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Hello everyone, I'm new here and I'm looking to build a $600-$700 gaming desktop for myself, since my old 'gaming' laptop died.
My main goals for this build are to:

1) Future-Proof the computer. I want to make sure I can upgrade it with minimizing how much I need to reconstruct the computer.

2) Run any modern game at highest graphics. This may be a bit of a long-shot with this budget, though I'd love to be proved wrong. My main goals are to play Skyrim, Civilizations V, and the upcoming Sim City V.

3) Run relatively cool with decent multitasking ability.

4) Very smooth low-end performance, browsing files should be instant.

5) No compatibility issues. This above all else when picking parts, I want to make sure the parts play well together so I won't have to worry about this when troubleshooting issues.

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I've researched into parts a lot, and have picked out some parts which I thought would go well together. This list is completely flexible, and I would love some constructive criticism for finding parts in the future.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 460 ($85)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103936
- or -
AMD FX-4100 Zambezi ($110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Processors%20-%20Desktops-_-AMD-_-19103996&AID=10440897&PID=3962334&SID=


Case: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227


Power Supply: Corsair Gaming Series GS600 ($79)
http://www.frys.com/product/6251250?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG


MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 ($110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

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I'm an experienced computer user, but I'm new to the more building/hardware aspect. I'm open to any ideas and suggestions about this build, I don't have anything too solid in mind.

Also, building computers is something I've always been interested in, so if anyone out there has some useful resources for finding good parts for the price like http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/index.php , and a site to find compatibility issues would be very helpful for the future.

One final note. I'm on a time limit, My parents are leaving on Sunday to Hawaii and I'll need a credit card from them to get these parts, they're the ones funding the build. Needless to say, I need to have ordered these parts by the time they leave.
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Oh ..this isn't a repost?Oh ok..
umm
http://www.overclock.net/t/1189945/amd-zosma-960t-1600t-1605t-cpu-club/0_20
for cpu...Zosma..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995
motherboard here:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=M4N75TD-PB-R&cat=MBB older chipset..good board
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=M4A88T-V-EVOUSB3-PB-R&cat=MBB newer chipset ..check to see if FX compatible (for later on)fall,maybe next year
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=CROSSHAIRIV-FORM-BO-R&cat=MBB AM3+ with bios update(which you won't need for a while)
RAM 8 gb (2X4) of something 1600mhz low-latency..maybe Patriot or Mushkin.I saw redwoodz recommend some GEIL ram..I'd go with that
I'll see what the options are for $80 psu ..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817121085 $70 Super Flower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200 $60 630 watts thumb.gif

I tell you one thing..for web surfing/windows stuff ...Zosma is better than what I'm on right now.
mobo $63 http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=M4A88T-V-EVOUSB3-PB-R&cat=MBB
cpu $125 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995
case $30-$70
psu $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200
hdd $85 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145531
dvd $18 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161372 or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127608 ($270)

TBH Now is not the best time to make a gpu purchase..You probably could wait 2 months and get more for the $$
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Is there a particular reason why you're set on an AMD processor as opposed to an Intel processor. Many high-performance builds in your price range revolve around a SB processor.

Also, what components do you already have (if any), and what do you need? Should we include an optical drive, monitor, mouse, and keyboard in that budget? Do you already have a hard drive?

EDIT: Should we include the cost of the OS?
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Edited by NGXII - 3/8/12 at 2:36pm
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Originally Posted by Nick2253 View Post

Is there a particular reason why you're set on an AMD processor as opposed to an Intel processor. Many high-performance builds in your price range revolve around a SB processor.
Also, what components do you already have (if any), and what do you need? Should we include an optical drive, monitor, mouse, and keyboard in that budget? Do you already have a hard drive?
EDIT: Should we include the cost of the OS?

I already have a mouse and an optical drive, but that's about it so I'll need pretty much everything else. I'm not set on an AMD processor, and again, I'm completely open to other ideas.

Also, I already have an OS disk for Windows 7, so that's taken care of.
Edited by NGXII - 3/8/12 at 2:37pm
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my vote goes to an a8, crossfire the gpu, 4 or 8gb ram, and a cheap nzxt or cm case, hyper212+, and the coolmax 750B psu
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coolmax...really?wth.gif
 
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I think you are on the right track going with an amd build. They seem to be the best for price/performance builds. If you want the system to feel really snappy I would go with a cheap 64gb ssd for an os/small applications drive and a larger mechanical drive for games and larger applications and such. I would go with 8gb of ram because it is so cheap. For cpu cooling I would go with a coolermaster 212 they are great for the price. What resolution will you be running? Your graphics card will tie up the majority of funds for your build if you want to run at or near full settings @ 1080p resolution. For a great price/performance card I would recommend sli GTX460s with 1gb of vram. They can be had cheaply, are dx11 compatible and would probably give a gtx580 a run for its money when overclocked (not sure on this just a guess so check some benchmarks). Here is a link to an article with the best graphics cards for the money ranging from low to high end cards. Also for great deals on components keep a close eye out on slickdeals.net.
Edited by scutzi128 - 3/8/12 at 3:15pm
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my vote goes to an a8, crossfire the gpu, 4 or 8gb ram, and a cheap nzxt or cm case, hyper212+, and the coolmax 750B psu

Could you grab some links to those so I could check them out?
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Do you need to have a new card that can run dx11 or is dx10 fine for you?

I'd prefer the dx11, as I said in the post, future-proofing the build is very important.
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