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I am building a gaming PC on pcpartpicker.com and it's over my budget ($500-600). Could anyone help?

Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $169.99 $6.99 $176.98 SuperBiiz

ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $89.99

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $81.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card $129.99

Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99

Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99

LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer $20.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $94.98

Acer G196HQLb 60Hz 18.5" Monitor $85.72

It comes out to $815. What should I do? www.pcpartpicker.com
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  1. A rule of thumb is to budget 2x the cpu cost for the graphics card.
    While the 3350P is a fine cpu, a X4-750K and a suitable motherboard might be a better balance.

    Yes, you can save a bit here and there, but not enough to make the budget.
    Perhaps it would be best to save up a bit more.

    Or... start with a i3-4130 @125 and a inexpensive lga1150 motherboard around $50.
    Defer on the graphics card until you have saved enough for a better discrete card. GTX650 is not exactly a high end card. You can play strategy games like civ reasonably well on integrated graphics.
  2. Best answer
    With some of the great rebates and deals, I managed to build you this up.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.97 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital WD Blue 750GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $523.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 19:50 EST-0500)

    Adding a monitor into this seemed to push it over your $600, so I didn't add one in.
    You could use an old monitor/TV for the time-being and buy a newer one when you have the additional money for one.
  3. I'll put a build together as well.

    I just wanted to add that you should get WINDOWS 8 64-bit, not Windows 7.

    You can easily avoid the new interface with Start8 and there are SEVERAL reasons why you should get Windows 8 instead.

    With a MONITOR and Windows that leaves about $400 for a PC so I'll do my best. If possible I'll fit in a GTX750Ti.
  4. photonboy said:
    I'll put a build together as well.

    I just wanted to add that you should get WINDOWS 8 64-bit, not Windows 7.

    You can easily avoid the new interface with Start8 and there are SEVERAL reasons why you should get Windows 8 instead.

    With a MONITOR and Windows that leaves about $400 for a PC so I'll do my best. If possible I'll fit in a GTX750Ti.


    I was going to go for a 750ti, but then I saw the 650 at $99 and though that was practically a steal.
    Also, I've never heard of start8 and if you don't mind me asking, what're the reasons for getting windows 8? I've always personally preferred windows 7.
  5. Why not build an AMD? The price/performance ratio is a lot better than intel. Sure intel has better performance but it comes at a premium. If you were going for a $1000 build id say intel is fine but I would consider AMD for your budget. Just my 2 cents.

    If you are set on building intel, I would go with a slightly cheaper motherboard and look for a processor that is cheaper as well. I would also consider only 4gb of ram to start. It is plenty to get by until you can get a second stick or whatever.
  6. czar357 said:
    Why not build an AMD? The price/performance ratio is a lot better than intel. Sure intel has better performance but it comes at a premium. If you were going for a $1000 build id say intel is fine but I would consider AMD for your budget. Just my 2 cents.

    If you are set on building intel, I would go with a slightly cheaper motherboard and look for a processor that is cheaper as well. I would also consider only 4gb of ram to start. It is plenty to get by until you can get a second stick or whatever.


    I was thinking of making an AMD build, but with the 4130 it just blows most things AMD out of the water, especially with its aggressive price-point and overall smashing performance..

    To answer your improvements, the cheapest motherboard for the 1150 socket is $6 cheaper and it looks fairly poor aesthetically, but that could be done if you aren't much of an aesthetic freak like me.
    You could get a cheaper processor, but the i3 4130 is pretty much the best bang for your buck when it comes to gaming and it also beats the FX-6300 whilst it's in a similar price-point, so that's a plus.
    Really, if he was to go for an AMD build, the only way he'd see a lower price-point would be to use a kaveri (probably spelled that wrong) APU, but then he'd have to spend more on the RAM to get the best performance.
  7. $613 build:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2YUoJ

    Wow, it's really painful trying to get everything to fit into $600!

    Here's a few comments:
    1) 2x4GB would be much better. Try to add an IDENTICAL stick later (I put in a stick with good reviews).

    2) Motherboard - did my best there for the budget

    3) CPU - tough choice there. Pros and cons versus Intel dual-core. Upcoming games will be more capable of using the FOUR cores of the AMD CPU so I think the advantage will shift to it. I also had to save some money to put towards other components.

    4) Graphics card - chose the AMD HD7750 so that the PC would support MANTLE. Maybe not a big deal today, but it might make a big difference in a few upcoming games (you can read about Frostbite games using Mantle in the future).

    5) Case - like the case.

    6) Windows 8 64-bit-> again, I strongly recommend this OS, plus Start8 from Stardock ($5).

    7) Monitor - this was the CHEAPEST monitor that had half decent reviews. I could have spent $20 less but all the reviews were really, really bad on those monitors.

    SUMMARY:
    I had to make a lot of touch decisions to get what I though was the best value at just over $600. Even trying to save $20 was hard.

    I could also have made something quite a bit better with more money. Ideally, I would have liked the following at this rough budget level:
    - FX-6300 CPU (and compatible AM3+ quality motherboard)
    - 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz
    - GTX750Ti 2GB graphics card

    That unfortunately would cost almost $800.
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.12 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Monitor: AOC E2260SWDN 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $644.97
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 20:57 EST-0500)

    My suggestion of PC + Monitor for $645

    You can get a cheaper GPU and then come in budget if this is too much.
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