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He guys, I'm wanting to get into PC gaming, and I need help with a build. I want to be able to play pretty much any game on high if possible for my budget, which will be 650-750. I wouldn't mind staying on the lower end of those number but if I can that's fine. I have found a case that I would like because I am going off to college, it is the bitfenix prodigy. Also I looked at some GPUs and were wondering which would be better for BF3 or games along those graphics: www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125451 www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item...PID=3938566&SID=
I would love to some of the builds you guys come up with and also which GPU is better between the two above. Thanks for any help .
 

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Well I am not a GPU guru so I will leave that alone for somebody else.. As far as Mobo and processors I have owned a slew of those. I would recommend going to Micro center if one is close to you. Pick up a Intel i5 3570k and a z77 motherboard as far as brand I have had great luck with Gigabyte . But Asus has also been great so has ASROCK. we really need more info from you. Are you planning on overclocking? Another option is Newegg and get a A10 processor and a appropriate motherboard. I would stick to Gigabyte or Asus there. Sorry I can not recommend specifics but really need more info. List your components that you already have figured. Also what all is this going to be used for just gaming any video rendering watching any 3d? Do you want to water cool later? is this going to be your main rig and do you want to add on later? Is battlefield all you want to play? Just post back here with more info and you will get great help I am sure. It is hard for me to really give advice I am bias to INTEL and Gigabyte. But for a budget build that AMD a10 is a nice processor. I am sure you can build a great system for 700.00 all depends on what how fast you want to go.
 

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I came up with this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FC9k

$70 above you budget. To tell you the truth I think that you should go with AMD at this price point, unless you can find I microcenter near you, their prices are quiet a bit lower.
Unfortunately there are not many(if any) Mini itx AM3 compatible cases, so you might have to get a different case.

BTW second link in your post is broken so I can't see the second GPU you posted.
 

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I came up with this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FC9k

$70 above you budget. To tell you the truth I think that you should go with AMD at this price point, unless you can find I microcenter near you, their prices are quiet a bit lower.
Unfortunately there are not many(if any) Mini itx AM3 compatible cases, so you might have to get a different case.

BTW second link in your post is broken so I can't see the second GPU you posted.
Why'd you tell him a h77 mobo when he's getting an unlocked processor? I thought you need a z77 for k series cpus.

OP: your second link is broken, and I agree with the above, on this budget you'd get more for your money with amd. You definitely want to throw some cash at that gpu, especially since the one you have shown is a bit weak especially if you want to be playing bf3 on higher settings because it only has 1 gb vram and I've seen lots of people report over 1.5gb easily.

To be honest I think you'll want to consider expanding your budget, I looked at fishymamba's build and that looks like the cheapest Intel will get on an unlocked processor (except the mobo will be more if you need z77, I still think the gpu isn't enough, and the psu looks sketchy - that's not something to skimp on but if that psu works then why spend more).

Here's what I would try for: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FDuA
It's about 200 more than your budget, but it has considerably more potential/performance. I have a prodigy myself (but am selling it for that new caselabs case) and I have to say it's tricky. YOU MUST WATCH OUT FOR THE CPU COOLER, I have that mobo there and it will fir the stock coole just fine, but I you are going to oc you need a better cooler and not many air coolers will fit on that mobo because the cpu and gou are too close. Other mobos cost more but allow for larger coolers. I also chose a 7950 as it is cheaper and grants good performance, but I don't know a specific model, I just picked one at random as a place holder. you could try a 7870 ghz edition possibly or a 660 ti, but I'll let someone else help you there. I also gave you a laptop drive as it is easier to stuff in the prodigy, as you'll most likely want to ditch the drive cages, but if you don't then nevermind that suggestion.

Here's a cheaper option: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FDxm
this one is now locked, so no overclocking, but this means you don't need a cpu cooler, stock will be fine, it means cheaper cpu, mobo, and I also threw in a 7870 xt model. I've never worked with locked components or these gpus, so take these suggestions as ideas.

I would give you an amd option, but I've never used amd, so I don't know much about them. I would bring this to the bitfenix prodigy owner's club thread and ask them, I've talked with many of them and some have amd builds. but I you want to stay intel and you want to overclock, you need to expand your budget IMHO.

EDIT: also give us all the info you can, do you want to overclock, do you expect high settings or can you settle for less, do you want intel only or amd, do you plan on upgrading in the near future, can you wait a little longer and make some more money for the build, are you okay buying from other retailers, is this for bf3 only or what are some other games you'd like, what programs will you be using especially if you'll be in college. don't have to answer all of those, but more detail will get you better help.
 

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^ Samsung Memory is OOS everywhere atm.

Anyways, a good build for tight budget would be this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $655.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 08:36 EST-0500)
 

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^ Samsung Memory is OOS everywhere atm.

Anyways, a good build for tight budget would be this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $655.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 08:36 EST-0500)
Micro-center Cincinnati Sharonville had some 2 days ago I picked up 6 more sticks of that goodness.
 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by adridu59 View Post

^ Samsung Memory is OOS everywhere atm.

Anyways, a good build for tight budget would be this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.49 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $655.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-24 08:36 EST-0500)
This is a pretty solid budget build, don't think you will be able to do much better than this.
 
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