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What do you guys think about this $500 AMD Budget Build?

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June 3, 2014 11:27:52 PM

The title pretty much says it all. I plan to keep this build for about 3 years before I have to upgrade any parts. Before I buy any parts, however, I want to ask you guys to see how this build provides for my demands.

Demands (Note that my screen resolution is 1600 x 900):
The most demanding game that I will be playing is BF4. Other than that I will just be watching movies and playing a few other non-demanding games.

Here is the partlist:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($114.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($50.79 @ Amazon)
Memory: A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax OSTROG ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: HP S2031 20.0" Monitor (Purchased For $0.00)
Mouse: HP X500 Wired Optical Mouse (Purchased For $0.00)
Total: $499.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-04 02:22 EDT-0400)

Other:
-To save money, I threw out the idea of getting the optical drive and just plan to install the OS by USB.
-Does anyone know if EVGA makes good/bad PSUs?
-Operating system will most likely be Windows 8 64 bit with start8, I'll worry about it later.
-Keyboard (not listed) connects through PS/2 because it's all I have at the time.
-Audio output (not listed) will be some glitchy speakers and apple earbuds.
-Connection to network will be by Ethernet cable because I'm too cheap to buy a wifi-adapter atm.
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June 3, 2014 11:43:58 PM

I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.
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June 4, 2014 12:00:16 AM

NBSN said:
I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.


I'm really trying to stay under this 500 dollar bracket. I was actually thinking of downgrading to a CX430 because it's $30 after current rebates ($20 last month). There goes that idea :/ 

I read the reviews on this PSU and everyone seemed to love it besides those who got a defective one.
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June 4, 2014 12:17:22 AM

NBSN said:
I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.

That is more than enough for what this guy needs. It's a 750ti, I had a 280x, and 520w was more than enough for that gpu.

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June 4, 2014 12:24:05 AM

FistsOfFury said:
NBSN said:
I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.

That is more than enough for what this guy needs. It's a 750ti, I had a 280x, and 520w was more than enough for that gpu.



I know that the manufacturer suggest 300 watts minimum but one day he may want to upgrade the GPU or add another to run together, and he may need a better PSU then. I would rather him get one that is more than he needs now but enough for future upgrades to save money in the long run. I should have clarified that. To each their own.
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June 4, 2014 12:28:41 AM

NBSN said:
FistsOfFury said:
NBSN said:
I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.

That is more than enough for what this guy needs. It's a 750ti, I had a 280x, and 520w was more than enough for that gpu.



I know that the manufacturer suggest 300 watts minimum but one day he may want to upgrade the GPU or add another to run together, and he may need a better PSU then. I would rather him get one that is more than he needs now but enough for future upgrades to save money in the long run. I should have clarified that. To each their own.
Yeah, I agree with you there.

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June 4, 2014 12:34:27 AM

FistsOfFury said:
NBSN said:
FistsOfFury said:
NBSN said:
I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.

That is more than enough for what this guy needs. It's a 750ti, I had a 280x, and 520w was more than enough for that gpu.



I know that the manufacturer suggest 300 watts minimum but one day he may want to upgrade the GPU or add another to run together, and he may need a better PSU then. I would rather him get one that is more than he needs now but enough for future upgrades to save money in the long run. I should have clarified that. To each their own.
Yeah, I agree with you there.



Honestly I jacked up because I was not looking at the budget so much anymore, a satisfactory 500-550 watt PSU for a build I would be doing is in the $60 or more price range. Heck I spent a few hundred dollars on my PSU alone because I wanted to be ready for when I added multiple graphics cards. I splurged on a Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200 watt beast and now they quit making them or something so some places want 2-3 times what I paid before. The warranty is awesome, it comes with a load of cables/accessories, and keeps the computers well fed while not heating up the system one bit. I just feel that you can't go cheap on computer parts because you will just end up either messing up your system or replacing the parts later.
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June 4, 2014 12:34:41 AM

NBSN said:
FistsOfFury said:
NBSN said:
I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.

That is more than enough for what this guy needs. It's a 750ti, I had a 280x, and 520w was more than enough for that gpu.



I know that the manufacturer suggest 300 watts minimum but one day he may want to upgrade the GPU or add another to run together, and he may need a better PSU then. I would rather him get one that is more than he needs now but enough for future upgrades to save money in the long run. I should have clarified that. To each their own.


When the time comes to update (3+ years) I will buy a new PSU, no doubt. At that time I'm not going to add another GPU simply because the GTX 750ti SC does NOT support it.

I really just wanted to know if getting the current PSU is not incredibly idiotic given that it may burn out within a week because I've heard of some horror stories. If what you're saying is true, then I should have no problem.

Thanks guys!
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June 4, 2014 12:55:29 AM

Dagm said:
NBSN said:
FistsOfFury said:
NBSN said:
I would get a better PSU, preferably a 550 watt bronze rated or better.

That is more than enough for what this guy needs. It's a 750ti, I had a 280x, and 520w was more than enough for that gpu.



I know that the manufacturer suggest 300 watts minimum but one day he may want to upgrade the GPU or add another to run together, and he may need a better PSU then. I would rather him get one that is more than he needs now but enough for future upgrades to save money in the long run. I should have clarified that. To each their own.


When the time comes to update (3+ years) I will buy a new PSU, no doubt. At that time I'm not going to add another GPU simply because the GTX 750ti SC does NOT support it.

I really just wanted to know if getting the current PSU is not incredibly idiotic given that it may burn out within a week because I've heard of some horror stories. If what you're saying is true, then I should have no problem.

Thanks guys!


Your good. yeah sorry about the mess. I had checked the manufacturer site and like I said they only demanded a minimum of 300 watts to do whatever you have to for now.

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