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April 8, 2013 4:55:49 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever preferably this month or next

Budget Range: <$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, editing, surfing.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ncix.com

Location: City, Ontario/Toronto, Canada

Parts Preferences: AMD for most bang for buck.

Overclocking: Maybe Possible later on

SLI or Crossfire: Nah

Your Monitor Resolution: 1366x768 and 1920x1080 (my tv)

Additional Comments: I can make other optimizations later on. I just need a rig.

I was thinking of going with this rig.

CPU: AMD FX 6300 Six-Core Processor

GPU: Radeon 7770

PSU: Corsair CX430 (Non-Modular)

MOBO: ASUS M5A78L-M LX Plus mATX AM3+

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 4gb 4gbx1 1600MHz

CASE: Core 1000

I heard that I can get 45-60 Ultra on skyrim and 80 FPS with O.C's on BF3. If you have any ideal upgrades then let me know. :p 

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April 8, 2013 5:03:18 PM

What are the games you wish to play? If you are playing Battlefield, I would opt for an nvidia card like a gtx 560 ti if you can stretch your budget by 50 more dollars. You'll definitely be able to run BF3 on Ultra with that, at 1080p to say the least. Since you are video editing, I think your CPU is fine, it's on-par with the i3's gaming-wise.
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April 8, 2013 5:16:17 PM

If you can fit a Fx-6300 and 7770 into the budget, that would be pretty good. Here is a build i made up for that budget.

These parts are from Newegg/Ncix

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($81.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.98 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($154.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Apex Vortex 3620 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $507.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 20:12 EDT-0400)

If you wanted to expand to other sites.
You can get that in a little over the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($50.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($148.23 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Apex Vortex 3620 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.27 @ DirectCanada)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $524.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-08 20:15 EDT-0400)
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April 8, 2013 6:13:50 PM

Tenaciousk, the 7790 in the first build is ~$5 more than in the second build, the hard drive in the first build is $10 more than in the second, and the case in the first is $0.72 more expensive. I'm not sure what happened there. :p 

OP, you should know in your budget, aggressive overclocking isn't really an option, but a bit of tuning certainly is possible. Other than some odd prices, I like the builds presented by Tenaciousk, and would probably go for the first one. Your other option is adding a bit more budget to get a 4300/6300 CPU using the first Mobo.

^That's all my opinion that you can safely ignore, if you choose. :) 
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April 8, 2013 6:53:50 PM

Robert Pankiw said:
Tenaciousk, the 7790 in the first build is ~$5 more than in the second build, the hard drive in the first build is $10 more than in the second, and the case in the first is $0.72 more expensive. I'm not sure what happened there. :p 

OP, you should know in your budget, aggressive overclocking isn't really an option, but a bit of tuning certainly is possible. Other than some odd prices, I like the builds presented by Tenaciousk, and would probably go for the first one. Your other option is adding a bit more budget to get a 4300/6300 CPU using the first Mobo.

^That's all my opinion that you can safely ignore, if you choose. :) 


Its because the parts i picked in the first build were from specific retailers. He said his perferred website was ncix. The first build came specifically from NCIX and Newegg Canada. The second build is from all merchants. So prices vary.
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