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Hello, I am planing on building a $700 gaming PC. I would rather build a $600 gaming PC but from what I have looked at it will probably cost more like $700. Thank you everyone that helps. Also I plan on playing BF3, Bioshock Infinite, the new Tomb Raider game and others. [Edit: Would rather have an intel cpu than amd cpu. Sorry forgot to put that when I first posted.]

Parts I'm buying for sure:
HIS IceQ H787Q2G2M Radeon HD 7870 $220 from newegg.com Comes with Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider which is a bonus :)

Parts I'm thinking about buying not to sure:
i5 2500 $202 tigerdirect.com or
i5 3470 $185 tigerdirect.com or
i5 3570 $205 tigerdirect.com
Not to sure if there is a big difference between these cpus.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: week to 3 weeks.

Budget Range: $700 but would rather spend $600.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming and video editing.

Are you buying a monitor: No going to use 32 inch 1080p tv

Parts to Upgrade: Pretty much everything except I know the gpu I want and I have a DVD drive.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com, and bestbuy.com

Location: U.S.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe most likely not.

Additional Comments: Would like the pc to be pretty quiet.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $723.69
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:46 EST-0500)
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Other: xfx psu 550w ($63.99)
    Other: Kingston 2x4gb RAM ($39.99)
    Other: WD Cavier Blue 1tb ($67.99)
    Other: FX-6300 ($129.99)
    Total: $726.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 23:54 EST-0500)
  3. Thank you for the build but I forgot to mention I would rather use an intel cpu.
  4. Best answer
    Intel i5
    USb3 case (but mATX only size)($5 more for a full size one) and usb 3 mb
    7850 2GB to stay below $700 but if more budget, opt for an 7870 or 7870XT [all the 7870XT are out of stock so not a option as of now]
    500GB HDD and 8GB ram (ram is actually $13 cheaper than listed due to combo but final price at bottom is correct)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.30 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $666.26
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 00:08 EST-0500)

    Over budget build

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.30 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $721.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 00:13 EST-0500)

    Taking out USB3 front panel brings you closer to $700

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.30 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $706.35
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 00:18 EST-0500)
  5. Here is 1 options (I've use Newegg and Amazon for pricing):

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($123.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $711.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 00:14 EST-0500)

    AMD version is just a bit cheaper and you get more cores, but it's up to you:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($133.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($209.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $701.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 00:16 EST-0500)
  6. DarkKnight2222 said:
    Thank you for the build but I forgot to mention I would rather use an intel cpu.

    Missed this, since I was building up the builds above, so here is another option:

    4 Core Intel CPU, but GPU has to be dropped down to fit in the budget:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.52 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
    Total: $698.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 00:24 EST-0500)

    * I could have saved ~$10-15 on the PSU, but this PSU powers just about any single GPU out on the market.
  7. Since you're video editing, I suggest a 6300 for the 6cores, though a 4 core will work if it's not that intense.
  8. Thank you everyone for the suggestions I think I am going to go with one of Stickmansam's i5 builds. It looks like just what a want. Thanks again everyone.
  9. Best answer selected by DarkKnight2222.
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