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January 29, 2013 12:05:37 AM

So I'm getting my income taxes back in another week or so and plan on building my own computer. I'm willing to spend $400 to $500 on the system. Now I plan on playing games like Civ 5 and the new simcity. Not a whole lot of graphic intensive games. A couple of quick questions. One more quick note I have been trying to research and understand as much as I can about building a computer but not the most knowledgeable so any help is greatly appreciated. Also I do not intend to overclock just looking to play those games and build a computer that will be able to play the newest games that come out for the next couple of years.

1. When it comes to those types of game should I go with an i5 processor or is it fine to save a little and get an AMD? (Was looking at FX-6100, Fx-6200 or Phenom II X4 965 Black)

2. What kind of graphics card should I go with? I wanna get one that will be a decent one for the next couple of years but I don't wanna over kill it since I have no plans on playing Call of Duty or anything like that.

Thanks for the help.

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January 29, 2013 12:22:36 AM

An i5 would be prefered but the FX8350 is also great and you can save about 20$ but for games like Civ 5 and Simcity I would at least get the 8350. Also a you should get the best GPU you can afford because anything you can afford in a 400-500$ budget your not going to get anything that is way overkill. I would aim for the Radeon HD 7850 or 7870, or the GeForce GTX 660.
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January 29, 2013 12:39:56 AM

I wanna say thanks for the reply. I have looked up your suggestions. It's kinda out of my price range. From what I could find a Radeon HD 7850 is $200 and an FX8350 is another $200. Just those two alone would already put me at $400. I would still need a motherboard, a tower, and memory. Would you have other suggestions? Thanks again for the help.
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January 29, 2013 12:48:57 AM

Are you going to have to purchase a operating system?
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January 29, 2013 12:52:47 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aciz
This build will get you the next best things to the FX8350 and Radeon HD 7850, the FX6300 and the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition. And this build comes in just below 500$ at 495.62$ before mail-in rebate.
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January 29, 2013 12:57:49 AM

tenaciousk said:
Are you going to have to purchase a operating system?


No I am just gonna use the windows 7 from the laptop I have. I don't have any use for the laptop anymore when I build my new computer.
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January 29, 2013 1:02:53 AM

Spartin503 said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Aciz
This build will get you the next best things to the FX8350 and Radeon HD 7850, the FX6300 and the Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition. And this build comes in just below 500$ at 495.62$ before mail-in rebate.


Thanks for taking the time out to make that up for me. I have a desktop that is a few years old and thought about using the DVD burner out of it. I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't be a problem. I also have a 500GB HDD. How would I be able to find out if I would be able to use it? I was thinking if I could it would save me a few bucks.
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January 29, 2013 1:15:35 AM

maximum budget?

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January 29, 2013 1:21:02 AM

iceclock said:
maximum budget?


Trying to stay under $500
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January 29, 2013 1:22:32 AM

u need os also?

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January 29, 2013 1:24:43 AM

iceclock said:
u need os also?


No plan on using Windows 7 from my laptop I won't use anymore.
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January 29, 2013 1:29:08 AM

ok.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AcN6
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AcN6/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AcN6/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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: Diamond Radeon HD 5850 1GB Video Card ($151.20 @ Compuvest)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($22.75 @ Amazon)
Total: $483.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 22:28 EST-0500)

Base Total: $503.29
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $483.29

should do the trick :) 

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January 29, 2013 1:37:40 AM

You can use the DVD burner and 500GB HDD from your old computer as long as they are SATA drives and not IDE drives. SATA drives have an L shaped plug while the IDE drives have a lot of little pins.
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January 29, 2013 1:46:01 AM

Spartin503 said:
You can use the DVD burner and 500GB HDD from your old computer as long as they are SATA drives and not IDE drives. SATA drives have an L shaped plug while the IDE drives have a lot of little pins.


Is there a way to check if its SATA or IDE without opening the case up?
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January 29, 2013 1:50:09 AM

If you have internet access with the computer in question you can download a program that will tel you exactly what you have. A good program is speecy, on piriform.com.
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January 29, 2013 1:53:47 AM

yes if its ide, it uses an old floppy looking wire, if its sata its a thin long red or blue wire.

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January 29, 2013 1:59:17 AM

Spartin503 said:
If you have internet access with the computer in question you can download a program that will tel you exactly what you have. A good program is speecy, on piriform.com.


Yes they both are SATA.
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January 29, 2013 2:00:36 AM

so max budget and parts u need?

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January 29, 2013 2:02:43 AM

Ok then you can use both of those in your new build and save about 80$, you can put that into a FX8350 or Radeon HD 7850, either one will improve your overall performance but the better GPU will give you more performance in games.
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January 29, 2013 2:04:05 AM

Everything but HD and CD/DVD drive. no more then $500.
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January 29, 2013 2:11:11 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $429.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-28 23:10 EST-0500)

Base Total: $477.34
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $10.98
Total: $468.32

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