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November 22, 2013 2:49:12 PM

Goals of my build

To play the latest titles at 768p with good frame rates for approx 3 years.
To be able to play at 1080p if I ever upgrade to a 1080p monitor.
To be affordable, I have a strict budget of $450. I don't want to go a dollar over that, I'm already pushing it, a lot(unless it means vastly improved performance).

Now on with the build.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($120)
GPU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($150)
MOBO:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($55)
RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($33)
PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($50)
Case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...($40)
Total:$448
No HDD, because I am reusing 2x HDD from my current PC(200 GB, and 100 GB).

My concerns,questions and requests.

Is the ASUS GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB overkill for 768p gaming? I think I might be overspending on power I don't need.

Will that PSU have enough wattage to handle a new mid range GPU in three years?

Now, I would like some input and improvements on this build. Perhaps a better GPU for the same price, or If the GPU is overkill where I should be directing my money etc.

Now my storage, will it be enough? Its only 300GB. I don't store alot of movies and photos. I don't plan on storing a library of games. Only a handful of my favorite titles. I am mainly making this build for Battlefield 4, I hear that game uses Mantle. So maybe an AMD card would be better, I don't know.

All ideas and suggestions are welcome. If someone wants to make an entirely new build(maybe an intel one) that would be great as well!

Cheers, Ariel.

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November 22, 2013 3:14:03 PM

It looks okay... but instead of the Rosewill PSU I'd get a Corsair CX500. It's only an extra $10. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Just curious though, considering your budget is $450 you should fit in bigger HDD into the budget. If you'd like I could give you a build for $450. Also, a 300GB HDD is alright... but you'll run problems in the future, trust me.
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November 22, 2013 3:15:17 PM

You could try this:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/26K6B
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/26K6B/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/26K6B/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.02 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $410.97
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-22 18:14 EST-0500)

It will let you also play at 1080p quite well if you upgrade to a better monitor/tv.
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November 22, 2013 4:48:09 PM

kassuba39, yes a $450 build with a HDD would be excellent.
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November 22, 2013 5:01:59 PM

ToxicFantom said:
kassuba39, yes a $450 build with a HDD would be excellent.


PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/26N6L
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/26N6L/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/26N6L/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($80.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $475.96
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
This should do you very well. It'll give you another 500GB of storage which would up your total system to 800GB. That all together would be plenty of space for all your games, videos, and songs if you are an average user. Since I had to add in a HDD, the hardware is a bit less powerful than what you first had in mind. Still keep in mind that you will still be able to run BF4 at 768p on med - high settings with this build. I did end up going $25 over what you anticipated but... I think it's necessary. If you do not need another disc drive (ex: if you can use the one form your old system) that could save you that $15. Happy building!
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November 23, 2013 3:35:44 PM

I am considering saving up another $40 for the FX-8320. Would that $40 be best spent towards the CPU or perhaps a bigger HDD? Its pretty tempting to go with the 8-core CPU, but then maybe 300GB is not enough space... I don't know because I have never really stored games on my HDD. But, maybe if I only stored games it would cut it.
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