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May 15, 2014 2:49:39 AM

Hi this is my first time building a pc and I want to build a cheap gaming PC for around $350. I have come up with a list of parts that seem to be ok, however I was hoping that someone more experienced could tell me if it's going to work. I want to be able to play Feed the Beast modpacks on medium to low settings and was wondering if this system would be able to:
APU - AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard - ASRock FM2A55M-VG3+ Micro ATX FM2+
Memory - Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage - Western Digital Scorpio Black 160GB 2.5" 7200RPM
Case - Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply - Cooler Master 500W ATX
Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
Using pc part picker I've found that the cost for this would be around $317, so i have a bit of extra money if anyone can reccomend some better parts that still falls within the budget
This is the PC part picker link if anyone would like to have a look http://pcpartpicker.com/user/ajevanseep/saved/4G9Q
May 15, 2014 2:57:45 AM

Use kaveri apu a10 7850 and 8gb ram
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May 15, 2014 3:01:31 AM

Cooler Master power supplies are notoriously unstable and unreliable.
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May 15, 2014 3:06:54 AM

Rationale said:
Cooler Master power supplies are notoriously unstable and unreliable.


can you recommend a better power supply please ??
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May 15, 2014 3:14:48 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1840 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.47 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $364.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-15 06:13 EDT-0400)
what about this build ? it will be a much stronger option and also upgradable without much hassle.
e.g. You can get a GTX 760 and an i5-4460 in the future if you want
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May 15, 2014 3:43:22 AM

ahmedkhalifa1999 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1840 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.47 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($32.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $364.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-15 06:13 EDT-0400)
what about this build ? it will be a much stronger option and also upgradable without much hassle.
e.g. You can get a GTX 760 and an i5-4460 in the future if you want


Thanks this looks great
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May 15, 2014 4:11:50 AM

no problem at all
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May 15, 2014 5:06:29 AM

Hey,

Same price range but with an APU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($45.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($32.48 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $362.30
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-15 08:05 EDT-0400)
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May 15, 2014 6:04:44 AM

but the graphics card will be much weaker and he won't have much upgrade options
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May 15, 2014 6:21:38 AM

ahmedkhalifa1999 said:
but the graphics card will be much weaker and he won't have much upgrade options


That's actually very true. I have an obsession with APU these times, it seems.

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May 15, 2014 7:51:28 AM

The APUs aren't bad at all but they have their own uses, they are best for home systems and MMO gaming because their integrated graphics is strong and they are still cheaper than an i3+GT630 which perform the same
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