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Hello all,

I am trying to help a friend build a PC for mid-level gaming, we have about $600 in funds and all we have are the peripherals and a copy of Windows 7.

As you might imagine, it is a daunting task for me with that budget. So my thoughts were perhaps that a cheaper i3 would bottle neck with an HD 6770 or a gtx 550. I would prefer an i5 but the prices are still a bit high, with the mobo+cpu being in the $350 range.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Depends if you want to overclock and what types of games (and settings) you wish to play them on. In most cases I recommend a GTX 560 at the very least if you intend to do any gaming with any modern/recently released games.
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Depends if you want to overclock and what types of games (and settings) you wish to play them on. In most cases I recommend a GTX 560 at the very least if you intend to do any gaming with any modern/recently released games.
Gaming is the primary purpose of this PC, but she would probably end up playing games like Diablo III and Skyrim with it. I agree that the 560 would be best buy that leaves even less budget for everything else. :/
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well id go with this and wait to get a HDD till the prices drop (150 for an F3)
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well id go with this and wait to get a HDD till the prices drop (150 for an F3)
Thanks! This is a good start. At least for the kind of budget we have.

I was hoping for an i5 build, but I don't know how that's going to happen.

I saw the F3 at Best Buy for 69.99 in store, that along a cheaper micro case should do.
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yeah the i3 2100t has 4 threads though, so its still a pretty good chip, this case is cheep but might get hot
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154095
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well id go with this and wait to get a HDD till the prices drop (150 for an F3)
WD said the situation will last for at least 6 months before they can return operation at those hdd plants.

Imo, just get an ssd now and maybe get an hdd later if you want more storage. hdd isn't worth it at $130+ a piece.
    
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Fast forward to 1:00 for the $600 system.
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Depends if you want to overclock and what types of games (and settings) you wish to play them on. In most cases I recommend a GTX 560 at the very least if you intend to do any gaming with any modern/recently released games.

Save some more money and get a decent GTX 460. The GTX 560 is essentially an overclocked GTX 460. Currently, I have no problems playing any of the current games out there (granted, my card is overclocked to 900mhz @ the core and 2000mhz @ the memory with temps under 60 degrees C). The GTX 460 is still a very capable card and shouldn't be underestimated. Also, realize that many people here in the forum must have the "best of the best, all of the time", and often downplay the usefulness and capability of previous-gen tech.

As far as my recommendation goes, try not to skimp out on the essential hardware of the build (processor/motherboard/memory). This is how I tackled my recent build (see my sig), and just stuck in a GTX 460. I couldn't have made a better choice. Now, with the money I saved and the money I have been saving since my build, I'll be able to upgrade my video card during the next gen releases. biggrin.gif

But I guess in reality, the price of video cards fluctuate so quickly that you may find a better deal on one that's better than a GTX 460. Moral of the story, don't sink a ton of money into any one component.

Good luck!
Edited by tcaughey - 11/7/11 at 4:53pm
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Fast forward to 1:00 for the $600 system.
Thank you for the video, I think the i3 build might work. Anyone know if there is an i3 that can be overclocked? Last I checked a few months ago that was a no, but not sure if things have changed.
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