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February 20, 2013 10:38:00 PM

Hi, i'm hoping to build a gaming rig so i can play most modern games at medium-ultra with playable FPS like 45-30, although anything higher will be nice. Not sure on what i should build, AMD or Intel. Any help?

I am Considering putting an AMD Phenom II x4 965 and a Radeon HD 7770 or an Intel Pentium G860/ Intel Core i3 3220 and a Radeon HD 7770.

Budget Range: Preferably under $500 CDN After Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ncix.com (Canada), Tigerdirect.ca, Newegg.ca

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: Not sure whether an Intel or an AMD Would be best

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe Crossfire

Your Monitor Resolution: 720p or 1080p

Additional Comments: Call of Duty, Battlefield, Skyrim, Borderlands 2, etc

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February 20, 2013 10:44:04 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.27 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($114.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $530.17
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-20 19:43 EST-0500)
$30 over budget, should serve your purpose well though.
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February 21, 2013 2:20:26 AM

I don't think with a $500 budget you will be getting 45 fps on ultra.
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February 24, 2013 10:57:12 PM

Hi, I liked the builds. I noticed i3's are common in a budget gaming rig, I really appreciate the replies. Although I want to buy an i3, I think an AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE and a Radeon HD 7870 1GB would be a better build, in a sense that i could grab a better GPU.
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February 24, 2013 11:03:02 PM

You can grab the 7850 with the i3, the i3 is a better cpu, check the parts in ncix.com and the combo i3+motherboard, it fits 500$ with the 7850.
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February 28, 2013 11:16:21 AM

djangoringo said:
You can grab the 7850 with the i3, the i3 is a better cpu, check the parts in ncix.com and the combo i3+motherboard, it fits 500$ with the 7850.


I might seem very "wishy washy" now but I am going to take your advice and grab a radeon 7850 and the i3+mobo bundle you suggested with 8gb ddr3 kingston Black ram from nicx.com :D  Thanks for the help
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February 28, 2013 11:17:02 AM

Best answer selected by antixher025.
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