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help with making a low budget gaming pc

The budget for the computer is $900.
If you can make a cheaper build I would prefer that.
I want the build to play new pc games, and also be upgradable in the future.
The build can be either AMD or intel.

I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers.

I have asked this question again because I ain't getting much help.
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  1. This is a possible build for you. Depending on when you decide to purchase your parts the build can vary due to new released parts and parts becoming cheaper.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.97 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 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: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $871.67
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:13 EDT-0400)
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($93.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $912.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:23 EDT-0400)
  3. Can you make a build that costs less or would that lower the performance
  4. rrod14 said:
    Can you make a build that costs less or would that lower the performance


    Here No Performance Lost Well Execpt From the CPU :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.98 @ OutletPC)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $835.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:32 EDT-0400)
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  5. That build would cost a lot because you didn't include the operating system.
  6. For a AMD build you could do this.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus A88X-PLUS ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($96.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Kingston Black 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: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $788.37
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:40 EDT-0400)
  7. Here Under $900
    If You found the answer to your question give it the best solution :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $860.89
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:43 EDT-0400)
  8. But if thats still too much here : :)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus A88X-PLUS ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($96.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($175.38 @ Newegg)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $695.76
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:48 EDT-0400)
  9. rrod14 said:


    No :( And even if there was I wouldnt put them in it iBuyPower Buys you issues
  10. Bring over the memory, bring over the hard drive, use the same case. Only things I would change honestly; Motherboard, CPU, GPU, and perhaps PSU.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.97 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($59.79 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $691.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:53 EDT-0400)
  11. bigshootr8 said:
    Bring over the memory, bring over the hard drive, use the same case. Only things I would change honestly; Motherboard, CPU, GPU, and perhaps PSU.


    The memory is too risky, it could be from a CRAPPY brand but the HDD would be OK
  12. Without HDD Transfer It from the iBuyIssues Build :P


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $805.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 18:52 EDT-0400)
  13. I think I am going to use the case from my current computer, and I am going to get windows 7 over windows 8.
    I am going to transfer the hdd, and optical drive from my computer to the new one.
  14. TheUnknownPC said:
    bigshootr8 said:
    Bring over the memory, bring over the hard drive, use the same case. Only things I would change honestly; Motherboard, CPU, GPU, and perhaps PSU.


    The memory is too risky, it could be from a CRAPPY brand but the HDD would be OK


    The worst that happens is that the memory at some point craps out. But honestly as long as its ddr3 1600 or so 8 gigabytes yea I'd stick with memory even still. Again things he can carry over and eventually if he wanted to change out to keep cost down. Sure there is better for him but I'm suggesting what will cut cost for the time to get him stronger components while leaving room on the 900 budget.
  15. rrod14 said:
    I think I am going to use the case from my current computer, and I am going to get windows 7 over windows 8.
    I am going to transfer the hdd, and optical drive from my computer to the new one.


    That works as well.
  16. rrod14 said:
    I think I am going to use the case from my current computer, and I am going to get windows 7 over windows 8.
    I am going to transfer the hdd, and optical drive from my computer to the new one.


    Heres How the build should be
    also if you found the answer to your question give it the best solution

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $788.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:02 EDT-0400)
  17. TheUnknownPC said:
    rrod14 said:
    I think I am going to use the case from my current computer, and I am going to get windows 7 over windows 8.
    I am going to transfer the hdd, and optical drive from my computer to the new one.


    Heres How the build should be
    also if you found the answer to your question give it the best solution

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $788.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:02 EDT-0400)



    I wouldn't get a PSU from EVGA probably would stick to your generic Seasonic PSU. A 650w psu isn't necessary for a GTX760 anywho :)
  18. bigshootr8 said:
    TheUnknownPC said:
    rrod14 said:
    I think I am going to use the case from my current computer, and I am going to get windows 7 over windows 8.
    I am going to transfer the hdd, and optical drive from my computer to the new one.


    Heres How the build should be
    also if you found the answer to your question give it the best solution

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($259.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($74.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $788.91
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:02 EDT-0400)



    I wouldn't get a PSU from EVGA probably would stick to your generic Seasonic PSU. A 650w psu isn't necessary for a GTX760 anywho :)


    Yeah he could save money but a 650W is future proof for future upgrades ;)
  19. Sorry for bothering you guys with these questions

    Could you give me a amd or intel build with only gpu, cpu, psu, motherboard, operating system and keep it as cheap as possible.

    sorry again guys
  20. rrod14 said:
    Sorry for bothering you guys with these questions

    Could you give me a amd or intel build with only gpu, cpu, psu, motherboard, operating system and keep it as cheap as possible.

    sorry again guys

    Budget ?
  21. AMD
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus A88X-PLUS ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($96.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $571.42
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:35 EDT-0400)

    Intel

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.97 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $664.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:38 EDT-0400)

    OR!

    Keep your motherboard as well on your ibuypower pc

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($184.67 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $525.63
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-10 19:49 EDT-0400)
  22. The budget is $400-$700.
    The cheapest you can make it, while still having a good build.
  23. If I keep my current motherboard wouldn't it bottleneck the gpu
  24. rrod14 said:
    If I keep my current motherboard wouldn't it bottleneck the gpu


    No it will not the only thing that would bottleneck your GPU would be your CPU at this point. So you could get away with just changing out your CPU. Which in turn will enable you to leave your OS on the computer as well so you won't have to buy a new copy of windows.
  25. The motherboard that came with the computer was a msi 760GMA-P34 (FX).

    If I can keep my motherboard all I have to buy is a psu, cpu, and gpu.
  26. rrod14 said:
    The motherboard that came with the computer was a msi 760GMA-P34 (FX).

    If I can keep my motherboard all I have to buy is a psu, cpu, and gpu.



    That is correct. You may be limited to what you can do with your motherboard as big box store computers tend to have locked down bios's but you will be able to upgrade as its a piledriver CPU already and will be just fine. I would just recommend the CPU cooler due to the 8350 drawing a little more heat.
  27. I am thinking about getting a AMD FX-8320.
    Should I get a gtx 760 or a 770, and what would be a good psu and cpu cooler

    I also found out all the specs of my current computer

    -1TB 7200RPM Western Digital Hard Drive
    -MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Motherboard
    -AMD FX-4300 Processor
    -MSI GT630 2GB VIDEO CARD
    -2x 4GB GDDR3-1600 Memory
    -Apex 300 Watt PSU
    -NZXT Source 220 Chassis (http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/107-source-220-case)
    -LG 24X DVDRW (http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/2014-Mage) Search the Optical drive specs
    The case is different but it is about the same size or bigger.
  28. rrod14 said:
    I am thinking about getting a AMD FX-8320.
    Should I get a gtx 760 or a 770, and what would be a good psu and cpu cooler

    I also found out all the specs of my current computer

    -1TB 7200RPM Western Digital Hard Drive
    -MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Motherboard
    -AMD FX-4300 Processor
    -MSI GT630 2GB VIDEO CARD
    -2x 4GB GDDR3-1600 Memory
    -Apex 300 Watt PSU
    -NZXT Source 220 Chassis (http://www.nzxt.com/product/detail/107-source-220-case)
    -LG 24X DVDRW (http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/2014-Mage) Search the Optical drive specs
    The case is different but it is about the same size or bigger.




    I guess that all really depends on you really in terms of what you are wanting to spend. Personally I would go with the best that you could afford I would say that the GTX770 is probably worth it over the GTX760 but that is all up to you really.
    I have a Corsair h100i for my cooler I have it mainly because I like to keep things pretty quiet. However it may be different for you.
    In terms of a power supply a 550 watt unit from XFX is probably a cheap way to go to keep you in line with a card like a GTX770, 780/ti but that is really up to you in the end with those things on what you feel comfortable spending.

    Personally I find myself getting the best of what I can afford and sometimes I overstretch a little bit because I know spending a little extra may end up with better returns longer term. I had a GTX660Ti and then exchanged it and bought a GTX670 mainly because I felt like I wanted just a little more.
  29. rrod14 said:


    Looks Great. (And if you dont mind close the thread and give a "best solution")
  30. Best answer
    rrod14 said:


    Yea looks good to me I personally would of gone the route of a XFX power supply however the builder series is just fine. It's not the best but its good enough to get the job done certainly.
  31. Thank you for all your help bigshootr8
  32. rrod14 said:
    Thank you for all your help bigshootr8



    Glad to have been of help :) Hope you enjoy your new and improved rig.
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