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500 DOLLAR GAMING P.C

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December 18, 2012 9:53:35 PM

Hey guys i'm building a gaming p.c for the first time. I'm buying a 1920 by 1080 monitor and would like to play games like Far Cry 3, The witcher, sleeping dogs, Guild Wars 2, and Crisis 2.

My budget for the gaming Rig is 500 but MAXIMUM 520 only if it's worth it
I do not need O.S, mice, or keyboard

I have an idea, i want to know if all the parts are compatible, I need a recommendation for a motherboard, and cheap case (less than 30), and want to know if the intel core -3 3220 is worth it for gaming or if i should stick with a pentium g860


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t8gG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t8gG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t8gG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
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 ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($18.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $439.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 18:36 EST-0500)

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December 18, 2012 11:45:03 PM

this is a good budget gaming build, but if you plan to overclock at all you need an aftermarket cooler (anywhere from $20-$60) any mobo that is from a reputable brand is fine, Gigabyte makes a good board. while the GPU is pretty good, you will get low frames playing games like the witcher and BF3 on 1080p at medium to max settings.

all the things i have mentioned can be fixed at a later date through some upgrading. this build is great so far for starting out.


oh yeah, if you plan to overclock at all get a PSU with at least 500W. i get 500W no matter what im using it for but thats just me. you will need more wattage as you upgrade your parts.
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December 19, 2012 12:36:35 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t8KO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t8KO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/t8KO/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ 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 ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $515.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 21:34 EST-0500)



This is what i'm deciding on getting it seems like the best build so far, the only problem is that im buying this 2 weeks from now and i'm afraid that prices might change. Can you guys give me an idea of how this gaming rig will perform in these games in 1980 by 1080 (especially fall out 3 and witcher 2)and if all the parts are compatible
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