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December 14, 2013 7:35:16 PM

I have $300 to spend just on the pc itself. I have money for the os and keyboard/mouse. With the $300 I plan to game sc2 at low-medium settings, Combat Arms, and Minecraft. My friend just got me into LoL and I want to play that as well.

I have a 1920x1080p monitor by lg. Here is my build so far.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2ksnr

Because I will be using an integrated graphic card, I really just focused on ram. I paired up 2x4gb 1866 to increase speed as that seems logical since the gpu is in cpu. I wanted the cpu at least 3.0Ghz since this is an AMD chip and at decent igpu. Later on, I will upgrade to an actual discrete gpu.

Because of the cheap parts, will this build last for about 2 years? I don't want to spend 300 then have it last for like 6 months or a year.


December 14, 2013 7:43:29 PM

if you go amd please get a fx cpu maybe a fx 6xxx its good for gaming witha card
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December 14, 2013 7:52:04 PM

It won't last for 2 years. $300 is way too low of a budget. Might as well buy a console. $400 could get you much farther and with $500 I think it should last you 2 years.
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December 14, 2013 8:02:51 PM

imho you should a get a better cpu. You always can buy another 4GB later:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $312.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-14 23:01 EST-0500)
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December 14, 2013 8:48:29 PM

jjs0891 said:
It won't last for 2 years. $300 is way too low of a budget. Might as well buy a console. $400 could get you much farther and with $500 I think it should last you 2 years.


This isn't just a gaming system. I want to do school work as well. And the new ps4 and xbox1 is really overrated. Besides the games I play are only for pc
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December 14, 2013 8:51:46 PM

filippi said:
imho you should a get a better cpu. You always can buy another 4GB later:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $312.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-14 23:01 EST-0500)


How about this?
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2kuW8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2kuW8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2kuW8/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ECS A960M-M3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($28.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $296.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-14 23:50 EST-0500)

Instead of apu someone suggest to go with FX. I did and for the gpu I went with 5450. Yes 5450 is nothing but I looked at the games I play and the specs recommend even smaller like 4000. I think Im going to get another 5450 and crossfire it.
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December 14, 2013 9:35:27 PM

You will not be able to crossfire with this ECS A960M-M3. And it has just two slots for memory so (2 x 2GB) will be bad for upgrade.
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December 14, 2013 9:43:17 PM

HD 8570D (A8-6600K) is far superior to HD5450.
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December 14, 2013 10:07:12 PM

filippi said:
HD 8570D (A8-6600K) is far superior to HD5450.


I made a new build. Check this one out?

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

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $300.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 01:03 EST-0500)
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December 14, 2013 10:44:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $322.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 01:44 EST-0500)
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December 15, 2013 7:31:12 AM

filippi said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($32.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $322.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-15 01:44 EST-0500)



Ha really?! Thanks! Ill just have to see what I can do for the 7750. I'm sure i can get it but I just need a free copy of w7 or w8 I dont care.
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December 15, 2013 5:51:24 PM

Dont forget to find a GDDR5 one. Just like that PowerColor Radeon HD 7750 ($59.99 @ Newegg).
gl!
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