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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and I'm also a noob when it comes to building gaming PC's. I want to build a computer for $600 whose primary purpose will be gaming all the modern games on the highest settings possible that this budget will allow. I'm obviously not expecting the performance of a $1000 computer for $600, but I know that that amount could buy me something decent if not top of the line. I like to play games such as Skyrim, Black Ops 2, Battlefield 3, Killing Floor, Diablo III and a whole lot of others. It would be great to play them on the highest settings possible that a $600 budget would allow.

Approximate Purchase Date: Between December 1 and December 7, 2012
Budget Range:$600, it can of course be a little bit over the budget $610-$620

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the web

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but that's outside of the $600 budget. I'm currently using an Acer with 1280x1024 resolution, but will be replacing it with something that has either 1680x1050 or 1920x1080. Any advice on a good monitor is much appreciated.


Parts to Upgrade:Everything except for a keyboard, a mouse, speakers and monitor (separate budget for that)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, but I have a separate budget for that, so it's not part of this build.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: New York

Parts Preferences: I really like NVIDIA and had a positive experience with their GPU's.

Overclocking: Not know, but possibly in the future.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, but will be upgrading to 1680x1050 or 1920x1080.

Additional Comments: The case doesn't have to be anything flashy if it means a more powerful PC.

I'm a first time builder, so any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks guys!
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    Here you go:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($126.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $619.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-29 17:37 EST-0500)

    There's no point in purchasing NVIDIA on this budget - the 550TI is terrible, and the 650 isn't that much of an improvement. The 7770 is the best sub-$130 GPU on the market currently.
  2. Thanks a lot man, much appreciated. Is there a different case though? Not that there is anything wrong with this one, but they don't have it in stock on newegg and I wanted to buy everything from them.

    Also, any advice on a good monitor (that's a separate budget)? My understanding is that 1920x1080 would result in less FPS than 1680x1050, right? And is there really that much of a difference between these two resolutions? Thanks for all your help so far.
  3. Max_Xman said:
    Thanks a lot man, much appreciated. Is there a different case though? Not that there is anything wrong with this one, but they don't have it in stock on newegg and I wanted to buy everything from them.

    Also, any advice on a good monitor (that's a separate budget)? My understanding is that 1920x1080 would result in less FPS than 1680x1050, right? And is there really that much of a difference between these two resolutions? Thanks for all your help so far.


    Maybe try this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139011

    Or: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    As for monitor that depends what you want to spend. Monitor is a lot of personal preference. I use one that's similar to this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049
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