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March 6, 2012 9:40:50 AM

I've always been a budget builder but I haven't really kept up to date on the latest components. I have a friend in Australia that needs help in building a gaming rig. I was given a couple requirements/limitations that the setup needs to meet.

1) Under $500
2) Must be able to handle all current games well (Tera, GW2, SC2, MW3)
3) Must be able to run possible Maplestory and one of the above games from #2 at the same time
4) In addition to the above #2 & #3, possibly watch a 720p h264 video while running both games.
5) Components must be purchasable from Mwave.com.au

This seemed a bit a challenge but I went with 8gb DDR3 G.Skill Value Series, HIS Radeon 6770, WD Caviar Blue 500gb, Aywun A1-977B with 500W PSU, and Sony DVD Burner.

The issue I am struggling a bit with is the processor

From the looks of it my only viable options are the Core i3-2100, AMD Phenom II x6 1045T, or AMD FX 4100 while keeping the total end cost under $500

The AMD's will use a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Motherboard, and the i3 would be a ASUS P8H61-M-LX.

The cost of the above three processors are all $120 AUD however the Gigabyte motherboard is $60 AUD whereas the Asus is $70 AUD.

The entire setup for the either AMD's total $488 while the Intel i3 would be $493.

Normally I would have recommended the Core i3 if this was purely focused on gaming and they weren't doing anything else while gaming, however this friend also would like other programs to run along side their games. I know nothing about the FX 4100 and from reviews its really nothing much to write home about and gaming fps benchmarks rate it lower than the i3 2100. My personal opinion is to nudge them towards the Phenom II x6 1045T.

Given how much multitasking this friend wanted to do, I thought that they would be better off taking a slight hit in gaming performance to be able to address the multitasking they wanted while gaming. I would like to get someone opinion and critique this build with the requirements in mind. Also if anyone has any recommendations on components to replace (more specifically cpu) that the item must be purchasable from the Mwave.com.au website because this person lives in Australia

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March 6, 2012 9:48:03 AM

You're asking a LOT from a $500 budget build.
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March 6, 2012 9:53:04 AM

WR2 said:
You're asking a LOT from a $500 budget build.


I know but this is what makes it challenging.

ricardois said:
What about this CPU?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you will need nothing more than that, it will give you awesome performance for gaming and if someday you need it is very easy to overclock.

and this MOBO:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it will be great i just would like to know what is that 500w psu, i hope it is a good brand, if you take a generic psu you may run into problems soon.

The core i5 2500k would put the total cost over the budget of $500AUD. The person is limited to buying within Australia which was why I had said Mwave.au because the typical sites such as Newegg do not ship to austrailia
All the other components (case,psu,dvd,hd,ram,video card) run up $290 AUD so the remaining allowance left for the CPU & Mobo combined is $210.

In regards to the PSU, yeah that was a bit of a concern and I was thinking of switching the $40 case to a $75 thermaltake case/psu combo assuming that thermaltake would include a thermaltake psu but sometimes when you cant afford it, you just gotta do with what you got. But I don't think this is too much of a concern since I can convice em to go over a tad bit for this
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March 6, 2012 10:10:17 AM

The i3 is better at games but not good with multi tasking or multithreaded apps. the fx4100 and the Phenom X6 will be better if you plan on running those games/programs at the same time.

What GPU will you be using?
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March 6, 2012 10:11:51 AM

punnar said:
The i3 is better at games but not good with multi tasking or multithreaded apps. the fx4100 and the Phenom X6 will be better if you plan on running those games/programs at the same time.

What GPU will you be using?


HIS Radeon 6770

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-42060756-HIS_Radeon_6770_Vi...
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March 6, 2012 10:12:37 AM

Is there a higher clocked Phenom X4 available?
That would be a good option over the FX4100 or X6 1045.
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March 6, 2012 10:13:58 AM

I'd go with the AMD from your choices. To shave a few more $$$ maybe go for the 960T. Quad core 3.0GHZ can OC easily and if its your lucky day it will unlock to 6 cores.

Your right to dismiss the 4100 the Phenom II's will run rings around it.
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March 6, 2012 10:17:42 AM

I'd go with the X6 then. There any other aussie sites that may have more choice? A Black Edition Quad would give you alot more mileage
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March 6, 2012 10:22:51 AM

knowngni said:
5) Components must be purchasable from Mwave.com.au
Lets talk about this requirement.
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March 6, 2012 10:27:04 AM

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Lets talk about this requirement.


+1

All those Black Edition Quads WR2 has found you would give better bang for your buck than the X6.
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March 6, 2012 10:33:08 AM

WR2 said:
Lets talk about this requirement.


oooo those look interesting. I'll need some time to poke around those
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March 6, 2012 10:36:21 AM

Talk with your friend. It's a very nice performance boost for not much extra over the $120 options mWave is offering.
I'd take 4 cores @ 3.8Ghz (OC'd with stock cooler) over 6 cores @ 2.7Ghz every time.
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March 6, 2012 10:48:04 AM

Thanks for the help,
I'll have to get my friend to contact those suppliers to see if they'll have any more in stock anytime soon.

I guess for now if they can get that then the total build should turn out about $560 after getting the phenom II x4 970 and switching to the thermaltake case/psu. If they cant wait then and they want it soon, i'll tell them to go with the x6
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March 6, 2012 10:48:28 AM

Best answer selected by knowngni.
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