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Gaming Computer build for BF3 and Planetside 2 under $500

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January 4, 2013 12:58:25 AM

:ange:  Hi, I decided to join the PC Gaming community so I can be able to play planetside 2 and battlefield 3, but I don't have alot of money to spend on a gaming computer, but was told building one was cheaper. Is it possible to build a gaming pc for under $350-400?
January 5, 2013 2:45:22 AM

aznchimp said:
:ange:  Hi, I decided to join the PC Gaming community so I can be able to play planetside 2 and battlefield 3, but I don't have alot of money to spend on a gaming computer, but was told building one was cheaper. Is it possible to build a gaming pc for under $350-400?


$400 will get you a pc that can play games on medium/high. if you put in $50 this build can get you pretty far. The cpu and gpu are perfect for gaming and you can customize the case and power supply to your liking, the case i chose is incompatible with the mother board. the corsair x430 is a great power supply for a regular case. hope this helps.

P.S. i added a usb wifiso you can use it without having LAN connection. it is not essential
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January 5, 2013 3:04:27 AM

Which parts you need under $500 ?
List them all.
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January 5, 2013 3:50:06 AM

I need the case, processor, motherboard, ram, power supply, hard drive, graphics card, and maybe a cpu cooler.
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January 5, 2013 4:00:43 AM

This should be good

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / 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: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($137.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 5, 2013 4:17:44 AM

^ +1
Yeah, I forgot to Decrease the PSU.
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January 5, 2013 2:46:07 PM

Will this run on low or medium settings?
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January 5, 2013 3:02:10 PM

Since you are playing Planetside 2 and BF3 (i assume BF3 multiplayer) then you should get a quad. You are gonna need a quad core planet side 2 because of all the people in the server. I usually recommend an i3 but since you want to play those 2 particular games get the Phenom unless you have money for an i5.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 12:02 EST-0500)
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January 5, 2013 3:03:45 PM

BTW just for a reference. The 7850 is quite a bit better than the 650 ti. And i would also recommend you throw in a cooler and overclock the 965. You should be able to play both those games on high in multiplayer.
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January 5, 2013 5:57:39 PM

Thank you all for the replies, you've all been a big help!
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January 6, 2013 7:20:38 AM

blake1243 said:
Since you are playing Planetside 2 and BF3 (i assume BF3 multiplayer) then you should get a quad. You are gonna need a quad core planet side 2 because of all the people in the server. I usually recommend an i3 but since you want to play those 2 particular games get the Phenom unless you have money for an i5.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 12:02 EST-0500)



This is a really nice building idea i am considering it alot!
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January 9, 2013 12:03:59 AM

A friend of mine donated me a case "Logisys CS301BK Mid Tower" and it comes with a side fan and 480w power supply, I know you all suggested a 500w power supply but, what will be the effect, while running the games, that was recomended to use a 500w?
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January 9, 2013 12:07:33 AM

Of course not, all the parts here mentioned, most include a 7850, for a no name brand psu i don't recommend going with that psu, it's not a real 480w psu as most psus that come with a cheap case, unless you want it to burn.
Get a proper psu, with 450w, like antec, corsair, xfx.
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January 9, 2013 6:25:56 PM

The case will still have all enough room for all those parts mentioned right?
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a b 4 Gaming
January 9, 2013 6:31:49 PM

It could have, but it's a cheap flimsy case, i rather get a proper one.
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January 26, 2013 1:55:58 AM

Is a SATA III hard-drive neccesarry? Could I get a SATA II to make my budget cheaper?
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