Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

College Student building gaming pc w/ $450 budget

Last response: in Systems
Share
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 12:44:56 AM

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.
October 16, 2013 1:15:59 AM

let's start at the end,

PSU an low price corsair one 40$
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Builder-Series-Watt-CX430...



SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-S...


Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B...

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-FD4300WM...

and then a gpu for 99ish
like a gtx 650
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-...

if u pref radeon:
here an XFX 7750:
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775...

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-Motherbo...

this one from asus u get for 44-55$
http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboar...
thou it just offers up to 8 gb ram, do u need more?


else u could invest 25-50$ into a better gpu.
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 2:54:12 AM

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...



SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-S...


Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B...

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-FD4300WM...

and then a gpu for 99ish
like a gtx 650
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-...

if u pref radeon:
here an XFX 7750:
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775...

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-Motherbo...

this one from asus u get for 44-55$
http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboar...
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
m
0
l
Related resources
October 16, 2013 3:35:52 AM

dopeysaidso 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...



SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-S...


Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B...

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-FD4300WM...

and then a gpu for 99ish
like a gtx 650
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-...

if u pref radeon:
here an XFX 7750:
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775...

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-Motherbo...

this one from asus u get for 44-55$
http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboar...
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-gvr...

or for £15 more
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd...

Best to get the Bottom one (the 7870GHz) but both of these meet the recomended gpu spec for BF4
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 3:50:34 AM

Zynch said:
dopeysaidso 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...



SSD 64gb sandisk 65$
http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Solid-State-Consumption-S...


Ram 8 or 4 gb? 8gb for 50$
http://www.amazon.com/8GB-240-PIN-Dimm-DDR3-PC3-10/dp/B...

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-FD4300WM...

and then a gpu for 99ish
like a gtx 650
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-GeForce-Graphics-N650-MD1GD5-...

if u pref radeon:
here an XFX 7750:
http://www.amazon.com/XFX-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-FX775...

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-Motherbo...

this one from asus u get for 44-55$
http://www.amazon.com/M5A78L-M-LX-PLUS-Micro-Motherboar...
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-gvr...

or for £15 more
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r78702gd...

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)
m
0
l
October 16, 2013 4:15:01 AM

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.
m
0
l
a b 4 Gaming
October 16, 2013 4:18:30 AM

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)
m
0
l
October 16, 2013 4:47:26 AM

if u can afford an 8320 it would be way better.
else an 6300 will be ok :D 
m
0
l
October 17, 2013 2:52:21 AM

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.
m
0
l
October 17, 2013 2:55:27 AM

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
m
0
l
!