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New $500 Gaming Build - AMD - Am I doing it right?

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May 22, 2012 2:34:10 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next 2 months
Budget: $500
System usage: Gaming (Diablo 3, Battlefield 3), Movies, Music, Web
Parts not needed: First time building a PC, so I have absolutely nothing except a monitor.
Preferred website for parts: Newegg
Parts preference: AMD, unless you think Intel would be better. I'm a complete noob at this.
Overclocking: No
Monitor resolution: 1920x1080

I also want this system to be upgradeable in the future. For the gaming I'm doing I don't think I need 8gig of ram right now, but can add it later. Let me know what you think about this build, I really don't know much about parts so hopefully you guys can give me some feedback. Thanks


Asus DVD Drive

ASRock 970 Extreme Mobo

]PowerColor 6850 1gb

AMD Phenom II X4 Black

Crucial 4gb

CORSAIR 500W

WD Blue 500GB




What would you change? Anything?

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May 22, 2012 3:23:08 PM

Are you including an OS? Anyway, I'd suggest Intel... strongly. Here's what I recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Intel DH67CLB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $567.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-22 11:23 EDT-0400)
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May 22, 2012 3:30:03 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-o...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...

Here are a couple of charts that will help you to see where parts fall in order of best to worse. As you can see by the cpu chart there are not many AMD cpu's that are considered top quality for gaming , actually there are none in the top two tiers and that's because AMD doesn't make very good gaming cpu's compared to Intel. The only good thing about AMD cpu's is that they are inexpensive and as they say , you get what you pay for.
The 6850 is a good video card for Diablo 3 but it will struggle in BF3 and will force you to lower the settings and resolution to get good gameplay.
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May 23, 2012 1:35:09 PM

ddan49 said:
Are you including an OS? Anyway, I'd suggest Intel... strongly. Here's what I recommend:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Intel DH67CLB3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($137.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $567.49
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-05-22 11:23 EDT-0400)



you didnt include the os bro. that would make it almost 700 bucks
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May 23, 2012 10:23:56 PM

He never specified if OS was included. However, I think that if it was, then the OP may be better off with a pre-built that's on sale (check out slickdeals.net, deals2buy, and tomshardware daily deals). At that price point, it's a little difficult to build a computer. Saving money on this build could include:

Dropping the mobo to a cheap H61
Dropping the GPU to like a 6770
Getting 4GB of memory
Dropping the CPU to a Pentium
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June 1, 2013 6:49:23 AM

I would just like to add. If the i3 is all you can really get in terms of performance for price, then go for it. Otherwise, I would drop to a Core 2 Quad, or go up to a i5-2500k. If you want to get as much performance as possible, then go for AMD since they are great for low budget builds. You may even think about getting an APU. I forgot some details, but my friend mentioned to me a new AMD APU which had the CPU performance of about an FX 8350, and a 7970D GPU addition, which has the power of an under clocked 7970. The whole thing was ~$150. I'll ask him what it was, but if you can, I'd try looking at that, and even getting another GPU with that to run in a conjunction. The GPU tie between an APU and GPU is similar to Crossfire, but not the same.
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June 1, 2013 7:01:35 AM

BF3 multiplayer uses quad core to play efficiently. The dual core i3 will significantly decrease performance in big 64 player maps. I would recommend an FX6300 in that price range.
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June 4, 2013 5:02:23 PM

Without os:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Beta (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $478.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 19:41 EDT-0400)

With os:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4350 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Sentey GS-6000 II Optimus (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $511.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-04 20:02 EDT-0400)
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June 5, 2013 5:03:57 PM

Before you buy the os, I would like you to keep in mind: Windows 8 is a good OS, but for something like gaming, Windows 7 is the better choice. Games run faster, smoother, and function overall better on Win 7 than Win 8. Plus the Win 8 interface is terrible for Computers, its more meant in a mobile and touchscreen way.

If you can get a version of Windows 7 in there without going too over, you need to get that. Even if you can wait a little bit to get the money for it, I'd do that. Only get Win 8 if that's all you can buy even on a terms of a week or two after getting the system.
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June 5, 2013 6:53:52 PM

GOM3RPLY3R said:
Before you buy the os, I would like you to keep in mind: Windows 8 is a good OS, but for something like gaming, Windows 7 is the better choice. Games run faster, smoother, and function overall better on Win 7 than Win 8. Plus the Win 8 interface is terrible for Computers, its more meant in a mobile and touchscreen way.

If you can get a version of Windows 7 in there without going too over, you need to get that. Even if you can wait a little bit to get the money for it, I'd do that. Only get Win 8 if that's all you can buy even on a terms of a week or two after getting the system.


Everything you just said about windows 7 being better for gaming is complete bs. Saying windows 8 is a terrible interface is all opinion. They are about the same in gaming wise. Read this if you don't believe me. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-8-gaming-pe...
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June 14, 2013 8:17:22 PM

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GOM3RPLY3R said:
Before you buy the os, I would like you to keep in mind: Windows 8 is a good OS, but for something like gaming, Windows 7 is the better choice. Games run faster, smoother, and function overall better on Win 7 than Win 8. Plus the Win 8 interface is terrible for Computers, its more meant in a mobile and touchscreen way.

If you can get a version of Windows 7 in there without going too over, you need to get that. Even if you can wait a little bit to get the money for it, I'd do that. Only get Win 8 if that's all you can buy even on a terms of a week or two after getting the system.


Everything you just said about windows 7 being better for gaming is complete bs. Saying windows 8 is a terrible interface is all opinion. They are about the same in gaming wise. Read this if you don't believe me. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-8-gaming-pe...


I don't understand. Everything I've seen from it was just bad. The interface is definitely opinion, however the performance should be greatly altered. The the average and slightly above average consumer, they don't know to disable certain things. There are plenty of extra background Garbage the Windows 8 has over Windows 7 that effects games. I always try to get rid of as much background as possible, and when I do, on most games I see at least 5 if not up to 20 frames increase.

Now yeah, most people here will disable them, but for those who don't, it's a big problem. It may sound ridiculous but its true.
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