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September 16, 2013 4:52:07 AM

Hello,
I am a newbie to this site.
In the next week, I have decided to build my own, first Custom PC.
From about 2 Months, I am very much confused, Which processor to go with. Sometimes, I think, I should be Future Proof and go for an FX 8350 or an I7 3770.
But coming to the value of money, my budget is really low. ($300 [This includes every component of the PC]).
Here is the full list of tasks which i'll be doing :
Web Surfing, You Tube, Watching DVD Movies, C++ Programming, Light Flash Games, Little Image editing, Lots of Productivity Tasks. (Word, PPT,XL etc.)
Any Gaming ?? Well, Not much of gaming, Just want to play Microsoft Flight Simulator X on Low/Medium Settings on 1024 by 768 Resolution.
Preference: AMD or Intel ? : Any, Don't know about any. How one performs. Might be Intel ? May be AMD ?
Can Someone here, help me please ??

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September 16, 2013 4:56:28 AM

Those CPUs are out of your budget by a LONG SHOT. You can't really build a computer for $300. Especially not one that will be able to run games at all or do programming.
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September 16, 2013 4:58:54 AM

well 300 is a very very low budget, id go with an AMD which also has better built in graphics which should be able to handle flight simulator ;) .

Though be sure to get atleast 8gb of RAM and 1866 speed for AMD, this is because the GPU of the processor uses your RAM to put out graphics instead.

Also you can get motherboards for 50 dollars so that should help greatly and a smaller m-atx should cut costs for the case as well.

It is very well possible to build a PC in your price range, but 400 dollars is greatly advised.

I will look up today in the evening for perfect build, saw one recently :p .!

Hope this helped you.
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September 16, 2013 5:00:18 AM

DragonChase said:
well 300 is a very very low budget, id go with an AMD which also has better built in graphics which should be able to handle flight simulator ;) .

Though be sure to get atleast 8gb of RAM and 1866 speed for AMD, this is because the GPU of the processor uses your RAM to put out graphics instead.

Hope this helped you.


8gb RAM is more than enough, 4gb would be plenty too for an APU build.
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September 16, 2013 5:03:36 AM

tiny voices said:
Those CPUs are out of your budget by a LONG SHOT. You can't really build a computer for $300. Especially not one that will be able to run games at all or do programming.


Well, I don't want to entirely build a new computer. I do have many components : Cabinet, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Power Supply, DVD Drive, Hard Drive.
The things which I need are Processor, Motherboard, RAM, and A low Profile Graphics card to include all in all at budget of $238.
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September 16, 2013 5:04:56 AM

DragonChase said:
well 300 is a very very low budget, id go with an AMD which also has better built in graphics which should be able to handle flight simulator ;) .

Though be sure to get atleast 8gb of RAM and 1866 speed for AMD, this is because the GPU of the processor uses your RAM to put out graphics instead.

Also you can get motherboards for 50 dollars so that should help greatly and a smaller m-atx should cut costs for the case as well.

It is very well possible to build a PC in your price range, but 400 dollars is greatly advised.

I will look up today in the evening for perfect build, saw one recently :p .!

Hope this helped you.


You say $400 is good. But I think, this includes my above listed components which I don't have to buy :) 
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September 16, 2013 5:07:01 AM

You will still not be getting anything like either of those CPUs for that price.

You will need $80 for a GPU to play the games at the desired settings you have.
$60+ for a motherboard
$35 for 4gb RAM or $55 for 8gb RAM
You are looking at a low end i5, and a non overclocking motherboard. These will still perform well in what you want though.

What PSU do you have?
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September 16, 2013 5:15:18 AM

A 450W Corsair PSU.
I don't want to Overlook :) 
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA 78 S2 AM3+ Motherboard for AMD Processor or Gigabyte GA H61M-DS2 for Intel LGA 1155 for $41 and $49 respectively.
4GB DDR3 Transcend 1333Mhz RAM : $13 A great deal !
Evga gtx 260 graphics card : $42 Also a great deal !
I think I don't need any thing more than GTX 260.
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September 16, 2013 5:51:54 AM

Don't buy that 5 year old gpu. Get something modern like an hd7770. That gtx260 will be crazy power hungry and is very outdated. That intel motherboard will not work because you need a b75/h77 chipset. You should get 8gb ram if you are programming.
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September 16, 2013 5:58:50 AM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $261.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-16 08:58 EDT-0400)

Will this be good one ? I don't matter Video Card. It is OK for me. I may lower resolution on the monitor.
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September 16, 2013 6:00:49 AM

This is not what I would do. Why do you want such a good CPU but a poor gpu and only 4gb ram. The CPU is going to go to waste.
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September 16, 2013 6:03:44 AM

The system will be mainly for programming and Java. Searching around on net, I get know that 4GB RAM is enough.
Will an APU System be a good one ? Like an A10 6800K ? or FX 6300 ? or i3 3220/4340 ??
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September 16, 2013 6:05:32 AM

An Apu would have a way less power CPU but a much better integrated gpu. I would go with an fx-6300 and a better gpu for sure.
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September 17, 2013 8:28:23 AM

FX8350_GTX said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Eofn
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Eofn/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Eofn/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.61 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Diamond Radeon HD 6570 2GB Video Card ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $261.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-16 08:58 EDT-0400)

Will this be good one ? I don't matter Video Card. It is OK for me. I may lower resolution on the monitor.


awesome build man, im feeling you! games not that important, check my system in my comment.

Purely for work really! dont have time for games, frankly i dont care, wish gta 5 was on pc though....:( 
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