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~$550 usd for MoBo/CPU/GPU/Ram. Advice please!

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February 13, 2013 5:32:18 AM

Building a new machine. Right now concentrating on the essentials, and will work up to the rest later.

I am figuring spending that much on the 4 essential items. My goal is to play to the following games at around or above 60fps at a good resolution, like 1600x900 or 1920x1080 or above. Or basically just as good as possible.

Games I would like to achieve this with:

Skyrim (hopefully with the "realistic" mods)
Borderlands 2
Sleeping Dogs
ArmA 2
etc..


While I am looking to max out any effects possible, I am willing to put AA on the backburner for the high end games.

If I am dreaming on these type of games with those settings, with that budget, let me know.

The MoBo/GPU/CPU/RAM I am looking for online. Other stuff, I will be purchasing where I work with some nice discounts (just a little above cost basically). I can kind of figure out what to look for on the rest thankfully. But for the 4 essential mentioned parts, I would love some advice.
February 13, 2013 5:44:54 AM

FX-6300 $130
ASrock 970 Mob $80
8gb Ram $50
7870 XT $250

$510

Get this!
February 13, 2013 5:48:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $489.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 02:48 EST-0500)

Hope this helps. :) 
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February 13, 2013 5:52:25 AM

Thanks for the quick reply. Will look at some reviews on these and check benchmarks in a few :) 
February 13, 2013 6:27:13 AM

So with your advice, cutebeans, and adding in other parts (I may skip gettubg them from work, since I don't even think I'll get it THAT cheap there), how is this for a build?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/DM36/saved/#savedbuild_276...

Anything I should edit? Keeping close to the same price though. w/o going over say $800
February 13, 2013 7:19:14 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 530W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $762.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 04:18 EST-0500)

Get this. :)  It's better.

Uhmm do you plan to OC. If you don't then just remove the CPU cooler.
February 13, 2013 7:32:37 AM

Will look into this build too. Thanks.

Think I'm going to get the OS through newegg though. I might take a crack at the bill me later financing, so I can spread this out some, instead of dropping a huge chunk all at once.

Question is, how easy is it to get approved for BML? I know nobody can give me a definite answer on how easy. 6 months at 0% seems quite nice. But being in the process of rebuilding my credit, I still get turned down for 0% financing accounts from major retailers. I don't try often though. But last time I tried for a preferred account from newegg, I was rejected. BML seems to be a different financing option though. Is it just as tough?
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