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$500 gaming build

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November 7, 2012 3:13:53 PM

I am trying to build a computer that will play games as good as I can get them to play for my price range. I was just wondering how good of a setup this was:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.70 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($124.10 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Apevia 700W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($14.97 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Cooler Master SGM-2001-BLON1 Wired Optical Mouse ($23.70 @ Amazon)
Total: $535.41

I don't need to buy a monitor or OS, and plan to buy sometime in the next few months, so I know prices will change, but I was just wondering if this is a good starting point and what games this would be able to play. Thanks

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November 7, 2012 5:04:36 PM

Basically fine, although I would suggest a couple of quality changes, at small cost.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $83.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Here is bench for GPU. Most games work fine with i3. Some games benefit from more cores, but not many, and not drastically.

<a http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/547 /a>
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November 7, 2012 5:20:48 PM

Okay, I'll look at those, thank you
Are there any other graphics cards I should be looking at, or is this one as good as it's going to get for my price range?
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November 7, 2012 5:34:42 PM

calvinandhobbes said:
Okay, I'll look at those, thank you
Are there any other graphics cards I should be looking at, or is this one as good as it's going to get for my price range?

That is actually a very good price, for that GPU. You need to be going over $200 to get anything significantly better.
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