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December 11, 2012 7:40:33 PM

Hey all,
I've been out of the game for a while since i thought a mac would be a good choice for school. Anyways, the macbook pro is sold and now its time to game! Typically i am a gamer with fps and am coming back for, bf3 CoD and the occasional skyrim.
I need:cpu/mobo, SSD, GPU, ram, optical drive, and case (smaller the better).

Approximate Purchase Date: this week!

Budget Range: Before Shipping: $500 (give or take)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, schoolwork (multitasking with music and word processor)

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, but do not include it in this built, i'll buy one separately.


Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg (i can't think of anything better :D )

Location: Michigan, rural area

Parts Preferences: Intel i5 perferably, although i know those are expensive. SSD, and decent ram.

Overclocking: Never overclocked, so maybe i don't need an unlocked core.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Will probably dual boot W7/8 and lunix because I hate windows vulernability to viruses.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:Building to start gaming again. I came from a AMD phenom IIx4. It was actually quite good, i gamed with badcompany 2 a lot. I had a AMD GPU that was a x1950 pro. Wow was that old or what?! Dont' make too much fun of me, it ran it at full.

Basically what it comes down to is, I want speed, but if i thought the AMD was fast, maybe i don't need an i5? perhaps a AMD would be perfered?
If $500 for the case and its contents is unrealistic, don't hesitate to tell me. I have been doing hours of looking on newegg, and i am coming to terms that i'm just rusty, Don't know what's relevant anymore..
Thank you for taking the time!!!
December 11, 2012 10:46:28 PM

Well if you want to play games $500 is a bit of an unrealistic budget with a solid CPU and decent GPU. If you want an SSD and an i5 you will need to increase your budget to $750 - $900.

Maybe try this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($200.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $636.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-11 19:46 EST-0500)
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December 11, 2012 11:02:51 PM

thank you for being honest and selecting the option available. Would it be frowned upon to get an i3 and then maybe upgrade later to an i5 and just keep a strong GPU in there to game? Also i have been an AMD gamer for a long time and again, wasn't disappointed but i've never seen the greener side :p 
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December 12, 2012 3:30:39 AM

noahmoss said:
thank you for being honest and selecting the option available. Would it be frowned upon to get an i3 and then maybe upgrade later to an i5 and just keep a strong GPU in there to game? Also i have been an AMD gamer for a long time and again, wasn't disappointed but i've never seen the greener side :p 


Doesn't hurt but I like to keep everything balanced between CPU, GPU, and everything else required.

For $750 - $800 you could definitely get an i5 and a good GPU like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($251.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $808.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 00:29 EST-0500)

If you want to stick with the $600 budget I'd go for the FX-6300 over an i3. The difference being that on that kind of budget there's a wide range of CPUs you can add on the AM3+ where the low end Intel chipsets (H77 and B75) limit access to the multiplier and are very limiting in terms of what additional hardware you can add.
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December 19, 2012 12:03:30 AM

ok guys, i bought my pc and its installing windows as we speak. I'll let you know how I did


Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply $38

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz $99

ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 $70

GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-1GD Radeon HD 7850 1GB $174

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) $40

G.SKILL Phoenix III FM-25S3-120GBP3 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal 7mm Solid State Drive $99

GIGABYTE GM-M6800 mouse $17

NZXT Source 220 CA-SO220-01 Black Steel / Aluminum-like finish ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $50

NZXT FN-120RB 120mm Case cooler $9

Grand Total: $610

A litte over budget for me, but well worth it!

And free hitman and farcry 3 with graphics!

All together, this build is a 7.4 windows experience, the SSD and GPU are 7.9 and the bottleneck being the CPU and RAM both at 7.4. No suprise this baby runs everything maxed!

Thanks for all the help and input guys!
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