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Budget Gamer PC $600-$650 help!

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January 28, 2013 12:26:41 AM

I'm trying to build my first pc and I'm hoping for some help. My goal is to build a gaming PC for around $600-$650 that will run current games at med/high settings . Estimated buying timline is with 1-2months. I won't be using this pc for anything more than games, web surfing, watching online videos. My hope is to be able to upgrade this pc over the next 2-4 years to keep up with newer games, maybe even play at high/ultra settings if my budet allows. Also, I will be using my HDTV as a monitor, so a 1920x1080 resolution is very important. No need for keyboard, mouse or monitor. I've never done any overclocking but not afraid to try. The price of the OS will be part of my budget. As for specific retailers: since this is my first build my main concerns are reliability, warranty/return policys, and price. Any ideas or suggestions? I've been reading up, but feel a little overwhelmed...been using an xbox 360 for 6 years and haven't kept up with pc tech :) 

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January 28, 2013 12:35:50 AM



PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zZTD
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zZTD/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zZTD/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($81.88 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $633.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:35 EST-0500)

Base Total: $656.78
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $7.18
Total: $633.96

should do the trick dude

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January 28, 2013 12:36:07 AM

Where do you live? It affects you sources for parts and discounts. Windows 7 or 8 will eat up $100 off the budget.
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January 28, 2013 12:37:05 AM

ya well he doesnt have a choice, since hes got no os, and i cant recommand linux for gaming, its good free opensource operating system but not gamer friendly sadly.

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January 28, 2013 12:39:31 AM

Iceblock has offer a very nice build. Nice balance.
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January 28, 2013 12:41:02 AM



Forgot memory

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $621.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:45 EST-0500)
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January 28, 2013 12:42:52 AM

sorry, forgot to add this part.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 months

Budget Range: $600-$650 before rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, online videos, web surfing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Doyou need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: please see above.

Location: Oklahoma

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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January 28, 2013 12:45:20 AM

my name is iceclock not iceblock, and tyler my rig will suit ur needs :) 

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January 28, 2013 12:50:36 AM

sorry misread
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January 28, 2013 12:55:37 AM

no problem but was humerous still haha.

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January 28, 2013 12:55:42 AM

Cooler Master HAF 912 case and Corsair CX500 psu are better.
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January 28, 2013 12:56:39 AM

no, the cx500 is of lesser quality than the 620 eco from antec.

and the haf 912 is more expensive, doesnt fit in his budget.


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January 28, 2013 12:59:16 AM

HAF 912 is build better and has better air flow than the Rosewill. The Corsair cx500 is build better than the Antec. Worth the extra $20.
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January 28, 2013 1:00:37 AM

rofl.

are u serious. the only decent cx model is the 430, and was of good quality interior electronics and caps, the eco 620 is a good quality ps.

the new cx 500 and 600 series is mostly for budget builds, and lacks quality interiors.

if your gonna make a comment back it up with facts, or else you are looking lost.

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January 28, 2013 1:04:59 AM

Sorry misread. The Antec is in sale and rebate and is made be Seasonic much better choice.
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January 28, 2013 1:07:11 AM

iceclock said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zZTD
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zZTD/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zZTD/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($81.88 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $633.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:35 EST-0500)

Base Total: $656.78
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Shipping: $7.18
Total: $633.96

should do the trick dude




wow thanks for all the quick replies guys. Iceclock, the mobo you suggest seems to have mixed reviews on newegg and pcpartpicker. Also the mobo tenaciousk suggested (MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+) seems to have slightly higher reviews and comparable price. In your opinion, do you see any advantages/disadvantages to either board?
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January 28, 2013 1:11:21 AM

first of all newegg and pcpartpicker reviews= nothing good and should be taken as a grain of salt, ive recommand this mobo to many and asrock is a good quality brand.

id actually recommand asrock over msi but thats just me.

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January 28, 2013 1:28:21 AM

iceclock said:
first of all newegg and pcpartpicker reviews= nothing good and should be taken as a grain of salt, ive recommand this mobo to many and asrock is a good quality brand.

id actually recommand asrock over msi but thats just me.



cool. time to do some more research. I'll keep the thread open a little while longer. Thanks again Ice.
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January 28, 2013 1:34:04 AM

tenaciousk said:
Forgot memory

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $621.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-27 21:45 EST-0500)



thanks for the suggestions tenaciousk! I'll look into this and iceclock's build and see what works.
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January 28, 2013 2:10:09 AM

thats a 1gig videocard gonna be bottlenecked in higher resolutions.

aslo the cpu i got is 200mhz higher, and got a better quality ps.

also he chose 1stick of ram. meaning its gonna run in single channel, when ur boards suppose to run in dual-channel

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January 28, 2013 5:56:02 PM

Best answer selected by TylerS.
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