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December 25, 2013 9:04:19 PM

Hey guys, this is my first attempt at building a gaming computer and I would like to keep it around the $500 dollar range. I've been searching around the forums and found this thread which seems recent enough and along the lines of what I want to build:

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1910617/500-doll...

If either of those builds are still relevantly good now, then I can just go off of one of those. If you think there might be a better build then I'll list what I already have. I have a Samsung TV that I will use as a monitor for now and a decent wireless mouse that I have for my laptop. I have the wireless router in my room so I can just run an Ethernet cable to the PC from there. I don't need an OS either.

I'd like to run games like Battlefield 4 and Final Fantasy 14 on as high a setting as possible but don't mind running them on medium as long as they run well.

One final note, I live in the US and will be ordering piece by piece.

Thanks for your help and Merry Christmas!
maccron

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December 26, 2013 11:02:14 PM
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The posts you linked are good builds and will be able to play the games you listed, however, there has been an increase in price on Radeon cards, so those builds don't exactly fit your price range anymore.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($116.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($56.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($23.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $485.88

This build should be able to do fine. it will be able to run Bf4 at 30+fps on ultra.
December 27, 2013 2:15:48 PM

Thanks for the reply! In your opinion should I be relying on the rebates for pricing or should I be going off of the full price? I hear that the companies don't always honor them.
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December 27, 2013 2:38:16 PM

maccron said:
Thanks for the reply! In your opinion should I be relying on the rebates for pricing or should I be going off of the full price? I hear that the companies don't always honor them.


I'm not sure if they don't honor them, however, I have heard of them taking up to 6 months. If you would like, I could put together another build excluding rebates for around the same price.
December 27, 2013 2:38:32 PM

maccron said:
Thanks for the reply! In your opinion should I be relying on the rebates for pricing or should I be going off of the full price? I hear that the companies don't always honor them.


I'm not sure if they don't honor them, however, I have heard of them taking up to 6 months. If you would like, I could put together another build excluding rebates for around the same price.
December 27, 2013 3:31:36 PM

Shwerfy said:
maccron said:
Thanks for the reply! In your opinion should I be relying on the rebates for pricing or should I be going off of the full price? I hear that the companies don't always honor them.


I'm not sure if they don't honor them, however, I have heard of them taking up to 6 months. If you would like, I could put together another build excluding rebates for around the same price.


That would be greatly appreciated!
December 27, 2013 3:44:13 PM

maccron said:
Shwerfy said:
maccron said:
Thanks for the reply! In your opinion should I be relying on the rebates for pricing or should I be going off of the full price? I hear that the companies don't always honor them.


I'm not sure if they don't honor them, however, I have heard of them taking up to 6 months. If you would like, I could put together another build excluding rebates for around the same price.


That would be greatly appreciated!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus A55M-A Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza Triton 401 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $500.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 18:42 EST-0500)

This should be relatively the same when it comes to FPS. You should still be able to play most games on high settings with a good framerate.
if you want it a little under $500, you can get a cheap $20 case or something.

December 27, 2013 6:24:07 PM

Shwerfy said:
maccron said:
Shwerfy said:
maccron said:
Thanks for the reply! In your opinion should I be relying on the rebates for pricing or should I be going off of the full price? I hear that the companies don't always honor them.


I'm not sure if they don't honor them, however, I have heard of them taking up to 6 months. If you would like, I could put together another build excluding rebates for around the same price.


That would be greatly appreciated!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus A55M-A Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.66 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($154.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza Triton 401 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power : Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $500.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 18:42 EST-0500)

This should be relatively the same when it comes to FPS. You should still be able to play most games on high settings with a good framerate.
if you want it a little under $500, you can get a cheap $20 case or something.



Thanks again for the replies. I think I'm going to spend the extra bit and go with your original parts list. It'll be nice to set some games on ultra high setting. This is going to be exciting!
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