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December 12, 2012 10:23:19 AM

Hello. I am a little bit confused about what part I want for my Low Budget Gaming PC. I don't know what to choose. Which is better at a low price. Can you Help me out. I want a Gaming System to have a Nvidia Graphic card and an Intel Processor. Please leave me suggestions for the Parts which gives good performance at a low price. All your help and suggestion will be appreciated. Thank You

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December 12, 2012 11:59:17 AM
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December 12, 2012 12:13:01 PM

You said low budget, but didn't tell us what the budget was. sadams04's build looks good not knowing how much you want to spend. You will need to add an OS though.
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December 12, 2012 12:28:26 PM

Yep. Just taking a shot in the dark... It would be nice, at a minimum, to upgrade the CPU to an I3-3220 and GPU to an HD 7850 if the budget would allow.

GPU - XFX HD 7850 - $155 after MIR
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December 12, 2012 2:20:02 PM

@sadams04
I already have a monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard and Headphones so do not comment about them. I already have Windows 7 Ultimate so OS wont be a problem. The total build should cost around $600, a litter bit lower might be better only if it is possible. No AMD Graphic cards. Would the GTX 450 be better than the GTX 650 Ti and according to the price. Core i3 or Core i5 (the first and second generation)
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December 12, 2012 2:23:54 PM

The 650ti is much better than the 450. Get an i3 and a 660 to use up your $600
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December 12, 2012 2:25:08 PM

The 650 ti is much better than the 450... I wouldn't get anything lower than a GTX 650 Ti for a gaming rig.
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December 12, 2012 2:34:14 PM

The HD 7850 is a better performer at $15 more, but I understand your preference to Nvidia. As wanderer11 said, for $600 you should be considering an i3 and GTX 660 if you wanted to use up the extra budget. Or you could stick with the original build and add a 120gb / 128gb SSD boot drive into the mix.
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December 12, 2012 2:42:27 PM

If you are trying to just build the best gaming PC you can for $600 you should do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($214.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $598.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-12 11:41 EST-0500)

nVidia cannot compete with AMD at this price. The 7870 will eat a 660 all day.
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December 12, 2012 2:45:52 PM

From what I have been seeing it seems that the AMD's have slightly higher FPS but are less smooth... I'll edit in the benchmarks when I have time to find them.

EDIT: http://techreport.com/review/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-ge...
It is the 7950 vs 660 ti, but the architectures should be the same so similar results. (for smoothness not sure about the FPS)
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December 12, 2012 3:19:05 PM

Best answer selected by amz11s.
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