Due to the nature of building a custom computer
you may find compatibility issues with the following
parts list. Today I’m here with the next in my series
of computer build videos, this time at the $600 price point.
For a very reasonable amount you will be able to build
yourself a gaming PC that can run most any game on the market
today at high or even maxed graphics settings. The starting
point is going to be an Intel Core i3-2100. As one of the new
Sandy Bridge CPUs this features a dual core design clocked
at 3.1GHz which combined with Hyper Threading and some Intel
magic makes for a CPU that will match if not exceed many older
generation quad core processors for $125. For a motherboard
we’re going to use the Biostar TH67+. Since the i3-2100
is incapable of overclocking anyway we can save some nice
cash by going with an H67 board. You still get a nice variety
of features including four slots of DDR3 RAM, a pair of
SATA 3 6GB/s ports along with four SATA 2 ports and two USB 3
all on a MicroATX board for $90. The graphics card for the build
is a XFX Radeon 5770. This is an outstanding last generation
GPU that features DirectX 11 support, an 850MHz core clock along
with 1 HDMI port, a DisplayPort and two DVI connectors. In addition
it comes with the fantastic XFX lifetime warranty and great
customer service. This will run you $105 after rebate. For the
memory we’ll use a pair of 2GB PNY RAM sticks for a total of
4GB. Each stick is clocked at 1333Mhz in dual channel for this
build. This is more than sufficient for most games out there and
leaves room for adding additional memory in the future if
you need it. Not bad for $37 after a mail in rebate. $600 isn’t
quite enough to afford a SSD in our build so we’re going to use
a Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM hard drive with 500GB of capacity.
This is a good compromise between speed and size and is a
great deal for $40 currently. A DVD burner is certainly optional
these days however it’s still a useful feature so we’ll use
a LITE-ON CD/DVD burner for $21. Although we could easily cheap out
and get a MicroATX case with an integrated power supply instead
we’re going to use a Antec Three Hundred ATX mid tower case and
Thermaltake TR2 500W power supply. By spending the extra money
we get a larger, higher quality case giving lots of room for future
upgrades in addition to plenty of overhead as far as power is concerned.
$85 for the pair after rebates isn’t half bad. Last
but not least we have a shiny new system builder copy of Windows 7
Home Premium 64-bit. If you already have a copy of Windows you
can easily skip out on this but otherwise this will run you a cool
$100. So how much did we end up burning through the debit card?
As of April 26th, 2011 the entire list will run you $592.87 after
all mail in rebates and combo offers on Newegg.com. Of course since
this is a custom build feel free to customize it to your own liking
but overall if you are interested in PC gaming this should get you
up and running with a nice rig without breaking the bank.

Build a Gaming PC for Under $600 (April 2011)
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100 thoughts on “Build a Gaming PC for Under $600 (April 2011)

  • May 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm
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    just ordered the stuff last night 😀 cant wait to build it

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  • May 20, 2012 at 6:56 am
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    1:01
    2 usb ports is only good for the keyboard and mouse…

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  • May 20, 2012 at 7:07 am
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    the hard drive is now like $95 🙁

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  • May 20, 2012 at 7:24 am
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    is the thermaltake tr2 modular?

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  • May 20, 2012 at 7:25 am
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    amd for quad core processors at around $100
    intel for best performance, if youre willing to pay for it.

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  • May 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm
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    just get an expander freind:) it gives u like 4 more slots

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  • May 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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    i have a way better budget than this……which includes the same processor but with GTX-550Ti….which is for between $450-$520…..

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  • May 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm
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    this computer is more upgradeable though. plus the 2100 beats every quad core amd processor you can think of.

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  • May 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm
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    500 gb for $40… those were the good days

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  • May 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm
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    for gaming anyway

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  • May 30, 2012 at 9:20 pm
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    CORE i3 why not use core i5

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  • June 2, 2012 at 3:42 am
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    don't you need a cpu cooler?

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  • June 4, 2012 at 8:37 am
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    Cause it cost a shit ton more unless you live by a microcenter.

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  • June 4, 2012 at 8:40 am
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    AMD has some nice quad cores, but if it's for gaming only, then an intel i3 with hyperthreading will beat all of AMD's quad cores at the same price. Hell, it'll beat AMD's best, the 8-core fx 8150, in gaming.

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  • June 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm
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    there only good for the medium and low range cpus.

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  • June 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm
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    im pretty much looking for a gaming pc under $700 that can run bf3 at almost high settings can anyone help me out?

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  • June 19, 2012 at 1:48 am
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    can i use a AMD Phenom II X4 955 instead???

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  • June 19, 2012 at 1:53 am
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    and will it work with thee motherbored?

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  • June 19, 2012 at 5:41 am
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    you mean STEAL

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  • June 20, 2012 at 12:40 am
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    I'll pirate software, but an operating system? What happens if the OS crashes because it is faulty after a year or so? You lose everything.

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  • June 20, 2012 at 1:25 am
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    Explain to me how you will do this if you can't boot your pc up at all?

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  • June 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm
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    i think you should,AMD is popular for quality for lower prices 🙂

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  • June 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm
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    Hey will this run bf3? Cuz i want a pc that can run bf3 but for under 700 to 750 dollars

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  • June 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm
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    Or at least diablo 3

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  • June 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm
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    yes you just need a differnt motherboard

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  • June 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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    make a backup early and if you have a key for windows 7 use it

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  • June 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm
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    can this pc run wow at max settins -cataclysm???????

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  • June 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm
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    i got a i7 quad coree nvidia geforce with beats audio what do i need more loll?

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  • June 28, 2012 at 9:45 am
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    Why would you? The Intel dual core performs better than that piece of shit.

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  • June 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm
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    ya but you will need a diffrent mother board

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  • June 30, 2012 at 4:07 am
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    yes you can and if you do so you will need a socket am3 or am3+ motherboard. i recommend the asus m5a97 for about $95.

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  • July 2, 2012 at 4:10 am
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    Thanks

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  • July 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm
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    glad to help:)

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  • July 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm
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    This just might be my first build, but can this run DayZ or Arma2 and Battlefield 3?

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  • July 5, 2012 at 2:40 am
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    make that 500dollars, pirated copy of windows 7 my friend ;D

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  • July 11, 2012 at 1:48 am
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    would i be able to play skyrim/fallout new vegas

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  • July 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm
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    nope it uses intell processors and with a socked of 1155

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  • July 17, 2012 at 2:09 am
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    all i play is minecraft and do some video editing and unloads to youtube, will this pc build be good for that??

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  • July 19, 2012 at 5:52 am
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    I have a 500$ build. I can run MC at a steady 70FPS on maximum settings. You'll be good.

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  • July 21, 2012 at 2:52 am
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    I need help. I need to know what i should look for in a pc for under $600 n where. Or should i buy one made from the comany?

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  • July 21, 2012 at 2:55 am
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    Also i want to pay left 4 dead n cod on ir

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  • July 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm
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    Can u play bf3 on low-medium on 50-60 fps? 🙂

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  • August 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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    Phenom II X4 965 BE = i3-2100 in gaming. But for more complicated programs I hear the Phenom II>i3 since it's quad core.

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  • August 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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    Yeah. You'll have 0 trouble running a game like minecraft with this set up. Minecraft isn't that demanding.

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  • August 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm
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    Pick a resolution! 😉 1080p? 1600×900? 1366×768? 720p?

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  • August 5, 2012 at 10:01 am
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    1366×768 🙂

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  • August 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm
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    Oh. You're looking for a laptop? You should have no problem. At that resolution you might even be able to go to high at around 40 fps.

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  • August 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm
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    no, i just dont know what resulotion! (but probably 1600×900) xD

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  • August 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm
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    But is it a laptop? I think the 6770 is used in laptops. Don't quote me on this. I buy laptops for work mostly. My Desktop is for games.

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  • August 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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    Get an X4 965 from Micro Center for $90 if you can. But you might have to be a little lucky.

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  • August 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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    This motherboard is great! Just saying. Getting a combo deal with a Phenom II X4 965.

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  • August 6, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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    hehe, no, its not a laptop 🙂

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  • August 7, 2012 at 12:56 am
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    OK. But to answer your original question 🙂 At 1600×900 you can play just fine on lower settings. Shouldn't be a problem.

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  • August 7, 2012 at 10:19 am
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    oh, nice, (i dont care about graphics that much)

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  • August 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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    OK. That's good. Low and high look very similar. Just AA and AF make a difference.

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  • August 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm
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    yeah, but u know, better with uglier graphics and better performance than high graphics and more lag 🙂

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  • August 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm
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    No better to find a good balance. 45fps is good. No need to play on low if you get 70fps. Raise it until you're dropping to a minimum of 30-35fps.

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  • August 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm
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    yeah, your right, thanks so much for your help btw 😀

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  • August 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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    will I be able to run minecraft and skyrim on it?

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  • August 15, 2012 at 4:34 am
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    can i run battlefiled 3 that is my purpose of this

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  • August 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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    I3-2100 will perform better in most games, check the benchmarks.

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  • August 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm
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    Check out my new channel HalfG22 for awesome commentarys game review gameplay and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • August 21, 2012 at 4:08 am
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    will this be able to run battlefield 3? plz respond i need to know thanx

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  • September 2, 2012 at 2:22 am
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    Why would you do that?

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  • September 2, 2012 at 2:22 am
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    Battlefield 3 is probably one of the most easiest games to run. Yes it can.

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  • September 4, 2012 at 1:22 am
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    Pc gaming not worth it

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  • September 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm
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    can it run arma 2 on high or max settings

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  • September 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm
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    @duncan33303 How old will this PC be until I'm gonna need an upgrade

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  • September 30, 2012 at 7:43 pm
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    You already need to upgrade, this video is over a year old.

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  • October 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm
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    I think Im gonna go for this with just some costume tweeks 😉

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  • October 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm
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    @edralyn1979 Depends on how you use it and what the conditions are where you put the computer

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  • October 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm
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    Can this run bf3 on high settings plz answers

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  • October 29, 2012 at 1:02 am
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    if im building a computer with 1tb storage 16gb ram the intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz cpu how much ssd memory do i need 128gb is to overkill?

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  • November 12, 2012 at 2:08 am
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    low setting of course medium ya high sorta ultra umm

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  • November 16, 2012 at 2:25 am
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    your old and new videos are sooooo amazing xD

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  • November 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm
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    Thank you for all this info. I am a newb when it comes to pcs and I know nothing about them. I want to learn as much as I can to get out of the old fashioned consoles. Unlike some console gamers I am starting to wake up. There is just so much to learn. BIOS, spu specs, gpu, instillation, windows,ect.

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  • November 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm
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    Could it run bf3

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  • December 15, 2012 at 1:42 am
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    bf3 ultra?

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  • December 29, 2012 at 3:32 am
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    Watch jack frags one so much better

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  • December 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm
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    @genharmdog they will work but you must buy parts that are compatible with each other

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  • January 7, 2013 at 10:24 am
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    Hey guys, I have lots of builds, gameplays and how-to's on my channel. Check it out pleeeeezzzz!!! Thanks

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  • January 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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    I think the gpu was originally designed for macs

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  • February 1, 2013 at 11:53 am
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    yes.

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  • February 2, 2013 at 11:11 pm
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    Guys keep in mind this is 2011

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  • February 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm
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    probably if you turn shadows off and graphics to low.

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  • March 29, 2013 at 1:42 am
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    You have the most annoying voice on youtube

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  • March 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm
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    Can it run BF3 and far cry 3 Sony Vegas pro 10 cinema 4D etc just want it for gaming and editing

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  • April 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm
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    No…

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  • April 30, 2013 at 7:39 am
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    Lol if it cant run battlefield 3 then its not really a gaming Pc thats final

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  • May 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm
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    Check the date.

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  • July 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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    Anyone notice he said HD 5770 but put a link to a HD 6770?

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  • July 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm
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    a lot of people like using there build to test Battlefield 3. is that game like the most powerful game needing the highest specs to run?

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  • July 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm
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    no crysis 3 is.

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  • October 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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    Austin sounds so different in this…

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  • November 3, 2013 at 9:50 pm
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    yes

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  • March 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm
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    sooo oldd

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  • October 16, 2017 at 1:02 am
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    Oh god why

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  • October 28, 2017 at 1:48 am
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    I will like a $1400 Gaming PC. Time Travelling PC.

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  • April 26, 2018 at 12:07 am
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    Aaaaaaah sandy bridge 2 cores!!

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