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July 23, 2014 5:36:26 AM

Hey guys Me and my brother are going through a bit of turmoil lol..

He lives pretty far away and one way we hang out is we game together. So the situation is his asus laptiop is starting to take a dive and crash at every turn.

So he decided to build a desktop. He does not have much of a budget so we are thinking of going with an AMD build.

Basically we are looking for suggestions on building a Gaming computer seriously only used for games lol with an AMD board and CPU.

any recomendations out there. i have been googling and it seems every site gives a different answer i almost feel like they are all just paid advertising.

Anyone out there have any suggestions on an AMD board and CPU that is a good gaming combo? something inexpensive that can maybe have a better more expensive cpu upgraded later?

thanks in advance! and sorry for spelling and puncuation doing this from my phone.

The biggest problem i have is deciding on a socket really? i am well versed in intel but totally foreign to amd.

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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 5:42:36 AM

What is his budget? What country?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 5:44:51 AM

what is his budget?
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July 23, 2014 5:46:12 AM

We are in NC, US sorry i should have posted this prior.

The budget is dismal, trying to stay around $400 can probably be stretched a bit with my help =/
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 5:52:44 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 Anniversary ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R7 260X 1GB Core Edition Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $408.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-23 08:50 EDT-0400

Doesn't include OS...
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July 23, 2014 5:56:18 AM

Thanks for the Answer Luco. Good news is we have a copy of windows! That Z97 chipset should allow for some upgrades as well.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 5:57:43 AM

I know it's not AMD. That was quite deliberate :D 

AMD has two sockets - FM2, and AM3+

Neither of these sockets can keep up with intel's lga1150 socket, and the G3258 (a cheap $70 cpu) beats any CPU on the FM2 line when overclocked.

The FX-6300 and 8320 / 8350 (AM3+) are great for gaming at the moment but they are also top of their socket, whereas the z97 mobo gives you huge room for upgradability when your budget can afford it :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 5:59:02 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Video Card ($97.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $417.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-07-23 08:58 EDT-0400
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July 23, 2014 6:07:21 AM

Do you think it may be worth stretching an extra few bucks to shoot for an I5?
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 6:09:37 AM

rdizz81 said:
Do you think it may be worth stretching an extra few bucks to shoot for an I5?


No, not unless you're going to get a better graphics card and ram as well
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July 23, 2014 6:12:07 AM

Never head of this partpicker site. Seems pretty awesome! lol
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 6:12:49 AM

if you want to upgrade to an i5, it also means a better gpu, and 8gb ram, as stated above. our builds are very similar, and will play modern games at very decent settings. and yes, pcpartpicker is awesome.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 6:13:59 AM

Danbuscus25 said:
if you want to upgrade to an i5, it also means a better gpu, and 8gb ram, as stated above. our builds are very similar, and will play modern games at very decent settings.


I like the fact that we basically came to a consensus on the build :) 
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July 23, 2014 6:17:38 AM

Now here is another one, I myself am also looking into building a new gaming rig. I am currently running

Asus P8Z77-V pro
16GB Viper DDR3 1600
Core I5 3570K OC'd to 4.8ghz
EVGA GTX 670 FTW
Corsair Enthusiast series tx 750Watt

I have no budget so the question is Give this to him and build myself a new computer, Problem is i dont see much of an upgrade from this and spending over a grand to get maybe a few more FPS. what do you guys think?

Also thank you guys alot for all your help on this. it is greatly appreciated!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 6:20:02 AM

rdizz81 said:
Now here is another one, I myself am also looking into building a new gaming rig. I am currently running

Asus P8Z77-V pro
16GB Viper DDR3 1600
Core I5 3570K OC'd to 4.8ghz
EVGA GTX 670 FTW
Corsair Enthusiast series tx 750Watt

I have no budget so the question is Give this to him and build myself a new computer, Problem is i dont see much of an upgrade from this and spending over a grand to get maybe a few more FPS. what do you guys think?


Your rig is solid, beastly CPU and GPU. As you guessed there are no cost effective upgrades for you
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July 23, 2014 6:20:35 AM

Its getting old Luco! lol and im getting that itch.
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 6:22:08 AM

rdizz81 said:
Its getting old Luco! lol and im getting that itch.


Don't scratch too soon, new nvidia GPUs and intel CPUs will be available by xmas :D 
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July 23, 2014 6:22:51 AM

Oo!!!
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July 23, 2014 6:33:20 AM

Just wanted to say thank you both! this has been a tremendous Help!
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 6:33:41 AM

no problem :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2014 6:40:27 AM

Any time :) 
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