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October 25, 2013 8:32:14 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within the next 30 days

Budget Range: before it was: $400-500 now it's $500-600 before rebates after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, listening to music, surfing the web.

Are you buying a monitor: No


Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Location: Knoxville, Tennessee USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Prefer to have an audio card and Must be able to run games at 45-60 FPS, I don't care about the settings.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My 9800gt PC makes it impossible for me to play modern games because anything below 30 fps is unplayable for me.

More about : gaming rig 500 600

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October 25, 2013 8:45:22 PM

Here you go -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ Amazon)
Case: DIYPC FM08-Blue ATX Mid Tower Case ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $491.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-25 23:44 EDT-0400)
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October 25, 2013 9:38:41 PM

For a hard drive, I would recommend this one:

http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...

It is 1TB and costs 65$, if that is to much you can get a 500 GB version or less but it is only about 5$ diffrence and it not worth it in my opinion, but here it is if you want it:

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...

As for the CPU. AMD is that best choice when you are on a low budget. For around 120$ you can get a FX-6300 CPU with 6 cores and a clock speed of 3.5 GHz which should be able to play any new game at medium-high settings. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O7YORK/ref=asc_df_B009O7YO...

If you want a CPU that is a little faster but has only 4 cores, you can get the FX-4300 which is 10$ cheaper. The clock speed is 3.8GHz and it can run new games just as well. Link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which CPU you choose is your call, but I would get the 6300 due to it having 2 more cores. I would also suggest you overclock it which you can very easily do with AMD CPUs using a program called AMD overdrive. If you do not wish to overclock, the FX-6300 is still better in my opinion. I also strongly suggest you buy a separate CPU cooler because the stock ones are usually not very good. Here is one that is very cheap yet effective and also the one in my computer right now(20$):

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-TX3-RR-910-HT...

The mother board does not really matter for a gaming PC if you are going to have one graphics card and not many hard drives. Here is a really cheap and popular one:

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Socket-Motherboard-9...

You will also need a PSU, you will not need very mush power, 500W at the most, here is a really inexpensive one for 40$:

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS50...

And the most important part of any gaming rig; the graphics card. I recommend the GTX 760. It is 260$ and it is the 10th best graphics card on the market. It has 2GB GDDR5 here is a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS50...

You of course will also need: RAM, a case, and extra fans especially with a card like that. For RAM get 8GB of GDDR3, the other details of it don't matter unless you are running a very large server. The case can be anything as long as the mother board fits inside. You also added that you want an audio card, I do not know mush about them but unless you are doing surround sound the on board audio in the mother board will suffice. It comes out to a total of a little over 600$ unless my math is horribly of but if it is too expensive, you can always get a 7950 instead of the 760. You can reuse your old case and dvd drive and possibly even the hard drive, ram or psu. Just make sure you are not mixing different kinds of RAM and your psu can supply enough power. Hope this helps!
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a b 4 Gaming
October 25, 2013 10:20:15 PM

moonunit42 said:
For a hard drive, I would recommend this one:

http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...

It is 1TB and costs 65$, if that is to much you can get a 500 GB version or less but it is only about 5$ diffrence and it not worth it in my opinion, but here it is if you want it:

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk...

As for the CPU. AMD is that best choice when you are on a low budget. For around 120$ you can get a FX-6300 CPU with 6 cores and a clock speed of 3.5 GHz which should be able to play any new game at medium-high settings. Here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009O7YORK/ref=asc_df_B009O7YO...

If you want a CPU that is a little faster but has only 4 cores, you can get the FX-4300 which is 10$ cheaper. The clock speed is 3.8GHz and it can run new games just as well. Link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which CPU you choose is your call, but I would get the 6300 due to it having 2 more cores. I would also suggest you overclock it which you can very easily do with AMD CPUs using a program called AMD overdrive. If you do not wish to overclock, the FX-6300 is still better in my opinion. I also strongly suggest you buy a separate CPU cooler because the stock ones are usually not very good. Here is one that is very cheap yet effective and also the one in my computer right now(20$):

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Hyper-TX3-RR-910-HT...

The mother board does not really matter for a gaming PC if you are going to have one graphics card and not many hard drives. Here is a really cheap and popular one:

http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-Socket-Motherboard-9...

You will also need a PSU, you will not need very mush power, 500W at the most, here is a really inexpensive one for 40$:

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS50...

And the most important part of any gaming rig; the graphics card. I recommend the GTX 760. It is 260$ and it is the 10th best graphics card on the market. It has 2GB GDDR5 here is a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS50...

You of course will also need: RAM, a case, and extra fans especially with a card like that. For RAM get 8GB of GDDR3, the other details of it don't matter unless you are running a very large server. The case can be anything as long as the mother board fits inside. You also added that you want an audio card, I do not know mush about them but unless you are doing surround sound the on board audio in the mother board will suffice. It comes out to a total of a little over 600$ unless my math is horribly of but if it is too expensive, you can always get a 7950 instead of the 760. You can reuse your old case and dvd drive and possibly even the hard drive, ram or psu. Just make sure you are not mixing different kinds of RAM and your psu can supply enough power. Hope this helps!


Still have to include case, OS, optical drive, and wireless card. Your math is a little off...
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October 26, 2013 7:50:49 AM

TBC1 said:
Here you go -

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($77.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN725N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.88 @ Amazon)
Case: DIYPC FM08-Blue ATX Mid Tower Case ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $491.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-25 23:44 EDT-0400)


Sorry, but I ended up being able to raise my budget by $100.
Could you make a $600 build parts list for me?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 26, 2013 9:47:20 AM

OK, a little over your budget but it's definitely worth it -

Better gpu (also comes with 2 free games), better cpu, better mobo, 8gb ram, and nicer case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.43 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $635.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-26 12:46 EDT-0400)
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October 26, 2013 9:54:26 AM

TBC1 said:
OK, a little over your budget but it's definitely worth it -

Better gpu (also comes with 2 free games), better cpu, better mobo, 8gb ram, and nicer case

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.43 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $635.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-26 12:46 EDT-0400)


I'm sorry, but my $600 is a strict $600, I can't go over that.

I remembered i have an unused DVD drive in my 9800 gt PC, you can take the DVD drive out of the budget.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 26, 2013 10:01:04 AM

Ok, no optical drive -

Only other thing I could do to get it to $600 is put in a different mobo. However, the mobo I have in there right now is good for OCing the fx-6300 (a good future investment).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.75 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.43 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $619.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-26 13:00 EDT-0400)

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October 26, 2013 11:08:47 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($70.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($32.43 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Enermax 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($35.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $595.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-26 14:08 EDT-0400)
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