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August 1, 2013 9:47:13 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better) December 25, 2013

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) Before Rebates, Before Shipping.
You see, I need it to be very cheap almost and I would like it to be around $550 with monitor and os, I know this is hard but my friend did that somehow with an AMD 4100 CPU, and a regular 560 non-ti. Can You Guys Do This?

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (e.g.: Folding@Home, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies) Light Gaming, Minecraft on the Highest possible settings and a 512x512 item texturepack. I want to play CubeWorld with no lag, and some other steam/indie titles.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) **Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using** ALL UPGRADE

Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.: newegg.com, ncix.com -- to show us selection & pricing) Amazon/NewEgg.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available North Carolina, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)
Doesn't matter at ALL, as long as quality.

Overclocking: Maybe, I don't see why not since free performance. Depends if a HeatSink fits in with the price.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 or if you're upgrading please state what you'd want to get) 1600x900

Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC. Please also list specific software or games you're using)

I know it will be hard, but I am looking for budget. Thanks to who helps!

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August 1, 2013 9:57:54 AM

[EDIT]: never mind... I forgot to include the OS...


$545 BEFORE rebates and INCLUDING shipping:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Dell S2240M 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $545.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-01 12:57 EDT-0400)

I have not cheaped out on any of the parts either, its a quality build, even the monitor is a nice IPS panel display.

Alternate system:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi A85W ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 500GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.51 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Monitor: Dell S2240M 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $530.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-01 13:03 EDT-0400)
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August 1, 2013 10:38:32 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.60 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP W2072a (A3M50AA#ABA) 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $519.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-01 13:35 EDT-0400)

This is the complete build with the OS, we are using the intel route, if in 1 or 2 years you start feeling some lag or want to have your own server or LAN with 10-15 people you can upgrade to an I5 and max minecraft, This is a Dual Core and it actually performs Well on minecraft.
Any of the builds above is not adding the OS.
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August 1, 2013 10:43:33 AM

chulex67 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.60 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP W2072a (A3M50AA#ABA) 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $519.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-01 13:35 EDT-0400)

This is the complete build with the OS, we are using the intel route, if in 1 or 2 years you start feeling some lag or want to have your own server or LAN with 10-15 people you can upgrade to an I5 and max minecraft, This is a Dual Core and it actually performs Well on minecraft.
Any of the builds above is not adding the OS.


I like this, but what about sticking an ivy bridge based celeron in there?:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637g1610

NM a bios update is required.
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August 1, 2013 10:58:29 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
chulex67 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1n5rL/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: PNY Optima 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Scorpio Blue 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.60 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP W2072a (A3M50AA#ABA) 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $519.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-01 13:35 EDT-0400)

This is the complete build with the OS, we are using the intel route, if in 1 or 2 years you start feeling some lag or want to have your own server or LAN with 10-15 people you can upgrade to an I5 and max minecraft, This is a Dual Core and it actually performs Well on minecraft.
Any of the builds above is not adding the OS.


I like this, but what about sticking an ivy bridge based celeron in there?:
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637g1610

NM a bios update is required.


If the OP actually could invest 50 bucks more, then an ivy bridge and a Sata 3 HDD would be possible lol.
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August 2, 2013 4:40:10 AM

chulex67 said:
If the OP actually could invest 50 bucks more, then an ivy bridge and a Sata 3 HDD would be possible lol.


I don't know how his friend did it, just these main parts alone almost cap out the budget:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: HP W2072a (A3M50AA#ABA) 60Hz 20.0" Monitor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $446.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-02 07:39 EDT-0400)
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