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June 6, 2014 7:44:21 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DMr7pg is this good for light gaming like company of heroes and g-mod

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a b 4 Gaming
June 6, 2014 11:31:53 PM

That's an alright build for the price. If all you have is $450 then you don't have much room to be choosey. I personally wouldn't get a SSD and instead get a better GPU like the 750ti which is $119.00, but that's up to you.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
It'd be a nice step up. :) 

I did 3 things to your build that didn't change the price at all. Got you a 1TB hard drive, a r7 260x instead of a 250x, and a better quality PSU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY XLR8 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($58.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FB-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $467.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 02:30 EDT-0400)



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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2014 12:19:19 AM

I know it's easy to say "just add a bit more..." but I feel if you added $25 you would have a more solid build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FB-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $491.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 03:01 EDT-0400)

I removed the SSD because it really shouldn't be in a build that is below $750 in my opinion. The GPU is a lot better than the r7 250x and it was a combo deal with Win8 from newegg. The 750ti won't bottleneck your g3220 much if at all. You can always add that SSD in when you have the $ for it.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
The 750ti is 4 tiers above the r7 250 so it's a really great improvement I thought.

Also, added 8gb of ram and that's all you'll ever need :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2014 10:17:05 AM

Well, just going from memory, the g3220 and i3-4130 are both dual cores and like I pointed out you shouldn't have any bottlenecks with the 750ti.
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-2050281/intel-pe...

I would rather have a much better graphics card than a cpu that is marginally better.
As an example, I haven't really seen any benchmarks for games using the r9 250x. So I doubt you would be getting a good FPS in anything and maybe even have to play in lower settings/resolution.

I'd stick with my last build if you could add $25; it's far better because of the ram/gpu upgrade.
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June 7, 2014 2:20:41 PM

yes but the i3 is hyper threaded
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2014 3:14:12 PM

Yup, it is better, really a nice niche card for the budget build and didn't see that deal yesterday so maybe it just came up today. I simply mentioned the 750ti because I knew it wouldn't bottleneck your system.

However, I'm just a bit confused why you won't take 8gb or a much more reliable PSU. Or how you want to spend $5 on a CPU that won't give you more performance. Your build is $14 less than mine, but the 8gb of ram will only help your gaming experience and here is a thread about the PSU.
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1809032/evga-500...

I'd say this will be the best possible thing you can get for under $500 and worth the $30 more compared to our original $468 computers , thanks for that deal on the r7 265 :) 

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($54.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 265 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FB-03 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $493.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-07 18:12 EDT-0400)

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June 7, 2014 4:20:19 PM

i thought the corsiar builders were reliable
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a b 4 Gaming
June 7, 2014 4:25:25 PM

Well, to be fair they are for when you need a budget like this. But for a few months they were going for $25-30 with rebates.

At the same price of $35, I'd sooner take an EVGA.
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