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December 6, 2012 1:19:40 AM

Hey guys I'm new to this forum. Ive been using a laptop for a couple of years now and it just died on me. I've been wanting to go back to a desktop. But I haven't been savy on whats good and whats bad nowadays. Wondering if I can turn to you guys for some help. My budget is around 700 dollars and I mainly use my computer for downloading movies, entertainment, and playing games here and there. A solid build that I won't have to upgrade would be nice. Thanks in advance

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December 6, 2012 1:39:22 AM

Here's a suggestion.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $710.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-05 22:38 EST-0500)
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December 6, 2012 2:56:00 AM

You would need more than $700, I'm afraid.

If you're getting an unlocked CPU, that 2500k is already a generation behind and is set to become obsolete. The latest Intel CPU line is only $10 away, it's definitely worth it. That said, you can probably save a few bucks if you get a locked CPU instead.

The 7850 is a good card, it could get you up to high settings on most games @ 1080p.
I won't personally go below this anymore.
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December 6, 2012 2:58:34 AM

If you're just playing games here and there you can bump the video card in the build about to like a 7750 and save about $100 and get an I5 instead if you think you are going to want more raw processing power than GPU power.
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