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Best AMD parts for $500 gaming/work PC?

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January 12, 2014 9:41:28 AM

Hello I just joined on this website a minute ago because I wanted to ask which parts are the 'better' parts than the others for my price point.
I want to build a PC with and AMD Motherboard, CPU, and GPU for $500(+50/-50).
I'm going to use the computer for heavy gaming with a 3 monitor setup and also for computer programming/3D rendering.
The case isn't so much an issue and is really a preference for me.
Games I'll play: Gran Turismo 6, Tribes: Ascend, Warframe, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Sims 3.
3D rendering software: Autodesk software

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January 12, 2014 9:57:27 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($210.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $505.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 12:53 EST-0500)

$500 is a very low budget amount to builds a gaming computer to play the games that you want to at a decent setting and resolution. As you can see the $500 was needed to get the CPU.MB and Video Card and nothing left for ram , HDD , PSU and case.
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January 12, 2014 10:04:30 AM

3 monitor gaming setup requires a good computer that you can't get with 500$. You need to spend around 300$ only for a good GPU. You must raise your budget to 800-1000$ to make it work
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January 12, 2014 10:15:31 AM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($210.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $505.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 12:53 EST-0500)

$500 is a very low budget amount to builds a gaming computer to play the games that you want to at a decent setting and resolution. As you can see the $500 was needed to get the CPU.MB and Video Card and nothing left for ram , HDD , PSU and case.


I see, so what price am I looking at for the rest of the components?
Here are some I've been looking at...
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Disc Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 12, 2014 10:17:33 AM

michxymi said:
3 monitor gaming setup requires a good computer that you can't get with 500$. You need to spend around 300$ only for a good GPU. You must raise your budget to 800-1000$ to make it work


I was going to spend around $800-$1,000 for all of the parts together: os, monitors, keyboard/mouse, etc.
I guess that I will have to spend around $1,200 for this build correct?
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January 12, 2014 6:17:11 PM

Doing a good bit of shopping should get you some sales, rebates and price reduction on the parts needed. You can easily get your build for $1000 and if your budget is between $1000 and $1200 you can improve on the video card.
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January 12, 2014 6:39:06 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($225.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1015.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 21:38 EST-0500)
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January 12, 2014 7:43:44 PM

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

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($224.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($115.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card ($225.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $1015.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 21:38 EST-0500)


Here is my list I made in another thread: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Nabbu/saved/3pT5
I chose most of my parts list from your earlier suggestions, I just removed the OS and updated it again to show the hardware only. Also I changed a few parts on my list with yours because you had cheaper versions.
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January 12, 2014 8:15:12 PM

**CPU** | [AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd8320frhkbox) | $149.99 @ TigerDirect
**CPU Cooler** | [Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h100i) | $99.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-crosshair...) | $224.99 @ SuperBiiz
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31600c9q16g...) | $153.99 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-h...) | $83.48 @ SuperBiiz
**Video Card** | [Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100354...) | $207.55 @ Newegg
**Case** | [Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange ATX Mid Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-cc9011038ww) | $74.99 @ Microcenter
**Case Fan** | [Corsair CO-9050013-WW 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050013...) | $17.60 @ Newegg
**Case Fan** | [Corsair CO-9050013-WW 62.7 CFM 120mm Fan](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-case-fan-co9050013...) | $17.60 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cmpsu...) | $109.99 @ Amazon
**Optical Drive** | [Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-optical-drive-drw24b1...) | $16.98 @ OutletPC
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-glc01844) | $177.70 @ OutletPC
**Monitor** | [Asus VS248H-P 24.0" Monitor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-monitor-vs248hp) | $178.00 @ B&H
**Keyboard** | [Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-keyboard-jqd0000...) | $44.99 @ Newegg
**Mouse** | [Microsoft SideWinder X5 Wired Laser Mouse](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-mouse-arb00001) | $18.98 @ Mac Mall
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1576.82
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 23:14 EST-0500 |
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January 13, 2014 7:39:23 AM

The list looks good and the good thing about part picker is it allows you to build a virtual computer to make sure that the parts chosen are what you want and the total price is manageable.
You can also make selections based on a few chosen stores instead of all available if you want to try and get the parts shipped in just a few shipments , for example you can uncheck all stores and then just select Amazon and Newegg or even just one store.
Keep in mind that when gaming the video card is the single most important part and you should always get the highest model that you can afford.
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January 13, 2014 8:34:08 AM

inzone said:
The list looks good and the good thing about part picker is it allows you to build a virtual computer to make sure that the parts chosen are what you want and the total price is manageable.
You can also make selections based on a few chosen stores instead of all available if you want to try and get the parts shipped in just a few shipments , for example you can uncheck all stores and then just select Amazon and Newegg or even just one store.
Keep in mind that when gaming the video card is the single most important part and you should always get the highest model that you can afford.


What card would you suggest then to go with this build? I like the R9 270x but if there's something better for a little more I don't mind the price difference. Also I was going to buy these parts all at once after saving up so which company is the best at shipping? or has free shipping?
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January 13, 2014 12:53:54 PM

If you look at the models that AMD has you'll see that they not only have the 270x but the 280x ,290 and 290x. Naturally with each progression upwards the price increases so that's why I said " get the highest model that you can afford." If your ok with the 270x and are comfortable with it's price then go with it , any higher model will not only increase performance but the price as well.

Amazon has free shipping over $35 as long as it's in their whse , Newegg has the better parts selection and most of the time the parts include free shipping but there can be parts that do not have free shipping.
If you can find everything on Amazon and supplied by them then you'll get free shipping.
Both have many warehouses that they ship from and you will get several different packages but it won't affect the free shipping.
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