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PLEASE HELP ME BUILD a $420 gaming pc (read the note below)

please help me build my gaming pc.. ive read tons of articles but im still confuse of the compatibility and all..(note: system unit only i already have case, fans,600w psu and HDD..OS)

cpu:?
motherboard:?
GPU:?
ram:?

ill be using it mainly for gaming..
crossfire online
BF4
Total war games
yulgang2 online
saints row
ACreed


pls need help
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  1. Go to cyberpowerpc.com and select a base build with free shipping, and then make it what you want. You'll get better performance with an Intel build, but it'll cost you more. AMD will work very well with a budget. (Don't listen to the haters and fanboys. AMD makes very good products. It's true they don't really compete with Intel. But for the price they're totally worth it.) Keep in mind that the site won't let you go astray as far as compatibility is concered, and that your two bottlenecks will be CPU and GPU. Don't worry about the the MHz next to the memory description, it'll make little difference to you. Get the AMD FX 6300 or better and a Radeon card that ends with 'x', e.g. 260x, 280x. You'll find what you need.

    Best of luck.
  2. Here's a start

    Since you don't need the case, PSU and HDD then

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($116.97 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $421.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 00:31 EST-0500)
  3. Cace Roree said:
    please help me build my gaming pc.. ive read tons of articles but im still confuse of the compatibility and all..(note: system unit only i already have case, fans,600w psu and HDD..OS)

    cpu:?
    motherboard:?
    GPU:?
    ram:?

    ill be using it mainly for gaming..
    crossfire online
    BF4
    Total war games
    yulgang2 online
    saints row
    ACreed


    pls need help

    Hi,
    I have just had a look around for you and have come up with this ;)

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Nyyo

    Type|Item|Price
    :----|:----|:----
    **CPU** | [AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor | $119.99 @ Newegg
    **Motherboard** | [ASRock 970 PRO3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard | $64.99 @ Newegg
    **Memory** | [A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $69.99 @ Newegg
    **Video Card** | [Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card | $222.98 @ SuperBiiz
    | | **Total**
    | Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $467.95
    | Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 00:37 EST-0500 |
    All of that ads up to $468, if you can find the extra $48 dollars it is well worth it. Hope this helps :D
  4. clayofthe757 said:
    Go to cyberpowerpc.com and select a base build with free shipping, and then make it what you want. You'll get better performance with an Intel build, but it'll cost you more. AMD will work very well with a budget. (Don't listen to the haters and fanboys. AMD makes very good products. It's true they don't really compete with Intel. But for the price they're totally worth it.) Keep in mind that the site won't let you go astray as far as compatibility is concered, and that your two bottlenecks will be CPU and GPU. Don't worry about the the MHz next to the memory description, it'll make little difference to you. Get the AMD FX 6300 or better and a Radeon card that ends with 'x', e.g. 260x, 280x. You'll find what you need.

    Best of luck.


    fx 6300 is better than a10 6800k?
  5. rolandzhang3 said:
    Here's a start

    Since you don't need the case, PSU and HDD then

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($116.97 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $421.74
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-05 00:31 EST-0500)


    may i ask y most of budget pc builds recommend the fx instead of a series..? curious..
  6. Cace Roree said:
    clayofthe757 said:
    Go to cyberpowerpc.com and select a base build with free shipping, and then make it what you want. You'll get better performance with an Intel build, but it'll cost you more. AMD will work very well with a budget. (Don't listen to the haters and fanboys. AMD makes very good products. It's true they don't really compete with Intel. But for the price they're totally worth it.) Keep in mind that the site won't let you go astray as far as compatibility is concered, and that your two bottlenecks will be CPU and GPU. Don't worry about the the MHz next to the memory description, it'll make little difference to you. Get the AMD FX 6300 or better and a Radeon card that ends with 'x', e.g. 260x, 280x. You'll find what you need.

    Best of luck.


    fx 6300 is better than a10 6800k?


    Yes because the a10 6800K is a APU, which means there is a weak video card built onto a weak CPU. So if you have the money it is always better to get a separate CPU and a powerfully Deseret video card, so go with the FX 6300 and something like a R9 270x
  7. FX has better CPU performance than the A series. You only pick up an A series APU if you don't need a discrete video card.
  8. eluin and ohyouknow thanks for help.. and i gues fx is cheaper than a10.. so i would switch to fx..

    about the motherboard.. asrock is better than gigabyte for fx cpu?
  9. clayofthe757 said:
    Go to cyberpowerpc.com and select a base build with free shipping, and then make it what you want. You'll get better performance with an Intel build, but it'll cost you more. AMD will work very well with a budget. (Don't listen to the haters and fanboys. AMD makes very good products. It's true they don't really compete with Intel. But for the price they're totally worth it.) Keep in mind that the site won't let you go astray as far as compatibility is concered, and that your two bottlenecks will be CPU and GPU. Don't worry about the the MHz next to the memory description, it'll make little difference to you. Get the AMD FX 6300 or better and a Radeon card that ends with 'x', e.g. 260x, 280x. You'll find what you need.

    Best of luck.


    thanks sir.. how bwt a solid board for FX?
  10. Cace Roree said:
    eluin and ohyouknow thanks for help.. and i gues fx is cheaper than a10.. so i would switch to fx..

    about the motherboard.. asrock is better than gigabyte for fx cpu?


    No not necessary asrock and gigabyte are both good brands, There is a bit of hate floating around saying that asrock is bad. But i have built two systems using asrock boards and i have had no problems with them.
  11. eliun said:
    Cace Roree said:
    eluin and ohyouknow thanks for help.. and i gues fx is cheaper than a10.. so i would switch to fx..

    about the motherboard.. asrock is better than gigabyte for fx cpu?


    No not necessary asrock and gigabyte are both good brands, There is a bit of hate floating around saying that asrock is bad. But i have built two systems using asrock boards and i have had no problems with them.


    ive read some too..in terms of price i think they are quite the same.. do you mind helping me with VC? which is better for gaming .. 650Ti or the 7790? both 1gb gddr5
  12. They are pretty much the same cards but I would go with the 7790.
  13. Similar.
    Go for a more powerful card if you can afford it though.
  14. so it seems.. but im still trap on mobos.. asrock or gigabyte? under $100.. i want those u have 3.0 usb and crossfire/sli for future purposes..

    Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P < is this a good board for FX 6300?
  15. Go with Gigabyte. Asus and Gigabyte are the top-end manufacturers. A good Asus board will also do if you can find a suitable one.
  16. Cace Roree said:
    so it seems.. but im still trap on mobos.. asrock or gigabyte? under $100.. i want those u have 3.0 usb and crossfire/sli for future purposes..

    Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P < is this a good board for FX 6300?


    Yes that would be a good board to use, also if you want an asus board here is a good one the asus M5A97 R2.0 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873&clickid=ytWWPg2zXWgaWUxzxxWJBzJmUkTyCbXp5wOLRk0&iradid=97618&ircid=2106&irpid=79301&nm_mc=AFC-IR&cm_mmc=AFC-IR-_-na-_-na-_-na
  17. cst1992 said:
    Go with Gigabyte. Asus and Gigabyte are the top-end manufacturers. A good Asus board will also do if you can find a suitable one.


    i currently have these boards in mind..

    Asus M5A97 R2.0
    ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0
    Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P
  18. Cace Roree said:
    cst1992 said:
    Go with Gigabyte. Asus and Gigabyte are the top-end manufacturers. A good Asus board will also do if you can find a suitable one.


    i currently have these boards in mind..

    Asus M5A97 R2.0
    ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0
    Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P


    I would go with the Asus M5A97 R2.0
  19. eliun said:
    Cace Roree said:
    cst1992 said:
    Go with Gigabyte. Asus and Gigabyte are the top-end manufacturers. A good Asus board will also do if you can find a suitable one.


    i currently have these boards in mind..

    Asus M5A97 R2.0
    ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0
    Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P


    I would go with the Asus M5A97 R2.0



    what is its edge to the other two?
  20. Asus M5A97 R2.0 and Asus M5A97 LE R2.0.. whats LE?
  21. Best answer
    Here is a nice article tha would help you decide;

    System Builder Marathon (Q3 2013)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gaming-pc-core-i5,3708.html

    And here are 2 items which CPU and GPU would you consider.

    Graphics hierarchy chart
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    CPU Hierarchy Chart
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html
  22. The LE board has no heatsink on the VRM, meaning it's a bad idea to overclock with it
  23. rolandzhang3 said:
    The LE board has no heatsink on the VRM, meaning it's a bad idea to overclock with it


    not the LE then.. ^_^
  24. vaughn2k said:
    Here is a nice article tha would help you decide;

    System Builder Marathon (Q3 2013)
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-your-own-gaming-pc-core-i5,3708.html

    And here are 2 items which CPU and GPU would you consider.

    Graphics hierarchy chart
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html

    CPU Hierarchy Chart
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html


    thanks
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