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December 31, 2013 10:05:21 PM

I'm trying to build a pc on a budget of $500, and need suggestions on the parts that I was recommended. I was also wondering if all of the parts would be compatible with each other, or if you could recommend a better replacement for the part.

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

GPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
a b 4 Gaming
December 31, 2013 10:16:58 PM

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

Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($125.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $299.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-01 01:16 EST-0500)
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December 31, 2013 10:19:38 PM

few small changes not to much more money. put in faster ram for 5.00 more. put in a better case for 5.00 less. for a gaming pc your power supply was slightly undersized. the 7790 card with rebate is faster card then the 7770 the 7790 is only about 10 slower then the 7850. on parts picker there a 1g asus 7790 for 100.00 after 20.00 rebate. the 2g ram card has more video ram for larger frame buffer.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 31, 2013 10:23:28 PM

I've gone over all the parts, and they are compatible. :) 

I saw a few things tho.
The Case isn't a good brand. So don't expect much.
The CPU is a dual core. And that's not to good for video editing, multitasking, and some games.
The PSU is the minimum requirement for a HD 7770. So it should still work, just keep that in mind.

Here is a better build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: MSI B85-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($69.99 @ J&R)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($115.66 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($7.98 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.61 @ B&H)
URL: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tDBF
Total: $607.15
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

So if ya could swing an extra $100, you could get a bit better computer. But with a $500 budget, and you want at least a quad core, then you will need to go with a AMD CPU... I usually don't suggest AMD CPUs, but when you got a lower budget its really the only option, or just about.

I deleted the AMD build, because I realized that it would be better just going with the i3 build now, then upgrade in the future. If you do go with the AMD build, then your pretty much stuck with a crappy CPU. And upgrading your AMD 6 core to an 8 core isn't going to really increase FPS.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 31, 2013 10:25:03 PM

a GREAT deal with a 1080p gpu. which can get you good fps with medium - high at that resolution.
Nice combination of CPU .
However a bit out of budget But still a worth deal.
If you are not willing to go out of it get a 7790 for like 100$

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $517.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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a b 4 Gaming
December 31, 2013 10:46:56 PM

swizecki said:
I'm trying to build a pc on a budget of $500, and need suggestions on the parts that I was recommended. I was also wondering if all of the parts would be compatible with each other, or if you could recommend a better replacement for the part.

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

GPU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Ram:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...


very good build, the i3 is a more than capable mid range gaming cpu despite what others say about its lack of being a true quad core, its faster than a 6 core amd cpu in most benchmarks. the video card should really be higher end for a gaming build though.
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a b 4 Gaming
December 31, 2013 10:56:35 PM

yes but a dual core is absolute and will lack in performance in any upcoming years.
so a 6 core is better deal and for less price!
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a b 4 Gaming
December 31, 2013 11:10:16 PM

iam2thecrowe said:

very good build, the i3 is a more than capable mid range gaming cpu despite what others say about its lack of being a true quad core, its faster than a 6 core amd cpu in most benchmarks. the video card should really be higher end for a gaming build though.


Agreed 90%. I've had many discussions on the same subject. Like a AMD 6 core is going to do its job. Run a computer. Good? no. It will run it worse than an Intel dual core, in most cases. Except with video editing and high multitasking programs. I was just saying that it would be good to get a Intel quad core. He ain't gonna regret it.

And as for the graphics card. The card is going to do fine playing games. Could play any game with 30+ FPS. Except crysis. But he would only need a better card if he was really in to it. The only reason for getting a better graphics card would be either to know that your computer is a complete beast, or for video editing and recording games at high res. But for a first time build, I don't see Swizecki really being that much into it.

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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 6:12:16 AM

For a price of AMD it becomes absolutely better choice over i3 + the extra cores will really be helpfull for some highly intensive games like BF4 , AC IV
http://gamegpu.ru/images/remote/http--www.gamegpu.ru-im...
Source: http://www.bf4blog.com/battlefield-4-retail-gpu-cpu-ben...
something like that is fairly enough to show its better working.
However not all games uses more than 4 cores. but it is said they will soon be made good enough due to new game engines and new consoles , to take up full use of extra cores and give no drop in performance.

But still Intel prove better in gaming , however i3 is a bit low even if it beats 6300 , it isnt really worth of upgrade.
Btw for extra funds you may wanna just get 8320 which is far better than both.

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January 1, 2014 1:09:06 PM

Niko_boy said:
For a price of AMD it becomes absolutely better choice over i3 + the extra cores will really be helpfull for some highly intensive games like BF4 , AC IV
http://gamegpu.ru/images/remote/http--www.gamegpu.ru-im...
Source: http://www.bf4blog.com/battlefield-4-retail-gpu-cpu-ben...
something like that is fairly enough to show its better working.
However not all games uses more than 4 cores. but it is said they will soon be made good enough due to new game engines and new consoles , to take up full use of extra cores and give no drop in performance.

But still Intel prove better in gaming , however i3 is a bit low even if it beats 6300 , it isnt really worth of upgrade.
Btw for extra funds you may wanna just get 8320 which is far better than both.



Now that I think of it, it would be better to stick with the i3 for now then upgrade later. If you do go AMD, then your stuck with the same performance. Upgrading from a 6 core to a 8 core isn't really going to help.

And I've seen other benchmarks of BF4.
http://static.techspot.com/articles-info/734/bench/CPU_...

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a b 4 Gaming
January 1, 2014 3:29:35 PM

Niko_boy said:
yes but a dual core is absolute and will lack in performance in any upcoming years.
so a 6 core is better deal and for less price!


i disagree, there still are, and will be many games that do not take advantage of more than 3 cores, the i3 still shows much improvement over a non-hyperthreding dual core cpu. you also then have the option to upgrade to an i5 or i7, where as the amd route your stuck at a maximum upgrade of an 8 core cpu, which is about as powerful as an i5 in the absolute best case scenario that a game is written to utilize all its cores properly, and in most scenario's is quite a bit slower than any i5/i7 and in some cases the 8 core cpu is slower than a dual core i3.
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