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Budget Gaming (Need advice)

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June 14, 2012 1:52:08 AM

sorry if it's wrong section


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

(Intel power consumption 227W)

AMD=
CPU = FX4100 - $99.00 http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Mobo = Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Socket AM3+ 760G - $10.00 free before rebate (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Ram = Micro Center 4GB DDR3-1333 - $19.99 (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
GPU = AMD HD Gigabyte GV-R775OC-1GI - $109.99 (MC) http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Antec Basiq 350W - $29.99 (Fry's) http://www.frys.com/product/5045135?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
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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June 14, 2012 2:15:04 AM

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
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June 14, 2012 2:24:23 AM

^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.
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June 15, 2012 4:34:21 AM

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/AMDbundl...

we don't know which one to choose..
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June 15, 2012 11:15:50 AM

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.
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June 15, 2012 1:28:44 PM

Definitely the second build. Should play all games at medium or higher.
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June 15, 2012 3:09:30 PM

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.
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June 16, 2012 5:37:10 AM

thanks guys for your responses I think we take the fx combo first and see whats is the deal.
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June 16, 2012 8:54:20 AM

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.
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June 16, 2012 12:05:29 PM

the problem with overclocking fx chips is that they do suck down like 150w easily and heat up fast
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June 16, 2012 1:32:20 PM

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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