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Looking to build a gaming pc on about a $750 after rebates budget help

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March 9, 2013 7:44:11 PM

Hey guys, i'm a college student on a budget, i just got into pc gaming and my laptop just doesn't cut it, what parts can you guys recommend for my build?
March 9, 2013 7:46:56 PM

oops sorry i don't need a monitor or mouse/keyboard
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March 9, 2013 8:17:30 PM
March 9, 2013 10:29:34 PM

That's all well and good if you happen to live near a microcenter. If not, here are some alternatives:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 970 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($102.82 @ Compuvest)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.57 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($61.17 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $735.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-09 19:13 EST-0500)

CPU is listed as a basic oem part(w/o cooler), but it's an unlocked black edition. You'll use another cooler, anyway.
Cooler is a penny more at amazon or newegg with free shipping.
Mobo will let you push that unlocked cpu on that cooler. Overclocking will help you avoid a cpu bottleneck.
High quality ram. A tad slow, but decent latency and heat spreaders. You won't notice a lack of speed while gaming.
Good quality HDD with decent speed. Not a ton of capacity, but plenty for OS/apps/a bunch of games.
Great bang for the buck graphics card. Should do 1080p with high to max settings in most games at a playable frame rate.
Great features on this case for the price.
Excellent power supply for this rig.
A dvd burner for installing windows and games/programs on disk. If you can get an OS on a flash drive and download the apps you'll use and games you'll play, you don't need this part.
A new copy of windows(if you need one. College students may be eligible for a free copy).

Total is a little over 750 before rebates and a little under 750 after rebates.

If you don't need to purchase a copy of windows, you can sink that money into something like a Sapphire hd7970 for 359.99 or more storage. You could even spring for an ssd like a samsung 840 120GB. These parts are what I'd get on this budget(if I already had a decent monitor. Already have a decent keyboard and mouse). Make what you will of it.
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