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January 13, 2013 8:21:38 PM

Hey guys this is my first post on this site. I am going to build my own pc and I only have a $500 budget. I hope to have at least a intel i3 processor. Everything else I am not sure about. I want the best performance for the money. I know my budget is low but I am just hoping to run skyrim and battlefield 3 at minimal settings. Besides the processor do you have any suggestions on what pieces are the best for the money? I am hoping spend $500 for everything EXCLUDING MONITOR (os, keyboard, mouse). Any suggestions?

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January 13, 2013 8:32:11 PM

for a budget build should i stick with a AMD? or a intel not in the i series?
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January 13, 2013 8:50:12 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.08 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $496.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 17:49 EST-0500)

LGA 1155 Pentium G860 is Toms best rated gaming CPU under $100. Its an i3 without hyperthreading (doesn't benefit much in games).
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January 13, 2013 9:05:11 PM

^^blake put together a pretty solid build for you. If you're worried about that Pentium G860 don't be, it's an absolute workhorse. Although it's only a dual core and lacks hyperthreading, you can game with no problem with it. It's by far the best processor under $100.
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January 13, 2013 9:08:47 PM

kassuba39 said:
^^blake put together a pretty solid build for you. If you're worried about that Pentium G860 don't be, it's an absolute workhorse. Although it's only a dual core and lacks hyperthreading, you can game with no problem with it. It's by far the best processor under $100.

Welcome, my fellow Pentium owner! :p 
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January 13, 2013 9:39:51 PM

will the pentium cpu be able to support skyrim or bf3 on minimum settings?
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January 13, 2013 9:41:47 PM

and will the video card be able to support dual monitors? (not neccisary just wondering)
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January 13, 2013 9:45:11 PM

You should be able to play skyrim and BF3 on high settings.
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January 13, 2013 9:51:41 PM

the build you put together doesnt include a case? do you have any suggestions?
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January 13, 2013 10:11:34 PM

Would a AMD processor out perform the pentium?
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January 13, 2013 10:31:42 PM

dioriod said:
Would a AMD processor out perform the pentium?

not for the same price as the g860. the g860 is surprisingly good at gaming for the money, despite only being dual core it has higher instructions per core than any similarly priced amd cpu.
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January 14, 2013 12:03:43 AM

is there a cheaper video card alternative?
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January 14, 2013 12:22:14 AM

im looking for cheaper video card! any suggestions?
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January 14, 2013 12:56:07 AM

Not if you wanna play those games on high settings lol. My 7770 can play them at high, but at around 30 fps. You aren't gonna be very competitive in bf3 at 30 fps lol.
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January 14, 2013 12:58:44 AM

what about a sapphire radeon hd 6670 1gb? would that be okay?
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January 14, 2013 12:59:47 AM

this may be a noob question but what if i was to buy a cpu with integrated graphics? would that be good enough so i didn't need a graphics card?
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January 14, 2013 1:02:22 AM

Hi, if you want to game at 1080p resolution, do not get anything lower than a 7850.
Just get what blake1243 listed, that 6670 is no good for gaming, if you must lower the card, get the 7750 or 7770, but only if you have to or you can play at 720p without complains of the resolution.
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January 14, 2013 1:08:16 AM

a 6670 is good for playing bf3 at 800x600 on low at 5fps lol
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January 14, 2013 1:09:40 AM

why do you want a cheaper gpu? the gpu should be the most expensive piece in the pc if you are gaming. if you must, drop to a 7770, but you should really get the 7850.
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January 14, 2013 1:24:00 AM

Just mentioning, if you're trying to get a cheaper GPU to afford an i3, don't. The only difference between the Pentium and the i3 is that the i3 has hyperthreading. Games don't use hyperthreading, so the Pentium is by FAR the way to go.

As for the GPU, no, for what you're asking, a cheaper GPU or integrated graphics won't do anything worthwhile. The 6670 can barely stream HD movies.
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January 14, 2013 1:27:51 AM

thanks for the advice! im looking for ram 2x4gb that is from newegg or amazon. the one blake chose was not from the stores im looking to buy from.
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December 23, 2013 2:21:31 PM

If you are interested, I built this "Console Killer class" PC for $500 meant to kill off consoles (I mean beat them up ;)  Should give excellent performance for it's extremely limited price. It mostly was made to show that the Xbox $500 price tag is too much and will lose out to PCs.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Weak1ings/saved/3bOT
I have not built it but it should perform well enough to run everything on high.
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December 23, 2013 2:46:35 PM

Do not get a 6670!!! Its the GPU im using right now. It cant play crap for crap!!!
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