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I am looking to build my first computer ever and am seeking a gaming focused rig. I have $700 set aside for it.

I got the OS taken care of with help from my family.

Also, regarding Amd apus, i know you can crossfire them with a gpu, but i have not seen any reviews doing that so far, but i will dig deeper as well. I am just wondering if that would be a better option given my budget.


Thanks for the help smile.gif

Edit: I now have a $700 to spend on parts. I got the os taken care of smile.gif
Edited by lacunacraft - 10/30/12 at 1:53pm
    
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If i were you i would try to save up a bit more till you get around $800 to spend; $600 won't be enough for a good PC with an upgrade path as you are forced to go AMD. If you can get to $800 then you can go intel and then later on upgrade to a better CPU.
If not, here's a very budget build.
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CPU: i3-3220 ($120)
Mobo: Asus B75 mATX ($65)
Video Card: Sapphire 7850 ($187)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=75429&vpn=BX80637I33220&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1388
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71808&vpn=P8B75%2DM%20LE&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1296
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004

Ram - G.Skill Ares 2x4gb 1600mhz ($34 after promo code)
Case - Bit Fenix Merc Alpha ($37)
PSU - Antec Neo Eco 450c ($37)
HDD - Seagate 500gb 7200rpm ($55, double the size is available for $70)
SSD - this luxury removed in favor of cost-control
DVD-burner - ($15)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63256&vpn=BFC%2DMRC%2D100%2DKKX1%2DRP&manufacture=BitFenix
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=60491&vpn=NEO%2DECO450C&manufacture=Antec
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate&promoid=1296
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=49597&vpn=DRW%2D24B1ST%20Bulk&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1296

Tower cost: $550
This is a little over, but probably worth it in terms of not getting a lesser video card. It's a strong gaming system. There is a $10 rebate I didn't include in the price total above. You could cut costs to get under budget by replacing the processor with a Pentium g860 ($45 savings), possibly including dropping to an H61 mobo, but that reduces flexibility a bit. A decent compromise for pure casual/computing & gaming, however.
Edited by MisterFred - 10/29/12 at 5:19pm
    
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Thanks for the build idea MisterFred. A core i3 build is something i have looked at myself and going 50 over won't kill me. I have being keeping my eye on the game benchmarks and the i3 definitely hold its own.

also, thanks for the build too Davay. I wish i did have more to spend, but this is really just a starting point for me as i literally have nothing to help me with it. I have to buy pretty much everything besides a monitor as well. going to be rocking a CRT for a while thumb.gif.

One advantage i do have is that i live near a fry's and pick up a case on the cheap with no shipping and handling. Should have included that in my original post. got lots to consider now smile.gif
    
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If you live near a microcentre you can find some really good deals there on i5/mobo combos as well - keep an eye out, may be worth it if you find a decent buy! thumb.gif
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If you live near a microcentre you can find some really good deals there on i5/mobo combos as well - keep an eye out, may be worth it if you find a decent buy! thumb.gif

It applies to i3 now.

So basically, you can get an i3 and a mobo for the price of an i3.
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Everything in the build I listed includes free shipping (us.ncix.com has free shipping on orders over 50) except the video card, where I added shipping costs into the price.
    
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Although you should judge based on the games you play and the multitasking expectations you set, which I don't know.... here is a potentially much more balanced setup can be had for just a little more:

 

AMD FX-6300 - $124.84 shipped ($114 + $10.84 shipped - use promo UPD8PC for discount) [Superbiiz]
Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 - $70 shipped [NCIX]

Total - $194.84

Premium - Just under $10

 

Performance - SEE LINK, SEE OTHER LINK


Since the Santa Clara Microcenter closed, he unfortunately does not live near one at the moment.


Edited by xd_1771 - 10/29/12 at 8:00pm
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I was in a similar predicament as you recently. I did a lot of research and the FX-6300 was the best CPU to fit in a 600 dollar budget. I ended up going FX-6300 and a EVGA 650ti as my setup. I prefer AMD GPU's but they had nothing for 149 bucks matching the performance, and 150 was my strict budget.

Here is a similar build for ya. Add a better AMD gpu down the road and use the 650ti for a physx card. Until then it will game great for the price.

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Thanks for the build list Dimaggio. that looks very solid as well. I just wish i had a way of getting an os for cheaper, but if wishes were fishes i would have a whole lot of them.

xd_1771. I play mostly league of legends and minecraft. I would like to play Starcraft 2, Deus Ex, etc. but my laptop obviously can't handle that. I also do eventually want to do streaming, but i know that would be a lot more hardware intensive and will probably be an upgrade down the line. This is really just a baseline rig for me to build off of. I mean, i am really only starting with a monitor and nothing else. I am definitely considering raising my budget if really needed. I posted this in the amd section due to amd currently having better prices. also am3+ upgrade path would be nice.
    
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