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November 13, 2013 5:03:30 PM

i really want to build a gaming pc
but i only have a limited budget.
can u guys give some suggestion on
what parts to pick?

thanks a bunch! :) 
November 14, 2013 8:02:55 AM

I build smth like this:
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Intel® Pentium® Dual Core G2030 3.0GHz 3MB LGA1155 BX80637G2030SR163 36.26
Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3
Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 4GB DDR3 CL9 KIT OF 2
OCZ ATX 2.2 CoreXStream 500W
Sapphire AMD/​ATI Radeon HD7770 1GB GDDR5 PCIE 11201-17-20G
Seagate BARRACUDA 7200 1TB SATA 64MB ST1000DM003
SAMSUNG DVDRW 24X SATA BLACK SH-224DB/BEBE

I done know the prices but should be lower than your budget. Add case you like and maybe you can improve even GPU or add some RAM. In this config it plays games good ;)  If you improve it will play games even better :) 

It is also upgradable - you can buy later some i5 CPU and the machines gets lots better ;) 
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November 14, 2013 10:55:56 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skylarz/saved/2r9I

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($59.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($195.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Some parts aren't showing combos so I lowered the price manually.
Oh and the CPU is in-store pick up :3 if that's not okay then switch to a 760k
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November 14, 2013 11:12:34 PM

Skylarz said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/skylarz/saved/2r9I

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($59.99)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($47.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($195.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Some parts aren't showing combos so I lowered the price manually.


Do you think its a good idea to make MITX build with AMD FX CPU? Wont there be cooling problems?

Or you just buy additional cooler around the case and everything works fine? Dont know the case thus asking.
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November 14, 2013 11:15:27 PM

FX-6300 for $60?! What combo deal is that....
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November 14, 2013 11:16:55 PM



Do you think its a good idea to make MITX build with AMD FX CPU? Wont there be cooling problems?

Or you just buy additional cooler around the case and everything works fine? Dont know the case thus asking. said:


Do you think its a good idea to make MITX build with AMD FX CPU? Wont there be cooling problems?

Or you just buy additional cooler around the case and everything works fine? Dont know the case thus asking.


He can always switch the card to 7850 msi twin frozr for $105 and buy fans from Noctua or cougar or corsair.
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November 14, 2013 11:17:59 PM

realchaos said:
FX-6300 for $60?! What combo deal is that....


The in-store pickups can save up to $60 right now XD I should update my comment
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November 14, 2013 11:19:45 PM

You mean microcenter? Because there is very few microcenters in the U.S., and unless you are certain that the OP leaves near a microcenter, you should stick with online retailer prices.
This is what I would do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($55.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $517.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-15 02:21 EST-0500)

Using a 970 chipset motherboard.
The 200R does not require any extra fans.
High quality psu to handle multiple upgrades.
Decent gaming gpu.
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November 14, 2013 11:21:31 PM

realchaos said:
You mean microcenter? Because there is very few microcenters in the U.S., and unless you are certain that the OP leaves near a microcenter, you should stick with online retailer prices.


Sadly yes :/  but changes will be made if he doesn't XD
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November 15, 2013 12:28:17 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $494.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

This is just in case you don't live near microcentre
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November 15, 2013 1:07:26 AM

critz said:
i really want to build a gaming pc
but i only have a limited budget.
can u guys give some suggestion on
what parts to pick?

thanks a bunch! :) 


Though you asked a specific question and I know how frustrating it is for people to give you an answer you weren't looking for, BUT......

Save your money and buy what will give you the performance you want from the games that you play. If you settle now, you will be trying to find an upgrade path as soon as the next cool game comes out. If you are building a rig from the ground up, $500 is just not going to get you anything that is remotely future proof and probably lacking in Graphics, CPU, Ram, Disk Speed, PSU, or motherboard... You should build a balanced system that meets your wants and needs.... Sorry I just had to say it.... Good Day.
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