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January 5, 2013 9:47:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: $600, may push it to $650 if needed, but that's the max.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, surfing the web, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Huntington, WV USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680 x 1050

Why Am I Upgrading: Current computer isn't that great. It can't run most newer games.

Additional Comments: Hello everyone, I am looking to build my first computer. It will be used for gaming. I have not picked out any parts that I need, because I want to see what you all think would be good. My budget is $600 but I would push it $650 MAX. I will be playing a variety of games such as WoW, BF3, AC3, Diablo 3, and other newer games. I live in the US if that helps any. Any help and advice on building is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

January 5, 2013 10:17:48 PM

This about the best I could do with the need of an OS.

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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $623.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 19:15 EST-0500)

Make sure your monitor has DVI ports for the GPU. The total would be $20 more because of mail-in rebates. The 650 Ti should handle good at your resolution.
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January 5, 2013 10:55:29 PM

Thanks a lot! Is the only way around needing an OS by downloading, or torrenting one?
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January 5, 2013 11:08:23 PM

We don't condone pirating software. :non:  Your best bet is to buy the OS. You will be happy with this build even if you have to buy the OS :D 
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January 5, 2013 11:19:04 PM

I was just wondering! :) 
and thanks a bunch. It looks like a good build. I hate to sound like most of the newbies asking the same question, but do you have any advice or suggested sites to learn more about building and hardware?
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January 6, 2013 12:34:13 AM

Newegg.com has some good home building tutorial videos as well as YouTube. You can always come back here and post questions anytime :D 
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January 6, 2013 12:38:02 AM

You could always run Ubuntu until you can afford Windows.

Look up Carey Holzman and his gaming pc tutorial on Youtube. He goes more into depth then any other youtube guide I've seen. Also, Newegg has made a few good ones, but Holzman seems to be more knowledgable then the guy who runs NeweggTV.
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January 6, 2013 12:44:19 AM

Can you re-use any of your existing system such as the Case, PSU, DVD-R drive etc. - if you can that would save you some money
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January 6, 2013 12:44:45 AM

Cballs build is basically right on the money, except that 650ti is way overpriced. You've got the money for a much more powerful card - swap that out for a 7850 1gb and you will be much happier. Watch this page http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#c=81&sort=a5, and slickdeals.net - while today I can't find one for less than $165, ($170 if you don't have shoprunner), you won't have to wait long to get it for the $160 or less the 650ti is listed for above. See how much more powerful: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/680?vs=549
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January 6, 2013 12:55:09 AM

Taeran, I never even thought about it. I've never tried Ubuntu, or any other OS that isn't Windows. I mean, I hear lots of great things...

Steve, the case, possibly, though it's quite small, I doubt I could fit a medium or large gpu in it ( it has integrated graphics) the psu is only 250w, the DVD-R drive may be able to be reused.

jacob, the 7850 looks very nice, I assume there would be no compatibility issues?
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January 6, 2013 1:02:37 AM

+1 jacobsta811. Definately do-able for under your $650 max budget.

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: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $638.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 22:02 EST-0500)
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January 6, 2013 1:10:45 AM

Awesome, looks great. Is the i3-3220 pretty good coupled with the 7850? Like they won't bottleneck?
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January 6, 2013 1:25:02 AM

Not a chance :D 
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January 6, 2013 1:59:21 AM

Also, are there any other mobos that aren't minis for a decent price and that's still compatible with those parts?
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January 6, 2013 2:22:52 AM

This is about the best you're going to get with a full ATX board. You wont see any difference in performance. They just lack in a few areas such a PCIe slots, sometimes RAM slots, and so forth.

Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
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January 6, 2013 2:42:40 AM

Okay so I decided to go over my max. Here's what I've got.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.88 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $679.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 23:42 EST-0500)
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January 6, 2013 2:46:43 AM

You are on your way to better gaming, my friend. Happy building :D 
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January 6, 2013 2:51:11 AM

Best answer selected by Ampmachine.
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January 6, 2013 3:24:46 AM

Looks fantastic - you won't be disappointed. Toms has actually done some builds with the G860, which is a step down from the i3-3220 and it barely lowers the framerate on a card like the 7850.
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January 6, 2013 3:36:39 AM

Awesome! I wasn't even thinking and realized that I don't need a storage device or an OS. I can just use the one from my current computer, so I've got about $150 freed up.
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