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Hey guys, I know you get asked these kinds of things a lot, but I didn't see one for my situation.
I am on a budget. About $500 total, and Windows 7 is $100, so I have about $400 on hardware, but I can budge a little bit on that. All prices are US.
I found that I have three main options, and I wanted to know which you think would be best.
On this build I will be doing more intense gaming, as well as audio, photo, and video editing.

Option One: Use an AMD 5800K ($130) or 6800K APU ($150) with decent Radeon Graphics built onto the chip and both using socket FM2 until I have enough for a decent GPU such as a GTX 650 TI.

Option Two: Get a budget Intel CPU such as a Pentium G850 ($80) with Socket LGA 1155 for upgradability to an i5 and get something like a Radeon 7770 ($100).

Option Three: Use an AMD CPU such as an FX 4100 ($100) or a Phenom 2 X4 965 ($100) both using socket AM3+ and a GPU such as a Radeon 7770 ($100). This will allow me to upgrade to an FX 8350, which, correct me if I'm wrong, is the best AM3+ CPU.

Option 2 and 3 allow for more upgradability, but option 1 will be cheaper right off the bat, and may out perform an FX 4100. If you give an answer, please explain why, not just "Intel rocks! AMD sucks!" I am open to anything, although I would prefer not to stray too far.
I also plan on using a 430 Watt Corsair CX430 with 80+ bronze. If this will not suffice, please let me know.

Thanks a lot!
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    Option 2. It allows for the best upgrade path and MUCH better graphics performance.
    If you buy the APU, you are stuck with its poor CPU performance no matter what.

    That PSU is enough.
  2. Novuake said:
    Option 2. It allows for the best upgrade path and MUCH better graphics performance.
    If you buy the APU, you are stuck with its poor CPU performance no matter what.

    That PSU is enough.


    Thanks. What exactly should I use then? I need a motherboard, CPU, and GPU.
    I was thinking an MSI LGA 1155 B75MA-P45, a Pentium G850, and a Sapphire Radeon 7770 GHz Edition. Sound Good?
    Also, how much RAM should I get? 4 or 8 GB? Is 1600 MHz worth it or should I just get 1333 MHz?
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116405
    That one is actually cheaper at the moment than a G850 and faster.

    The board is just fine, it can support any Ivy or Sandy CPU.
    Here are 2 a nice and cheap but reliable HD7770 :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402
  4. Novuake said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116405
    That one is actually cheaper at the moment than a G850 and faster.

    The board is just fine, it can support any Ivy or Sandy CPU.
    Here are 2 a nice and cheap but reliable HD7770 :
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127687
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161402


    Thanks man! What about the RAM? I think I will go with the MSI version, as I have seen great benchmarks.
  5. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145328
    One or 2 of those will do well.

    EDIT : Oops scrap that, NOT 1.65v RAM.

    Here : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145339

    2 sticks allow dual channel anyway. Which is better. LOL
  6. Novuake said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145328
    One or 2 of those will do well.

    EDIT : Oops scrap that, NOT 1.65v RAM.

    Here : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145339

    2 sticks allow dual channel anyway. Which is better. LOL


    If you don't mind me asking, what is the difference in 1.5 and 1.65 volt RAM? The motherboard doesn't support 1600 MHz RAM with a Sandy Bridge, but does on an Ivy Bridge. Will it lower to run a 1333 automatically?
  7. 1.5v is suggested for 1155/1150. It will still gain some performance from the 1600 and the price is small enough difference that it is worth it.
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