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Need $500 Budget Gaming PC (Need CPU/MOBO, GPU, RAM)

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November 11, 2011 12:45:34 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week.

Budget Range: $500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies

Parts Not Required: Case, PSU, HDD, Mouse, keyboard, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution:1680x1050, 1920x1080

Hey all.

I don't really want to spend over $600 for this. I plan on using my former PSU, Case, DVD drive and HDD. I also have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS.

So I need a CPU, GPU, MOBO, RAM, CPU FAN. Can anyone help me get the best bang for buck performance for $500-600. I need a Motherboard that is decent for overclocking.

Also, do you think my old PSU is still capable? - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the build so far. I would really like to go with an Intel i5 2500k but I'm not sure if it will end up a lot more expensive?

CPU/GPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I have NO idea if that motherboard is any good. Any suggestions very appreciated. I don't care if it is AMD or Intel, whatever I can get better performance with for budget.

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November 11, 2011 1:27:44 PM

The PSU you listed is still great.

The motherboard you chose is pretty good and I would have picked it $93

Get this combo. A 560ti would be a better choce $359 (make sure you use the promo code of the PII 965.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Get this 8gb ram from G.skill $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get this cooler. Best for the buck. $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$529
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November 11, 2011 1:30:12 PM

Please list everything you plan to re use...PSU will do the job ;) 
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November 11, 2011 1:34:34 PM

michxymi said:
Please list everything you plan to re use...PSU will do the job ;) 


He already did.
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November 11, 2011 1:35:21 PM

For an AMD build the CPU/GPU combo is great. The MOBO seems fine and is AM3+ which will help with future upgrades. IMO AMD is not really looking too good these days including their new FX series as an i5 beats them out at gaming.

Your PSU will work well with a single GPU system, not so sure about crossfire (this topic is debated alot over forums) IMO it will just be fine for single gpu with some OC headroom.

btw, good thing, going with a good brand PSU, I learned the hard way as just recently my PSU shorted out and took the Video card with it.

Good luck on your build
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November 11, 2011 1:37:57 PM

cutebeans said:
The PSU you listed is still great.

The motherboard you chose is pretty good and I would have picked it $93

Get this combo. A 560ti would be a better choce $259 (make sure you use the promo code of the PII 965.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Get this 8gb ram from G.skill $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get this cooler. Best for the buck. $32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$429


Some reason I cant use the promo code they have listed. I guess because I am buying it as a combo?

Also is 8GB of RAM risky with a motherboard as cheap as mine? I would like to overclock and thought I read somewhere that the more ram the more chance of instability when you start upping voltages?

michxymi said:
Please list everything you plan to re use...PSU will do the job ;) 


Re-using - Case, PSU, HDD, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers,
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November 11, 2011 1:42:02 PM

No. The motherboard you listed is actually a pretty good motherboard. It's not cheap.
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November 11, 2011 1:46:56 PM




What do you think? Missing anything? Total: $464

I know the 560ti was recommended, I was thinking I would hold off on getting any GPU over $200 until the new GPUs come out. Is the 6870 going to handle Skyrim, BF3, SWTOR on High?
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November 11, 2011 1:52:13 PM

Yeah.. The 6870 would own a lot of games 1680 x 1050. It can easily play your games at high. :) 

Get this Sapphire 6870. save $10 with promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get the Phenom II x 4 965 and use the promo code. Save $15

All in all save $25.

It's hard to recommend XFX. I have read alot of people not getting to avail the warranty.
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November 11, 2011 1:57:05 PM

Thanks guys. I am happy, this build feels good and is cheap :) 

I could probably afford to get the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... combo... I am wondering if the 6 core will offer a significant difference in gaming.

Anyone know how well these CPUs overclock. Can you get them to around 4.0 on air?

I would either get the 560ti with the Phenom x4 965 or the 6870 with the Phenom x6?
So its CPU vs GPU.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

What offers better performance?
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November 11, 2011 9:40:40 PM

Any input on getting the Phenom x6 with the 6870 vs getting the Phenom x4 with the 560ti? I think the 965 would be better?
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November 11, 2011 10:09:40 PM

I would go with the latter. There aren't going to be games for a while that *need* six cores, so I would go with the x4 and a better GPU. Then, you have the descendants of bulldozer as an upgrade path a few years from now.
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November 12, 2011 2:00:05 AM

Go with the X 4. A 6 core decreases performance for some reason.

In gaming, a better GPU is much more impt than a CPU.
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November 14, 2011 11:43:00 AM

dooballx said:
Thanks guys. I am happy, this build feels good and is cheap :) 

I could probably afford to get the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... combo... I am wondering if the 6 core will offer a significant difference in gaming.



If you cheap out on the video card, you are soon going to have to spend MORE money to get the performance you want. And at a budget of $600, there really isnt any reason to buy any AMD combo, unless you are absolutely trying to cheap out. A Core i3-2100 has close performance to an X6 or higher in most every gaming scenario, and an i5 2500k blows it out of the water on pretty much everything. You are going to have to upgrade your video card before you have to upgrade your cpu if you get the 2500K, that is not the case if you buy an X4 or X6 - you are going to be upgrading both. Considering the 2500K can get to 4.5 on air and an X6 only to 4 if you are lucky. So you have a choice, spend a little more on an Intel 2500K now, and just buy a replacement gpu or sli later, or go cheaper for the x6 and have to spend even more money. Spending 460 just doesn't make sense if you were going to spend $600. If you said your budget was under $500, it would be a different story.

So this setup:
ASUS P8P67Pro

Sapphire 6870

Gskill DDR1600 2x4GB

ZALMAN CNPS10X

Is $655 (under $600 if you look for rebates and some coupon codes) but would be better in the long run. Overclocking is really kind of pointless at this junction imho. Most games are limited by GPU power with the newer cpus, not by the CPU itself. You should be able to get to 4.5Ghz if you really want to, and there are plenty of forum posts on lots of websites that tell you how.

The chances AMD coming out with anything useful for AM3+ is probably 10% in the next 2 years. Granted, Intel is going to have 4 new sockets by then, but when was the last time there was a "drop in" cpu that gave measurably better performance at a cheaper price? Recent history has shown that is it rarely that cost effective, it is more convenience than anything else.
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November 14, 2011 12:20:59 PM

i5-2500k - $215 Plus Z68 Board - $130-ish Plus GTX 56ti - $250-ish

OR

Phenom IIX4 9xx - $130-170 Plus AM3+ Board - <$100 Plus $350 GTX 570 <--- Way to go at your budget, IMO if you're not thinking of SLI.

Also, your PSU is plenty good for the 570. So don't worry.



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