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Need help with building first gaming PC with a budget of 600-700

I am trying to build a gaming PC that I can run with good settings. I want to play games like elder scrolls online, dc universe and champions online even titanfall with smooth gameplay! I tried to build a good gaming PC that I don't have to overclock because I am not too sure of the process! Here is the part list I found on another site! I have no idea if they are compatible!
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)

MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards H97 GAMING 3

Samsung SATA 1.5 Gb-s Optical Drive, Black SH-224DB/BEBE

Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply

Rosewill Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case CHALLENGER

Seagate Barracuda 500 GB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 16MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 at 1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory Modules BLS2C4G3D169DS3

EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR

AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition
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  1. what's your budget?
  2. bsod1 said:
    what's your budget?



    600- about 750 i may even go to 800
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.20 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($324.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $795.10
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-04 12:44 EST-0500
  4. bsod1 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($56.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($70.20 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card ($324.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $795.10
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-04 12:44 EST-0500


    Thank you so much!!!
  5. do select a best answer if i helped :)
  6. Curtis Bankston said:
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)

    MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards H97 GAMING 3

    Samsung SATA 1.5 Gb-s Optical Drive, Black SH-224DB/BEBE

    Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply

    Rosewill Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case CHALLENGER

    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 16MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

    Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 at 1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory Modules BLS2C4G3D169DS3

    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR

    AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition


    There are problems with that build for sure. First, the CPU and motherboard use different sockets, so they are completely incompatible. The processor wouldn't even fit in. Also, I think you can do slightly better for a video card.

    I would probably go with something like this if trying to stick to the $600 range:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.49 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.40 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $666.80
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-04 13:17 EST-0500


    If that really stretches your budget, you could save about $10 on the hard drive, or $20-$30 by downgrading the CPU to an FX6300. You may be able to find a reliable power supply more in the $40 range, but BE CAREFUL. All of those three components are on there because they're among the best at their price point.

    If you can afford closer to $800, an i5 build like the one above is the better choice.
  7. capt_taco said:
    Curtis Bankston said:
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit, System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack (New Packaging)

    MSI ATX DDR3 2600 LGA 1150 Motherboards H97 GAMING 3

    Samsung SATA 1.5 Gb-s Optical Drive, Black SH-224DB/BEBE

    Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply

    Rosewill Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case CHALLENGER

    Seagate Barracuda 500 GB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 16MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST500DM002

    Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 at 1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory Modules BLS2C4G3D169DS3

    EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR

    AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor Black Edition


    There are problems with that build for sure. First, the CPU and motherboard use different sockets, so they are completely incompatible. The processor wouldn't even fit in. Also, I think you can do slightly better for a video card.

    I would probably go with something like this if trying to stick to the $600 range:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.49 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.40 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX TS 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $666.80
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-11-04 13:17 EST-0500


    If that really stretches your budget, you could save about $10 on the hard drive, or $20-$30 by downgrading the CPU to an FX6300. You may be able to find a reliable power supply more in the $40 range, but BE CAREFUL. All of those three components are on there because they're among the best at their price point.

    If you can afford closer to $800, an i5 build like the one above is the better choice.


    Thank you for the respond I could go up to 750 or 800 with my budget!
    So are you saying to keep the specs you put, but to replace with i5 processor if I can afford it?
  8. Curtis Bankston said:
    Thank you for the respond I could go up to 750 or 800 with my budget!


    In that case, I'd say go with the i5 build above. Although it leaves out an operating system; that would push you closer to $900.

    If that's really too much, you could go with an r9 280X instead of the GTX 970 for your video card ... I'd say the 970 is the best value in the high-end space, but 280X is only one tier down and about $100 less:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    If you're really trying to save cash, the HD 7970 is the exact same card (literally) as the 280X and can usually be found used for <$150 if you look. I picked one up for $100 with some patience. All depends on how willing you are to spend or save. The 970 is the better card.
  9. capt_taco said:
    Curtis Bankston said:
    Thank you for the respond I could go up to 750 or 800 with my budget!


    In that case, I'd say go with the i5 build above. Although it leaves out an operating system; that would push you closer to $900.

    If that's really too much, you could go with an r9 280X instead of the GTX 970 for your video card ... I'd say the 970 is the best value in the high-end space, but 280X is only one tier down and about $100 less:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    If you're really trying to save cash, the HD 7970 is the exact same card (literally) as the 280X and can usually be found used for <$150 if you look. I picked one up for $100 with some patience. All depends on how willing you are to spend or save. The 970 is the better card.


    Is there a way to take the windows 8 that I already have and put it on an external hard drive?
  10. You can't really "transport" an already-installed copy of Windows from one machine to another; you want to install it fresh. While it's possible to just move the hard drive with the existing copy of Windows to the new computer, there are several reasons why that is also unlikely to turn out well.

    Do you have a disc copy of Windows 8, or at least a license key? Or did it just come pre-installed on a system with none of that.
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