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February 10, 2014 9:34:43 AM

I've been wanting a new computer ever since I found out how bad my current one was. With a budget of 400-500 is there anything you'd guys recommend to be a good PC build? I would appreciate the help:) 

Budget Range: $400-500

Location: United States in Colorado.
Approximate Purchase Date: Anytime this month, the sooner the better!
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website is fine. I just want the parts to come from only 1 website however.

What I don't need: Mouse, keyboard.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (Arma 2, BF3, Dota 2, The Walking Dead 2), video editing, surfing the web, school work.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (I could keep my current 1280x1024 if needed to)
Monitor Resolution: Any good ones you'd recommend.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 7 preferred)

Additional Comments: I'd just like a quiet, yet powerful gaming pc that can replace my current "computer." My budget is $400-500, but the price can hit up to $600 if needed to, but I'd like it to stay near the 500 range. Thank you!:) 

Why Are You Upgrading: I've been stuck with this computer for many years. It could barely play Minecraft even on low settings... Quite sad...

More about : good gaming 400 500 budget

a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 6:27:30 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $503.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 09:26 EST-0500)

This should play most modern games medium-high settings (AA off) at 60+ fps. This is a great budget PC setup.
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February 11, 2014 1:32:21 PM

Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $503.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 09:26 EST-0500)

This should play most modern games medium-high settings (AA off) at 60+ fps. This is a great budget PC setup.


Though wouldn't adding the RAM and OS make it over the budget? I think wanting a 100 dollar OS is ruining any potential builds:/
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 1:34:01 PM

Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $503.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 09:26 EST-0500)

This should play most modern games medium-high settings (AA off) at 60+ fps. This is a great budget PC setup.


Though wouldn't adding the RAM and OS make it over the budget? I think wanting a 100 dollar OS is ruining any potential builds:/


I do not know how I forgot the RAM. On it now.
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February 11, 2014 1:36:47 PM

Something like this might suit your needs...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($95.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:12 EST-0500)

Edit: if you can afford to the GTX 660Ti is a decent upgrade, however, this config will play all the games you listed on med to high settings no problem. I also switched all to a single vendor.
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 1:50:30 PM

Some options:

Without Screen:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 250 1GB Video Card ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $500.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 16:44 EST-0500)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6700 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($144.27 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ Best Buy)
Total: $500.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 16:46 EST-0500)

With Monitor:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-3400 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI A55M-P33 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($38.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit - OEM (64-bit) ($99.98 @ Best Buy)
Monitor: Asus VX228H 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $493.44
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 16:50 EST-0500)
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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2014 2:05:36 PM

This one has an Optical Drive:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 370K 4.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($55.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.94 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon R7 250 2GB Video Card ($84.78 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $502.40
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:05 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 2:09:31 PM

Just a word of advice: you would be better off upgrading your monitor in the future versus now, which would require to cut back on your hardware. You can always upgrade to 1080 in the future.

The APU build that buck made for you that includes a monitor will play most games that you listed at low settings
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February 11, 2014 2:13:53 PM

minerva330 said:
Just a word of advice: you would be better off upgrading your monitor in the future versus now, which would require to cut back on your hardware. You can always upgrade to 1080 in the future.

The APU build that buck made for you that includes a monitor will play most games that you listed at low settings


This one can also play them at low-medium settings, but low for bf3:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $492.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:13 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 2:17:31 PM

Here is a much better build which can play BF3/4 on medium/high and the rest at around high. About twice as good as the other builds listed:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $594.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:16 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 2:19:34 PM

Andrew Buck said:
minerva330 said:
Just a word of advice: you would be better off upgrading your monitor in the future versus now, which would require to cut back on your hardware. You can always upgrade to 1080 in the future.

The APU build that buck made for you that includes a monitor will play most games that you listed at low settings


This one can also play them at low-medium settings, but low for bf3:

PCPartPicker part list /
Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $492.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:13 EST-0500)


If you are going to go with an APU build, such as the A10-6800K, make sure you pick up higher frequency RAM 2133MHz is considered the standard when utilizing a APU. Also make sure the motherboard supports it
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February 11, 2014 2:20:44 PM

minerva330 said:
Andrew Buck said:
minerva330 said:
Just a word of advice: you would be better off upgrading your monitor in the future versus now, which would require to cut back on your hardware. You can always upgrade to 1080 in the future.

The APU build that buck made for you that includes a monitor will play most games that you listed at low settings


This one can also play them at low-medium settings, but low for bf3:

PCPartPicker part list /
Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $492.37
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:13 EST-0500)


If you are going to go with an APU build, such as the A10-6800K, make sure you pick up higher frequency RAM 2133MHz is considered the standard when utilizing a APU. Also make sure the motherboard supports it


The more recent build is better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: Kingston XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $594.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:16 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 2:21:36 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 5:19:31 PM

Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?
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February 11, 2014 5:39:05 PM

Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.
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February 11, 2014 5:47:48 PM

Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?
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February 11, 2014 5:50:13 PM

very simple either A. get a bigger budget or B. deal with this low end pc. athlon 750k and any gpu you can afford is going to be the best option.. hope you don't need a os
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February 11, 2014 5:55:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $502.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 20:55 EST-0500)

best performance you can get for 500$ by far.. upgrade the ram for 40$ when you can afford it buy a 30$ hyper 212 evo air cooler and you're set.
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February 11, 2014 9:18:39 PM

Alrighty... With all this in mind... I ended up with this... Is this the best I can get out of my budget? This all will be ordered off a single website.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($155.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill GALAXY-02-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 00:16 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 9:20:55 PM

Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-F75-E35&c=C... Sorry for the long reply time. Got busy with other builds.
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February 11, 2014 9:37:36 PM

Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-F75-E35&c=C... Sorry for the long reply time. Got busy with other builds.


Haha no worries... Mmm in your opinion should I still settle with your build, now that I got the motherboard:D ! Or use this one I had recently created?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($155.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill GALAXY-02-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 00:16 EST-0500)
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February 11, 2014 9:45:44 PM

Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-F75-E35&c=C... Sorry for the long reply time. Got busy with other builds.


Haha no worries... Mmm in your opinion should I still settle with your build, now that I got the motherboard:D ! Or use this one I had recently created?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($155.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill GALAXY-02-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 00:16 EST-0500)


The Gigabyte board is better if you want to eventually upgrade to maybe 16 GB quad-channel RAM, but the CPU TDP cannot exceed 100W. This is not an issue with this processor, but you need to be aware of this. It is also FM2+ instead of FM2, so it supports more CPUs. This adds some more potential. I would say total, the Gigabyte board is a great choice and I am glad you found a better board!
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Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-F75-E35&c=C... Sorry for the long reply time. Got busy with other builds.


Haha no worries... Mmm in your opinion should I still settle with your build, now that I got the motherboard:D ! Or use this one I had recently created?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($155.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill GALAXY-02-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 00:16 EST-0500)


The Gigabyte board is better if you want to eventually upgrade to maybe 16 GB quad-channel RAM, but the CPU TDP cannot exceed 100W. This is not an issue with this processor, but you need to be aware of this. It is also FM2+ instead of FM2, so it supports more CPUs. This adds some more potential. I would say total, the Gigabyte board is a great choice and I am glad you found a better board!


That is what exactly I was hoping on adding in the future:)  And alrighty, thank you for this future reference, so I don't make such a mistake. I wonder... Shall I quest for a better CPU or stick with this current one?... hmm... Does everything else in this build look good enough as well:) ? But I really appreciate the help, thank you so much!
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February 11, 2014 10:21:00 PM

Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-F75-E35&c=C... Sorry for the long reply time. Got busy with other builds.


Haha no worries... Mmm in your opinion should I still settle with your build, now that I got the motherboard:D ! Or use this one I had recently created?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($155.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill GALAXY-02-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 00:16 EST-0500)


The Gigabyte board is better if you want to eventually upgrade to maybe 16 GB quad-channel RAM, but the CPU TDP cannot exceed 100W. This is not an issue with this processor, but you need to be aware of this. It is also FM2+ instead of FM2, so it supports more CPUs. This adds some more potential. I would say total, the Gigabyte board is a great choice and I am glad you found a better board!


That is what exactly I was hoping on adding in the future:)  And alrighty, thank you for this future reference, so I don't make such a mistake. I wonder... Shall I quest for a better CPU or stick with this current one?... hmm... Does everything else in this build look good enough as well:) ? But I really appreciate the help, thank you so much!


Everything looks great. Just know that if you upgrade past the 260X to get a new CPU that is AM3+ (like the FX series, I hear the FX-6300 and FX-8320 are great for gaming). I currently have an R9 270X and I am severely bottlenecked by my Athlon X4 760K, but that GPU is perfect for the 760K. If you upgrade in the future, then I suggest getting an FX-6300 or something similar. I am probably going to end up getting an FX-6300 or FX-8320. I wish you luck in building your PC and have fun with it too! Feel free to reply with any questions, and if you enjoyed my help, please select the answer as best.
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February 11, 2014 10:29:51 PM

Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-F75-E35&c=C... Sorry for the long reply time. Got busy with other builds.


Haha no worries... Mmm in your opinion should I still settle with your build, now that I got the motherboard:D ! Or use this one I had recently created?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($155.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill GALAXY-02-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 00:16 EST-0500)


The Gigabyte board is better if you want to eventually upgrade to maybe 16 GB quad-channel RAM, but the CPU TDP cannot exceed 100W. This is not an issue with this processor, but you need to be aware of this. It is also FM2+ instead of FM2, so it supports more CPUs. This adds some more potential. I would say total, the Gigabyte board is a great choice and I am glad you found a better board!


That is what exactly I was hoping on adding in the future:)  And alrighty, thank you for this future reference, so I don't make such a mistake. I wonder... Shall I quest for a better CPU or stick with this current one?... hmm... Does everything else in this build look good enough as well:) ? But I really appreciate the help, thank you so much!


Everything looks great. Just know that if you upgrade past the 260X to get a new CPU that is AM3+ (like the FX series, I hear the FX-6300 and FX-8320 are great for gaming). I currently have an R9 270X and I am severely bottlenecked by my Athlon X4 760K, but that GPU is perfect for the 760K. If you upgrade in the future, then I suggest getting an FX-6300 or something similar. I am probably going to end up getting an FX-6300 or FX-8320. I wish you luck in building your PC and have fun with it too! Feel free to reply with any questions, and if you enjoyed my help, please select the answer as best.


Haha its funny because I really wanted the FX-6300 CPU but this budget was holding me back, so I had to do what I could, but I know exactly what to do in the future now:)  Thank you soooo much again, I'm still quite the newbie at this, so I appreciate everything you've done to help me. Have a good one!:) 
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February 12, 2014 6:59:25 AM

Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
Artie111 said:
Andrew Buck said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($61.49 @ Staples)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($76.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($38.99 @ Staples)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $600.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-11 17:21 EST-0500)


Hmm... this and Minerva's build seem promising... I suppose i'll upgrade my monitor another day, so i'll settle with one of these two:)  Though won't I have to pay extra shipping for each website Andrew?


There is free shipping.


Oh derp haha I'm dumb. Also, the motherboard is out of stock... Is there a better replacement or should I just find the same one on a different site?


http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-F75-E35&c=C... Sorry for the long reply time. Got busy with other builds.


Haha no worries... Mmm in your opinion should I still settle with your build, now that I got the motherboard:D ! Or use this one I had recently created?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($81.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($155.38 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill GALAXY-02-A ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $639.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-12 00:16 EST-0500)


The Gigabyte board is better if you want to eventually upgrade to maybe 16 GB quad-channel RAM, but the CPU TDP cannot exceed 100W. This is not an issue with this processor, but you need to be aware of this. It is also FM2+ instead of FM2, so it supports more CPUs. This adds some more potential. I would say total, the Gigabyte board is a great choice and I am glad you found a better board!


That is what exactly I was hoping on adding in the future:)  And alrighty, thank you for this future reference, so I don't make such a mistake. I wonder... Shall I quest for a better CPU or stick with this current one?... hmm... Does everything else in this build look good enough as well:) ? But I really appreciate the help, thank you so much!


Everything looks great. Just know that if you upgrade past the 260X to get a new CPU that is AM3+ (like the FX series, I hear the FX-6300 and FX-8320 are great for gaming). I currently have an R9 270X and I am severely bottlenecked by my Athlon X4 760K, but that GPU is perfect for the 760K. If you upgrade in the future, then I suggest getting an FX-6300 or something similar. I am probably going to end up getting an FX-6300 or FX-8320. I wish you luck in building your PC and have fun with it too! Feel free to reply with any questions, and if you enjoyed my help, please select the answer as best.


Haha its funny because I really wanted the FX-6300 CPU but this budget was holding me back, so I had to do what I could, but I know exactly what to do in the future now:)  Thank you soooo much again, I'm still quite the newbie at this, so I appreciate everything you've done to help me. Have a good one!:) 


Alright man have fun! Glad to help! You too!
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