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$500 Budget Gaming Build | Need suggestions!

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December 6, 2012 12:24:48 AM

Hello! I am planning on building a gaming computer fit to run games like Skyrim, Borderlands 2, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty 4, and Fallout on High Settings.

I already own a copy of Windows XP Pro 32 (Great OS but limits me to 4 GB RAM), 21" Monitor, and a Keyboard & Mouse.

Extra Info:

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $500 including Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg but if something is a lot cheaper somewhere else, I'm all for it.

Location: Mid-Michigan, United States

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: If necessary

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

Additional Comments: I just want the best I can possibly get for my price range.

Why Are You Upgrading: I'm sick of console gaming and desperately need a new PC.
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December 6, 2012 12:57:49 AM

CPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8c8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8c8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8c8/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $468.57


Or amd build :


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $500.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 12:59:32 AM

On high settings, that's alot to ask from $500.

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December 6, 2012 1:01:21 AM

djangoringo said:
CPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8c8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8c8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8c8/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $468.57


Is there any bottlenecking? On the Intel build? Is that the best card for $200?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 1:02:59 AM

Yes, its the best card, no bottleneck expect in battlefield 3 mp 64 players.

There is also an AMD build but more expensive :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $500.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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December 6, 2012 1:03:27 AM

Deemo13 said:
On high settings, that's alot to ask from $500.


Thanks for your help! :D 
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December 6, 2012 1:04:12 AM

djangoringo said:
Yes, its the best card, no bottleneck expect in battlefield 3 mp 64 players.

There is also an AMD build but more expensive :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/r8fh/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $500.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Which one would perform better? For the price?
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a b 4 Gaming
December 6, 2012 1:14:12 AM

The intel is cheaper and performs about the same, the intel is a dual core and the amd cpu a quadcore, in some games the amd cpu takes slight advantage like games as planetside 2 or battlefield 3 mp.
The amd overall will perform slightly and can be overclocked, but has a higher power consumption.
Also worth mentioning is the future upgrades like changing the cpu, in the intel mobo you can latter on switch for an i5 or i7 ivybridge.
The amd board allows in the future the upgrade for piledriver cpus but in terms of upgradability the intel has the upper hand.
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December 6, 2012 1:36:15 AM

Doesn't bf3 require dx10 for a minimum code path, so dx9.0c in win xp won't work?
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December 6, 2012 1:37:24 AM

djangoringo said:
The intel is cheaper and performs about the same, the intel is a dual core and the amd cpu a quadcore, in some games the amd cpu takes slight advantage like games as planetside 2 or battlefield 3 mp.
The amd overall will perform slightly and can be overclocked, but has a higher power consumption.
Also worth mentioning is the future upgrades like changing the cpu, in the intel mobo you can latter on switch for an i5 or i7 ivybridge.
The amd board allows in the future the upgrade for piledriver cpus but in terms of upgradability the intel has the upper hand.


Okay, I took your build and changed a few things for price reasons. I've always liked Intel so I think I'm leaning towards the Intel Chipset. I intend to buy it all on Newegg. Do you think I'll have any problems running on XP Pro 32?

This is what I have, tell me what you think:

CPU:
Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
EVGA SSC 02G-P4-3653-KR GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:
MSI Z68A-G43 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Antec VP-450 450W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BURNER:
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE:
COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks!

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December 6, 2012 1:44:31 AM

jtenorj said:
Doesn't bf3 require dx10 for a minimum code path, so dx9.0c in win xp won't work?


I guess you're right! I'll have to upgrade to Win 7 in the future then! Thanks for bringing that up!
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December 6, 2012 2:13:45 AM

djangoringo said:
Why don't use the NCIX US and amazon(they're reputable sites vendors) ? you'll save some money and it allows you to buy the 660 gtx instead of the 650 ti.
Or at least change the gpu for a 7850 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I just researched those websites, they're fine now. Your build is perfect, thanks!
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December 6, 2012 2:15:13 AM

I can confirm that BF3 won't run in XP. My buddy bought BF3 for the PC originally but he has an older XP build and could'nt play it due to the issue mentioned above, so yeah, not gonna work.
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December 6, 2012 2:28:28 AM

Please don't get the 650 get the 7850 easily better.
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