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Budget Gaming Build - $400-475

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January 25, 2013 7:38:41 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Hopefully sometime in February

Budget Range: $400-475 - Before / After Rebates; Before / After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing the net

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All parts

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, NCIX, Microcenter

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Maryland

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Doesn't really matter to me

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: I'm looking to play games like Battlefield 3, Saints Row 3, Guild Wars 2, and Planetside 2. I'm not expecting 100+ FPS, or super ultra settings, but I know I should be able to get stable FPS with low-medium settings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My HP laptop isn't cutting it anymore, and I've always wanted my own gaming rig.


Ok, I have two builds I was looking at. One has an AMD CPU with more power, and it is a true quad core, while the other has an Intel dual core in it. These were builds I made myself by looking off of other budget PC build threads, and I wanted to get your opinion on them.


BUILD #1:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($107.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $461.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 16:34 EST-0500)


BUILD #2:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $459.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 16:34 EST-0500)



I am leaning more towards the first one, because I love to play Planetside 2 and Battlefield, and those two games are rather CPU intensive, and the Phenom II X4 965 BE seems like it would be better due to the overclockability, and it is a quad core unlike the Intel Pentium, which is a dual core.

Also -- Is 4GB RAM good enough, or should I go with 8GB?

Your thoughts and builds are much appreciated, and I hope you all have a good day!
January 25, 2013 8:07:51 PM

I personally have the Pentium G860. I also play Saints Row the Third at high with 45 fps with that and the HD 7770. But seriously for $30 more you can get the HD 7850 and it runs laps around the 650 ti.
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January 26, 2013 12:35:41 AM

blake1243 said:
I personally have the Pentium G860. I also play Saints Row the Third at high with 45 fps with that and the HD 7770. But seriously for $30 more you can get the HD 7850 and it runs laps around the 650 ti.


Do you have any experience with MMO's or games like BF3?
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January 26, 2013 12:37:33 AM

MTSe7en said:
Do you have any experience with MMO's or games like BF3?

Planetside 2 runs great. When you get into huge battles you may have to turn down some settings... but from my understanding alot of people have problems with that games.
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January 26, 2013 12:48:02 AM

blake1243 said:
Planetside 2 runs great. When you get into huge battles you may have to turn down some settings... but from my understanding alot of people have problems with that games.


Alright. All I'm looking for is like 20-25 FPS in bigger battles with low-medium settings.
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January 26, 2013 1:04:10 AM

Bump... Any more suggestions?
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January 26, 2013 1:21:28 PM

Nothing? :/ 
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January 26, 2013 6:15:14 PM

Bump
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