Cheapest way to : play/basic photo edit/word

Hi, i'm looking to build myself a cheap but not crappy computer. I want beaing able to play games like diablo 3, company of heroes and civ 5. I will also do some photo editing, nothing fancy only basic photoshop elements stuff. This computer will also be suse for web browsing and for office work. The least I pay the better it is ! Let's say 600$ or less. I do live in Canada.
The only thing i've got is a monitor (Asus PA238Q, 23 inch 1080p). I know that I will need Windows (7 or 8 ?). I don't know about choosing between an i3 or a quad core amd.
Thanks a lot for your help !
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  1. TheN00bBuilder said:
    Here is a good combination; http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Ayd3


    Not trying to be mean but this build is pretty bad.
    -the CPU is old and not very good.
    -the GPU won't even play games at low settings at 1080p
    -you don't need a sound card
    -your ram is single channel
    -an SSD on this budget is not a good idea (waste of money)


    Get this instead. It will play games at medium/high settings and be upgradeable in the future.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Memory Express)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX)
    Total: $598.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 19:56 EST-0500)
  2. I don't want someone to buy it only to realize it won't do what they want.

    I am by no means trying to pick on you or anything.

    I just want the OP get the best build possible, and in this case, yours is pretty wrong.
  3. Try to stick with recent parts. Also maybe read some articles and look at some GPU/CPU benchmarks.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
  4. Here is my suggestion.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($122.57 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.99 @ NCIX)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($17.06 @ DirectCanada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Total: $596.56
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 20:10 EST-0500)
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