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May 21, 2014 5:14:31 PM

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.

More about : 500 amd gaming build

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May 21, 2014 5:31:59 PM

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.

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May 21, 2014 5:34:50 PM

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)
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May 21, 2014 5:37:44 PM

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)
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May 21, 2014 5:42:30 PM

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
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May 21, 2014 6:31:00 PM

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?
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May 21, 2014 9:01:07 PM

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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