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Hello,

first off I apologize for any format issues and general inexperience or whatnot, this is my first time on this forum and building a computer.

Anyhow, I am building a $ 500-600 budget computer. I would like to know if all the parts in this build are compatible, at what quality/speed this build would be able to play games such as skyrim, arma 2, etc., and what resolution of monitor I should try to shoot for. Also, general advice is appreciated.

Parts:
Graphics Card - $160
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti (2GB)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5247877&CatId=7387&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-UBj.OLcpJdcDJaNwNCB_8w

Motherboard - $85
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3858040&CatId=7244&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-0IvBmqbBpdFBpH6QQRMgcQ

CPU - $95
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5692033&CatId=4431&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-C6Tw0lzLYOkKHi2AzcCmNA

RAM - $24
Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (DDR3 1333Mhz)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=708908&Sku=K24-8816&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-4hE1x0EspRcWhXrgu7z2dA

Hard Drive - $50
Western Digital Blue 500GB (7200 RPM, 16MB Cache)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281716&Sku=TSD-500AAKX&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-CVh3iN.EUsGWLYiESchQcg

Disk Drive - $18
Samsung Internal DVD Writer
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4814646&Sku=S203-8592+OEM&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=iFudSkud_Rc-gtxEQNGi1wLzZxAq.XU0og

Case - $40
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5520044&sku=T925-3018

Power Supply - $50
Thermaltake TR-500 TR2 ATX 500W Power Supply
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item_upsell.asp?EdpNo=5520044&msg=

Total: $522

Many thanks
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  1. Also, should I try to go for better parts in some areas?
  2. you can get better parts if you dont stick with amd and tigerdirect :)
  3. What would you recommend then besides tigerdirect then?
    And why aren't they as good?
  4. Best answer
    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 ($69.99 @ 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: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($172.08 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $597.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 00:52 EST-0500)

    i5 and 7850 2GB :)
  5. Thanks for the recommendations, although I do have some questions

    How would the Intel core I5 compare to the AMD phenom II CPU I selected?

    And also how would EVGA GeForce graphics card compare to the XFX Radeon card?
  6. New i5 beats even OCed phenom ii by a large margin

    for GPU, it is not brand xfx vs evga, it is 7850 vs 650 Ti :) 7850 Wins :)
    see the gap here http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2012-vga-gpgpu/19-Tom-s-Hardware-Index-C-Extreme,2977.html
  7. Best answer selected by 400321.
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