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June 10, 2014 10:59:54 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: A Few Weeks

Budget Range: $500 as of right now. with shipping a little over $500 will be fine.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Gaming, Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: I do not need a Moniter, Keyboard or mouse. I have these laying around.

Parts to Upgrade: I have a hard drive from my laptop i can easily use. I believe its like 750gb or 500gb.

Do you need to buy OS: No OS, Like i said i have a working hard drive with windows 7 and all my stuff on it i can plug in and use.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any website that doesnt have bad reviews.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - USA, Michigan

Parts Preferences: None really, Im trusting everyone here.

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: I do not know what this is.... sorry

Additional Comments: Its important to me that I can upgrade this computer later this year or early next year. If it happens that i cannot use my laptops hard drive then go ahead and include that in the build but do not include a OS. I have windows 7 laying around here somewhere also.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My old laptop keeps crashing, It had an old i7 quad core from around 2011 in it. But i doubt that is very useful but i can still use the hard drive (im assuming) it works fine.

Lastly Thank You in advance very much!

More about : 500 gaming build

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June 10, 2014 11:36:29 AM

Hello, what kind of games are you planning to play? And at what resolution? What fps is reasonable? Bear in mind that with a budget of $500, there will be compromises.
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June 10, 2014 5:22:52 PM

No you can't use your hard drive without a fresh installation of windows. Because it won't recognize the new part(mobo,CPU,GPU etc...). I had the same experience. But you said that you have a copy of Windows 7. Good.

And for the build, here it is:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dQBqBm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dQBqBm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/dQBqBm/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.49 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M Pro4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($59.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.40 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $498.24
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-10 20:21 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2014 5:43:00 PM

Nah man something like my build around 500ish range is much better performer.

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June 10, 2014 5:50:07 PM

What is your build, Fidgetmaster?
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June 10, 2014 6:01:11 PM

If the asker can stretch his budget to 550$, this build is better:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MqQdrH
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MqQdrH/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/MqQdrH/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $552.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-10 21:09 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2014 6:13:42 PM

MSI 760GMA-P34, FX 4300, G.Skill value 8gb, WD blue 1tb, Gigabyte R9 270, Delta
500w PSU, ibuypower Arc 647 Gaming case.

find/get a better psu though of course lol, stock delta's are junk but can be hot-rodded a little xD
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June 10, 2014 6:18:12 PM

All you guys make me sick, my PC has a Pentium D and a Geforce 9400GT :( .
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June 10, 2014 6:19:26 PM

that's a lot better of a build and performance for that price....I would ditch the Corsair CX though that series tends to blow up too
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June 10, 2014 6:25:25 PM

OK I will choose another one.
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June 10, 2014 6:26:32 PM

Hell lately been interested in getting/looking at a more budget Intel build... i3 4130, MSI Z87 board, could do/go a nice route with that build....the i3 4130 is just sick/ridiculous performer in some games and easily surpasses the fx 4300/6300 etc in some games...
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June 10, 2014 6:27:48 PM

Here it is:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fsBqBm
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fsBqBm/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/fsBqBm/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Micro Center)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $557.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-10 21:26 EDT-0400)
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June 10, 2014 6:30:33 PM

You are wrong Fidgetmaster, AMD FX-6300 is the best bang for the buck CPU. you can ask another person though.
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June 10, 2014 6:30:37 PM

Yeah XFX is solid.

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June 10, 2014 6:33:20 PM

But choosing an Intel build can give you a better upgrade path.
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June 10, 2014 6:35:26 PM

It's a solid performer for that price....but the i3 4130/haswell about same price... still is superior architecture and in certain tasks/certain games it can really make the FX 4300/6300 and hell even 8350 look kinda bad...believe me I don't even want to admit that either haha
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June 10, 2014 6:43:16 PM

Yes I know. Before, I wanted a AMD gaming PC as a gift if I pass my official exams although I knew that Intel have better performance. But I changed my mind and now I want an intel gaming pc. I am so impatient to do those ****** exams but the ministry of education is delaying them.
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June 10, 2014 8:33:41 PM

Thank You very much for the responses, I just got home an skimmed through them, I will look more into detail of those build im sure ill have some questions, Thank You again.
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