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Building a new budget pc! ($600.00 +/- $50.00)

Hey all!

This is my second build, but unlike my first one, I have to keep it below $600.00. I'm by no means an expert, but I definitely understand the difference between an i5 and an i7, etc. I've done a ton of research in building my first gaming PC, but I still am a little hesitant to just pick a bunch of parts and go with them. This build is for my inlaws who are looking for a solid computer that will hold them over for a few years. Their son plays games like minecraft, age of empires, and would like to be able to play games like Skyrim (doesn't have to be high settings).

Please let me know if there is something better you would suggest for the build. Although I am a huge fan of intel, I'm not willing to spend the extra cost on a compatible MoBo or the CPU itself.

TL;DR I would appreciate some feedback on my PCpartpicker list!



Budget: $600.00 (+/- $50.00)
Location: Chicago, IL
Use: Minor gaming, home/office use

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yvqg

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($112.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($73.74 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Club 3D Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.07 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $571.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-25 20:04 EDT-0400)
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  1. What are ur specs for ur current built?
  2. not too bad for a budget build. If I were you, I personally would go with a FX 8320 for a few more bucks, which may get you a little more longevity out of your system. FX 6300 is still a great processor, just a but outdated by now.
    You probably aren't thinking much about future upgrades with your build which seems to be the case, which seems to be the case with the parts you picked. For that reason, I think you should just squeeze out the last bit of performance you can get with your budget, just for the next few years until you build a whole new computer the PC will stand up and not chug you down.
    At least you have the option of buying another r9 270 later too.
  3. Best answer
    Here you go :)

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ywq5
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ywq5/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3ywq5/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($47.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($224.99 @ Micro Center)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
    Total: $646.72
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-25 20:38 EDT-0400)

    ^This build would actually outperform your old build
  4. @ Mojojo

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yw5S

    Essentially, I5-3570K CPU, MSI Z77 MoBo with OC capabilities, EVGA GTX 660 ti 3gb. The mobo and the gpu are no longer produced.

    The cost was significantly cheaper last year when I built the computer. All of the parts were around $1150 after rebates, peripherals were about 375 total.
  5. Emanuel123 said:
    @ Mojojo

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3yw5S

    Essentially, I5-3570K CPU, MSI Z77 MoBo with OC capabilities, EVGA GTX 660 ti 3gb. The mobo and the gpu are no longer produced.

    The cost was significantly cheaper last year when I built the computer. All of the parts were around $1150 after rebates, peripherals were about 375 total.


    Okay u have a pretty good build currently, if i were u i would keep the cpu and motherboard for now and get a better graphics card get like a GTX 780 and a better PSU

    Graphics card: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-video-card-03gp42784kr
    PSU: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1750bbefx

    Dont go to AMD cuz it wont be an upgrade it will be a downgrade.
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