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February 14, 2013 3:04:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: tonight

Budget Range: $400-$600 after MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, downloading stuff

Here is the build I'm thinking of:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DqSO
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DqSO/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DqSO/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($155.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus HF1 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $513.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 23:39 EST-0500)

I want the build to be no more $600 not including a monitor and OS. I want it to be able to play any game and play most games on high settings (want it to but not important, graphics don't mean much to me as long it's not on low settings). The highest games I'll play are probably Skyrim and Just Cause II but I might get BF3.

A few things I'm not sure about...
*I can get an I3 3220 for $124, is it worth the extra $50?
*Also should I get a different mobo?
*Should I only get 4 gb ram?
*Or if I stay with 8 gb ram should I instead get Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB DDR3 1333 ($42.99) or Kingston HyperX XMP 10th Anniversary Series 8G DDR3 1600 ($42.99)?
*There is a MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($89.99). Is the downgrade of GPU worth the $60 saved?
* Is there a better case I can get? (I don't want to spend any more than $60, I've been also considering the NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ($50) or the Corsair 200r ($60, I just recently missed a deal on it... :(  ))
* Is the PSU good?

Also I want to buy a TV to use as a monitor (to use with my wii). Which of these do you think would be best?
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
* http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
* http://www.walmart.com/ip/Vizio-19-Class-LED-LCD-720p-6...
February 14, 2013 3:26:27 AM

Here is my suggestion i recently bought a gaming rig for 500 and couldn't be happier

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($224.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $592.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 00:25 EST-0500)

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February 14, 2013 3:30:06 AM

This would be better on it.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $522.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 00:29 EST-0500)
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February 14, 2013 3:54:56 AM

once you nabbed that pentium or i3, are you planning on upgrading to an i5 or i7? if not then pick either of the AMD builds posted above for better value : performance ratio.
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here's the comparison chart for the pentium g860/i3 vs AMD CPU's: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-processor-fr...
i'd say the i3 is pretty competitive in terms of fps. but for how long? that remains to be seen.
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February 14, 2013 3:58:16 AM

Well if I do end up upgrading it won't be for a year or two. Do you think by then there will be a new similarly priced cpu that will require a new mobo?
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February 14, 2013 4:04:39 AM

gem0625 said:
Well if I do end up upgrading it won't be for a year or two. Do you think by then there will be a new similarly priced cpu that will require a new mobo?

definitely. haswell is said to be coming out this year and with it a new socket (meaning a total change of mobo). so the answer is yes. if you won't be upgrading sooner, i'd totally recommend going for AMD solely because the pentium pales in comparison in today's games vs the FX's and phenom II x4/x6.
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February 14, 2013 4:09:42 AM

Yes nokidding is right.

Go with the amd build.
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February 15, 2013 5:10:50 AM

Best answer selected by gem0625.
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