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Cheapest Computer for High End Games?

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February 23, 2013 8:07:09 PM

Hello everyone,
I am buying a gaming computer in June of this year, for the first time, so I am not familiar with price and performance. I would like to know what the cheapest price point is for a computer that will be able to play Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and Far Cry 3 on Ultra settings.

Approximate Purchase Date: June 2013

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400)- Not sure, based on my question.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, streaming videos.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: New Build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Virginia, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Not sure, whatever gets me the best performance at the lowest price.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Thanks in advance everyone!
February 23, 2013 8:20:30 PM

Whew a 400 dollar budget can build you a light gaming computer, without having to buy a monitor. subtract 100 out for a 1080p monitor and your looking at a 300 dollar build. If i were you i would try and save up a little more and make it worth it.
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February 23, 2013 8:23:50 PM

lol sorry about that i forgot to take that 300-400 out of the template....i dont know what my budget is can you suggest anything?
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February 23, 2013 8:26:12 PM

tinkered around a little, this is probably just about as close as you can get with a 400 budget.



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($25.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VW193TR 19.0" Monitor ($99.00 @ Compuvest)
Total: $408.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 17:25 EST-0500)
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February 23, 2013 8:27:33 PM

did you see my last post? i dont have that budget sorry I meant to take that out. The most i could pay is $1500. Thanks.
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February 23, 2013 8:30:17 PM

sorry no, i posted it before it updated your post, you could probably get a pretty decent rig, with monitor for about 600-650
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February 23, 2013 8:32:26 PM

great, could you suggest anything?
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February 23, 2013 8:53:23 PM

For $1500 heres a gaming build.
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FuX2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FuX2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FuX2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($133.99 @ Mac Mall)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($405.91 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1454.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 17:51 EST-0500)

If you want to OC then get the i5 3570k
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