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Gaming PC $700 budget (First time build)

I've been using an awful laptop and its on its last leg. I've decided to build my own tower after hearing good stories from friends and their success. I don't need anything fancy just something that can play recent games. As of now i cannot run half of the games in my steam library :( I've never built a computer before so i need all the advice you have.

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of September

Budget Range: 700 (could go a little more)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music Production, internet

Parts Not Required: mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:amazon, new egg

Country:United states

Parts Preferences:no preference

Overclocking:maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: maybe in the future


Just looking for the best for my money
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4170 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($82.42 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($247.86 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $714.70
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 17:54 EDT-0400)

    Here's an AMD build
  2. Thanks mate! Much Appreciated!
  3. Consider an Intel build as suppose to an AMD build. While the one bctande1 suggested is good, it is generally known/recognized/accepted that Intel CPU's are much faster than AMD's these days, specifically in gaming. Even an i3 can beat most AMD's, despite core count or clock speed.
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