Building a Gaming PC for the First time

Proccesor CPU for a $600 Budget?

  • Intel i5-3570 3.4GHz

    Votes: 3 100.0%
  • Intel i3-3240 3.4Ghz

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters


Nov 16, 2013
I'm looking for advice in building my first gaming pc. The parts im planning on putting in my compter are....
Intel i3-3240 3.4Ghz CPU LGA 1155
EVGA GeForce GTX 660
Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
CX 600W Power Supply
MSI LGA1155/Intel B75/DDR3/SATA3 and USB 3.0/A and GbE/MicroATX Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM
Windows 7 Home Premium

I'm on a $600ish budget and want to know if I should put an intel i5 3.4Ghz and under or keep my i3-3240 in it. I'm going to be playing a lot of DirectX 11 Games like Battlefield 3 and 4 mainly. I want to be able to have maxed settings on bf3 and high on bf4 in 1080p on both. Would my pc be better with a intel i5 quad core 3.4Ghz or intel i3 3.4Ghz? Also I will be upgrading the next year to a i7-3770k and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or 680.

Ant tips would really help. Thx.


Personally I'd go with a haswell not an ivy bridge if you're set on intel. You'll have a nice upgrade path for at least one more generation. If you're playing games like BF go for a quad core offering, you'll be disappointed with the performance of the i3 compared to what you could've gotten from an i5. Unless you're going haswell. I'd go with a haswell i3 4340. Then upgrade to an i7 4770k in future if you so desire.


Oct 31, 2012

try this..
ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ ATX Motherboard $104
AMD A6- 5400k APU $65
Radeon R7 260x $150
G.Skill RipjawsX 8GB DDR3 2133 $90
Corsair CX500M PSU $55
Lite-On DVD-ROM $22
Corsair Refurbished H60 CPU liquid cooler $35
NZXT Source 210 Case $40
Windows 8.1 $99
WD Blue 1TB HDD $67
4 pack of Cooler Master Case Fans $14
NZXT 5-channel fan controller $21
NZXT single-channel fan controller $7
-------- $769

That's a "complete" system which means all the bugs worked out and ready to go because i just built one very similar and i challenge you to build a better 'complete' system for the money but there is method to my madness, the motherboard puts you in line for the Kaveri A10-7000 series APU when it comes out later this year, simply remove the A6-5400k Trinity and replace with the A10-7000 series Kaveri and your computer will take off like a rocket, do your homework and read about AMD's Kaveri APU and the future of gaming..