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$500-$600 First Time Budget Gaming Build Help

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February 14, 2013 7:43:55 PM

Hello everyone. :hello: 

I was wondering if anyone could help me with a build. This is my first time building a pc. I've been doing a little bit of research when I've been able to find the time to, but it still seems pretty overwhelming. I would really appreciate a recommended build. If possible, if you could also explain why you've recommended the parts that you've chosen, that would also be appreciated as I wish to learn from this experience as well.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week


Budget Range:
Between $500-$600


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mainly gaming (Minecraft, LoL, Orcs Must Die 2, Left 4 Dead 2, etc.), followed by school, watching videos/movies, surfing the web.


Are you buying a monitor:
No.


Parts to Upgrade: All of them, I need a whole build. :sweat: 


Do you need to buy OS: No.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anywhere that offers the best prices AND ships to Canada.


Location: Canada, specifically Ottawa, Ontario.


Parts Preferences: None, whatever would be best!


Overclocking: No, unless you recommend it?


SLI or Crossfire: No.


Additional Comments: As stated above, the main purpose is gaming. However, I usually do not tend to play the most graphically intensive games (as can be seen from the short game list). That being said, if it is possible with this budget, I would like to have the option to play newer games with at least decent settings if I choose to in the future. Also, if possible with this budget, I would like to leave room for future upgrades as well.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
I've been using the same old computer for about 5 or so years now, and it's starting to die on me. It has definitely run its course and I am looking to build a new system to replace it.

Thank you in advance to anyone willing to help me! Especially since I am still quite new to this. If there are any more questions I could answer in order to be of more help I would be more than willing to do so. :) 
February 14, 2013 8:00:31 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($40.12 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.79 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Memory Express)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($50.71 @ DirectCanada)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $598.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 17:00 EST-0500)
a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2013 8:27:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dyuy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dyuy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dyuy/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot G2 Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $576.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 17:26 EST-0500)
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February 14, 2013 8:30:12 PM

Wow, thanks for the quick reply. :)  I have two questions:

First, would it be beneficial to go slightly cheaper in GPU choice in exchange for a better CPU? Or is GPU the more important component here?

And secondly, is a 450W PSU sufficient? I've been reading around and for a 7870 it recommends at least 500W. I'm not sure exactly how that is calculated, so I was just wondering.
February 14, 2013 8:39:11 PM

a better gpu will benefit you more in games than a better cpu. so if immediate gaming is in your mind, pick a better gpu than a better cpu.
a b 4 Gaming
February 14, 2013 10:34:34 PM

bodeen2012 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dyuy
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dyuy/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Dyuy/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot G2 Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($78.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $576.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-14 17:26 EST-0500)


This is the worst build ever. Do not get this.
February 15, 2013 12:53:53 AM

cutebeans said:
This is the worst build ever. Do not get this.


Can I ask why? I'm sorry, still pretty new to this. Also wondering if you'd have any recommendations as well? I would like to research as many options as possible.
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