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August 22, 2014 10:26:07 PM

I would like to purchase a gaming PC but I'm not the best at computers. I saw some good ones on Ironside so I asked the guy what was better about one of Ironside's computers compared to another one and he said the cases are cooler.....that computer costs $745......I need your help!
a c 217 4 Gaming
August 22, 2014 10:31:01 PM

But you want a $550, not $750 build -

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($76.92 @ Amazon)
Total: $562.79
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August 22, 2014 10:36:56 PM

i7Baby said:
But you want a $550, not $750 build -

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($108.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($76.92 @ Amazon)
Total: $562.79


I thank you very much for answering so quickly. Will I need a CPU Cooler? Also how do I get all of these parts together?
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August 22, 2014 10:44:04 PM

Getting a cpu cooler is recommend im using the hyper 212 evo for my fx 6300 and it works wonders, but if you aren't going to overclock the fan it comes with is fine also. Also he has the websites to get them at the end just order them and they should all ship within a couple days. If you mean get them as one computer you will have to build it, but there are tons of tutorials on this and i highly recommend learning it because you will understand your computer better and it is much cheaper to build computers than get prebuilts.
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August 22, 2014 10:54:07 PM

thblite said:
Getting a cpu cooler is recommend im using the hyper 212 evo for my fx 6300 and it works wonders, but if you aren't going to overclock the fan it comes with is fine also. Also he has the websites to get them at the end just order them and they should all ship within a couple days. If you mean get them as one computer you will have to build it, but there are tons of tutorials on this and i highly recommend learning it because you will understand your computer better and it is much cheaper to build computers than get prebuilts.

I don't think I would ever try building something this expensive all on my own. I will most likely have someone build it for me. But if you really think that it is possible to do, do you think you could send me a link to a trusted video on how to build it?

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a c 217 4 Gaming
August 22, 2014 11:01:21 PM

This is cheap. I didn't include a custom cooler to be able to keep it within budget. A coolermaster Hyper 212 evo will cost another $30.


If you can increase your budget, tell us what to.
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August 22, 2014 11:14:12 PM

i7Baby said:
This is cheap. I didn't include a custom cooler to be able to keep it within budget. A coolermaster Hyper 212 evo will cost another $30.


If you can increase your budget, tell us what to.


If it comes with a stock one that should be fine. Also I noticed that some of the prices are a little low to what they actually are so I will be spending around $600 plus and OS. PCPartPicker isn't loading for me for some reason so I can find any cheaper ones. Any advice on how to solve/help the problem?
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August 22, 2014 11:18:23 PM

This is from a youtube video on the same subject. Would any of you recommend buying this computer instead? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3dhnz
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August 22, 2014 11:26:30 PM

no, the age of 750k is ending soon. fx 6300 will be MUCH better.
With a 500$ budget, I suggest getting some used stuff, from ur local 2nd hand site like kijiji. Stuff like cpu and mobo rarely breaks if they are proven to be functional and can be easily tested with a few hours of prime 95. (cases are a non brainer). Pay attention to gpus as fans may get worn. Never buy 2nd hand ram or psu as those are hard to diagnolize.
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August 24, 2014 8:22:09 AM

Any suggestions other buying used parts?
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August 24, 2014 8:48:47 AM

It is $20 dollars over budget but would any of you recommend me buying these parts? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/p84Tpg Also can someone find me a better case that can fit a 220mm video card? I would like it to not be to much more expensive than the current one.
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a c 251 4 Gaming
August 24, 2014 8:54:27 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($174.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus H81M-D PLUS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($69.30 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($150.20 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $569.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-25 07:19 EDT-0400

Don't go with an Athlon build. The socket is dead and you will have no upgrade path.
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a c 217 4 Gaming
August 24, 2014 4:16:09 PM

JMK22 said:
It is $20 dollars over budget but would any of you recommend me buying these parts? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/p84Tpg Also can someone find me a better case that can fit a 220mm video card? I would like it to not be to much more expensive than the current one.


This is OK. Just don't get a mATX case.

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August 24, 2014 8:22:50 PM

RazerZ said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H97 PERFORMANCE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.91 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 280 3GB TurboDuo Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $487.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-24 11:53 EDT-0400

Don't go with an Athlon build. The socket is dead and you will have no upgrade path.


I do recommand this build. Maybe change the h87 for a z77 so he can oc and remove some bottleneck

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a c 251 4 Gaming
August 25, 2014 4:20:37 AM

Updated my build.
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August 26, 2014 3:22:01 PM

I like your new build right now but it is just to much over budget. If you could update the parts to either something that has a rebate or doesn't. I don't want any promo codes because it might take me a little bit to get the computer.
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August 29, 2014 6:52:09 PM

Here is what I would do if you don't ever use rebates, but are willing to go with promo codes:
Case & PSU: Cooler Master Elite 350 w/ 500W PSU $68 including shipping
Processor: AMD FX-6300 $100 (with coupon code)
MoBo: MSI 970 Gaming AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard $90
GPU & Ram Combo: R9 270 & 2x4gb @ 1600mhz & 9 cas $235
HDD: WD Blue 1TB $60
Total - $553

Pros: by far the best bang for the buck. FX-6300 and R9 270 are amazing value right now, and hitting these CPU/GPU can be huge. The mobo may be a bit more than you need, but it's still fairly cheap. The real risk is of a faulty PSU. Normally I would stay away from any PSU included with a case, but Cooler Master is a well known brand and makes some great PSUs. Again, this PSU may be the downfall of the build, and if you were willing to spend another $50 you could get a different case and a different PSU (Rosewill Challenger and a Corsair CX-500 would be my recommendations, and that's DEFINITELY where I would put the other $50), but if you insist on staying right near $550, this is the best I could do. Risky, especially considering newegg doesn't list the full PSU specs and there's a chance it might not even come with the connector you need, and another chance it just isn't up to snuff. However if you want an R9 270 and an FX-6300, it's the only way I could think of doing it without gimping you with 4GB of ram.

@RazerZ: Your build is impossible for that price point. You're using old coupon codes multiple times (VCO doesn't work anymore and there's a $20 savings cap, yet you use it for way more than $20). Otherwise your build is definitely the best bang for the buck.
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a c 251 4 Gaming
August 29, 2014 7:42:55 PM

Well now my build is outdated lol... the builds I post have the best deals I can find, but unfortunately many of the deals expire in the next day or two. Lotus, PSUs that come with the case are always junk for the most part until you reach high end cases that come with a good psu.

Also Thermaltake is known to make some good and bad psus, same goes for Corsair. Their CX series is average at best. You can use this PSU tier list for reference,

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-su...

Since he would need a new PSU, might as well get a better case. My favorite bang for your buck cases are the Enermax Ostrogs ( such as the one in the build I posted) which only cost $35 yet have a side panel window, a dust filter, plenty of room, and good cable management.

Other than that your build looks great.
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September 1, 2014 11:07:31 PM

Bump. Hey RazerZ can you post your first build or something like it. I would like all the parts to be about $550 in total. Not including OS. I would like anyone else to post their builds for me as well, but I would like it if it included an Intel processor.
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a c 251 4 Gaming
September 2, 2014 10:35:06 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-D2V Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($49.79 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $576.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-02 13:33 EDT-0400

Or if you need a cheaper build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $531.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-02 13:34 EDT-0400
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September 2, 2014 8:45:25 PM

I switched it to an i3 CPU and a R9 280 3GB GPU but I kept the rest the same. Thanks.
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a c 251 4 Gaming
September 2, 2014 8:49:15 PM

JMK22 said:
I switched it to an i3 CPU and a R9 280 3GB GPU but I kept the rest the same. Thanks.


I have the 7950, and the R9 280 is just a rebrand of it. It's a great card for the price! Can play most games around ultra.

Performance wise I would take the FX 6300 over the i3, but the i3 will work fine.
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