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October 22, 2012 10:39:02 PM

Im building a new gaming PC but its my first time and so far choosing parts isn't my thing, so i decided to use the Build Advice Template.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 Weeks - 1 month from now
Budget Range: $500- $600 Before Rebate Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching movies, Surfing the Web, Everyday use.
Buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: Everything Else yes. Building from scratch I guess. :??: 
Need to buy an OS: No
Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.com and amazon.com
Location: Markham, Ontario, Canada
Parts Preferences: Any, but I have taken a liking to the Raidmax Aelous case if that fits in with the budget and parts.
Overclocking:Maybe
Crossfire: Maybe
Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900
Additional Comments: Can run Battlefield 3 on at least medium if possibly medium-high settings. Preferable a window and has a good airflow.
Upgrading because: Current PC is quite old and need a new gaming one because I am going to switch from Xbox to PC

Need any sort of helpful advice. :)  Thanks.

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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 3:05:42 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l8Op

This should get you started just fine. Very good GPU and quad core CPU for Battlefield. Feel free to change things around but this is a great base build.
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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 3:06:05 AM

Not the case you wanted but I think this one looks pretty darn cool. lol
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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 3:08:48 AM

Do you need a mouse and keyboard? I can make that happen as well if you like.
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October 23, 2012 3:51:03 AM

tiny voices said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l8Op

This should get you started just fine. Very good GPU and quad core CPU for Battlefield. Feel free to change things around but this is a great base build.

Wow. Thanks a lot for the help every thing is great and still in my budget. The case also still looks quite nice :) . Thanks once again tiny voices, was starting to think i would never figure this PC build out. :D 
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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 3:53:33 AM

This build is very similar to what I currently have and I love it. Plus, you can upgrade to a Piledriver CPU when they come out.
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October 23, 2012 3:54:02 AM

tiny voices said:
Do you need a mouse and keyboard? I can make that happen as well if you like.

Oh and one more thing do you think i could OC the cpu to just about 3.7 for now or would i have to change other parts as well? As, for the keyboard and mouse I dont need them at the moment. Thanks for the offer though :) 
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October 23, 2012 3:55:07 AM

Best answer selected by Kwackio.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 3:55:47 AM

Another option, Intel sided.

Check out my $500-$650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
If you can stretch $50 for the i5 3450 I would, if not the i3 3220 is a great buy. The i5 3450 kills almost any AMD competition within its range. Even the FX-8150. Especially in efficiency.
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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 3:55:47 AM

Oh and you're welcome! I'm sure you will love it!
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October 23, 2012 3:56:59 AM

tiny voices said:
This build is very similar to what I currently have and I love it. Plus, you can upgrade to a Piledriver CPU when they come out.

Ill look into that and if its within a certain amount at its release i think i might :) 
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a c 357 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 3:58:00 AM

Kwackio said:
Ill look into that and if its within a certain amount at its release i think i might :) 


That's my plan!
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October 23, 2012 3:59:18 AM

Not a bad build you could have gone Intel like Aznshinobi said and gotten more CPU horsepower for your money.
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October 23, 2012 4:02:13 AM

aznshinobi said:
Another option, Intel sided.

Check out my $500-$650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
If you can stretch $50 for the i5 3450 I would, if not the i3 3220 is a great buy. The i5 3450 kills almost any AMD competition within its range. Even the FX-8150. Especially in efficiency.

I like your build as well but i think im going to go with tin voices build because i still have to get a good headset and Battlefield 3 and i don't have $650 to spare. However, ill look into it in the future. :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 4:03:29 AM

Well, as I stated, you don't have to go with the i5 3450, the i3 3220 is just as solid. But again it is your choice, if you go with the 3220 it only totals to $575. Both are great platforms but your choice in the end.
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October 23, 2012 10:36:40 PM

aznshinobi said:
Well, as I stated, you don't have to go with the i5 3450, the i3 3220 is just as solid. But again it is your choice, if you go with the 3220 it only totals to $575. Both are great platforms but your choice in the end.

I know but with a good headset a couple of games to get started i dont want to be spending $700 .
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2012 10:44:12 PM

Well, I swapped up my $500-$650, you can take a look again if you'd like:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
The total is only $560 and in fact you get a better chip than in Tiny voice's build. The new FX-6300. The same GPU but better MB and PSU. Equivalently, it's only $20 more than Tiny voice's build after rebates which is $540.
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October 23, 2012 10:56:41 PM

tiny voices said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l8Op

This should get you started just fine. Very good GPU and quad core CPU for Battlefield. Feel free to change things around but this is a great base build.

Ok so NCIX is out of stock for the Motherboard but the next one that they said was similar was this
MSI 760GM-E51 (FX) mATX AMD 760G AM3+ DDR3 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI DVI VGA SATA2 USB2.0 Motherboard would this work too??
Nevermind I forgot i could just check somewhere else. :p  Sorry
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October 23, 2012 10:59:17 PM

aznshinobi said:
Well, I swapped up my $500-$650, you can take a look again if you'd like:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore#module14669582...
The total is only $560 and in fact you get a better chip than in Tiny voice's build. The new FX-6300. The same GPU but better MB and PSU. Equivalently, it's only $20 more than Tiny voice's build after rebates which is $540.

Im looking into but Im just leaning towards Tiny's build for some reason but when i upgrade my cpu im going to go with an intel and probably in i3 2500k and over clock it :) 
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October 23, 2012 11:43:04 PM

Why would you buy the AMD CPU & Mobo now then throw it away to switch to Intel later? Get the Intel mobo and i3 now then upgrade to an i5 later, you'll already have the mobo. If not, stay with the AM3+ mobo, get the 965BE and upgrade to the FX-8350 Piledriver later.
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October 24, 2012 12:41:15 AM

dscudella said:
Why would you buy the AMD CPU & Mobo now then throw it away to switch to Intel later? Get the Intel mobo and i3 now then upgrade to an i5 later, you'll already have the mobo. If not, stay with the AM3+ mobo, get the 965BE and upgrade to the FX-8350 Piledriver later.

Oh, haha sorry :p  I keep on getting confused between all of the parts and what not :\
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October 24, 2012 12:44:13 AM

That the upgrade path now with the introduction of Piledriver.

NOW: AM3+ Motherboard & Phenom II 965 BE LATER: AM3+ Mobo & FX 8350

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October 24, 2012 12:47:05 AM

dscudella said:
That the upgrade path now with the introduction of Piledriver.

NOW: AM3+ Motherboard & Phenom II 965 BE LATER: AM3+ Mobo & FX 8350

Ok, :)  Thanks :)  .I wont do what I was going to do now
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October 24, 2012 1:06:04 AM

For Intel it's i3-2120 / i3-3220 then upgrade to i5-2500K / i5-3570K. You could go to an i7 but the cost to performance increase isn't there for gaming.
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October 24, 2012 1:23:45 AM

tiny voices said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l8Op

This should get you started just fine. Very good GPU and quad core CPU for Battlefield. Feel free to change things around but this is a great base build.

Ive decided to use the HAF 912 case instead of the Atlas because of the good airflow and its actually less than the Raidmax but will it still work? I know these are quite stupid question but I am just really confused. :( 
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October 24, 2012 1:26:29 AM

Yep, very good case.
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October 24, 2012 1:27:46 AM

dscudella said:
Yep, very good case.

Ok Thanks :D 
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a b 4 Gaming
October 24, 2012 8:33:37 PM

When you could get the FX-6300 now I don't see what the issue is. The chips is great and it performs close to the FX-8350. So... Just my 2cents. Costs below your budget too.
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