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

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

    $510

    Get this!
  2. 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. :)
  3. Thanks for the quick reply. Will look at some reviews on these and check benchmarks in a few :)
  4. 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_276193

    Anything I should edit? Keeping close to the same price though. w/o going over say $800
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. Just a little reminder... Skyrim really favors the i3 over the 6300.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-frame-rate-performance,3427-6.html

    Its actually a pretty big gap, about 20 fps difference.
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