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October 22, 2013 6:02:57 PM

Hello Tom's Hardware. Im looking for a good $500 dollar gaming rig that can run modern games at medium to high settings with good framerates. Once more only $500.

Im slightly flexible maybe up $75 If it will make a difference

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October 22, 2013 6:10:11 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $491.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 21:09 EDT-0400)

Close on the wattage needed, but this Psu is of a good quality and can provide what will be needed. However, you won't get much overclocking headroom from it. Even before the MiR's, it's under 575 and after it's a great price. I don't think you'll find a better build for less.
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October 22, 2013 6:14:02 PM

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.77 @ DirectCanada)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ NCIX)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($60.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.50 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX)
Total: $550.21

Spending the extra $50 on having a newer video card is worth it. It is brand new and is faster than its last gen equivalent.
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October 22, 2013 6:19:37 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI 990FXA-GD65 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.46 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $570.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 21:19 EDT-0400)
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October 22, 2013 6:20:07 PM

Swordkd said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($66.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Mac Mall)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Total: $491.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-22 21:09 EDT-0400)

Close on the wattage needed, but this Psu is of a good quality and can provide what will be needed. However, you won't get much overclocking headroom from it. Even before the MiR's, it's under 575 and after it's a great price. I don't think you'll find a better build for less.





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October 22, 2013 6:20:36 PM

wtalk2 said:
Spending the extra $50 on having a newer video card is worth it. It is brand new and is faster than its last gen equivalent.

The R9 270X is the same card as the regular 7870, and is slower than the 7870 XT (which is actually a toned-down 7950). The R7 260X is slower still (it's a 7790).
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October 22, 2013 6:45:06 PM

Sakkura said:
wtalk2 said:
Spending the extra $50 on having a newer video card is worth it. It is brand new and is faster than its last gen equivalent.

The R9 270X is the same card as the regular 7870, and is slower than the 7870 XT (which is actually a toned-down 7950). The R7 260X is slower still (it's a 7790).


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