Budget Gaming (Need advice)

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Approximate Purchase Date: (this month)

Budget Range: (low as possible) Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home, gaming (Battlefield 3,MW3,Crysis 2) and surfing the internet

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, hard drive, cd-dvd drive, case)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Frys, Microcenter)

Country: (USA, CA)

Parts Preferences: --

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, 1600x900

Additional Comments: (Low power consumption, to play medium to high)

i have a friend who gonna rebuild a couple of pc's but he don't have a lot money so I'm looking for parts

INTEL=
CPU = Celeron G530 - $49.00 (fry's) http://www.frys.com/product/6787005?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
Mobo = ASRock H61M-HVS - $49.99 (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0388089
Ram = Micro Center 4GB DDR3-1333 - $19.99 (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0353218
GPU = AMD HD Gigabyte GV-R775OC-1GI - $109.99 (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0385589
Antec Basiq 350W - $29.99 (Fry's) http://www.frys.com/product/5045135?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
Total $247.78

(Intel power consumption 227W)

AMD=
CPU = FX4100 - $99.00 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0376784
Mobo = Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G - $10.00 free before rebate (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366104
Ram = Micro Center 4GB DDR3-1333 - $19.99 (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0353218
GPU = AMD HD Gigabyte GV-R775OC-1GI - $109.99 (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0385589
Antec Basiq 350W - $29.99 (Fry's) http://www.frys.com/product/5045135?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
Total $258.57

(AMD power consumption 251W)


which of these it's better for him, or if you guys have a better ideas tell me please..
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  1. the second one is better. just saying, you need something like a 400w psu to power the second system just because bulldozer uses a lot of power
  2. ^not true. Show me an FX4100 system with a low-power GPU using more than 250W.

    Well, you could definitely go a lot cheaper on the graphics card if you really want the budget to be as low as possible. There are $40 GPUs out there that'll run games just fine on low settings at your resolution.

    If those builds cost what you listed, the second would be the easy choice. However, I have your second one pricing in at $310. The FX is definitely a better processor. It's your call whether you want to spend the extra money.
  3. kajabla said:
    ^not true. Show me an FX4100 system with a low-power GPU using more than 250W.

    Well, you could definitely go a lot cheaper on the graphics card if you really want the budget to be as low as possible. There are $40 GPUs out there that'll run games just fine on low settings at your resolution.

    If those builds cost what you listed, the second would be the easy choice. However, I have your second one pricing in at $310. The FX is definitely a better processor. It's your call whether you want to spend the extra money.



    thank you for your answer, and the AMD FX 4100 it's a combo with the mobo GA-78LMT-S2P and the real price for both its $99.99 (after rebate of $10.00)see this link http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html

    we don't know which one to choose..
  4. As I said, the FX is better. If the options are the same price, you should obviously pick the better one. AMD it is. That's a sweet deal.
  5. Definitely the second build. Should play all games at medium or higher.
  6. Agreed on FX. I've got an Athlon quad myself overclocked to 3.36ghz, that with a GTS 450 and 4gb of ram, my system maxes out crysis 2, except motion blur is at medium. But at 1680x1050, not too bad. That FX system should be a good budget gamer. I'm very happy with my rig. Keep in mind, I'm actually on a socket AM2 board and running ddr2 ram. But the way it's running, I'm thinking better video card later should hold me for a while.
  7. thanks guys for your responses I think we take the fx combo first and see whats is the deal.
  8. Also, if you invest in better ram and an aftermarket cooler, there are reports of guys overclocking those FX 4100's to like 4.5ghz, which would give you a little performance boost.
  9. the problem with overclocking fx chips is that they do suck down like 150w easily and heat up fast
  10. Ah. I guess I'm spoiled on my Athlon lol. I think my Athlon x4 overclocked was running at like 65 degrees farenheit the other day, but I'm using a v6gt cooler on it also. What is interesting, my Athlon x4 clocked at 3.36 ghz shows a Windows performance rating of 7.3. I got to see a system with the FX4100 at 3.6ghz, and it's rating was 7.2 in Win 7. But that said, if you pick up a microcenter combo for 100 bucks with the FX and a board, still gonna be a great budget gamer.
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