College Student building gaming pc w/ $450 budget

First build.
Purchasing around end of this month/beginning of November.
Budget: $450.. I may push towards $500 if the jump is worth it.
I have knowledge in putting together computers.
I'll be using it for Gaming, Photoshop/Illustrator and other Adobe products, and movies.
Games include: TF2, LoL, CS:S, Civ V.

I posted a thread earlier regarding a build but I wanted a different mobo and maybe look into other different parts.
I already have a case, monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, along with an OS.
I don't have any preferences for websites.
I am located in the US via Hawaii.
No part preferences and I'm not planning on overclocking.
I would prefer a quiet PC.

What I had in mind:
CPU: ?
Mobo: ASRock 970 Extreme3 (if any, AM3+ is preferrably!)
Ram: ?
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 1TB
SSD: ?
GPU: ?
Case: NZXT 210 Elite (Black) [already own]
PSU: ?

If you have any recommendations or replacements that are better via price/performance, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Thank you.
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  1. let's start at the end,

    PSU an low price corsair one 40$
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX430/dp/B0092ML1SC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1381909855&sr=8-4&keywords=psu


    SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-SDSSDP-064G-G25/dp/B007ZWLRSU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381910206&sr=8-1&keywords=ssd+64gb


    Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
    http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B005J4C5ZK/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910671&sr=1-4&keywords=8gb+ram

    with ur mobo u are now at 250 ish $
    so u got 200$ for a gpu and a cpu
    take a quad-core for 99?
    http://www.amazon.com/AMD-4-Core-Black-FX-4300-FD4300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YU3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910758&sr=1-1&keywords=fx+4320

    and then a gpu for 99ish
    like a gtx 650
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-OC/dp/B009SPJ7PW/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910811&sr=1-6&keywords=gtx+650

    if u pref radeon:
    here an XFX 7750:
    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775AZNP4-FX-775A-ZNP4/dp/B007Z3T5JC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910859&sr=1-2&keywords=hd+7750

    the question is, if u really need that mobo,
    an msi or asus board between 50-75$ is offering u everything u need
    MSi 75$:
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Motherboard-Motherboards-970A-G46/dp/B0073JYZ48/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911077&sr=1-4&keywords=asus+mainboard+am3%2B

    this one from asus u get for 44-55$
    http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B005WUUFBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911296&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+m5a78l-m+usb3
    thou it just offers up to 8 gb ram, do u need more?


    else u could invest 25-50$ into a better gpu.
  2. Patrick Guenter said:
    let's start at the end,

    PSU an low price corsair one 40$
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX430/dp/B0092ML1SC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1381909855&sr=8-4&keywords=psu


    SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-SDSSDP-064G-G25/dp/B007ZWLRSU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381910206&sr=8-1&keywords=ssd+64gb


    Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
    http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B005J4C5ZK/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910671&sr=1-4&keywords=8gb+ram

    with ur mobo u are now at 250 ish $
    so u got 200$ for a gpu and a cpu
    take a quad-core for 99?
    http://www.amazon.com/AMD-4-Core-Black-FX-4300-FD4300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YU3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910758&sr=1-1&keywords=fx+4320

    and then a gpu for 99ish
    like a gtx 650
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-OC/dp/B009SPJ7PW/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910811&sr=1-6&keywords=gtx+650

    if u pref radeon:
    here an XFX 7750:
    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775AZNP4-FX-775A-ZNP4/dp/B007Z3T5JC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910859&sr=1-2&keywords=hd+7750

    the question is, if u really need that mobo,
    an msi or asus board between 50-75$ is offering u everything u need
    MSi 75$:
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Motherboard-Motherboards-970A-G46/dp/B0073JYZ48/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911077&sr=1-4&keywords=asus+mainboard+am3%2B

    this one from asus u get for 44-55$
    http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B005WUUFBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911296&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+m5a78l-m+usb3
    thou it just offers up to 8 gb ram, do u need more?


    else u could invest 25-50$ into a better gpu.


    Would this be fine?
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($123.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $554.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 06:27 EDT-0400)

    I'm willing to push the price
  3. Anonymous said:
    Patrick Guenter said:
    let's start at the end,

    PSU an low price corsair one 40$
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX430/dp/B0092ML1SC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1381909855&sr=8-4&keywords=psu


    SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-SDSSDP-064G-G25/dp/B007ZWLRSU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381910206&sr=8-1&keywords=ssd+64gb


    Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
    http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B005J4C5ZK/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910671&sr=1-4&keywords=8gb+ram

    with ur mobo u are now at 250 ish $
    so u got 200$ for a gpu and a cpu
    take a quad-core for 99?
    http://www.amazon.com/AMD-4-Core-Black-FX-4300-FD4300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YU3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910758&sr=1-1&keywords=fx+4320

    and then a gpu for 99ish
    like a gtx 650
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-OC/dp/B009SPJ7PW/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910811&sr=1-6&keywords=gtx+650

    if u pref radeon:
    here an XFX 7750:
    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775AZNP4-FX-775A-ZNP4/dp/B007Z3T5JC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910859&sr=1-2&keywords=hd+7750

    the question is, if u really need that mobo,
    an msi or asus board between 50-75$ is offering u everything u need
    MSi 75$:
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Motherboard-Motherboards-970A-G46/dp/B0073JYZ48/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911077&sr=1-4&keywords=asus+mainboard+am3%2B

    this one from asus u get for 44-55$
    http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B005WUUFBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911296&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+m5a78l-m+usb3
    thou it just offers up to 8 gb ram, do u need more?


    else u could invest 25-50$ into a better gpu.


    Would this be fine?
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($123.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $554.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 06:27 EDT-0400)

    I'm willing to push the price

    Would be better getting this gpu, for roughly the same price http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr785oc2gd

    or for £15 more
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc

    Best to get the Bottom one (the 7870GHz) but both of these meet the recomended gpu spec for BF4
  4. Zynch said:
    Anonymous said:
    Patrick Guenter said:
    let's start at the end,

    PSU an low price corsair one 40$
    http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX430/dp/B0092ML1SC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1381909855&sr=8-4&keywords=psu


    SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
    http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-SDSSDP-064G-G25/dp/B007ZWLRSU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381910206&sr=8-1&keywords=ssd+64gb


    Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
    http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B005J4C5ZK/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910671&sr=1-4&keywords=8gb+ram

    with ur mobo u are now at 250 ish $
    so u got 200$ for a gpu and a cpu
    take a quad-core for 99?
    http://www.amazon.com/AMD-4-Core-Black-FX-4300-FD4300WMHKBOX/dp/B009O7YU3S/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910758&sr=1-1&keywords=fx+4320

    and then a gpu for 99ish
    like a gtx 650
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-OC/dp/B009SPJ7PW/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910811&sr=1-6&keywords=gtx+650

    if u pref radeon:
    here an XFX 7750:
    http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775AZNP4-FX-775A-ZNP4/dp/B007Z3T5JC/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381910859&sr=1-2&keywords=hd+7750

    the question is, if u really need that mobo,
    an msi or asus board between 50-75$ is offering u everything u need
    MSi 75$:
    http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Motherboard-Motherboards-970A-G46/dp/B0073JYZ48/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911077&sr=1-4&keywords=asus+mainboard+am3%2B

    this one from asus u get for 44-55$
    http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B005WUUFBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1381911296&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+m5a78l-m+usb3
    thou it just offers up to 8 gb ram, do u need more?


    else u could invest 25-50$ into a better gpu.


    Would this be fine?
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card ($123.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.83 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $554.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 06:27 EDT-0400)

    I'm willing to push the price

    Would be better getting this gpu, for roughly the same price http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr785oc2gd

    or for £15 more
    http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd5toc

    Best to get the Bottom one (the 7870GHz) but both of these meet the recomended gpu spec for BF4


    Say I forgo the SSD...
    Also saw a price drop on this psu and I don't see why I can't pay an extra $10 for the fx-6300
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $494.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 07:14 EDT-0400)
  5. the question is do u need the 630 Watt?
    U will need more energy, thus will increase the lost energy (80+ and stuff, u know).

    with the 7870 u will run most games at medium to high settings i think.
    but, 4gb of ram could be a possible bottleneck too.

    advice for bf4 was sth with 6 gb to 8, right?
    that might be an idea, to invest the money of the case into an extra 4gb ram.


    i went with an asus mainboard, around 60€, got for 60€ 8gb ram, cpu 120€, graka 250€, psu 40€, tower 30€.
    it runs crysis on 1600x900 ish on ultra 1x SSAA with 60-120 fps.
  6. Patrick Guenter said:
    the question is do u need the 630 Watt?
    U will need more energy, thus will increase the lost energy (80+ and stuff, u know).

    with the 7870 u will run most games at medium to high settings i think.
    but, 4gb of ram could be a possible bottleneck too.

    advice for bf4 was sth with 6 gb to 8, right?
    that might be an idea, to invest the money of the case into an extra 4gb ram.


    i went with an asus mainboard, around 60€, got for 60€ 8gb ram, cpu 120€, graka 250€, psu 40€, tower 30€.
    it runs crysis on 1600x900 ish on ultra 1x SSAA with 60-120 fps.


    fx-4300 or fx-6300?
    I think I've gotten my build:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $546.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-16 07:47 EDT-0400)
  7. if u can afford an 8320 it would be way better.
    else an 6300 will be ok :D
  8. Patrick Guenter said:
    if u can afford an 8320 it would be way better.
    else an 6300 will be ok :D

    not for gaming performance, infact not for anything he will be doing. An fx8320 would be better for someone wanting a budget workstation or someone doing a lot of cad/rendering work.
  9. Zynch said:
    Patrick Guenter said:
    if u can afford an 8320 it would be way better.
    else an 6300 will be ok :D

    not for gaming performance, infact not for anything he will be doing. An fx8320 would be better for someone wanting a budget workstation or someone doing a lot of cad/rendering work.


    ofc a 6 core will do well lol
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