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$500 Budget Gaming Machine

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February 24, 2013 7:04:56 PM

Hello,

I recently got my tax return and what to use a little bit of the money to upgrade my current PC gaming machine.

My machines current specs are:

Motherboard: ASUS P5B Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz
RAM: 4GB Some Generic POS RAM
Grahpics Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB
HD: 400GB SATA
Power Supply: BFG 450W
OS: Windows 7 Pro

The machine has been real good to me over the years but it hasn't seen an upgrade in about three years. Last being the 9800 GT to replace my previous card the burned out.

I am looking to spend no more than 500 USD.

I primarily play Minecraft and Skyrim. However I do tend to try every new RPG/Shooting/MMO that comes onto the market so I would like to build something I can rely on for a bit in the future.

I am not partial to AMD or Intel nor ATI or NVIDIA. I am just looking to build the best I can with what I have available.

Any suggestions or recommended builds is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Zero


EDIT1: Case, Peripherals, and Monitors not needed.
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February 24, 2013 7:27:28 PM

I would go for this. Do you need os?
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FIIM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FIIM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FIIM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $471.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 16:27 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2013 7:32:00 PM

you will get more bang for your buck with amd processors, as well as going ati/amd instead of nvidia with the GC, i would say dont skimp on the psu either
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February 24, 2013 7:33:25 PM

camohanna said:
I would go for this. Do you need os?
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FIIM
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FIIM/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FIIM/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $471.23
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 16:27 EST-0500)


would you not go for amd fx for the processor
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February 24, 2013 8:34:28 PM

This is purely for gaming and it leave a path for i5 open. Intel is supreior for gaming
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February 24, 2013 8:58:25 PM

Thanks for the replies so far.

Perhaps someone can help me understand how an i3 Dual Core 3.3GHz out performs something like an AMD FX-6100 Six Core 3.3GHz. I see a lot of people on these forums seem to favor Intel over AMD with these type of post. But before I go dumping money out I would like to know what the reasoning is?

I would like to note that I will not be upgrading my rig again for a while, so recommending the i3 based on the fact I could upgrade it to an i5 in six months is not a reality for me. I am looking to build something that will more than likely not be upgraded again for a another year or so.

Also storage is not a necessity as I already have a HD and that could free up a little bit of money.

OS will not be needed. I have a copy of Windows 7 64-bit ready for this upgrade.

Thanks again for the suggestions thus far.
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February 25, 2013 1:06:46 PM

Sorry to double post but I would really like some more insight to building this machine, also if someone could answer my previous question concerning AMD and Intel.

Thanks,
Zero
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February 25, 2013 5:06:50 PM

the best thing to do would be look at the benchmarks, especially related to 3d applications, of the 2 cpus, intel is better for gaming, but on your budget id either try and stretch for an i5 3570 or failing that the AMD fx
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