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January 29, 2013 2:47:55 AM

So I have never built a computer before, and I have no idea what I will need for the most efficient gaming. My budget is relatively low, I am shooting for under $700. I was hoping to be able to support games like Skyrim on pretty high resolution. If that isn't possible in my budget range that is fine since I will take whatever I can get.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 2:54:07 AM
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Do you need the os ?

I'll make two builds :

Without os :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $657.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

With os :


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $646.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
January 29, 2013 3:22:35 AM

I don't need OS, i have access to windows 7 already, thanks for the suggestion. I like that first one. From what little I know about the video card and cpu those should be able to handle just about anything I would need
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a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:25:14 AM

Yes, it will run skyrim maxout with mods @1080p.
January 29, 2013 3:43:08 AM

My friend said I might need a better motherboard than the one in the first suggestion
January 29, 2013 4:04:00 AM

how does this look

Case 1 x AZZA Armour Gaming Case-Blue
Processor 1 x AMD FX-8120 CPU (8x 3.10GHz/8MB L2 Cache)
Motherboard 1 x Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 -- AMD 970
Memory 1 x 8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 Memory Module-Corsair or Major Brand - FREE Upgrade to G.Skill Ripjaws
Video Card 1 x AMD Radeon HD 7770 - 1GB-Single Card
Case Lighting None
Power Supply 1 x 500 Watt - Standard
Processor Cooling 1 x Liquid CPU Cooling System [AMD]-ARC Silent High Performance Fan Upgrade
Video Card Brand 1 x Major Brand Powered by AMD or NVIDIA
Primary Hard Drive 1 x 2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200rpm, 6.0Gb/s-Single Drive
Data Hard Drive None
2nd Optical Drive None
Optical Drive 1 x 24X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive-Black
Sound Card 1 x 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Speaker System None
Network Card 1 x Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:06:48 AM

It's not good, the i5-3470 is a better cpu than the fx-8150 from bulldozer architecture, it has in fact four cores and four slow ones, and the 7870 is a much better gpu than the 7770.
Also you don't need a soundcard and that psu seems a generic one, the antec neo 620 is of good quality, made by seasonic.
That build that i listed will give you the best performance under your budget.
January 29, 2013 4:11:06 AM

alright, just thought I should check. I am totally clueless when it comes to this stuff, but I have experience with installing hardware so hopefully I can figure that part out
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:13:17 AM

You have a good case for assemble the parts(HAF 912), it fits everything with a good psu(antec neo) and with i5+7870.
January 29, 2013 4:16:05 AM

I am not a big fan of the Caviar blue's; I would look for another hard drive option, especially if you could spare a little more cash or less storage.
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:16:48 AM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($81.88 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.78 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ 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)
Total: $617.60
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 01:14 EST-0500)

for amd.


intel:

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

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($121.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.78 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($274.99 @ 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)
Total: $657.70
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-29 01:16 EST-0500)

Base Total: $692.71
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Shipping: $4.99
Total: $657.70

got u covered brother :) 

January 29, 2013 4:22:54 AM

how does that amd pc compare to the one djangoringo suggested?
January 29, 2013 4:27:17 AM

I don't have much preference between amd and intel, I just find amd to be cheaper for comparable quality most of the time
January 29, 2013 4:49:26 AM

So they are pretty close it seems, with the i5 being slightly better most of the time. So it comes down to whether I'd rather spent an extra 50 dollars for a bit better or not
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 1:22:13 PM

pretty much thats the ppint mad. can u afford 50$ more if not still gonna get a good pc.

January 29, 2013 2:37:23 PM

Yeah, I decided to go with the first option. an extra 50 isn't too big of a deal. Besides I should have some money coming in so I can further upgrade if I need to. Thanks for all your help guys. Now I sort of have a baseline for any future parts I may need.
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 2:37:55 PM

sounds good anytime :) 

a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 3:01:16 PM

thats way to expensive of a case to recommand in that budget sorry.

January 29, 2013 4:35:44 PM

I do like that case, but I already ordered, and its a bit pricey, maybe some other time
January 29, 2013 4:36:55 PM

Best answer selected by Madtv43.
a b 4 Gaming
January 29, 2013 4:55:08 PM

cheerios

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