I know its always better to buy parts separately, then assemble. But i know nothing of assembly and cannot risk damaging parts. Just want to know if this PC is price gouging me too hard (i know all pre-builtds gouge).
Anyone have any better recommendations for prebuilds in my budget?
Well it depends on what quality your playing at. The 610 might be able to pull it off with everything all the way down but even then I don't think you would be getting 60 fps. However I could not find any reviews on the card or performance benchmarks. Except for here:
The GT 610 is really inferior to an integrated video card? I was thinking about replacing the video card with a nvidia 9800 GT i have lying around. I dont think that will be possible with just a 300w psu would it?
Well if you have a 9800 GT lying around that would be better than an integrated APU. The GT 610 is really entry level. In fact so entry level that a 9800 GT would easily outperform it. On the NVIDIA site it recommends at least a 400W psu. I even recommend a 400W+ as well. If your having problems deciding on a prebuilt PC maybe it is time to start learning how to put a computer together. You can even get a DIY kit (do it yourself) off of newegg for under 500 and then just add a graphics card into it. If you ever played with lego's when you were a little kid putting a computer together is easy enough. In fact Newegg has a video here that shows you exactly how to put a computer together:
Or you could put the 9800 GT in the first computer you suggested. The one with the FX 6100. I personally prefer an i3 for gaming because AMD's early bulldozer lineup is kinda flawed. Also, that i3 is on Toms Hardware's January 2013 best gaming CPU for the money lineup.
Thanks for the replies everyone. Especially you, iemidget, I think i'll be going with the i3 3220 build and add my 9800. Now i know my 9800 is compatible.
Do you think with that i3 build with 9800 i'll be able to run Counter Strike: Global Offensive at 60 fps constant or above? My goal is to be able to run Valve's games at a good FPS on medium at least.
Edit: Also, what is the difference between a dual core running at 3.3 GHZ and a Quad core running at 3.2 GHZ. Does this mean the dual core will be outperforming the quad? Do i need a quad core? I heard it helps run games like Battlefield 3 better.
It depends. Battlefield has an engine that CAN utilize 4 or more cores. But there are plenty of 2 core gaming processors out there that can handle most games. The i3 is a 2 core hyperthreaded so it is recognized as a quad core in your system.
Here is what i'm talking about when I say that plenty of two core processors can handle games. It was tom's hardware's sub $200 gaming cpu comparison. The pentium G860 was outperforming the 8 core 8150 in most instances: