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January 20, 2013 6:35:32 AM

Hi All,

First of all I would like to thank any and all who respond to help me in this matter.

I am looking to build a new PC for Casual Gaming <$600 (nothing crazy, some steam games, LoL, maybe some 1st person shooters) can be a little more then $600 if worth it.

I understand with my budget I'm not going to be able to run ultra settings at 60fps for everything, and that's OK.

Also I run Dual Monitor's mainly for work and entertainment (running Hulu, Netflix, etc on other while gaming) so I'll need that supported. I prefer an Intel build but don't mind AMD if its more bang for the buck, so to say. I've built my own PC's in the past but have yet to "update" myself with new tech in over 6 years, alot has changed and I don't have the time to catch up right now, however I'm not the guy who buys pre-built Walmart machines either...

I need the Following:
MotherBoard
RAM
CPU
GFX Card
PSU
SSD (Optional if within budget for quick bootup, and some game installs)
I have no specific requirements unless mentioned in the post (above and below)

I will pick out a case to fit the build but prefer mid-tower / Full tower setups.
As for Harddrives, disk drives, software, etc I already have all that covered.

I'd like to get the latest Tech of course if possible PCI xpress 3.0 support (optional if need be), DDR3 RAM, Etc.

If anyone could take the time for me, or knows of a current build that i might be interested in, please feel free to let me know. I'm happy to answer any questions and will be happy to do so ASAP. I'm looking to get the parts ordered as soon as I can.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 6:40:32 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $595.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 03:39 EST-0500)

No SSD sorry. It'll be pretty hard to put an SSD in a very strict budget
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a c 312 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 6:44:33 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $611.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 03:44 EST-0500)

can get i5+z77 mobo cheaper in microcenter
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January 20, 2013 6:56:49 AM

I will look thru these. However on the first post i don't need any more Harddrives, and the OS, and 4 gigs of ram seems a bit low even for casual gaming.

As for second post, pretty spot on what I had in mind however I'm quite surprised on the amount of the budget put towards the CPU and Video card, and not so much the mother board. Times have changed i guess :) 

Thank you all for your time in helping me though I really do appreciate it.
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January 20, 2013 6:58:02 AM

I'm always open to more suggestions though and will also be checking out that site.

Are these parts pretty guaranteed when it comes to compatibility?
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a c 312 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 6:59:12 AM

at 600 budget, OC will not be a viable option, thus mid class trusted quality mobo is fine :) 

Are these parts pretty guaranteed when it comes to compatibility?
nothing has compatibility issue
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January 20, 2013 7:45:02 AM

Great - I went ahead and put together something of my own, its a smidge outta my budget but i think i can swing it without an issue. Mind taking a look and offer any concerns if there are any? The case is not set in stone but i do like it :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($206.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Apollo Black NP ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $640.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 04:46 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 7:55:22 AM

AMD Radeon's earlier build is way better. Just take his build and swap the case to your liking
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January 20, 2013 12:45:16 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.26 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($229.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $568.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 09:44 EST-0500)

16gb ram is dumb if you are gaming. You don't need a flashy case with a $600 budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 1:15:41 PM

I think that the way to go, with this budget is AMD. If you had a budget around $1000, then I would go Intel, all the way. You will get more bang for your buck with AMD. You will enjoy the 8 core support in other applications that you use other than games. Most games only support dual core with newer games supporting 4 cores. The FX 8320 surpasses the i3-3220 and is comparable to the i5-3470 in gaming. The Microcenter price is in-store pickup only. If you live near a Microcenter, definitly get the 3470. Plus, the 8320 can be overclocked if you so choose (I added an aftermarket cooler in the build). The other suggested Intels are poor overclockers. The other builds are very solid, but IMO, AMD is the way to go for $600. If you plan to game with dual monitors, I would suggest getting a GPU with 2GB vRAM. I added that case of my choice but that is up to you. There is no possible way to get an SSD in this build unless you cut from more important components and I would not suggest this just for faster R/W speeds.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($164.15 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $584.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 10:12 EST-0500)
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January 20, 2013 3:06:07 PM

Either way would be fine. The 8320 performs similar to the i5 in gaming and is probably better in video rendering etc. The only thing is, the i5 will have it smocked unless you overclock the 8320.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 3:30:04 PM

The i5/7870 combo will be the best performing with the least amount of hassle (and power use).

I reccommend AMD chips to clients if, and only if the client is interested in overclocking, and isn't concerned with power consumption. When fully overclocked, the fx-8350 will perform similarly to the 3470 in games, but will use over twice the power in doing so.
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a c 312 4 Gaming
January 20, 2013 3:34:37 PM

^ both comment above are 100% true. couldnt agree more
exactly what i thought about intel vs AMD
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January 20, 2013 4:02:53 PM

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $611.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-20 03:44 EST-0500)

can get i5+z77 mobo cheaper in microcenter


Just wanted to say that this build is excellent. If the OP truly doesn't need storage, then the build above is the way to go.
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January 20, 2013 7:34:14 PM

All wonderful suggestions and am very happy with all the responses and time taken to look into this for me. What a great community you all have here. Thanks again, and i will be sure to stay around and enjoy the expertise.
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January 20, 2013 7:47:31 PM

Best answer selected by Gigacus.
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