First PC build in 10 years, advice on parts list.

Hey everyone,
I'm building my first PC in 10 years. I work on Mac's so I that's what I currently own, but my return to gaming has inspired me to build a small gaming rig. Nothing fancy, I'm not looking to run at Ultra settings, just some fun with decent performance. My question is how would this fair with the list of games below, and are the parts compatible?

Thanks in advance.


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $300-$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Small scale gaming. ARMA II, Total War: Shogun 2, Skyrim, Minecraft.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, suggestions on which to buy? 7, Vista, or maybe try to find an old copy of XP?

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Los Angeles, California. USA

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe but highly doubtful. Baby steps right.

SLI or Crossfire: No? Can someone give me the Cliffnotes on this matter?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: Just a simple gaming rig, nothing fancy.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Moving from Mac for gaming.

Current Parts list:

Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan
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ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg Link

EVGA 02G-P4-2643-KR GeForce GT 640 2GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Newegg Link

Power Supply:
Rosewill RV350-2 350W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
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Intel Pentium G870 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G870
Newegg Link

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M2B1600C9
Newegg Link

Hard drive:
Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg Link

DVD Drive:
LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
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  1. The GTX 640 is really underwhelming, I would go for at least a HD7770.
  2. The GT 640 was designed to play video lol. This was the lowest I could go(if you want decent gaming performance) on top of the OS:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.21 @ Amazon)
    Total: $533.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  3. Awesome! Thanks for the input. Would having a 7200rpm HD benefit me in any way towards gaming. I know for video editing it's a plus. And what about connecting it? The MB only has a 3gb connector and the HD on your list says it needs a 6gb.
  4. The HD supports SATA 6gb/s, doesn't really need it. :) (don't worry, performance shouldn't suffer any effect since HDs doesn't even saturate the SATA 3gb/s)
  5. willyroc said:
    The GT 640 was designed to play video lol. This was the lowest I could go(if you want decent gaming performance) on top of the OS:

    Completely agree with your choices. Just wanted to add that to get it under budget you could swap the 7850 for a 7770. Yes, the 7850 is a big step up, but it's just a thought, if $500 really is the limit, the 7770 is good enough (in fact someone else already suggested it).
  6. Thanks for all your advice guys. Willyroc's build it is.
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