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$500 AMD Gaming Build

Before I start I want to ask if overclocking is hard to anyone who does it and whether I should use my Windows 7 or 8.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: 1-2 months, I can buy the parts part by part in advance. Should I wait for a big sale? Are there any holidays that I should wait for?

Budget Range: 500 USD After Rebates (avoiding these would be nice); After Shipping (free is good :#)

System Usage : Gaming; Heaviest game being BF4. Regualr internet browsing.

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: All

Do you need to buy OS: No, this is handled.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I want to spend at least 75 at Amazon, the rest doesn't matter

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Georgia, United States

Parts Preferences: I hear that AMD processors are better for a budget build if you're overclocking, so that's what I'm going with.

Overclocking: Yes, but only because I have to. Apparently the stock frequencies on AMD processors are bad compared to Intel's.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900 20 inches

Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM (cheapest at the moment I believe)

Additional Comments: I don't care about the sounds of the fans or anything. I'd just like to play with the PC for about 3 years until I have to upgrade.

Why am I upgrading: My current laptop is complete crap. It can't even run Minecraft at low above 20 FPS. I've been wasting so much money during my life on useless things that I could have been contributing to a pc.
-I DO NOT need a DISK DRIVE; I will try to keep everything digital.
-it would be cool if I could get a 2gb video card
-I definitely want 8gb RAM to start off
-Preferably be able to connect through a DVI port (graphics card)

-I'll have to settle with earbuds or some glitchy speakers I have for the time being.
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  1. Overclocking to some is a hobby. Some like to OC for the crazy numbers, some just wanna try. Overclocking is your choice, it wouldn't increase FPS as much as OC-ing your GPU. You would also require an aftermarket CPU cooler for it , so since you're on a tight budget, I don't recommend over clocking your CPU.
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $507.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 20:34 EDT-0400)
  3. IRONBATMAN said:
    Overclocking to some is a hobby. Some like to OC for the crazy numbers, some just wanna try. Overclocking is your choice, it wouldn't increase FPS as much as OC-ing your GPU. You would also require an aftermarket CPU cooler for it , so since you're on a tight budget, I don't recommend over clocking your CPU.



    Would I be able to reach my goal if I built something such as this without overclocking?:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Monitor: HP S2031 20.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-700M Wired Standard Keyboard ($0.00)
    Keyboard: Rosewill RK-8100 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($0.00)
    Keyboard: V7 CK0A2-4N6P Wired Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($0.00)
    Mouse: HP X500 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $0.00)
    Total: $515.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 20:36 EDT-0400)
  4. Best answer
    My recommendation
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($108.96 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260 1GB Video Card ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Azza CSAZ-206 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.04 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
    Total: $505.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 20:43 EDT-0400)

    I added a wireless adapter to connect to the internet wirelessly
  5. IRONBATMAN said:
    My recommendation
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($108.96 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260 1GB Video Card ($98.98 @ OutletPC)
    Case: Azza CSAZ-206 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.04 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($38.57 @ Amazon)
    Total: $505.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 20:43 EDT-0400)

    I added a wireless adapter to connect to the internet wirelessly


    Connecting through enthernet is really no problem, I'd rather have that money towards a ti video card.
    And is there any reason why the wireless adapter is so pricey?

    And is XFW reliable?
  6. wireless adapters are just like that.

    For the PSU, read this for help
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html

    If you're willing to spend $150 on GPU, get the R9 270 instead. performance better than the GTX 750 ti but you don't get PhysX
    http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&sku=91996&vpn=R9%2D270A%2DCDFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1114
  7. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Cougar Solution (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Mwave)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $507.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 20:34 EDT-0400)


    Is there any downside in getting [1 x 8gb] RAM stick rather than [2 x 4gb] RAM sticks?
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