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Building my first budget PC NEED HELP!

So im building my first gaming PC on a budget but I really need help on what parts to get. As of right now I only have my graphics card which I will upgrade at a later date so its not necessary at the moment. My budget is 400-600$ even and that MUST include windows 8.1. Also I'd really like the parts to be AMD as they are cheaper and I'm more familiar with them. Upgradability for the future is a must as well. Please if anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated!
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    Hi,
    Here is something for your budget. PSU strong enough for more power hungry GPUs in the future, and motherboard good for FX 8300 series

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $530.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 18:54 EDT-0400)

    Or, 8 core CPU, plus CPU cooler and 990 chipset motherboard for $600

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $607.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 18:59 EDT-0400)
  2. maurelie said:
    Hi,
    Here is something for your budget. PSU strong enough for more power hungry GPUs in the future, and motherboard good for FX 8300 series

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($107.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $530.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 18:54 EDT-0400)

    Or, 8 core CPU, plus CPU cooler and 990 chipset motherboard for $600

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Micro Center)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($104.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.51 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $607.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-31 18:59 EDT-0400)


    Thanks! I have a few questions about the second build though, can I replace the storage with Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive ? and the power supply you listed isn't available.
  3. Yes, of course you can swap the HDD with Seagate, no problems there. Check this PSUs:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-power-supply-hcg620m
    or
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9
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