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April 9, 2014 11:27:12 AM

I want to build a PC next month and have posted a question before, but I have done some more researching and was wondering, with a budget of $400 what will be the benefits of using intel instead of AMD and can you please give me a nice build? I have OS, a monitor and accessories so I only need the core parts and I would like if the chassis could be the Cougar Spike.

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April 9, 2014 11:37:02 AM

for a budget of only 400 with everything included.....probably an APU and then later on add dedicated GPU, that's what my bro did with an A10-5800k and from gameplay I've seen him play on 1080p I honestly can't tell much of a difference from my own setup, and he has a 660ti gpu
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April 9, 2014 11:47:47 AM

yes, it makes me groan seeing an APU paired with slower ram but if you're strict on the budget not much we can do lol...

I do urge you to spend 5 more dollars on this unlocked cpu though, it's still a quad core athlon and basically you can overclock it later on if you want, gives you flexibility

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you're also going to want to get another 4gb stick of ram ASAP for a total of 8gb
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April 9, 2014 12:11:17 PM

Will another $5 be worh it for the AMD Athelon X4 760K? My budget is a little flexible.
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April 9, 2014 12:50:34 PM

yes the 760k would be even better, and also I urge you to spend about another 20 to have 8gb total of ram, let me find you some on newegg real quick :p 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I urge you to get this 8gb set of fast ram instead of just 1 stick of the kingston that's listed in the pcparts picker

2133mhz ram paired with your APU will make for a smooth experience until you can get a real GPU, at that point I recommend GTX 760 when you get the money for it. And also an SSD and 1tb HDD when funds are available, and you'd have a very decent PC put together
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April 9, 2014 8:54:22 PM

I'm not going to do any heavy gaming so I thing I'll get the 760k but the ram is a little to much, any good ones for about $60?
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April 9, 2014 8:58:57 PM

oh I understand, you don't need fast ram as long as you're not using an APU so you'd be good with this regular 1600mhz ram Team Vulcan, they get good reviews and I have one of their flash drives and it's worked fine, but if you want a more big name company, I've also linked some G Skill memory, for only 5 more dollars you get a big trusted name company :p 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 9, 2014 10:14:34 PM

This would be faster for games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3420 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($71.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($51.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill AEGIS 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.48 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($126.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $409.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-10 01:21 EDT-0400)

The Pentium G3420 performs faster than the Athlon X4 750K, and it fits the LGA 1150 socket, so you could upgrade to an i5 later.
http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Pentium-G3420-vs-AMD-Athl...
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April 10, 2014 6:13:18 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Mwave)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($113.57 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $417.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-10 21:13 EDT-0400)
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