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February 7, 2014 6:35:23 PM

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

This is my first build and I used a lot of ideas from YouTube videos. Just wondering if there are any problems with the build and if there aren't what can I do to make it better.
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February 7, 2014 6:44:06 PM

This will get you much better performance. At that budget, you want to squeeze every dollar you can into the GPU. The 2GB 7790 is a perfect budget card.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($143.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($36.61 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $578.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 21:42 EST-0500)


You will be able to run BF3 (not 4) at a mix of High/Ultra, which is awesome at this budget :) 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6837/amd-radeon-7790-revi...
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February 7, 2014 6:44:12 PM

I changed a few things. Here's what I recommend you :

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Pe50
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Pe50/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Pe50/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus A55BM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.66 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($127.27 @ TigerDirect)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $555.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-07 21:43 EST-0500)
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February 7, 2014 6:48:14 PM

If you are going for gaming, R9 270 at ~$200 is about the minimum if you want to play in 1080p.
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February 7, 2014 7:07:49 PM

Don't use BF4 as a benchmark for graphics cards. Integrated graphics could play that game at 1080p. It's a GREAT game, but it just isn't stressful on a GPU in the slightest.
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February 7, 2014 7:09:26 PM

Yeah, but it is the most intensive game that most people will play.
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February 7, 2014 7:13:30 PM

Metro: Last Light? AC4: Black Flag? Just to name a couple that will wreck a 260X at 1080p. If you don't mind turning down the resolution to like 1600x900, then the 260x will do most games at that resolution without a single problem at all.
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February 7, 2014 8:15:42 PM

Thanks guys
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February 8, 2014 12:07:07 PM

The 260x plays LL at 1200p in the Very High setting at 30 FPS. Dropping to 1080p, and taking some stuff down to High and not overkilling AA will get respectable performance. And I used BF4 because that's what a lot of people play.
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