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Looking for Gaming pc Build $650-$720 budget

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February 16, 2013 7:21:06 AM

Hey folks, I posted a thread requesting a build for an $850 budget build not too long ago, but sadly, my budget cap has been lowered now to $720 (shipping/tax included) and would like to get a 2nd opinion if anyone's up for the challenge.
So, to give you all some background on what i'm looking for; all I RELY need is something that can handle recording (with fraps) Guild Wars 2 at >47 fps 720p on low settings (I don't care much for the art style of the higher settings in this game). I'm going to be working with some large video files, so a sizable hdd would be great if you can fit it in without compromising gpu/cpu too much. I think anything over ~3.5 ghz is overkill for CPU, I don't care too much for a flashy case, and the only thing I will be using an optical drive for is loading windows(already have, don't include in budget)/drivers. I also have plans to play Elder Scrolls Online Beta in the future (press access sup ;p), so perhaps a little headroom for that would be nice, although that game should play pretty similarly to GW2.
And for perspective, I currently play on an Acer Aspire 5560-Sb653 laptop with the resolution toned down to 1280x720. I can record 720p on this system and get around 20-27 steady fps, but it can be rely sketchy sometimes and will drop to like >10 fps for a few seconds, that combined with the fact that I've got <10gb left on my C: drive; It's not exactly filling the role that I need it to.
Suggestions/example builds would be greatly appreciated, I know the budget is a bit on the lower end of the spectrum as far as gaming PC budgets go, but I'm hoping you guys can work some magic and bring me some kickass builds for that price range. I'd like to end this thread by saying how much I love this community and how great you all are at helping derps like me not get scammed into buying stock pc's, your feedback is greatly valued and I have tremendous respect and admiration for you all!

My current laptop specs:
CPU: AMD Quad-Core A6-3400m -up to 2.3 ghz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6520G, 512mb gsm
RAM: 6GB DDR3
HDD: 500GB
15.6" display 1366x768 native resolution (I turn it down to 1280x720).
optical drive/burner
Win 7

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February 16, 2013 8:07:17 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG 24X DVD Burner (17.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 (59.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (79.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7850 (199.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 (69.99, 57.99 with promo code)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (54.99, 44.99 with promo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
AMD FX-6300 and asrock 970 extreme 3pro combo (204.99)

total= 682$US or 660$US with promos.

fast build
tell me if you like it and we can tweak it.

Oh yeah do you need mouse, keyboard, or monitor?
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February 16, 2013 8:11:05 AM

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

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
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 ($75.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.21 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $687.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-16 05:10 EST-0500)
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February 16, 2013 8:18:10 AM

if you live near a microcenter go with camohannas build, because that's a hel of a deal on that cpu! (50$ off)
Wish I didn't live 5 hours from the closest one. :(  They have the best deals.
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February 16, 2013 4:41:17 PM

redguy54 said:
if you live near a microcenter go with camohannas build, because that's a hel of a deal on that cpu! (50$ off)
Wish I didn't live 5 hours from the closest one. :(  They have the best deals.


Sadly, I live in Washington state and we have no Microcenters up here either :( . How big is the difference in performance between the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 and the 7850? I could probably shell out the extra $45 if you think it would be worth it. Thanks for your reply by the way!
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February 16, 2013 5:33:14 PM

Oc a 7850 and get on par performance (probably a little under) as a 7870.
Make sure it has 2 gb of ram ON the 7850!

Microcenter has awesome deals, so prepare to feel inferior when someone puts your dream build together on here for a cool 150$ cheaper then you did. :( 
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February 16, 2013 6:07:08 PM

haha, do you know how to get free shipping on newegg? a lot of the parts I selected said free shipping, when I get to checkout it gives me option to calculate shipping cost and says like $13 or something, thanks for the build by the way; I'll probably end up going with it!
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February 16, 2013 6:08:51 PM

Sign up! lol If that doesn't work you have to select free super egg saver shipping on the checkout.
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February 16, 2013 10:42:58 PM

Oh ok haha, thanks for all your help man! Rely appreciate it.
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February 17, 2013 7:35:15 AM

No problem and have fun with your build!
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June 17, 2013 2:54:28 PM

I picked these parts from newegg, it's a build I hope to buy.

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX = 120$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version = 155$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS = 80$ Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply = 110$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black / Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 = 57$ RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM = 60$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ = 35$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total cost is 607$ The prices are rounded to the nearest tenth, some prices have decreased as well.
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June 17, 2013 3:03:06 PM

Dragon_Fish said:
I picked these parts from newegg, it's a build I hope to buy.

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX = 120$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100355-1GOCL Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card OC Version = 155$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS = 80$ Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply = 110$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black / Blue SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 = 57$ RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM = 60$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 Continuous Direct Contact 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Compatible with latest Intel 2011/1366/1155 and AMD FM1/FM2/AM3+ = 35$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total cost is 607$ The prices are rounded to the nearest tenth, some prices have decreased as well.


I actually own that cooler haha, it's nice, but I would recommend getting a gpu with 2gb onboard vram. What I would do is wait for the next sale on a 7850 2gb card, with MIR you could probably get it for the $150 price point. If you're in a rush though, you could always just wait to get that cpu cooler later, that cpu has no business being OC'd anyways, so the stock fan should be fine for the time being.
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