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October 1, 2012 3:34:01 AM

I am the newest it gets to building my own computer. I have a $600 dollar budget. I don't even know what I am supposed to be looking for. I have an idea, but nothing to really go off of.
If this great computer can give me a build or some tips would be greatly appreciated :D 

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October 1, 2012 4:03:43 AM

I'm going off of the assumption that you want a gaming computer based on your quote. I still recommend filing out the form though.

This is a great start.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j1sq

CPU Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor

Motherboard ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard

Memory Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory

Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Video Card MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card

Case Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply

Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
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October 1, 2012 4:33:06 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($78.24 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $579.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 1, 2012 4:51:44 AM

@excella- The XFX version of the 7850 you have posted is vastly inferior to the MSI. The MSI has 2GB of dedicated VRAM as opposed to the XFX's 1. The MSI is clocked 90MHz faster, and it has a ton of headroom to overclock because it has a better cooler. In addition to overclock headroom, it is cooler and quieter.
Not ragging on the 965 at all, it was and still is a good CPU. However, if the OP ever decides to up the system to a better gaming system, he would probably want to go intel and have to buy a new mobo.
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October 1, 2012 5:06:39 AM

^Seeing as this is a budget build, I doubt he has more than 1 monitor so there's not really a point for more than 1gb of VRAM. True the MSI has a higher stock clock, probably a better cooler too with the TwinFrozr technology, but we don't really know if he's gonna overclock anyway.

About the CPU, upgrading won't be a problem since the motherboard is fairly new generation. I find it a bit early to tell whether he'll need to go Intel for an upgrade since AMD's next line of CPUs is just around the corner and from the reviews so far, it looks good.
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October 1, 2012 1:22:52 PM

@FiveOhNine Please fill out the build form on the sticky at the beginning of the new build forum. This will give us a better idea of what you want.
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