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September 24, 2012 12:58:16 AM

Best gaming computer for under $1K?
Yeah it is pretty cheap, but I'm not looking to run much. Not anything like Battlefield, but some lower graphic based games such as TF2 or some RPGs.

I'd love to be on the lower end ($500-700) of this since I'm only 15. But, I'll pay a bit more if I have to. I only have a $300 laptop and I can run TF2 on lowest settings with a bit of lag. I'm kind of tired of it.

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September 24, 2012 1:12:21 AM

you can get a I5, GTX 660 TI, and a decent 200$ mobo and still have enough to get the rest of the computer
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September 24, 2012 1:32:57 AM


http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gPKU - i5-2400 is more then capable for anything you are going to do and for less graphic intense games the 7770 is also a very capable graphics card.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/gtH9 - i3-3220 is not quite as good as the i5-2400 but it is still a very competitive processor for gaming. I would suggest going with the i5 so it will be able to play games for a while into the future without having to upgrade.

If you have extra money I would suggest getting a better GPU such as a Radeon 7850. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Also the case is preference so you could change that, just get a PSU.
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September 24, 2012 1:32:59 AM

Chaostech said:
Best gaming computer for under $1K?
Yeah it is pretty cheap, but I'm not looking to run much. Not anything like Battlefield, but some lower graphic based games such as TF2 or some RPGs.

I'd love to be on the lower end ($500-700) of this since I'm only 15. But, I'll pay a bit more if I have to. I only have a $300 laptop and I can run TF2 on lowest settings with a bit of lag. I'm kind of tired of it.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... <----- this is the new build format pinned to the top of this forum. Pleas copy & paste it on here.
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September 24, 2012 1:44:05 AM
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September 24, 2012 2:41:11 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/imu1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/imu1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/imu1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($177.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.47 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $641.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 22:40 EDT-0400)

will run most games great at least on medium on newer games
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September 24, 2012 2:48:45 AM

boulbox said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/imu1
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/imu1/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/imu1/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($177.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($56.47 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $641.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 22:40 EDT-0400)

will run most games great at least on medium on newer games


Why did you add a cpu cooler? The stock cooler would be just fine for that cpu.
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September 24, 2012 3:51:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $764.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 23:51 EDT-0400)
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September 24, 2012 4:07:42 AM

bigcyco1 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($195.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $764.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-23 23:51 EDT-0400)


The total for this build would be $825 you forgot to add the hdd.
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September 24, 2012 4:14:00 AM

strife_ff7 said:
The total for this build would be $825 you forgot to add the hdd.
:lol:  thanks good looking out actually i did add it the dam pc part picker didn't add the price in :pfff: 
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September 24, 2012 6:22:08 AM

Inexpensive but powerful AMD build(add a monitor if need be and a gt610 for physx if you want,even an ssd if you so desire. can add blu ray burner too) :

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/inm7

Oh, you can get a bigger hdd(or a couple of bigger ones for raid 1). You can also get a better gpu. Lots of options with this build.


pretty sweet intel build w/o any room for a decent monitor(but it has a lot of the stuff that's additional in the amd build. add a gt610 for physx if you want) :

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/invv

You can cut back on stuff if you want to(optical, hdd, ssd, or even the gpu). You really have a ton of choices with these 2 builds.

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