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I have a friend who was looking to get into pc gaming but his budget would be 600$. I'm not sure what you can get with that amount of money. I'm looking for help in seeing what kind of performance he can get with a budget like that and if it is even feasible . Thanks for any help. He didn't specify any games or resolution in particular though.
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Yes, it certainly is. As you've posted this in the Intel thread, I'll assume that he wants an Intel CPU, so here goes...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116777

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Total - $595.91 before shipping. This is assuming he doesn't already have a copy of Windows, of course. This was just a quickly thrown together mock-up, and I'm sure I could come up with something slightly better for around the same price if I took the time. Keep in mind, looking at an AMD build wouldn't be a bad idea - he could go quad and still stay under $600. I couldn't fit in anything better than an Ivy Bridge Pentium at this price-point and still maintain an upgradeability margin that I'd be comfortable with. However, with the above motherboard, he could later pop in an i5-3570k and a SATA6Gb/s SSD, and have himself a decent mid-level rig.
 
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Looks good, thanks for the feedback man. Any idea on what kind of performance he could get out of this system? Like fps gaming wise?

EDIT: By the way He's open to any AMD options also, the only thing is I'm not very familiar with AMD at all lol.
Thanks again for the advice/suggestions.
Edited by Unethical - 3/19/13 at 5:07pm
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That would really depend on his resolution and the games he plays. At 1920x1080, with medium settings, he should be able to stay above 30fps in most games, and push 60 in quite a few. But if AMD is an option, for instant gratification, I'd recommend it over Intel when on a tight budget. Games are starting to take advantage of more cores (DICE's Frostbite engine, for example), and once developers start coding for the next-gen consoles, truly multi-threaded games will probably become the norm. Last time I checked, you could still get a Phenom II X4 965 on Newegg for $100. Put that with a $50 AM3 board, keep the rest of the above configuration, and he's in business with a fairly competent gaming rig.
 
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post #5 of 11
It all depends if you live near a Micro Center or are you willing to do research and find where is the cheapest to buy components to fit your 600$ build.

If you want a gaming rig for a 600$ then AMD is really only option and they have some advantage over Intel in some parts depending how you compare it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O7YORK/?tag=pcpapi-20 - AMD Piledriver "Vishera"(Bulldozer 2.0) FX 6300 (3 modules/6 core's) 130$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= - High Quality/Reliable AM3+ motherboard 105$

If anyone else knows if there is a cheaper AM3+ that is also reliable can please suggest it, if you go with this CPU and motherboard you will have 415$ for the rest and FX 6300 is on rebate so its a great deal for 130$... Beats an i3 for the price and performance.
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I do it all the time. HD 7850 2GB, i5 2500K overclocked to 4.8GHz, easily a $400 - $600 build, depending on how nice of a case you want, and type of SSD/HDD.
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i managed mine on around that price minus the case, and a second hand i5 tongue.gif plays games well thumb.gif
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You can use pcpartpicker.com to save some cash. Heres a build i did for a friend http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/
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FX6350 with a 970a-ud3 ... How does that sound to you? And a Powercolor 7850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131473
Oh Rosewill Capstone 450W for PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182066
G.Skill 1866 for the RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231550
Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
Or something with USB3?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815014
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

A 7850 will push 60fps in all games (I think) in BF3 i can set it to ultra and get about 60fps or nearly ... if you can't then OC it. My settings were stock back then
And i'm pretty sure a FX6350 (Same price! as 6300) is definitely faster than a nehalem @ 2.4GHz ... And BF3 doesn't ping my CPU above 40%

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/WIIp
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You can build a rig for that, but is how good is it going to be in the real world?
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