Help a Dad

My son wants a gaming PC. I'm looking to spend from $500-$700. Can anyone recommend a build? Thanks.
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  1. check out the $500 build from last month at the bottom of the page.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-gaming-do-it-yourself-computer,3364.html
    buy parts from www.newegg.com
  2. Thats a realy great deal for 501$..
  3. Do you have the monitor/keyboard/mouse and operating system already or will those need to be added into the price?
  4. What kind of games will he be playing?
  5. Well, do you know what your son wants the computer to run at? Crysis 2 at 30 FPS? That was a silly question, Sure I'll help you out, quick questions though.
    First, do you already have a monitor, and do you need an OS?
    Do you need any peripheral's?
    If none of the above, here is an awesome computer (Rounds out at $703.46)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rPdw
  6. Kiowa789 said:
    Well, do you know what your son wants the computer to run at? Crysis 2 at 30 FPS? That was a silly question, Sure I'll help you out, quick questions though.
    First, do you already have a monitor, and do you need an OS?
    Do you need any peripheral's?
    If none of the above, here is an awesome computer (Rounds out at $703.46)
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rPdw



    I think you are missing a case with this build. If I'm correct add another $40 or so.
  7. Never mind I see it now!
  8. we do not need a monitor or OS.

    Based on my research, I guess i'm looking for an I5 processor.
  9. What about the 7850 video card?

    Also, i've readASRock motherboards are not that good.
  10. What about that $500 buildbut with a i5 processor? And a gigabyte GA-z77-D3H motherbaord. Would that work together?
  11. look at my build for about 550 or so including the case. 4-500 is a tight build for any gaming computer. my board is not included in that budget but the msi 990xa is in that 500 build. it really doesnt matter to much about a super good processor but a good graphics card.. if hes going to be playing bf3 you will need a good processor to get good frame rates as well
  12. I think for a $500 system you will have to go with an I3 and a lower range video card. Would you consider AMD CPUs?
  13. What do you think the cost would be for a 15 and the 7850 video card?
  14. tomthumb_22 said:
    What do you think the cost would be for a 15 and the 7850 video card?



    About $650.
  15. OK - I think I can do $650. What else should I get for that price?
  16. Just keep in mind for a gaming PC, where gaming is the main use, the GPU matters more than the CPU, so spending more on the GPU is better.

    Not many games to this day really take advantage of quad-core, and the few that do, it is a marginal gain at best. Going for an i3 instead of an i5 and putting that money towards the graphics card would do more in terms of frame rate.

    If the PC will also be used for rendering, video editing, encoding, etc.. then the quad-core i5 will see good use.
  17. tomthumb_22 said:
    OK - I think I can do $650. What else should I get for that price?



    Asus 24X DVD Burner Item# N82E16827135204 $19.99
    Rosewill Challenger Case Item # N82E16811147153 $49.99
    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB HD Item# N82E16822152185 $84.99
    Gigabyte GA-970A-D3 AM3+ MB Item# N82E16813128521 $99.99
    MSI R7850 Twin Frozer 7850 2 GB Item# N82E16814127663 $199.99
    Corsair CX500 Power Supply Item # N82E16817139027 $59.99
    G. Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) DDR-3 1600 Memory $25.99
    AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2Ghz Quad-Core Item# N82E16819106009 $119.99

    After rebates and with shipping included from Newegg the total will be around $635. If you want to go AMD this is a balanced build. But If you don't care about having a quad-core for other programs and just want pure gaming go with an I3. You can also go with a cheaper case and spend about $20 more and get a 7870 for around $655.
  18. What about this?

    What CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($205.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($38.52 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $595.43
  19. bcarlo25 said:
    Asus 24X DVD Burner Item# N82E16827135204 $19.99
    Samsung Spinpoint 1TB HD Item# N82E16822152185 $84.99
    Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ / Rosewill Line Glow Case: $165
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB: $195 before $15 rebate
    Corsair CX500 Power Supply Item # N82E16817139027 $59.99
    G. Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB) DDR-3 1600 Memory $25.99
    AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2Ghz Quad-Core Item# N82E16819106009 $119.99
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb: $100


    After rebates and with shipping included from Newegg the total will be around $635. If you want to go AMD this is a balanced build. But If you don't care about having a quad-core for other programs and just want pure gaming go with an I3. You can also go with a cheaper case and spend about $20 more and get a 7870 for around $655.


    This. [:lutfij:4]

    The -UD3 has better PWM and 2 USB3 headers on the motherboard. The Line Glow case has 4 fans with 2xUSB3 front ports instead of the 1 x e-SATA. The case comes with an SSD bracket, too (you could fill it up with a $75 OCZ 64GB SSD if you bumped your budget, again!)

    Select the AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz 95W with Piledriver cores at $120 if you have to spend more $$$ on the CPU. Though, it's not really necessary.
  20. This is what I would do, as it has the CPU and Mobo you selected, plus a faster harddrive, a the same type of GPU, but included in a combo. Also, I love the NZXT Gamma case is a good low cost option, but for not much more this Corsair case will blow it out of the water. The PSU is a also a proven in the budget builds.

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

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($176.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $579.79
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-10 16:43 EST-0500)
  21. Wisecracker said:
    This. [:lutfij:4]

    The -UD3 has better PWM and 2 USB3 headers on the motherboard. The Line Glow case has 4 fans with 2xUSB3 front ports instead of the 1 x e-SATA. The case comes with an SSD bracket, too (you could fill it up with a $75 OCZ 64GB SSD if you bumped your budget, again!)

    Select the AMD FX-4300 Vishera 3.8GHz 95W with Piledriver cores at $120 if you have to spend more $$$ on the CPU. Though, it's not really necessary.



    Not my build but a good suggestion! My main point is that you don't need an I5 or I7 for the price. A good AMD chip with a good GPU and about 4-6 GB of RAM is perfect for gaming. In my build I have the UD3. But then again I forgot about the FX-4300. Nice catch! I'd rather have an I3, FX4170, FX4300 or 965BE with a 7870 than an I5 with a 7850 for gaming.
  22. tomthumb_22 said:
    What about the 7850 video card?

    Also, i've readASRock motherboards are not that good.

    Asrock Mobos are great...
  23. tomthumb_22 said:
    What about the 7850 video card?

    Also, i've readASRock motherboards are not that good.



    I have only built 1 computer for a friend with an ASrock MB and after almost two years he has had no problems with it. Good MB for the price in my opinion.
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