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April 7, 2014 10:36:07 PM

Ok, so i've been doing some looking around, and i found this $500-ish computer build. I, with my limited knowledge of computer parts, think it is a hell of a deal for that price. I love the 6 core amd processor. But, i have a few questions about it.
1: I know it would put the price over $500, but would 8 gb of ram work with this computer if i just bought 2 of the ram sticks described? Because I NEED 8gb of ram (i will be using Blender a lot)
2: Would Windows 8 work with this build? I have read that, despite my thoughts, Windows 8 actually performs better in games than Windows 7. Now, is this true? I don't know. But, if it is, i will get 8 over 7.
3: Are all of the parts *relatively* current, to where they will still be supported in future games and still recieve driver updates?
4: Would this truly give me 30-40 fps in games like BF4, on mid graphics, with nothing else running in the background?
5: Out of curiosity, does that graphics card support the Nvidia Shield's game streaming program? (Stream games from PC to Shield.)
6: Finally, are there any same priced or cheaper parts that will perform exactly as good if not better than these ones? I DON'T want to sacrifice performance at all for a cheaper price, but hey, more money for games :) 

Thank you so much for reading this and taking the time to answer all these questions. I really appreciate this, as I would not know any of these things without you guys.
April 7, 2014 11:03:32 PM

Something like this is as good a gamer as you can get at that price
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3o3qJ

No dvd drive included but you can install windows from USB , and many games you wouyld download .
Adding a dvd would cost $17 too so its not a huge cost .


Use Win 8 . Its easy to customize to look and act like 7 and it has a much better license that lets you reuse it on another computer
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April 7, 2014 11:52:07 PM

This is a better $500 build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $507.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 02:51 EDT-0400)
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April 8, 2014 10:12:38 AM

filippi said:
This is a better $500 build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $507.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 02:51 EDT-0400)

Is this build as good as if not better than the one i posted? Performance wise?
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April 8, 2014 10:24:01 AM

filippi said:
This is a better $500 build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.26 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $507.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 02:51 EDT-0400)


Also, is it very cost-effective to order these parts from all the different sellers? Wouldn't it be cheaper (with shipping) to just order them all from Amazon or Newegg? Also, do you know where i could find Windows 8 or 7 Home premium for cheap? I can only find it for 80+ dollars, which makes this build about $600. Sorry, even though i said that i don't want to sacrifice for price, well i really only have about $550 to spend. Also, most of those parts are unavailable/out of stock. Are there any similar ones for similar prices?
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April 8, 2014 1:36:13 PM

jtpetch said:
One thing, filippi, can i substitute the hard drive and optical drive in this computer with the one in your build to save money? That is my current computer, and 500 gb is more than enough for me. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...


As long as you have $550 to spend in this pc everything seems alright:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($46.18 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($170.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $458.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 16:45 EDT-0400)

plus $90 for OS => $550 build.
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April 8, 2014 3:03:31 PM

filippi said:
jtpetch said:
One thing, filippi, can i substitute the hard drive and optical drive in this computer with the one in your build to save money? That is my current computer, and 500 gb is more than enough for me. http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01...


As long as you have $550 to spend in this pc everything seems alright:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($46.18 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($61.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($170.00 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $458.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-08 16:45 EDT-0400)

plus $90 for OS => $550 build.


PCPart picker says that it's only about $8 more if i were to buy these all from Newegg, so i intend to do that. But, after removing the hard drive and cd drive, and adding Windows 8, it comes o ut to $631. And the OS was only $99
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April 8, 2014 6:19:16 PM

Its already all from Newegg. And you could buy OS somewhere else after rebates. Try ubuntu first.
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April 8, 2014 8:56:16 PM

filippi said:
Its already all from Newegg. And you could buy OS somewhere else after rebates. Try ubuntu first.


Ok, thanks! I really appreciate the help!
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April 8, 2014 8:56:16 PM

filippi said:
Its already all from Newegg. And you could buy OS somewhere else after rebates. Try ubuntu first.


Ok, thanks! I really appreciate the help!
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April 9, 2014 4:30:40 AM

Sure! enjoy your gaming machine mate!
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