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May 4, 2013 6:39:45 AM

So I need a little bit of help on this. I'm fairly sure these parts are compatible, but I'd like a bit of feedback from people who have done it before. I'd also like to know what I could do better within my price range. Any feedback from you guys is really appreciated, thanks :) 
I'll most likely be upgrading the parts as I scrounge up a few more dollars.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/UTQj
May 4, 2013 6:57:25 AM

Don't get an A4, or any APU for that matter, unless you decide not to get a dedicated graphics card. You're better off spending a little more for a G2020 or similar from Intel or if you go AMD something like the Phenom II X4. It might be a tad more, but it's miles faster, and the motherboard will be cheaper as well to compensate (well perhaps not that much if you go H77, but the A4 is going to have such horrendous performance.

Get 2x2gb of RAM rather than 1x4gb, unless you're planning on getting another stick of 4gb in the near future. Having 2 sticks of RAM allows you to use dual-channel mode, which doubles the memory bandwidth.

$70 is a lot for a case on that sort of budget. I'm sure there are some quality $30-$40 offerings that would suit you much better. Check out the Fractal Design Core 1000.

Don't buy a CoolerMaster (CrapperMaster) power supply. They are notoriously bad unless you get a really high end one. Get a CX 500, again a tad more, but you pay for quality (i.e. not to have your computer melt), and should be saving enough when you swap out the case anyway.

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May 4, 2013 6:59:16 AM

dude your A4-3300 costs 40 bucks man yet your GPU costs 180$? your CPU will bottleneck the GPU big time.id rather suggest a radeon HD 7750 and a APU a10-5800K.
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May 4, 2013 7:00:48 AM

i wouldnt go with low performance cpu. for that build, i cant recommend it
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May 4, 2013 7:07:48 AM

@thasan1 Why do people recommend APUs AND dedicated graphics, it completely defeats the point/why you're paying extra from an APU over a CPU...

@OP The suggestions are right though, I think spending half as much on the CPU vs the GPU is fair enough, in this situation you're just spending way too little on the CPU.

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a c 327 4 Gaming
May 4, 2013 7:14:15 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.94 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($139.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $559.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-04 10:13 EDT-0400)

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May 4, 2013 7:19:53 AM

what about an operating system?
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May 4, 2013 7:23:23 AM

OP didn't have one in his first build, so I imagine it's taken care of.

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May 4, 2013 7:36:38 AM

marshallbradley said:
OP didn't have one in his first build, so I imagine it's taken care of.

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lots of people overlook that. lets wait and see.
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May 4, 2013 7:37:12 AM

AMD Radeon said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.94 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($139.50 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $559.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-04 10:13 EDT-0400)

here is better solution for you :) 

I definitely think I'll go with these parts instead. Probably a better keyboard though, thanks for the feedback! :D 
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May 4, 2013 7:39:13 AM

I'll probably go back to the fractal design core 1000. I was thinking about it when I first starting picking parts.
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May 4, 2013 7:43:09 AM

guess some people only see what they want...........

don't buy a dual core processor.

run memory in pairs.
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May 4, 2013 7:48:51 AM

Archanine said:
I'll probably go back to the fractal design core 1000. I was thinking about it when I first starting picking parts.


nice, core 1000 is one of my favorite cheap case, but i thought you want to keep your budget very tight. so i picked case as cheap as possible

^ seing your updated parts. did you already have mouse?

and for OS, i think you dont need win7Pro. most ppl use home premium :) 
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050
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May 4, 2013 7:57:04 AM

I already have a mouse, I'll probably buy a better one eventually. And I'll go with premium as well. Thanks for your help! :) 
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