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July 5, 2013 9:47:16 PM

This is my first build and I wan to ask experts on this budget build. Well this build be good to play games like minecraft, Cod, bf, tf2, some steam games, and blacklight retribution, etc on medium or high at 50+ fps on 1280 x 720 or 1336 x 768 resolution? http://b4bgamingrigs.com/builds/600
a c 277 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 9:50:42 PM

So I can't load the webpage.
Can you just post the specs?
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July 5, 2013 10:07:59 PM

Intel Core i3-3220 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 Ghz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155

Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards

Samsung Electronics Extreme Low Voltage 30nm UDIMM 8 Dual Channel Kit DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) 240-Pin DDR3

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive

MSI R7850 Twin Frozr OC AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/2xMiniDisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card

Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified Power Supply

Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Mid-Tower Computer Case
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a c 277 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 10:19:28 PM

What's your budget? How much does that build cost? Do you plan to overclock (assuming we can fit it in)?

@avilash98:
No...First off, the RAM and psu price isn't even listed. So its $880 without those and I doubt OP has that budget judging from the specs (unless hes getting really ripped off). The RAM is overkill, yet it isn't enough. You would want 2x4gb of ram and you don't need 2133mhz speed. 1600mhz is enough.
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July 5, 2013 10:24:26 PM

It's a 650 dollar budget. Should I save up a little more and get an i5? Is there a better gpu around the price area? The current gpu is 206 USD.
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July 5, 2013 10:39:04 PM

I'm just going to SPAM this everywhere.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJ3b
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJ3b/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dJ3b/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($60.55 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Xion XON-160P ATX Mid Tower Case w/500W Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $617.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 01:37 EDT-0400)
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a c 277 4 Gaming
July 5, 2013 10:46:17 PM

^Please don't. It's not even a good build....../

@Avilash: RAM speed only shows a significance improvement if you're using an APU. In other processors (intel core processor, FX, Phenom, etc.) you won't notice much of a difference.

@OP: Do you need an OS? You didn't list one so I'm not sure if you do.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.13 @ TigerDirect)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $625.05
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 01:45 EDT-0400)

If you need an os, tell me and I can change it around,.
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July 5, 2013 10:50:55 PM

Nope, I don't need an os. Also, @chaos, what would be the average fps I get on some of the games I listed? On med-high with AA antialiasing off?
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July 5, 2013 10:56:55 PM

Both the i3's and FX suffer bad frame loss. I would shell out some extra $$ on decent CPU. *And yes I know it is a crappy build.
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July 5, 2013 11:19:41 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dK3M
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dK3M/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dK3M/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $799.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:19 EDT-0400)
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July 5, 2013 11:31:36 PM

avilash98 said:
Infinitus Aeternum said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dK3M
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dK3M/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dK3M/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $799.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:19 EDT-0400)


better dan before...but 770 might be added.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dKe7
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dKe7/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dKe7/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($399.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($71.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $929.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:31 EDT-0400)
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July 5, 2013 11:42:02 PM

avilash98 said:
^^^^
cool build


But the price is a big jump. I would settle for a $800 with a 660ti over $1k with a 770. Specs are too close IMO for the price jump.
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July 5, 2013 11:55:53 PM

Will the ram stick color make you feel ill? This system is within your budget.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $589.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:32 EDT-0400)
or maybe this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dKjE
7870XT to EVGA 760
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a c 277 4 Gaming
July 6, 2013 12:08:53 AM

Wow....way to bump up the budget from $650 to $800-1000....Except the OP still has a $650 budget.
You guys are going way too much off topic.

The FX doesn't suffer from "bad" frame lost. Sure, it won't get as much fps as the i5, but for the price you can't really compare. It's still a good processor for the budget. If you try to fit an i5 at the 650 price point, you'll be left with extremely weak or no discrete gpu at all.

Planar has a nice set-up, but why is everyone recommending that thermaltake case? I would rather spend an extra $10 on the case and grab the Corsair 300R.
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July 6, 2013 12:35:17 AM

Is this an okay build? It goes over the budget by a little, if you don't count the discount.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dKTR

Also, what would be the average frame rate for this build? (Resolution is stated at the top of the page.)
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July 6, 2013 12:52:44 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dL58
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dL58/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dL58/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($66.21 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($58.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($146.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Athena Power CA-GSB01DA (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.49 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $572.09
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 03:52 EDT-0400)
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a c 277 4 Gaming
July 6, 2013 1:10:51 AM

@Infinitus: Please stop messing around. You even admitted before that the build you posted was bad, yet you still continue to do it for fun...It's not helpful to the OP and it's getting really annoying.

@OP: The 7850 should do very good in those resolution. I would advise to change the psu, as the CM Extreme aren't very high quality. Consider the XFX 550w: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...
Also, the RAM that Planar posted earlier is cheaper and would provide the same performance.
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July 6, 2013 1:20:32 AM

realchaos said:
@Infinitus: Please stop messing around. You even admitted before that the build you posted was bad, yet you still continue to do it for fun...It's not helpful to the OP and it's getting really annoying.

@OP: The 7850 should do very good in those resolution. I would advise to change the psu, as the CM Extreme aren't very high quality. Consider the XFX 550w: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...
Also, the RAM that Planar posted earlier is cheaper and would provide the same performance.


Only messed around on the earlier post. read through 200+ posts in the forums for low budget gaming pc's and this chipset appears everytime. and it get's better scores than your amd 7850. http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/966/AMD_Athlon_X2_7850...
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July 6, 2013 1:21:55 AM

So should I keep the build and change the psu and ram?
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July 6, 2013 1:46:40 AM

I mean, keep the build I made ( 2nd one ) and change the psu and ram?
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July 6, 2013 1:50:10 AM

realchaos build is one words, awesome, consider his build you probably no regret of it, good look case, colour match, good performance for your budget; about my build, is all about performance for price.
If you feel ill with ram stick color then, realchaos's build is the choice.
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July 6, 2013 2:19:11 AM

Nah, the ram color doesn't 'Ill' me. So, I should go with chaos's build and yours?
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July 6, 2013 2:28:22 AM

They are pretty much the same. gpu, cpu and mobo are the same. So pick which price point you like better? Or which ram you like more?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2013 2:48:47 AM

Don't go cheap on the PSU. Also did you want to overclock in the future? I'd go with a cheaper chard like the 660 or the 760. Save money now and it'll last you for a good year or two plus with playing games on "mediumish". I would prefer an i5 k series if you planed on overclocking in the future

With RAM 1600 is fast enough anymore and its not really necessary.

If I were you I'd save up a little bit more for the better CPU. It'll be worth it in the end.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2013 3:45:26 AM

I wouldn't get a 1x4 RAM not worth it. Go for 1 stick of 4gb. Also get at least a bronze level PSU (Corsair CX600 is around the same price). As for the case try the Cooler Master HAF 912, same price a bit better. As for the CPU I'd spend a bit more and go for the i5-3570k.

Just my two cents though.
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July 6, 2013 3:50:44 AM

Corsair, XFX and Seasonic are the PSU you should go, nearly no problem. You can get Corsair 300R(removeable drive-bay) or Thermaltake Commander at that price. Antec one hundred not that good, non-removeable storage cage.
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July 6, 2013 4:05:49 AM

Here is an edit again. Also do the combo deals last as long as the parts are in stock? Or is there a date? If there's any changes to the build go ahead and tell me
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dMpa
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a b 4 Gaming
July 6, 2013 4:15:25 AM

Much better of a build but if you use a different case ( see my suggestions) you can optimize airflow a bit better. 1x200mm fan on top or two 120mm fans etc. Other than that looks good. The video card you picked is on par with the 660 and if you choose to overclock it later on it'll be even better.
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a c 277 4 Gaming
July 6, 2013 2:40:10 PM

@Infinitus: Honestly, can you read? When I said 7850, I meant the Radoen HD 7850 GRAPHICS CARD. Not Athlon x2 7850.....
@OP: If you're not going to overclock, you don't need the "k" processor.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($72.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $650.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 17:38 EDT-0400)

-i5-3470 will give the same performance but cheaper than the 3570k.
-Added another stick for 8gb total.
-The WD Blue is the same price as the Seagate but an extra $5 off on combo deal.
-Much better cooling on the gpu. XFX is known for their bad cooling on the gpu.
-Better case. The 300r is only $50 after rebates, no case can compare with it in that price range.
-Better quality psu.
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