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Thinking about building a high end gaming computer!

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March 4, 2013 7:25:09 PM

Hey guys, i have been thinking about building a new gaming computer for a while, as i have heard that it is WAY cheaper than buying one. Since this is my first time i could use some suggestions on parts! My budget is about 500$ give or take 100. I would like a good case and a good graphics card, and proccesor. I have a local computer parts shop that probably sells most of the parts you guys suggest. But as for how it runs im looking to play most games without any lag. I mostly play RTS and Shooters so it doesn't have to run them at extreme graphics and things, just so it runs. i know this is a lot to ask but i was hoping that someone that had some extra time on this forum would work with me to help me choose the parts. I can easily put it together, as i have heard all that takes is common sense lol.

Thanks

- Austin :D 
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March 4, 2013 7:30:33 PM

Ah ok, well thanks for the help, im going to try to do everything i can to up my budget!
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March 4, 2013 7:36:46 PM

Intel:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $498.02
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 16:34 EST-0500)

AMD:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Radioactive 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $494.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 16:36 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 7:45:04 PM

granthomas99 said:
sorry but 500 bucks is not high end at all lol. That is low end. go to the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4f2wCfc76c


That video fails - they actually recommend a CrapMax power supply - which have a reputation for exploding.

Actually that depends. You can get a pretty decent CPU and a solid GPU in the $500 market if you know where to look:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($77.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $549.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-04 16:44 EST-0500)
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March 4, 2013 8:23:17 PM

You can get a decent computer for $500 to $600 but unfortunately there is no way to get a "High End Gaming" computer in that budget. But the nice thing about building your own is you can always upgrade components as you get more money to do so. So that would get you a start and just build up from there.

Good luck and if you build your own just learn everything you can before you jump in and take your time when you build it. Over all building a computer is easy you just need to take the time to do it correctly and take it one step at a time.
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