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January 3, 2014 4:20:45 AM

Hey guys, so I've got this up-coming build, the thing is, its on a pretty tight budget. I might we able to wing another 80 in there but overall we're pushing 500. I'm worried that I might be sacrificing performance over cash. Any thoughts?

Here's my build:
AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor

MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card

Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case

Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer

Here's the partlist on PCPP: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2tHxQ
January 3, 2014 4:36:41 AM

Looks like a really nice budget build! Don't forget you still need an OS, though.
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January 3, 2014 4:46:59 AM

yep that CPU is quite old for perfoming in current Gen however this build should be sufficient for the budget:

-Good CPU to handle your PC for quite many years with a good mobo. AND much better than that old gen CPU.
-1TB HDD enough for gaming.
-7850 2gb best GPU for medium level 1080p gaming. (most of games can be raised to high in 1600x900 reso)
-The cases are quite expensive now. an Antec one was available for 29.99$ a week ago now its 44$ so yeah.
-PSU is a 500w to handle that GPU and CPU very well and allow some lite overclocking for GPU.
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 Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $518.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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January 3, 2014 4:55:50 AM

This would be much better...................

PCPartPicker part list: http://
Price breakdown by merchant: http://
Benchmarks: http://

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.49 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£66.72 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£54.92 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£158.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.44 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.36 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £531.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 12:54 GMT+0000)

Added in a much better cpu and power supply
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January 3, 2014 4:59:15 AM

Scremin34Egl said:
This would be much better...................

PCPartPicker part list: http://
Price breakdown by merchant: http://
Benchmarks: http://

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.49 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£66.72 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£54.92 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£158.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.44 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.36 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £531.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 12:54 GMT+0000)

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oh! i didnt saw that his budget was in UK prices :p .
in that case the above build much more suitable. Due to a better GPU!
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January 3, 2014 5:21:22 AM

Scremin34Egl said:
This would be much better...................

PCPartPicker part list: http://
Price breakdown by merchant: http://
Benchmarks: http://

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£82.49 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£66.72 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£54.92 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£158.72 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case (£63.44 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£49.36 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.98 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £531.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-03 12:54 GMT+0000)

Added in a much better cpu and power supply


Thanks man, that's a really big help. + I can most probably wing the extra 30!

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January 3, 2014 5:33:45 AM

Don't forget you will still need an OS!!!
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January 3, 2014 11:15:39 AM

eadlef said:
Don't forget you will still need an OS!!!


Yes yes, don't worry, I have that covered! I'ed be so embarrassed to spend 530 on my pc and forget the OS!
Thanks for the, 2 reminders anyway!
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