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$500 New Build Gaming - Compatible/Optimized for Price?

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January 22, 2014 10:29:15 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $600~ After rebates and after shipping/taxes.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Heavy duty gaming/workstation performance maxed at price point.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, included below.

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com and Newegg.

Location: Nevada, US.

Parts Preferences: None, performance for price points is everything.

Overclocking: I would like the option to.

SLI or Crossfire: Not necessary but welcome.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600x900.

Additional Comments: Quiet PC great, worried about motherboard RAM speed vs bought RAM speed (1333 vs 1600). Would like it to run 24/7 near full load.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Heavy gaming/workstation use near 24/7.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($47.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.10 @ Amazon)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2037m-LED 20.0" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($11.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $583.20
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 13:34 EST-0500)

Thanks for all reviews, updates and help.

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January 22, 2014 10:56:37 AM

I would use an FX 6300 and a better motherboard with a 970 series chipset . Only available in ATX so you'd need a midtower case too

Your RAM should be rated for 1.5 volts [ or less]
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January 22, 2014 11:53:10 AM

Heavy gaming/workstation use near 24/7 usually requires TWICE this budget to equate to the performance level expected by such "Heavy gaming/workstation use near 24/7". A $500 PC just is for moderate level playing in games graphic levels and expect lower FPS as well.

Given that
1) Do you already have a Off the Shelf (not from your old HP/Dell/etc.) copy of Windows? I do not see any OS listed in the build. (Normally in store $179 for Windows, PartPicker get as low as $79)
2) Most games state MINIMUM of 4GB, you have only 4GB to run the OS, Antivirus, etc. PLUS the 'heavy Gaming', this is not going to work and will run into performance issues. The Norm is 8GB, for "Heavy gaming/workstation" the standard is 16-24GB. In all cases anything above 3GB requires a OS running 64Bit not 32Bit, else it can't "address" the rest (doesn't see the rest of the memory).
3) Smart going with the AMD FX-8xxx series, this equates to Intel i5 performance. Depending on how "Heavy gaming/workstation" your doing (this is subjugative quantification) this will either 'meet' your current demands or you will again feel 'performance issues'. There is no challenge to the i7 Core presently (SIGH!) in performance or any bench marks, it always tops the charts (COME ON AMD! Get something out there already!!) over all others and is considered THE CPU if you are "Heavy gaming/workstation use near 24/7".

Taking that into your mind for a moment you could score alot better with this sort of solution:

http://slickdeals.net/f/6573552-acer-desktop-pc-intel-c...

Intel Core i7-4770 3.4GHz (4th generation, Haswell, 4 Cores / 8 Threads)
12GB DDR3 Memory
1TB SATA Hard Drive
Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics
DVD Burner
Media Card Reader
Gigabit Network Adapter
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Wireless Network Adapter
USB 3.0 + USB 2.0
HDMI Out
300W Power Supply
Windows 8
Keyboard + Mouse
1-Year Warranty

Wait a couple weeks of paychecks (Min wage job 7.25 per hour x 40 hours = $290 per week) , then buy the LCD screen, Upgrade the PSU (I wouldnt' go with too cheapy on PSU as they tend to fail or not perform enough - says 430W but performs like a 300W) to something reliable and enough to power your Video card you choose from (say a R9?) and you would well have on the cheap a FULL system that can perform HEAVY Gaming and Workstation demands without low performance or delays.
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January 22, 2014 12:14:54 PM

Seems like a good build to me although like Outlander said drop the 8350 and get a 6300. Spend the money on a better GPU instead like a 7850. I have the motherboard listed in this build and it does the job fine although looking to upgrade mine in the near future. Hear is what I suggest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($47.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.67 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.10 @ Amazon)
Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($11.99 @ Mwave)
Total: $570.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 15:14 EST-0500)

The monitor in this build is also slightly bigger and is 1920x1080.

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January 22, 2014 5:33:17 PM

Already ordered the CPU and GPU so no changing it now, and im happy with it anyway.

As for the motherboard and RAM - any recommendations for under around $50-60 that has similar features and quality but has 1600 ram support?

Also I replaced the HDD with:
samsung evo 120 gb SSD - how to adjust

build/mobo for it?

Also, will everything here fit?

thinking about upgrading to this for renewed needs:
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-SATA-6Gbps-Motherboards-...


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1) Big concern, will this PC be quiet enough in my room to sleep with? It'll be on 24/7. Its pretty important and that case has great cooling with mesh/openness but also b/c of that it will be pretty noisy? How do I adjust? I'm used to a laptop at night - inspiron 1520 (old lol).

2) Will I be able to overclock to max safe long run level for the CPU with this mobo? IF not, any suggestions for price to performance ratio mobo/cooling option alternatives?
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January 23, 2014 8:28:41 AM

The RAM I picked out is only $43 and is 1600Mhz.
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