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$450 Gaming Pc. Need suggestions.

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August 20, 2013 10:13:08 AM

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($173.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $439.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 13:11 EDT-0400)

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a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 10:20:27 AM

Should be a fine little gamer at 720p on max settings. 1080p too, with very slightly reduced settings in some games. You may want to pick up a wireless adapter that can be moved around for best signal if you are in a weak signal area: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This one has worked well for me and comes with an 8" extension cable to position it for best signal.

Keep in mind with one stick of RAM, you won't be able to utilize dual channel memory. Not that big of a deal, just thought I'd mention it.

Don't forget the OS.
August 20, 2013 10:21:26 AM

Pretty decent build..well done dude. It's better if the RAM is split. 2 x 2GB is better than 1 x 4GB :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 10:21:34 AM

iChase said:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($173.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $439.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 13:11 EDT-0400)


I would get this instead, also, you might need to tone down the parts if you need the OS in the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $458.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 13:23 EDT-0400)
August 20, 2013 11:04:58 AM

Rather then the TI Boost I'd go with a 7850 2GB, same performance for marginally cheaper and a couple of free games.

I'd still consider a Phenom II 965 or 955 over the 750k, the lack of L3 cache will hurt the latter processor despite it being newer. Admittedly, a 965 adds about 10 dollars to the cost so it may be a wash for you.

Disagree with some of the others, 1 4GB stick is a good temporary solution, allows for an easy upgrade path to 8gb vs having to replace.
August 20, 2013 11:10:24 AM

I'm not worried about the OS. Just best parts for the money.
a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 11:23:58 AM

iChase said:
I'm not worried about the OS. Just best parts for the money.


I would go for my build.
August 20, 2013 3:13:38 PM

The Q6660 Inside said:
iChase said:
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($173.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $439.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 13:11 EDT-0400)


I would get this instead, also, you might need to tone down the parts if you need the OS in the budget.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($85.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Video Card ($163.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $458.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 13:23 EDT-0400)


Is that motherboard and 500w PSU really needed?
a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 3:23:11 PM

How you could change the system for a much better performing gaming PC:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.10 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $419.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 18:22 EDT-0400)
August 20, 2013 3:39:31 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
How you could change the system for a much better performing gaming PC:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.10 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $419.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 18:22 EDT-0400)


Thanks for suggestion. How big is the diffrence between a 7850 1GB and a 2GB?
a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 3:49:29 PM

If your just going single monitor gaming there isn't really a difference.

The 7850 is slightly better than the 650Ti BOOST and the i3-3210 is significantly better than the athlon 750K for both gaming and normal tasks.
a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 3:55:23 PM

Significantly better? How about just better?
August 20, 2013 3:59:30 PM

Ok. I updated the build. Changed out the wifi card, and changed the i3 to a 3220.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Encore ENEWI-2XN45 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($11.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $442.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-20 18:59 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 4:00:53 PM

Well in terms of a better upgrade path (up to an i7-3770k), lower power consumption, lower heat generation, significantly better single threaded performance (for daily tasks) and better gaming performance, i think its alot better than the athlon 750k.

most reviews don't directly compare them, but the a8 would be a close processor to the 750k so:
http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/3169/intel-core-i3-3225...

[EDIT]: just saw the above post, don't you need an optical drive?
August 20, 2013 4:07:21 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
Well in terms of a better upgrade path (up to an i7-3770k), lower power consumption, lower heat generation, significantly better single threaded performance (for daily tasks) and better gaming performance, i think its alot better than the athlon 750k.

most reviews don't directly compare them, but the a8 would be a close processor to the 750k so:
http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/3169/intel-core-i3-3225...

[EDIT]: just saw the above post, don't you need an optical drive?


No, sorry forgot to mention. I have 2 in a old pc. (If I really need it.)

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a b 4 Gaming
August 20, 2013 7:25:08 PM
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I've built budget gamers with both i3-3xxx's and the A10-5800K (just slightly faster than the Athlon x4 750k). Both had HD 7850 graphic cards. I couldn't tell the difference in framerate with the same games at 1080p. And the Athlon "K" processors have the ability to be easily overclocked. That's why I prefer the term "slightly" better.
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