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Gaming PC under $600


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#1 N4t4ly45

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:32 PM

I am attempting to build a decent gaming PC for under $600. I knew it definitely will not be top of the line but I would like it to be able to run battlefield 3 at high settings. Any suggestions on parts or examples on builds? Specifically video cards?

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

With or without OS, Monitor Keyboard and mouse?

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 02:22 PM

Without the monitor but with preferably windows 7 home edition and keyboard and mouse.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 03:34 PM

This is an intel build (i3 2120 cpu), with an ECS GTX 560 se GPU, WD 250 gb hdd, biostar TZ77B, 8 GB Samsung 1600 RAm, Gigabyte mouse (GM M6800) and key board (KF 3), Cooler Master 500 w PSU with Win 7 Home Prem 64 bit OS of course PC Part Picker
Nvidia will be slightly faster than AMD in BF3
The total Price will be right around $600

You can replace the keyboard with this SHARKOON Tactix for $20 onNewegg or the SHARKOON Skiller $28 also atNewegg

Edited by diggi, 14 October 2012 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:54 AM

$600 is really pushing it when comes to a decent gaming build. I will be comparing my build below to the one in the PC Part picker.

Case: ZALMAN Z9 - This is a basic case, nothing special. Aluminum cases are usually of higher quality and side windows, vents, or fans will be more noisy. This is identical to the PC Part Picker above. $43

Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 - This uses AMD's 900 series chipset. The 970 is considered the core chipset, with the 990FX expanding on it. This is a good chipset if you're not going to be running multiple GPU's, if you are, you may want to consider the 990FX due to its higher PCI-E X16 speeds in Crossfire/SLI mode. $79

CPU: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3GHz Socket AM3+ - This is AMD's "Six core" CPU in the FX line. This is more powerful than the i3 processor above with a marginal increase in cost. The design of this CPU is unusual in that it tightly binds two of the cores together to form a module. With programs that can use this, the speed increase can be significant. $119

GPU: XFX Core Edition FX-785A-ZNFC Radeon HD 7850 1GB - Performance wise, this GPU is faster than the GTX 560. The GTX 560, on a performance ladder, goes in between the Radeon 7770 and the 7850. Both should be adequate. $179

PSU: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W - This is a simple, no frills power supply. I usually don't like using mail-in rebates, so it really comes down to whether or not you're willing to jump through all the hoops for the Coolermaster PSU. $54

RAM: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - There really isn't much difference between 1333 and 1600 memory, so go with the less expensive one. $35

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1000DL002 1TB - This is one of the cheapest hard drives of reasonable capacity you can get, it really isn't anything special. Frankly, a 250GB isn't really enough for many, especially if you have somewhat significant music or movie collections, or a large number of games installed. $69

Keyboard and Mouse: Microsoft Desktop 800 2LF-00001 - I have simple tastes, though I would have preferred a wired mouse. $34

ODD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - This is a basic drive. $17

OS: Windows 8 - It is almost the same price as a Windows 7 Home Premium OEM disc. Windows 8 is a bit jarring for many at first, but remember, you don't have to use the Metro (Or whatever they're calling it) unless you want to. Also, the AMD FX parts seem to perform a little better on this OS, most likely due to the scheduler update being baked-in to the OS. You will have to wait until Oct. 26 for this. $99

Grand Total: $737

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