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Need a 500-525$ PC (I'm in Canada)

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January 19, 2014 11:20:23 PM

I'm looking for a gaming PC because I am considering switching to PC gaming from consoles.
Looking to play Bf4 on at least Med settings and other games like Starbound and Garry's mod.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!:bounce: 

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January 19, 2014 11:28:54 PM
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EgnS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EgnS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EgnS/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A85XA-G43 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $459.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-20 02:28 EST-0500)
January 19, 2014 11:35:38 PM

With mantel supposedly bringing a huge performance increase to bf4 i would recommend a radeon R9 270X for the GPU. As for the rest of the build i could pick out many good parts but i will leave that up to you with just some simple advice.

1. For the PSU the more amps on a single 12v rail is far more important than the wattage of said power supply

2. Always spend more on your GPU than the CPU

3. unless your going to overclock heavily the MB does not have to cost a lot, just make sure it supports the processor you want and preferably has a PCI Express 3.0 slot.

I was a life time console gamer until this summer and i got into pc building and after buildng my rig i will never go back:) 
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January 19, 2014 11:41:23 PM

JakeM7926 said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EgnS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EgnS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2EgnS/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A85XA-G43 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($71.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $459.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-20 02:28 EST-0500)


Wow, thx for such quick answer.
January 19, 2014 11:42:09 PM

XxXGunXxXGraveXxX said:
With mantel supposedly bringing a huge performance increase to bf4 i would recommend a radeon R9 270X for the GPU. As for the rest of the build i could pick out many good parts but i will leave that up to you with just some simple advice.

1. For the PSU the more amps on a single 12v rail is far more important than the wattage of said power supply

2. Always spend more on your GPU than the CPU

3. unless your going to overclock heavily the MB does not have to cost a lot, just make sure it supports the processor you want and preferably has a PCI Express 3.0 slot.

I was a life time console gamer until this summer and i got into pc building and after buildng my rig i will never go back:) 

Mantle doesnt even have a release date yet, i dont expect the implementation of mantle for a while from now... but BF4 is better optimized for AMD cards and CPU, and a 270x is around 230$ which is almost half of his total budget ... haha

January 20, 2014 12:10:50 AM



You can make a build under his budget with a R9 270X......

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($194.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $502.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-20 03:09 EST-0500)

It looks like we both forgot a case, but a NZXT tempest for 39.99 on newegg is what i am using and it fits a 280X and a full ATX board with room to spare.
January 20, 2014 12:13:36 AM

1.his budget is 500 canadian = 470 USD,
2. thats an r9 270
3. 4gb of ram isn't preferable for gaming.
4. try to make your system even, dont skimp on other parts..
January 20, 2014 12:17:30 AM

I used 4GB of ram when i built mine and i was playing BF4 at 60 FPS and over maxed settings. Your right that was a 270 but for 10$ more is a 270X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... The other parts were not skimpy when you compare the performace gain he will get by using a 270X and the 6300.
January 20, 2014 12:20:40 AM

XxXGunXxXGraveXxX said:
I used 4GB of ram when i built mine and i was playing BF4 at 60 FPS and over maxed settings. Your right that was a 270 but for 10$ more is a 270X http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... The other parts were not skimpy when you compare the performace gain he will get by using a 270X and the 6300.


He will get more performance out of it esp since its a 2gb card and a 6 core, but its already 30$ over his budget w/o a case and when he buys an o/s and add on's he will end up spending 600+
January 20, 2014 12:24:06 AM

Oh, and that RAM is 1333 basically the slowest you can buy now days, that is what i would consider a skimp + its only 4gb, that is seriously limiting your multitasking capabilities..
January 20, 2014 12:25:56 AM

It is 30 over 500$ but he said 500$-525$, also you did not include a case or OS either so i was just giving an alternative to your build. Your was good but i was just offering an alternative that in my opinion was better for not much more.
January 20, 2014 12:34:30 AM

XxXGunXxXGraveXxX said:
Mine was also 1333, mhz makes such a small difference in performance it is worth the small hit.

Heres the ram i used. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I added 4 GB more and i literally had no difference in gaming performance :(  It was a waste of 45$

yeah, im not trying to be cold, im sorry if i came off as rude.. im not trying to shutdown your opinion, your build would run faster than mine, it would just be more expensive...

January 20, 2014 12:40:35 AM

No worries i didnt see it as rude, i had no idea of the conversion and he did say it could go up to 525$ so i took the extra 25 and got a huge performance increase. I researched pc building a lot, so i know the smaller things to go light on and what to spend more $ on. I just wanted to add my opinion on what i would personally use because of my extensive research.
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