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$400-500 system build

hi, everyone, i need a 400-500 dollar build, no OS, a build that would suit me best for CPU dependent games, i can shop from places like microcenter/newegg. the games i play are not that graphics demanding but CPU demanding, other games that i play are cs:go,

not sure if i would be better off with an i5+weaker graphics at this price range or an i3 + stronger graphics.
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    I guess you're probably talking about Minecraft and games like that. If so, then this build should be fine for you :

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v98p
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v98p/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v98p/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($75.45 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $439.62
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 21:24 EDT-0400)
  2. Seladon-1370374 said:
    I guess you're probably talking about Minecraft and games like that. If so, then this build should be fine for you :

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v98p
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v98p/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v98p/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($75.45 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $439.62
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 21:24 EDT-0400)



    alright thanks, i might bump that up to 8gb because i guess my max is 525 now, but not after rebates, before, i will also wait for an intel build before i choose
  3. Here is the Intel build :

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v9vE
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v9vE/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v9vE/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($75.45 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $466.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 21:42 EDT-0400)

    And here is the AMD build with the 8GB of RAM :

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v9ql
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v9ql/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1v9ql/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.25 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($75.45 @ Newegg)
    Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $458.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 21:43 EDT-0400)

    I'm 100% sure that the AMD build will perform better. AMD is just clearly the best option in the $0-185 range, not a single doubt about it.
  4. My recommendation:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($67.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($75.45 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.24 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $481.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-22 21:53 EDT-0400)

    Although Seladon has a great build, I dislike the psu and case. The Corsair CX600 is low quality crap using the unreliable Channel Well capacitor. The XFX 550w will be a much more reliable and higher quality psu.

    The Corsair 200r is also a much higher quality case. Zalman cases are typically low-quality with horrible cable management option, which will thus decrease airflow. Although the 200r doesn't have the best cable management, it is definitely better than the Z5.
  5. His build is better than mine. A bit pricier, but if you can afford it, go for it.
  6. Also if you get the motherboard and cpu from microcenter you can save another 20-$30 and use that to get yourself a decent cpu cooler.
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