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Buy a friends Gaming pc for 400 or build my own?

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March 7, 2014 6:41:18 AM

Hello Tom's hardware! I was looking into building a little gaming rig for some high settings gaming off a radeon 6850 1gb, but my friend said that he would sell me a Gaming rig with a 970 mb, 8 gb 1866mhz ram, phenom 4 core @ 2.5 ghz, gtx 560(some limited edition) @ 2540mhz I think he told me, 800 watt PS, and a mid tower with 2 120 mm fans intake and outake all for 400, is that a good deal toms?
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March 7, 2014 6:45:12 AM

What is your budget if you did build your own? If it's $400, your friend's PC is the way to go.
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March 7, 2014 6:57:51 AM

I think I would go for 600-800, but idk if his is good as he says it is, he won't give me a definite answer of FPS or how the system works, i feel as I should test out the initial system, but idk if the 6850 1gb will out do this system of his
The system I plan on building is

Corsair vengeance 2x4gb @ 1600mhz
Asus m5a99x evo r2.0
My Old 550 wat PSU
Radeon 6850 1 gb
Sea gate 1tb
A lying around DVD burner from a old gateway
FX 8350, but might go phenom if I need to fit the budget

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March 8, 2014 3:37:40 PM

Turned off rebates.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $403.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 18:35 EST-0500)

I placed CPU cooler so you can OC your CPU later on. Since you didn't mention a case I'm expecting that you have one and you can use your old PSU+ optical drive. This is a $400 build.
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March 8, 2014 3:42:39 PM

Skylarz said:
Turned off rebates.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $403.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 18:35 EST-0500)

I placed CPU cooler so you can OC your CPU later on. Since you didn't mention a case I'm expecting that you have one and you can use your old PSU+ optical drive. This is a $400 build.


For $9 more you can get a FX-4300 which is a much better cpu than the 965.

FX-4300 - Amazon
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March 8, 2014 6:19:48 PM

vegetablegod said:
Skylarz said:
Turned off rebates.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $403.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 18:35 EST-0500)

I placed CPU cooler so you can OC your CPU later on. Since you didn't mention a case I'm expecting that you have one and you can use your old PSU+ optical drive. This is a $400 build.


For $9 more you can get a FX-4300 which is a much better cpu than the 965.

FX-4300 - Amazon



Good man! Nice! 100 dollars cheaper than what I got! But can you see the prices through tiger direct x best buy? I plan on buying locally
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March 8, 2014 6:19:50 PM

vegetablegod said:
Skylarz said:
Turned off rebates.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $403.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 18:35 EST-0500)

I placed CPU cooler so you can OC your CPU later on. Since you didn't mention a case I'm expecting that you have one and you can use your old PSU+ optical drive. This is a $400 build.


For $9 more you can get a FX-4300 which is a much better cpu than the 965.

FX-4300 - Amazon



Good man! Nice! 100 dollars cheaper than what I got! But can you see the prices through tiger direct x best buy? I plan on buying locally
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March 8, 2014 6:19:50 PM

vegetablegod said:
Skylarz said:
Turned off rebates.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($95.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M Micro ATX AM3 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $403.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-08 18:35 EST-0500)

I placed CPU cooler so you can OC your CPU later on. Since you didn't mention a case I'm expecting that you have one and you can use your old PSU+ optical drive. This is a $400 build.


For $9 more you can get a FX-4300 which is a much better cpu than the 965.

FX-4300 - Amazon



Good man! Nice! 100 dollars cheaper than what I got! But can you see the prices through tiger direct x best buy? I plan on buying locally
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March 8, 2014 6:22:03 PM

Sorry it glitched when posting :( 
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March 8, 2014 6:22:43 PM

Nah, don't get your friend's PC... It's old so expect problems. Build your own so it'll be new.
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March 8, 2014 6:23:46 PM

If you'd build your own, do you need OS? Monitor? Keyboard? Mouse? Case...?
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March 8, 2014 6:25:52 PM

They are both around $110 from best buy and tiger, but your local prices might be different.
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March 8, 2014 7:40:55 PM

I have all the stuff
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March 8, 2014 7:43:56 PM

And will I get good frames on high for 800 x 600?
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March 8, 2014 8:06:50 PM

You should get great fps at 800x600, but if that's the max for your monitor I would would seriously think about upgrading in the near future.
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March 8, 2014 8:41:13 PM

Good luck building it!
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March 8, 2014 8:42:40 PM

Thanks!
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March 8, 2014 9:59:16 PM

how the hell did vegetable god get the best solution? just noticed that the other guy did all the work and all he said was make the cpu 4300 i made an account just to ask this question
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March 8, 2014 10:15:01 PM

Colez Sky said:
how the hell did vegetable god get the best solution? just noticed that the other guy did all the work and all he said was make the cpu 4300 i made an account just to ask this question


Lol what

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March 9, 2014 12:35:31 AM

It was an accident! Sorry sky! But either way yall helped alot! Your all the best!
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