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Need Opinions on this Budget Gaming PC (~$650)

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.03 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($231.98 @ Newegg)
Case: XClio 320 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $648.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 00:40 EST-0500)

Suggestions are greatly appreciated considering this is my first time building a computer. I'm also not sure what it's limits would be when it comes to gaming, like if it could handle BF3 on high settings or not. Any help in that area would be appreciated as well.
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  1. Live near a microcenter ?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $630.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. djangoringo said:
    Live near a microcenter ?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($31.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $630.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    no, unfortunately.
  3. Best answer
    The first build looks good to me. The 6300 is perfect for budget builds like this and the extra cores should help in BF3 multiplayer.

    The Gigabyte 7870 linked above has a better custom cooler, and relatively cheaper especially before rebates.

    You can save a dollar or 2 by getting G.Skill Ares or Sniper RAM as well. :lol:

    As for the PSU, Corsair CX has mediocre performance and quality. I would get the XFX linked above or the Antec VP-450 if the budget is tight. Both are solid units.
  4. Best answer selected by budgetbuilder95.
  5. Alright, here's what I've got now

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($75.03 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: XClio 320 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $623.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 16:09 EST-0500)
  6. okay, here's the build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($83.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $647.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-30 17:46 EST-0500)

    i have a question before i pull the trigger on this though. What's this thing capable of? Would I be able to run Far Cry 3 on medium?
  7. You can run Far Cry 3 on high to ultra with the 7870.
  8. alright thanks. one last question.

    is the Phenom II X4 965 a better choice or should i just stick with the amd fx-6300?
  9. I would stick with the FX-6300.
    FPS-wise, the difference shouldn't be too big, but it's a newer architecture and has more overall performance worth.
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