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September 15, 2013 9:02:53 AM

I have been always on the lookout for the best deals in computer parts, so the price/performance ratio has been a big deal for me. I'm not looking to spend a whole lot of money on a new computer just yet, but I still want to build a PC that will perform just as well, if not better than the next-gen PS4 and XboxOne consoles. I would be happy with medium to high graphics on most of the new games (Assassin's Creed 4, Titanfall, Destiny, Battlefield 4, GTA V, etc.) After hours of research and countless product comparisons, this has been the build I have chosen:

AMD FX-6350 3.9/4.2 GHz ($130)
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 ($75 with rebate)
G.SKILL Ripjaws 1866Mhz PC3-14900 2 x 4GB ($63)
ASUS HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 --- OR --- HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB ($120-$135)
Cooler Master 500W Power Supply ($25)
WD Caviar Black 500GB HDD ($75)

Grand Total = Around $500

If anyone has any suggestions of different parts to be added or removed, please feel free to do so. My main goal has been to build an upgrade-able PC that performs decently in gaming for the lowest possible price.
September 15, 2013 9:07:34 AM

Get better psu.
Im so into intel that I get rush if AMD steps in my home. So my build is i5 or i7 :) 
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September 15, 2013 9:10:02 AM

Cooler Master 500W Power Supply ($25)
bad psu...

go for XFX 550 or corsair cx500M

and if you live in usa, you can get 7870 GHZ edition for just 150-160
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September 15, 2013 9:10:43 AM

go with the 7850 for the gpu. i suggest going with an fx6300 as the margin between it and the 6350 is pretty tame to fork over the extra cash.
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September 15, 2013 9:16:43 AM

The graphics card is all important for gaming.
Reallocate your $260 combined cpu/gpu budget to $90 for the cpu and $170 for the graphics card.
That might be a G3220 cpu and a 7870 or GTX650ti boost class card.

And, $25 cm psu's are not solid, look at a Corsair CX which is a decent budget psu.

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September 15, 2013 9:29:18 AM

I have not found many better deals on PSUs as of yet. The Cooler Master seemed like a steal at that price. Don't let the price fool you. The reason I got it at $25 is because I bought it from my brother who sold his 6-month old build in parts. He bought it at $50. Is the problem with the actual model of PSU, or the Wattage?

"Reallocate your $260 combined cpu/gpu budget to $90 for the cpu and $170 for the graphics card."

I have been considering that option, but the newer games have been utilizing more cores, so I settled on the 6350 for that reason. It's still up for debate though, and I may consider buying the cheaper 6300 to pay a little bit more for a better GPU. But I try to stick with the trusted brands, such as ASUS, HIS, XFX and MSI. They tend to be the more expensive of the 7870's, but the most reliable. As I've said, I'm also looking for upgradability so I can pay more later for a $250-300 card. All I'm looking for right now is a build that can atleast play the newer games with a decent frame-rate.

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September 16, 2013 12:58:04 AM

Evan Shaffer said:
I have not found many better deals on PSUs as of yet. The Cooler Master seemed like a steal at that price. Don't let the price fool you. The reason I got it at $25 is because I bought it from my brother who sold his 6-month old build in parts. He bought it at $50. Is the problem with the actual model of PSU, or the Wattage?

"Reallocate your $260 combined cpu/gpu budget to $90 for the cpu and $170 for the graphics card."

I have been considering that option, but the newer games have been utilizing more cores, so I settled on the 6350 for that reason. It's still up for debate though, and I may consider buying the cheaper 6300 to pay a little bit more for a better GPU. But I try to stick with the trusted brands, such as ASUS, HIS, XFX and MSI. They tend to be the more expensive of the 7870's, but the most reliable. As I've said, I'm also looking for upgradability so I can pay more later for a $250-300 card. All I'm looking for right now is a build that can atleast play the newer games with a decent frame-rate.



an fx6300 + either a gtx 760/hd 7950 or maybe even stretch it all up to a 7970 if your budget can allow it. that config will allow you to play "at the very least" on decent settings + high fps.
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