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First time PC builder, need major help. (budget gaming)

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March 2, 2013 9:16:19 PM

So i'm finally getting rid of my single core 2.2ghz 2gb ram intergrated graphics windows vista computer. I'm building budget gaming PC 400-700$ max although I really don't wanna go over 600, unless it's well worth it. So far this is the best build I've come across (or so I think) i'm not very good at computer tech stuff and I'll probably have to pay someone to build it for me when and if I get it. I'm using the website tigerdirect.com and I found this Processor, motherboard, RAM bundle for 234$ was originally 400$. The processor is

•AMD FD6100WMGUSBX FX-6100 Processor - Six Core, 8MB L3 Cache, 6MB L2 Cache, 3.30GHz (3.90GHz Max Turbo), Socket AM3+, 95W, Fan, Unlocked, Retail

The mother board is. •ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, AMD FX, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready

And it comes with ADATA premiure series 8GB RAM (2 sticks o 4gb)

now this is the tricky part. The graphic crad I want is EVGA GeForce GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR Video Card - 1GB GDDR5
Now i'm not sure if this is even compatiable with my motherboard? If it is, awesome, because it's on sale for 100$ and it has excellent reviews. And if it's isn't compatiabe then what other cheap card should I get? I want it to be at least good at running games like diablo 3, guild wars 2 and possibly the total war games. I mostly play ARPG's and MMO's so take that into consideration. I really hope the video card does work as i've heard the AMD radeon ones have driver issues and what not and like I said i'm completly new to this and wouldn't know what to do so as little hassle possible is best for me. Also it says that geforce card has mini hdmi and DVI so I need to remember that for when shopping for monitors

I got a cooler masterATX Mid-Tower that comes with 2 120mm fans. I got a sata 500gb 7200RPM 16mb cache HDD and a OEM 600watt power supply with 135mm fan. All of this adds up to 550$ without the monitor or OS which I will get windows 7 eventually ad probably a cheap 17-19" LCD

http://www.tigerdirect.com/cgi-bin/ShoppingCart.asp?cm_...

is the link if you would like to check them out more thoroughly. Thanks I appreciate any help!
a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2013 9:45:58 PM

This would play any game on high-ultra settings.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H54C
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H54C/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H54C/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.60 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $607.54
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 18:45 EST-0500)
March 2, 2013 10:08:20 PM

I'm likeing the look of that! Although isn't an i3 kind of pushing it? And that awesome looking video card is out of stock and not on any of the other websites
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March 2, 2013 10:11:29 PM

the video card you mentioned will work all vide cards will works with 99.9% of mother boards and i uses to use a fx6000 series cpu there a good solid core. if you could though i would push for the 660ti cards i dont know much about nvidea cards but i hear there a goodo sone
March 2, 2013 10:14:05 PM

So the gtx 650 will work with my AMD motherboard I put up there? Cause I heard nidvia/geforece only works wih SPI motherboards or something along the lines f that
a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2013 10:53:02 PM

Eric Share said:
I'm likeing the look of that! Although isn't an i3 kind of pushing it? And that awesome looking video card is out of stock and not on any of the other websites


By pushing it, what do you mean? That i3 wont bottleneck that card. If this i purely for gaming, intel>amd.
March 2, 2013 11:02:47 PM

Just hear that an i5 would be best for gaming for the quad core but the i3 seems legit. I'm not sure what bottlenecking is but. I'm looking deeper into this build an the one I posted. It will be mainly for gaming and internet surfing.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 2, 2013 11:27:58 PM

Eric Share said:
Just hear that an i5 would be best for gaming for the quad core but the i3 seems legit. I'm not sure what bottlenecking is but. I'm looking deeper into this build an the one I posted. It will be mainly for gaming and internet surfing.


Then the i3 and 7870 XT is the way to go.
March 3, 2013 1:00:46 AM

Wait so do I need to get a sound card and a vga card as well? This is begining to be more trouble than it's worth. I'd like a decent monitor for gaming it doesn't have to be crazy. I'm not sure what else i'm suppose to buy
a b B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2013 1:23:48 AM

Eric Share said:
Wait so do I need to get a sound card and a vga card as well? This is begining to be more trouble than it's worth. I'd like a decent monitor for gaming it doesn't have to be crazy. I'm not sure what else i'm suppose to buy


That all you need, what i listed before.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2013 1:27:47 AM

If you want to save some more money, what games are you going to be playing? If they are not too intensive, you could lower the graphics card.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2013 1:46:14 AM

This would be my budget choice.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H8bv
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H8bv/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H8bv/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.60 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($96.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $451.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-02 22:45 EST-0500)
March 3, 2013 2:42:11 AM

Thanks for all the replys. Would the Intel Core i5-3550 BX806237i53550 be compatible with that motherboard hanna or would only the i3? If I spend a little extra I don't want to blow it up haha. I play games like diablo 3, torchlight 2, Guild wars 2 and Possibly try the total war games, though they probably take more specs to run good. Maybe world of warcraft and RPG's like skyrim and soon to be elder scrolls online. Not really into FPS's so motly just action rpgs and mmo's
a b B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2013 2:50:44 AM

That i5 would fit fine on that board. A 7770 should handle the games on med-high. If you want to get the 7870XT i highly reccomend as it has amazing bang for buck.
March 3, 2013 3:21:10 AM

I have tweaked your first build around a little bit. I added that i5 3550 and added Rosewill challenger ATX mid-tower for 5$ more as it comes with more fans an has a higher review rating. The motherboard you mentioned.. Does that have the sound card and vga card on it? Some of the reviews for it haven't been so good but it's mostly DOA and not the hardware. All this adds up to 700$ which I still have to get OS, monitor, keyboard and mouse so it's getting pretty pricey. I don't want to limit myself but I don't want to over spend haha. Thanks for the ideas though I really appreciate it
a b B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2013 3:45:28 AM

Yes it has onboard sound. Also you dont need a vga card. They are last gen pci-e cards, the old graphics interface. You dont need one. IF its too expencive, go with the build i suggested for $450 above.
a b B Homebuilt system
March 3, 2013 3:45:33 AM

Yes it has onboard sound. Also you dont need a vga card. They are last gen pci-e cards, the old graphics interface. You dont need one. IF its too expencive, go with the build i suggested for $450 above.
March 3, 2013 3:50:57 AM

Sweet! I might just go with i3 unless I can find a good deal on a monitor... speaking of which, any good 17-19" monitors you'd recommend for gaming?
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