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July 20, 2013 4:29:52 PM

So starting last weekend I put together the pieces for my first build ever. I'm ordering the pieces separately as I get paid because I can't afford it all at once. So far I've ordered the psu, the gpu, and the monitor. Here's my build. Since I didn't buy it at the time I put it together on pcpartpicker, the price has went back up, but 900 isn't my price range.

So I'm riding around today and I pass a computer store (the name escapes me atm), and I go in to look around hoping for some deals on parts. When I walk in, there's a pc on display for mid-high $500, can't remmber the exact price. The specs were as follows.

AMD 3.66 dual core cpu
8gb ddr3 (can be upgraded to 32)
680w psu
1tb hd
dvi & vga
direct 11 radeon 7480D
win 8
1 yr warranty
The case was not named on the list of specs so I'm not sure what it was but it had AMD on the front panel...

I told the employee who was trying to sell me the computer that I was building my own and that I was just looking around for parts. The employee(I think the owner of the store) claimed that it was a $900 machine even if i built it myself.

I'm a pc newb, so can you guys give me advice on what I should do? Should I buy this computer and return my other pieces, or just stick with my build?

EDIT: WIll be using pc for primarily gaming. Graphically intense games like Metro LL and Crysis.

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July 20, 2013 4:46:47 PM

The PC you listed there is not a gaming PC at all and definately wouldn't play any of the latest games, even at the lowest settings. It's worth maybe $400 at the most.

For $500, I would go with something like this

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ic56) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ic56/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ic56/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad750kwohjbox) | $85.98 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [ASRock FM2A75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-fm2a75m...) | $61.97 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f310666cl9d4...) | $36.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Video Card** | [MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7770pmd1gd...) | $79.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-gama001bk) | $24.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500) | $39.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $17.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700404) | $99.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $499.88
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-18 22:45 EDT-0400 |
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July 20, 2013 5:24:02 PM

JD88 said:
The PC you listed there is not a gaming PC at all and definately wouldn't play any of the latest games, even at the lowest settings. It's worth maybe $400 at the most.

For $500, I would go with something like this

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ic56) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ic56/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1ic56/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad750kwohjbox) | $85.98 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [ASRock FM2A75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-fm2a75m...) | $61.97 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f310666cl9d4...) | $36.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-driv...) | $59.99 @ Newegg
**Video Card** | [MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r7770pmd1gd...) | $79.99 @ Newegg
**Case** | [NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-gama001bk) | $24.99 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500) | $39.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $17.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-wn700404) | $99.99 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $499.88
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-18 22:45 EDT-0400 |


As I suspected.

Anyway, I'm not looking to go that low, but my build has went up in price, and if you could sub pieces in and maybe lower it to around 800 that would be awesome.

Here's my build

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1gsvk) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1gsvk/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1gsvk/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox) | $119.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970...) | $69.98 @ Newegg
**Memory** | [A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/a-data-memory-ax3u1600gc4g...) | $74.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $59.99 @ NCIX US
**Video Card** | [MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-n760tf2gd5o...) | $254.98 @ SuperBiiz
**Case** | [NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/nzxt-case-s210002) | $39.99 @ Amazon
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500) | $44.99 @ Microcenter
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihas...) | $14.99 @ Newegg
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
**Monitor** | [Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs238hp) | $137.58 @ Newegg
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $894.46
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-20 20:23 EDT-0400 |

I've already ordered the monitor, gpu and psu so those, obviously, can't be substituted. :) 
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July 20, 2013 5:31:06 PM

That looks like a very solid build. I don't think you could really lower it much without cutting into some of the core components. You could go with a Phenom II x4 to save $30 on the CPU and maybe find some ram for around $60 saving you another $15.

Can't really go any cheaper on HDD, PSU, case, or motherboard, and like you said you already have the other stuff.
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