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November 19, 2013 9:41:18 AM

Hey guys, I'm a new builder on a budget. I'm having one of my friends help me with this build as he's built his computer from scratch, and I need a little help since I'm new at this. I'm on a $500 budget and I feel like this build can suit me well, but would like some input from the pro's. ;)  I plan on not doing heavy gaming, but moderate. I plan on trying out Battlefield 3, GTA IV, Minecraft, and some semi-older games. Here's my build: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/James239711/saved/
One thing I'm changing is I found a cheaper psu but for some reason can't find it on that website. I found it on tigerdirect. One thing I need help with is finding a CHEAP but QUALITY monitor under like $80. Anyways, please give me any suggestions and ALL input is welcomed.

Question: There is one compatibility issue with the case and motherboard, that's detailed on the bottom of my part page, will I need to select a new case or will it affect me?

Thanks in advance!
~James

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November 19, 2013 9:48:36 AM

Change the PSU to 500w MAX. An Antec vp-450 would actually be your best bet. 600w is way too much for this computer.

For $80 yo won't be getting a 1080p monitor, which makes building a gaming computer kind of pointless.

Some of those prices are terrible. You can get an hd 7850 for $30 less than that 650ti and it is ALOT better.
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November 19, 2013 9:50:53 AM

A few minor changes:

Change the GPU to a 650ti boost. They can be found for the same price as is listed on the parts picker list and will give you some additional performance.

Change your single memory stick to (2) 2gb modules or (2) 4gb modules if the budget allows. With a single memory dimm, you will lose memory bandwidth/performance as the memory controller is designed to operate in dual channel mode.

If your budget allows for it, I would not save a few bucks to go with a cheaper PSU. A cheap PSU is much more prone to failure, especially when decent loads from gaming are applied to them. When a cheap PSU fails, it can damage your entire system, definitely not worth a few $.

Aside from those changes, everything looks really well balanced.
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November 19, 2013 10:02:40 AM

Here is something for your budget

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus A85XM-A Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $480.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-19 13:08 EST-0500)
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