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June 3, 2014 6:13:43 PM

Hey there, this is going to be my first build. As a teen, I'm on a budget of around $500. I've done some picking and choosing on pcpartpicker, but the problem is I went a bit over budget :p . If you guys wouldn't mind, could you please help me get this as close to $500 as possible? Suggestions/ changes/ constructive criticism is greatly appreciated. The reason I don't have memory listed is because I've got 8gb of ddr3. Thanks!
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/22yDJx

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June 3, 2014 6:35:14 PM

how about that?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($179.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 21:34 EDT-0400)
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June 3, 2014 6:43:20 PM

filippi said:
how about that?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($179.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-03 21:34 EDT-0400)


Thanks, but what about the cooler?
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June 3, 2014 7:06:07 PM

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P now and a better cpu cooler later is a option. But you can try to oc that Asus Micro ATX mobo right now. its up to you.
I would get a better mobo now. Use heatsink and fan included with fx-6300.
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June 3, 2014 7:17:24 PM

If I'm planning on playing Skyrim, for example, would I need to oc?
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June 3, 2014 8:03:18 PM

Well a cpu cooler is unnecessary, especially with the original MicroATX Asus motherboard you posted as it isn't recommended for OCing. The 6300 should be able to play skyrim on ultra with playable framerates depending on resolution. You can always add a better CPU cooler later if you find you need it. In addition you need a larger power supply, 380W isn't quite enough. I'd go with 450W at a bare minimum if you don't plan on overclocking, but it would be safer to get something around 550W or higher.
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June 4, 2014 8:05:53 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-r9270gaming...
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $553.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 11:04 EDT-0400)
What about this?

Also, how do the mail-in rebates work?
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June 4, 2014 8:30:04 AM

DivineDaze
Great but you missed the ram :) 
I'd go for a cheaper case and maybe a 270x and spend that money towards the power supply , CX power supplies are known to fail after a short amount of time .

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($71.10 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($179.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Sentey CS1-1399 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $534.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 11:28 EDT-0400)
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June 4, 2014 9:09:48 AM

Thanks for the help, but I've already got the ram. A friend recently gave me 2x4gb for this build.
How does this look?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $514.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 12:11 EDT-0400)
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June 4, 2014 9:11:52 AM

That power supply isn't worth the money !! It's very known to fail after a short time !!
And that gpu isn't worth the money either , for te same amount of money you can get that powercolor r9 280 !
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June 4, 2014 9:12:49 AM

andrei65 said:
That power supply isn't worth the money !! It's very known to fail after a short time !!
And that gpu isn't worth the money either , for te same amount of money you can get that powercolor r9 280 !

Fixed the power supply

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June 4, 2014 9:15:51 AM

Just change the msi r9 270 to the powercolor r9 280
Powercolor is a great manufacturer

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($179.30 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Shinobi Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $513.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 12:14 EDT-0400)
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June 4, 2014 9:40:12 AM

Will this allow me to play games like skyrim on ultra?
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June 4, 2014 9:45:36 AM

Skrim no HD mods, 1080p @ Ultra detail , 4x MSAA : expect at least 30 FPS with the 280
Skyrim HD mods , 1080p @ Ultra detail , 4X MSAA : don't expect it to run at a playable FPS ( more than 35FPS )
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June 4, 2014 9:50:58 AM

Lets say I increase my budget to 600$, what could I substitute to make it solid?
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June 4, 2014 9:59:26 AM

imho opinion fx6300 + R9 280 still is your best option for a gaming build at your price point.
And sure a XFX PSU is better than a Corsair CX 600W. But CX Corsair series is good enough for that price. See for yourself:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

PS. I bought my Corsair CX430 in 2010/2011. Still good.
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June 4, 2014 10:05:55 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($186.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($179.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $625.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 13:05 EDT-0400)

The build itself costs $595,68
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June 4, 2014 11:21:38 AM

This is what I've come up with: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($179.30 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $541.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 14:20 EDT-0400)
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June 4, 2014 11:25:44 AM

That's a great build you've came up with :) 
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June 4, 2014 1:25:50 PM

Thats right. fx6300 + R9 280. GL!
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