Challenge $400-$550 Gaming

Approximate Purchase Date: 3-4 weeks


Budget Range: $400-$550 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming on med-ultra settings


Are you buying a monitor: Yes


Parts to Upgrade: everything but keyboard and mouse


Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg amazon any place that sells stuff cheaply


Location: Columbia South Carolina US of A

Parts Preferences: i was thinking AMD for the CPU but if anyone wants to change my mind go ahead

Overclocking: maybe but probably not


SLI or Crossfire: maybe


Your Monitor Resolution: looking for a reasonably priced 1920x1080 i will go a bit over budget to include the monitor

Additional Comments: doesn't have to be shiny or anything just want one that can play the high end games that are out and will be coming out at med- ultra quality with good fps

Why Are You Upgrading: computer for my friend so we can play multiplayer on BF3 and such

Thanks to everyone who helps :D
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  1. I wouldn't recommend anything lower than this(in terms of gfx card and cpu) for 1080p :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ 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 ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $657.03
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.98 @ 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 ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $610.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 07:24 EST-0500)
  3. ScrewySqrl said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.98 @ 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 ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $610.68
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 07:24 EST-0500)

    You will need to add the OS into your build too....
  4. djangoringo said:
    I wouldn't recommend anything lower than this(in terms of gfx card and cpu) for 1080p :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($82.18 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ 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 ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Zalman MZ215ED 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $657.03
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    Looks pretty tight there. The only way to get to the $550 budget is to drop down on the GPU, but that would be hard to do w/OS and Monitor included...
  5. Best i could do to fit into a $550 dollar budget including OS and monitor. Not gonna lie, this isn't a great rig, this is a tight budget.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.76 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($16.98 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.78 @ Compuvest)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($96.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($80.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $553.47
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 08:08 EST-0500)
  6. Here is what I woudl suggest. Go with a bundle

    The bundle is $300
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7486629&CatId=332

    This Bundle Includes:

    •ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AMD 760G Motherboard - Micro ATX, AMD 760G Chipset, 1866MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 3.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, Hybrid CrossFire, AMD FX Ready
    •AMD FD4300WMHKBOX FX-4300 Four-Core 3.8GHz AM3+ Processor - AM3+, Quad-Core, 3.8GHz, 8MB, 95W, Unlocked
    •Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB
    •Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB
    •Lite-On IHAS124-04 Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM)
    •Kingwin ABT-650MM Maximum Series ATX Power Supply - 650W, 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail
    •Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 120mm LED Fan, 4x 5.25 Bays, 5x 3.5 Bays


    GPU: MSI GTX 650 ($90) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127703

    Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd Black 23" ($110 good through today) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009421
    OS:Windows 7 64 bit home premium ($100) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total cost($600) - also give syou head room on your PSU to get a better GPU later if you want

    edit -just realized i left off the Hard drive. That will run you another $55 or so...maybe my suggestion is too far over budget..sorry
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