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Budget Gaming Pc Parts- when to buy?

I've never built my own pc or shopped for parts before so I need someone's opinion if I should buy now or if there are good sales closer to Christmas? There are several pieces in particular I have my eye on & I don't want them to run out of stock on Newegg but if the sales are going to improve later on, then I will wait on it. Opinions?
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  1. If an item is on sale and you want it, I recommend buying it as soon as possible, as by Christmas time or winter, they're going to be sold out.
  2. Nuclear101 said:
    If an item is on sale and you want it, I recommend buying it as soon as possible, as by Christmas time or winter, they're going to be sold out.


    The closer it gets to christmas the cheaper it gets but also stock is going to be a problem. So if a set of RAM is very cheap you may as well go for it.
  3. Wats ur budget
  4. iceclock said:
    Wats ur budget


    I am trying to keep at $600 or lower if possible. I myself can't spend much over $300 right now but I'm hoping to ask for the other parts as a Christmas gift :3

    Here's a link to my build if that helps
    http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TTtheTremendous/saved/36JV
  5. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ieJ8
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ieJ8/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ieJ8/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($160.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $588.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 14:36 EST-0500)

    heres better.

    the le isnt very good tbh and the regular version is worth 10$ more.
  6. iceclock said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ieJ8

    the le isnt very good tbh and the regular version is worth 10$ more.



    Ok sounds good. I will most likely go with that. I wasn't even aware that the motherboard I picked had a better version available so thanks! Out of curiosity, what is the difference that makes the regular version different? From the specs it seems to be something to do with not having a UEFI BIOS? (i am still learning :))
  7. the motherboards got a bit better parts, and a few extras not shur off my head. but def alot of people dislike the le version for a reason.
  8. I think the LE has a 4pin CPU connector vs a 8 on the regular. Also the LE doesn't have the VRM heatsink so its not as good for overclocking
  9. thats what i talt mate. thanks for clearing that up.
  10. Thanks for the info everyone! that is good to know about the regular version since I'd like to try overclocking.
  11. excellent :) do u require further assistance sir?
  12. Tip: since your asking for some parts for christmas, ask for the more expensive ones :PPPPPPP
  13. lol nice tip :D
  14. I do have one question, somewhat unrelated but I was wondering what exactly it means on PC Part Picker, its says "Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports."

    It doesn't say it's incompatible though, so is this just a matter of inconvenience/location of the ports or is it more complicated than that?
  15. means on top of the case there wont be usb 3.0. but in the back of the case yes. if its a problem i can find a new case.

    me personally doesnt matter.
  16. Basically you have a mobo that supports USB 3.0 headers at the front of the case and your case has USB 2.0 in the front or top. Its not really a problem if you don't use them anyways.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-shinobiwindow

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-200r

    ^ you can have a look at these cases as they have the 3.0 ports in the front.
  17. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ingA
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ingA/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ingA/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($160.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $585.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 19:04 EST-0500)

    with the antec or with this sniper2 case


    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2inpH
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2inpH/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2inpH/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($160.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apevia X-SNIPER2-WHT ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 520W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $588.58
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-10 19:09 EST-0500)
  18. Black Friday was probably the best time to buy, but they are still doing lots of deals and competing for sales due to christmas. So find a good deal on what you want and buy it. You don't need to buy everything all at once. It probably take a good week or 2 right now to get everything you want very cheaply if you wanted to save every penny.
  19. Best answer
    boxingday might come in to play. well see what deals they bring but usually are good
  20. $2 2gb usb's :D
  21. lol. id go for the 32gigs but 2gbs ok. cant handle much tho
  22. iceclock said:
    lol. id go for the 32gigs but 2gbs ok. cant handle much tho



    I still have my sandisk 2gb USB when they costed $120. Went through 2 washes in my pocket when I forgot to take it out. Still works good too haha, but now I love the solid Patriot Super magnum. Wish it was a bit smaller tho ;p
  23. Thank you everyone for the advice. I think I'm all set now. & i will be sure to use sportfreak23's tip LOL ;)
  24. TTtheTremendous said:
    Thank you everyone for the advice. I think I'm all set now. & i will be sure to use sportfreak23's tip LOL ;)


    hehehe have fun with the build ;p and merry christmas
  25. excellent sir.
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