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Need advice on building a $400 - 600 gaming pc.

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January 4, 2013 4:01:20 PM

Hey, I'm new to this site. Nice to meet you all :) .

Well my pc just died this morning :( , and I would like to build up a gaming pc as the title said.

I've read that I can get most parts on newegg.com. The thing is I don't know which parts would work together. So would you guys like to assist me?

Thanks in advance.
Yours truly
Twigz
January 4, 2013 4:19:17 PM

There's only a few things that will influence compatibility. These are: your motherboard, CPU, and case.

Your CPU and mobo need the same socket type, which is L1155 for intel and various AMD sockets, the newest being AM3+. Also, you need a big enough case to fit your heatsink/cooler and your graphics card. This is rarely a problem however unless you buy an extremely small case. Also, you should probably review the forum guidelines for build help. Do you need a monitor or operating system?

I also suggest you use pcpartpicker.com to find the best prices, newegg isn't always the best (usually Newegg, Amazon, or NCIX has the best price).

Edit: Blake's build looks fine but I'd go with 1600mhz RAM, it's only a few dollars more. Also, you could get a 2GB 7850 about 10 dollars more.
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January 4, 2013 4:20:42 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
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: $581.76 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 13:18 EST-0500)
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January 4, 2013 4:23:17 PM

Forgot the case so you could pick out your own :) . I cheaped out on the MOBO. It will work just like any other LGA1155 you just won't have USB 3 and no OCing (the cpu doesn't support it anyway) no crossfiring either. You don't really need that stuff just for gaming. Feel free to edit it. It is by no means perfect lol. Just giving you an idea of what your gonna get for the price range.
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January 4, 2013 4:26:53 PM

Go with 1600mhz Ram, it's only a bit more. If you could go a bit overbudget you could end up with a lot nicer machine, because as it sits you'll have to sacrifice on some price points to squeeze in under 600.
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January 4, 2013 4:40:15 PM

I see thanks, and btw: sorry my thread got posted 4 times because of my stupid mobile connection.

Well I could go over budget.... But I didn't want to, how much over budget are you talking?
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January 4, 2013 4:57:15 PM

blake1243 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
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: $581.76 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 13:18 EST-0500)



So if I were to build this as a start, would it be able to play most modern games @ like medium to low settings? With no lag or fps issues?
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January 6, 2013 3:47:03 PM

You should be able to play every game on high-ultra with no problem.
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January 6, 2013 4:43:16 PM

You could upgrade to the 2GB 7850 for just a bit more, it'd let you run at higher settings mostly.
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January 7, 2013 10:44:32 AM

Last question, since I'm a clutz @ this, is this gonna be easy to put together? Do I need extra tools? If yes, may I ask which tools?

And I'm running a 1920 x 1080 monitor... Would that affect the build?
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January 7, 2013 11:38:27 PM

twigz18 said:
Last question, since I'm a clutz @ this, is this gonna be easy to put together? Do I need extra tools? If yes, may I ask which tools?

And I'm running a 1920 x 1080 monitor... Would that affect the build?

In most CASES you will get thumbscrews (see that pun i just did :p ). Shouldn't be to hard. Only took me 2 hours.
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