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March 24, 2013 6:17:54 PM

hey I am completely new to building a computer, I want a computer that can play newer games on low/mid settings and is ~$500. I've done some research and tried to put together a build, please tell me what you think:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/PickingPCParts/saved/1nvR

Am I missing anything? (I've got my own keyboard/mouse/monitor).
Any recommendations at all are appreciated!

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March 24, 2013 6:30:32 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($173.19 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $502.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 21:25 EDT-0400)

this would be my recommendation. the 6100 bulldozer architecture was a fail. and the phenom has 4 true cores, and overclocks like a champ.

7850 is a much better graphics card.

Higher clocked RAM

bigger HD with 64mb cache instead of 16

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March 24, 2013 6:31:59 PM

Mister Dank said:
hey I am completely new to building a computer, I want a computer that can play newer games on low/mid settings and is ~$500. I've done some research and tried to put together a build, please tell me what you think:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/PickingPCParts/saved/1nvR

Am I missing anything? (I've got my own keyboard/mouse/monitor).
Any recommendations at all are appreciated!


I would up that 6100 to a 6300, as the 6300 is much faster in games, and will allow you to up the quality a bit.
As for everything else, everything is good, Also, if you can afford a 80, 90 or 120 GB Solid State Drive, get one, it speeds up the entire system, and is faster then a traditional hard drive.

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March 24, 2013 7:16:42 PM

Can anybody improve on tenaciousk's suggestions in any way? I need ~500gb for the hard drive, so I am sure I cannot afford a solid state drive. Will the 430W power supply be enough for the setup you recommend tenaciousk? I ask because the gpu has a listed power supply requirement of 500W.

Is there anything that can be toned down and not impact performance? Which part of the build would likely be the performance-limiting factor?

worth mentioning again: I cannot exceed ~$500

also another question: If I order everything on that list, and I provide the OS, mouse, keyboard, monitor, and the power cords for tower and monitor, is there anything else I need to actually get the computer running? any internal wires I have to order separately or anything like that? I've read several beginner's guides but direct confirmation is always helpful.
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March 24, 2013 7:22:05 PM

Mister Dank said:
Can anybody improve on tenaciousk's suggestions in any way? I need ~500gb for the hard drive, so I am sure I cannot afford a solid state drive. Will the 430W power supply be enough for the setup you recommend tenaciousk? I ask because the gpu has a listed power supply requirement of 500W.

Is there anything that can be toned down and not impact performance? Which part of the build would likely be the performance-limiting factor?

worth mentioning again: I cannot exceed ~$500

also another question: If I order everything on that list, and I provide the OS, mouse, keyboard, monitor, and the power cords for tower and monitor, is there anything else I need to actually get the computer running? any internal wires I have to order separately or anything like that? I've read several beginner's guides but direct confirmation is always helpful.


Hi, yes the 7850 does say minimum of 500 but that has to cover some of the cheap power supplies. The cx420 supports 32 amps on the 12volt rail, which is plenty. and has a 80% efficiency rating. as long as you are not going to crossfire any time soon. it is a good way to go with the 7850.

also if you had to sacrifice something in the build. i would say get a cheaper case.

and just so you know the 1tb hard drive like the one i have chosen is 1000 gb
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March 24, 2013 7:26:26 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $458.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 22:25 EDT-0400)
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March 24, 2013 7:29:31 PM

bodeen2012 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $458.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 22:25 EDT-0400)



so what you have done here is sacrificed gaming performance to add a unnecessarily higher wattage psu? i dont understand....
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March 24, 2013 8:48:36 PM

tenaciousk said:
bodeen2012 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M0nX/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($45.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($109.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $458.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 22:25 EDT-0400)



so what you have done here is sacrificed gaming performance to add a unnecessarily higher wattage psu? i dont understand....

the op stated he only has 500 to spend. this stays under that even without rebates . this build comes out to 486 dollars without rebates . yours is 540 dollars . just trying to help the op stay within his budget if he went with the 430w it would be cheaper . here is another possibility
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M1Fu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M1Fu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/M1Fu/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($173.19 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $476.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-24 23:47 EDT-0400)
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March 24, 2013 11:08:17 PM

I have a small monitor and will generally be playing games at lower resolutions. I have been reading that if this is the case, I probably don't need a 7850, especially if I am not concerned with running games on the highest settings. I am leaning towards tenaciousk's build, except with the 7770 replacing the 7850 to save me a chunk of cash. While $500 is my limit, less is certainly better:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/PickingPCParts/saved/1nvR

CPU AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core $84.99
Motherboard MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ $54.98
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $47.98
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM $64.99
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB $104.99
Case Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower $39.99
Power Supply Corsair 430W ATX12V $19.99
Optical Drive (found one in my closet)

Totaling ~$480 w/ delivery and before rebates, and ~$50 in mail-in rebates

I realize some of these rebates and such expire soon, and I might not be able to order in time, so I am just going from the before-rebate prices.

Anyone have any more input or suggestions? Better deals or parts for the same price/cheaper? Any more room for improvement without increasing the amount spent? Thanks to everyone for their suggestions so far, I believe I am looking at a better build for less cash compared to what I was considering before this thread.
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