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September 8, 2013 11:14:02 PM

I'm trying to put together a low budget build for my brother since he needs a new PC.
He was looking to play A Realm Reborn but other than that he doesn't play too many intensive games.
Here is what I've come up with so far.

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($115.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive ($21.38 @ Newegg)
Total: $392.33

Keep in mind that I am giving him my old 6750 and I have yet to find a good case.
Anything I should change so far to make it cheaper or just better? I would get an APU but I figured since I have the old GPU laying around it would make it up.

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a b 4 Gaming
September 8, 2013 11:17:36 PM

Here's my recommendation :

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($93.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $431.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-09 02:17 EDT-0400)
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a c 555 4 Gaming
September 8, 2013 11:18:08 PM

Better with a CPU, looks pretty good, sounds like a good deal
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September 8, 2013 11:22:42 PM

A 5750/6750 is almost on par with a A10-6800K and FM2 motherboards tend to be a bit cheaper that AM3+. Also a MB with a 970fx chipset could save another possible $30 and sill have crossfire support- in fact your 6750 may be compatible with the A10-6800K APU. Somethings to think about.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 8, 2013 11:25:50 PM

Steve Pound said:
A 5750/6750 is almost on par with a A10-6800K and FM2 motherboards tend to be a bit cheaper that AM3+. Also a MB with a 970fx chipset could save another possible $30 and sill have crossfire support- in fact your 6750 may be compatible with the A10-6800K APU. Somethings to think about.


Drivers for hybrid graphics are bad, right now, no point on looking at this possibility. Better to get a good CPU, and if eventually he needs a better GPU, there will be the possibility to upgrade.
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September 8, 2013 11:28:35 PM

That looks pretty good Seladon.
I'll definitely take that build in consideration.
We are gonna start the order around Black Friday so hopefully it will be even cheaper however that deal on the 300r is pretty good already.
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a b 4 Gaming
September 8, 2013 11:30:01 PM

Great, any other questions then ?
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September 8, 2013 11:35:36 PM

Seladon said:
Steve Pound said:
A 5750/6750 is almost on par with a A10-6800K and FM2 motherboards tend to be a bit cheaper that AM3+. Also a MB with a 970fx chipset could save another possible $30 and sill have crossfire support- in fact your 6750 may be compatible with the A10-6800K APU. Somethings to think about.


Drivers for hybrid graphics are bad, right now, no point on looking at this possibility. Better to get a good CPU, and if eventually he needs a better GPU, there will be the possibility to upgrade.


I agree- I did read that the scaling is hit or miss somewhere now that you mention it
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September 8, 2013 11:42:26 PM

Yeah, I am gonna try to sell him my 7850 next year so he doesn't have to deal with the 6750 for long.
But no I think I'm good. Nice to see my build wasn't too far off but I am gonna save yours and hopefully it will be cheap come November.
Thanks!
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a b 4 Gaming
September 8, 2013 11:43:37 PM

No problem, I'm here for that, sir !
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