.20 @ Mwave Australia)
    Keyboard: Gigabyte GK-KM6150 Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($12.00 @ Mwave Australia)
    Total: $610.00
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-29 16:24 EST+1000)

    Win 7 would be an Extra $100, or use windows 8 Preview for free (though that may be short lived)

    this AU$610 build uses a Llano build crossfired with a 6670, which will play anything n high settings at the 1366x768 resolution of the monitor.
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