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Moderate Gaming Platform for under $600

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February 7, 2013 5:14:45 PM

Hi,
This is my first time building a computer and I am unsure on what to do. I'm bit tight on cash so I would like to keep the computer under $600. I already have the OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. I am only focusing on the tower at this point. I would like to build a rig that I could eventually upgrade when i have the time and money, but for now i only want to play games like skyrim or dayz, nothing like crysis or bf3 on ultra or anything. Here is my parts list so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C2QR

I'm not sure what to look for in a power supply and case so if you could give me suggestions that would be great. If you think that you i should substitute/ switch out components those suggestions would be great too.
-david
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February 7, 2013 5:21:18 PM

For gaming you just need 8GB of ram, i'd get the 7850, it's a better card and it's at the same price, and it offers two games.
My suggestion : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C35v

This includes the case and psu.
Get the ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758
The card here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77797&promoid=1312

Ncix offers free shipping with 100$ in the cart.
Included the FX-6300, it seems it fits the budget(under 600$)
If you want an aftermarket cooler : http://www.amazon.com/Xigmatek-Computer-Heatsink-GAIA-S...
I didn't included, because i don't know if you want to, it still goes under 600$.
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February 7, 2013 5:36:59 PM

The MSI 970 chipset motherboards have had some failures of the VRMs . A few have burned out , and the boards have been redisigned once already with some reports that that didnt help much .

There are similarly priced AM3+ motherboards from Asrock and Gigabyte .

The 2.5 inch hard drive is designed for a laptop . It will be slower than a 7200 rpm 3.5 inch desk top hard drive so use one of those instead

And djangos right about the RAM and the graphics card
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 7, 2013 5:38:24 PM

7200rpm hard drive.

what exactly is the stuff you "don't need".......... your carry over stuff..??
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February 7, 2013 5:59:36 PM

The MSI 970A-G46 is a good board, it has the same power phases count as the asrock 970 extreme 3 or 4, the G46 has vrm protection, the 870 from msi and 970 G45, are known for high vrm failure.
The MSI 970A-G46 is fine, in my opinion, for the features it has, it's a good board.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
February 7, 2013 6:21:29 PM

djangoringo said:
Nope, that the G45 : http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-...
The G46 is fine.



Im aware thats the G45 . Thats why I said the G46 has had similar issues .

The change between the two doesnt appear to be a redesign of the VRM , but just adding a bigger heat sink
http://www.overclock.net/t/1247627/msi-970a-g46


With 17% of newegg reviewers giving it 1 star and reported burning and melted plastic smells you'd have to be very optimistic to consider using it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-130-...
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 7, 2013 6:29:22 PM

I take the newegg reviews with a massive grain of salt.
If you see the asrock 970 extreme 3 it has 18% of 1 star : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13-157-...

It doesn't mean anything.
In the database of the vrms, there's no report of any problem with the G46, and it has a vrm protection.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
February 7, 2013 6:33:07 PM

I read the newegg reviews , spot the ones where the poster has no idea how to build or set up a computer , and ignore them

But I do read the ones about burning and fires very carefully
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February 8, 2013 12:09:58 AM

Hmmmmmmmm, it seems that the problems occurring with the MoBo is a rare trend, but I tend to have bad luck on these sort of things so i'm gonna keep looking at mother boards. other that that everything looks great. Now will this be a hard install? or is that something that Ill just have to see for myself?
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February 8, 2013 1:10:35 AM

dkstuver9441 said:
Hi,
This is my first time building a computer and I am unsure on what to do. I'm bit tight on cash so I would like to keep the computer under $600. I already have the OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. I am only focusing on the tower at this point. I would like to build a rig that I could eventually upgrade when i have the time and money, but for now i only want to play games like skyrim or dayz, nothing like crysis or bf3 on ultra or anything. Here is my parts list so far:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/C2QR

I'm not sure what to look for in a power supply and case so if you could give me suggestions that would be great. If you think that you i should substitute/ switch out components those suggestions would be great too.
-david



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($193.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $596.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-07 22:20 EST-0500)


Upgradable, and under budget.
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