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600$ gaming rig?

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October 14, 2012 4:45:42 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: December

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) 600$ can go over a little

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Gaming, Folding@home, Websurfing

Are you buying a monitor: No


Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Location: Northeast Pennsylvania

Parts Preferences: Intel would be nice.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 plan to go 1920x1080 soon

Additional Comments: I want a quad core cpu that is relatively quick. I would also like to play Battlefield 3 at relatively high settings. Must be able to run Arma 2 with good graphics.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Current computer is around 6 years old with a few upgrades here and there. A

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October 14, 2012 5:50:41 AM

So do you want a 1080p monitor now? or a 1440x900 one? When you take out the monitor, you are only left with like, $400 to spend, which is sort of trouble to get a Quad core intel CPU with that little money.
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October 14, 2012 3:11:50 PM

I'm sorry I meant to say I already have the 1440x900 monitor. I am buying a 1080p monitor about a month after I build this. And if this can't be done with intel, amd would be fine.
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October 14, 2012 3:20:08 PM

You will need to know if you are planning on SLI, not a maybe. Money saved on a PSU or SLI board can be used towards a better, faster GPU and CPU.
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October 14, 2012 3:42:28 PM

It should be fixed now. Im not gonna go with SLI.
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October 15, 2012 11:53:44 PM

I decided that I'd like to go with amd for this build and the budget can go up to 700$.
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October 16, 2012 12:19:29 AM

Don't go AMD man. I'm sure someone here can make it work with intel.
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October 16, 2012 12:38:26 AM

Can I have some pros and cons with intel vs amd?
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October 16, 2012 1:56:13 AM

intel cpu's are faster and AMD cpu's are cheaper, or a better value, generally. If you are gaming, you can get cheaper, but slightly less performance from an AMD cpu/mobo combo and put the money saved towards a faster GPU. There's a little bit of overlap between some of the bottom end and middle, but at the top end its intel. That makes me sad.
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October 16, 2012 1:58:22 AM

i5 3570k on tiger direct now for 182

msi z77a g41 on newegg for 60

7850 on newegg for 142

384 for a nice budget build platform
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October 16, 2012 4:07:55 AM

egilbe said:
intel cpu's are faster and AMD cpu's are cheaper, or a better value, generally. If you are gaming, you can get cheaper, but slightly less performance from an AMD cpu/mobo combo and put the money saved towards a faster GPU. There's a little bit of overlap between some of the bottom end and middle, but at the top end its intel. That makes me sad.


This is probably a better explanation than what I said about never going AMD. I have never made an AMD build and I have not owned an AMD chip, but most if not all of the people I know who are very computer savvy say go intel if you can afford it.

The i5 3570k on sale at tiger direct that eshepard linked you to is a great deal. I would jump on that ASAP. I have that chip in my uber gaming rig and it is considered the sweet spot for gaming with high OC potential. I run it stock and it is great.
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October 16, 2012 9:54:34 PM

Wlll there be sales on these parts around Christmas?
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October 16, 2012 10:22:59 PM

nstiver said:
The i5 3570k on sale at tiger direct that eshepard linked you to is a great deal. I would jump on that ASAP. I have that chip in my uber gaming rig and it is considered the sweet spot for gaming with high OC potential. I run it stock and it is great.



Yup i bought mine 3 weeks ago for $230, this is an awesome deal, but it expired.

These deals come and go quickly, you have to know to jump fast when you see the right one.
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October 17, 2012 1:03:51 AM

I know that I want a 7850 and probably an i5. But can someone recomend a cheap case and a power supply?
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