600$ Gaming Rig

Hey guys looking to buy a new PC that will run most games at good setting.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week or next

Budget Range: 600-635$ MAX After Rebates U.S Dollars
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming #1

Are you buying a monitor: / No

Parts to Upgrade:Whole new PC

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: Florida

Parts Preferences: Whatever is best

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire No


Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080
Additional Comments:
Have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard.
Games I wanna play on good settings: Call of duty, Battlefield, left four dead, far cry 3, and skyrim.
Thanks for help
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  1. While the CPU in my build is only a dual core i3 (Ivy Bridge tho), it allows you to get a 7870.

    Also, Microcenter has the NZXT Source 210 case listed in the build for $18 after MIR. FYI

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/378074/Classic_Series_Source_210_Mid_Tower_ATX_Computer_Case

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

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    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 ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $613.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 14:16 EST-0500)
  2. aebome said:
    While the CPU in my build is only a dual core i3 (Ivy Bridge tho), it allows you to get a 7870.

    Also, Microcenter has the NZXT Source 210 case listed in the build for $18 after MIR. FYI

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/378074/Classic_Series_Source_210_Mid_Tower_ATX_Computer_Case

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

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    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 ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $613.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 14:16 EST-0500)

    Is the i3 good enough to run those games I listed?
  3. i3 is good enough besides on your budget you do not have many choices to play those games on ulra you need a $850 budget
  4. +1 to bigcyco1. Where you might notice the i3 is not in the games you play, but if you do any video encoding or heavy photo work, or other programs that really stress the CPU. For gaming it is fine, especially if you have a 7870.
  5. I don't wanna play them on ultra, just don't wanna be on low settings either.
  6. How do you guys feel about this set up my friend suggested it to me.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vLfb
  7. Well far cry 3 is very demanding and so is BF3 i would recommend you get a 7850 or GTX 660 it's the cheapest option to play those games on high settings 1080p.
  8. anthonylesx2 said:
    How do you guys feel about this set up my friend suggested it to me.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vLfb
    It's good for mid range gaming go for it. ;)
  9. bigcyco1 said:
    It's good for mid range gaming go for it. ;)

    Oh snap !
    I need a case :o Any recommendations >?
  10. Besides missing a case, the build looks ok.. You are trading GPU power for CPU power, which is ok if you that is what you want. As bigcyco1 says, that 7850 is pretty much the minimum for decent setting on the games you are looking at.

    It comes down to what you are using it for. If mostly for games, then get the 7870 and an i3. If you are going to do other CPU intensive tasks as well as gaming, get the 7850 and an i5.
  11. So for gaming it's better to have a better video card over the CPU?
  12. anthonylesx2 said:
    Oh snap !
    I need a case :o Any recommendations >?
    Antec Three Hundred Two or Corsair Carbide Series 200R are good budget cases.
  13. For gaming the GPU is where you want to spend your money, and then the CPU. So to answer your question, yes GPU>CPU for gaming.

    As to bigcyco1 case suggestion, I love the 200R, but the 300R at amazon is a cheaper than the 200R seems to be at most places right now.
  14. aebome said:
    For gaming the GPU is where you want to spend your money, and then the CPU. So to answer your question, yes GPU>CPU for gaming.

    As to bigcyco1 case suggestion, I love the 200R, but the 300R at amazon is a cheaper than the 200R seems to be at most places right now.
    +1 300R is better get that if it's cheaper ;)
  15. Hey guys since im on a budget would it be better to go with AMD?
  16. anthonylesx2 said:
    Hey guys since im on a budget would it be better to go with AMD?
    :ouch: noway :lol: but if you have to the 965BE is good choice and you can overclock it.
  17. anthonylesx2 said:
    Hey guys since im on a budget would it be better to go with AMD?



    For CPUs, not if you are going for gaming, as the i3s often equal or beat the 4 core FX line of AMD in games. In well threaded productivity application the FX is better.

    Bottom line, at this budget, for gaming, no.
  18. Ohhh ok, guess ill stick to Intel then.
    Which would be better http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vLfb
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vRDL
  19. second build just be aware ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.I also would get better power supply.
  20. anthonylesx2 said:
    Ohhh ok, guess ill stick to Intel then.
    Which would be better http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vLfb
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/vRDL
    the first one is better balanced build. ;)
  21. bigcyco1 said:
    the first one is better balanced build. ;)

    I think im gonna go with that one lol :sol:
    Just waiting to see if i get more responses/opinions :whistle:
  22. Amazon dont have that price on that CPU...
  23. anthonylesx2 said:
    I think im gonna go with that one lol :sol:
    Just waiting to see if i get more responses/opinions :whistle:
    :lol: good luck man just make sure you don't listen to noobs! :)
  24. bigcyco1 said:
    :lol: good luck man just make sure you don't listen to noobs! :)

    Hahhaha yea man Thanks for the help though :)
  25. No problem.Your welcome! :)
  26. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.28 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $654.20
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 15:32 EST-0500)
  27. MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC amazon says $254
  28. bigcyco1 said:
    MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC amazon says $254


    its out of stock atm.
  29. jcec92 said:
    its out of stock atm.
    oh o.k. :)
  30. Awww is out of stock :(
  31. bigcyco1 said:

    Maybe a build based off that then?
  32. Yeah but i am not sure how to pull it off her computer i built her cost a little over seven hundred
  33. bigcyco1 said:
    Yeah but i am not sure how to pull it off her computer i built her cost a little over seven hundred

    I might just save up to 900$ and get a nice build instead but idk :o
  34. aebome said:
    While the CPU in my build is only a dual core i3 (Ivy Bridge tho), it allows you to get a 7870.

    Also, Microcenter has the NZXT Source 210 case listed in the build for $18 after MIR. FYI

    http://www.microcenter.com/product/378074/Classic_Series_Source_210_Mid_Tower_ATX_Computer_Case

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

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.99 @ Newegg)
    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 ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $613.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 14:16 EST-0500)

    Hey would it be ok if I replaced the i3 listed with this
    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=72279&vpn=BX80637I53470&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1366
  35. That wouldn't be a problem, as its a better CPU. You just pay for it. If your can afford it, its the best of option if you keep the 7870
  36. You need a better psu for 7870 that psu is cutting it to close
  37. The best gaming processor for a build in this price range is usually the AMD FX 6300
    The only reason not to build using one is if you play older games like Starcraft and Skyrim that cant multithread well .
    Everywhere else the FX matches the best i3 at stock speeds , but can then be overclocked to get performance close to that of a 2500K

    AMD FX 6300 $140
    Asrock970 Extreme3 $70
    Radeon 7850 $170
    2 x4 gig of DDR3 RAM 1600MHz/ 1.5 volts $ 38
  38. Outlander_04 said:
    The best gaming processor for a build in this price range is usually the AMD FX 6300
    The only reason not to build using one is if you play older games like Starcraft and Skyrim that cant multithread well .
    Everywhere else the FX matches the best i3 at stock speeds , but can then be overclocked to get performance close to that of a 2500K

    AMD FX 6300 $140
    Asrock970 Extreme3 $70
    Radeon 7850 $170
    2 x4 gig of DDR3 RAM 1600MHz/ 1.5 volts $ 38
    why not a 965BE and OC that bitch ;)
  39. Wow, I missed that one bigcyco1. That's what I get for doing two things at once.

    Corsair CX500 (38A): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139027

    Rosewill Capstone 450W (37A): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066

    XFX 550W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
  40. bigcyco1 said:
    why not a 965BE and OC that bitch ;)



    Because it wouldnt perform as well
  41. So should I go with the AMD FX 6300 or the i5?
  42. anthonylesx2 said:
    So should I go with the AMD FX 6300 or the i5?
    i5 would be my choice it's up to you.I have no faith in amd cpu they let me down to much :)
  43. anthonylesx2 said:
    So should I go with the AMD FX 6300 or the i5?



    If you can afford an i5 and a strong graphics card then go with the i5

    but th money you save by getting the FX 6300 can often mean you can afford a stronger graphics card .

    Heres a review of the FX
    http://www.techspot.com/review/586-amd-fx-8350-fx-6300/
    Gaming its always within the margin of error with the i3 , and everywhere else it demolishes it .
    But once you start overclocking the FX 6300 you can get game performance almost as good as an intel 2500K
  44. bigcyco1 said:
    i5 would be my choice it's up to you.I have no faith in amd cpu they let me down to much :)


    Let you down? How?
  45. Outlander_04 said:
    Let you down? How?
    The whole bulldozer flop :( i use to be a fan till that.
  46. Outlander_04 said:
    If you can afford an i5 and a strong graphics card then go with the i5

    but th money you save by getting the FX 6300 can often mean you can afford a stronger graphics card .

    Heres a review of the FX
    http://www.techspot.com/review/586-amd-fx-8350-fx-6300/
    Gaming its always within the margin of error with the i3 , and everywhere else it demolishes it .
    But once you start overclocking the FX 6300 you can get game performance almost as good as an intel 2500K

    Is over clocking something hard to do ? or is it noob friendly :??:
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