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January 3, 2014 8:14:13 PM

Hey guys, after skipping out on the new consoles, I'm ready to start in the computer gaming world. My dad is still skeptical that I am able to build a computer that can handle my games, and so I need to prove to him I can. Due to my low budget, I need to leave out a few things. I've decided to use Linux, as the only games I want to play are LoL, Starbound, Gmod, MineCraft, and use Skype, all of which are playable on Steam for Linux. Anyways, here are my needs:

Approximate Purchase Date: Probably this week or the next

Range: $450 max, with as few rebates as possible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Internet surfing, Netflix

Are you buying a monitor: No, I have one.

Parts to Upgrade: Whole system

Do you need to buy OS: No, I'm using Linux

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Whoever has the cheapest parts :) 

Location: City, State/Region, Country: Southern N.J (too far away from the Microcenter)

Parts Preferences: Whatever's best, I have no preference.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not at this price

Your Monitor Resolution: My small one is 720p, large one is 1080p, and I'll be playing on both, so if it's slightly portable that'd be nice.

Additional Comments: I don't need this to do a whole bunch, as it will only be for light gaming and internet surfing. Also, I need this to have somewhat of an upgrade path, as I'll put better parts in later.

Why Are You Upgrading: My current laptop sucks for pretty much everything.


So there you are. If you need any more info, feel free to ask. Thanks!
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January 3, 2014 10:02:46 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($112.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $480.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 01:02 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
January 3, 2014 10:08:34 PM

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

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($80.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $393.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 01:08 EST-0500)
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January 3, 2014 10:09:01 PM

Thanks, but that's a little bit over budget for me.
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January 4, 2014 9:03:06 AM

Should I be concerned about that cheap motherboard?
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January 4, 2014 9:17:17 AM

I'd go with Bodeen's build if I were you. The only thing I would replace is getting an FM2+ mobo instead because it will offer you cpu upgrades in the future.
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a b 4 Gaming
January 4, 2014 9:50:03 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vx9S
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vx9S/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vx9S/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($80.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($47.98 @ OutletPC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $403.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 12:49 EST-0500)
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January 4, 2014 12:21:19 PM

Thanks so much guys! I live Eco's new build, and unless there's a problem, I will be going with that build. Thanks!
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January 4, 2014 1:11:31 PM

dcsheehan said:
Thanks so much guys! I live Eco's new build, and unless there's a problem, I will be going with that build. Thanks!


Ok thanks! And don't forget to choose the best solution! Happy Gaming!

-eco
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