Budget custom PC build. Tell me what you think!!

Hey everyone. I just signed up, and this is my first post! What I'm trying to do is I'm trying to build a gaming desktop PC, and I'm on a pretty tight budget ($650) and I was wondering if you guys could take a look at my current custom build to see if it's worth the money. I believe it is, but I'm no professional, so that's why I'm asking for your opinion.

Here's a link (which is a screenshot and a description of all the parts) to my budget custom desktop build: http://tmblr.co/Z4rqhxPovJLC

Tell me what you think!!
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  1. Build has some quirks

    1) A8 APU = combo of CPU and GPU. But you are adding a seperate GPU so you can get stronger results (more performance at less cost and less power) by using a CPU not an APU. It's hard to argue with an intel i3 build based on benchmarks, but it you want AMD look into one of the CPUs on the last page of this article. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    2) HD7750. Great card, I recommend it often for people with low power OEM power supply. But the $126 price is horrible. Get it on newegg for $20 less.

    3) Balance of CPU and GPU is not right for a $600 gaming desktop. You need more VIDEO. Think HD6850 or better. Save money on the CPU/MB. Think $90 Pentium G850 + $80 H61 MB = $170 saving $30 (newegg price vs. your post) toward build with $140 HD6850. A $125 i3-2120 would add another $35 over the G850. (Aside here is a gaming system balanced even more strongly to video = http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-yourself-geforce-gtx-560,3216.html wwith cheap case. Don't get a cheap case. Do use the excellent $40 antec PSU from thss build).
  2. tsnor said:
    Build has some quirks

    1) A8 APU = combo of CPU and GPU. But you are adding a seperate GPU so you can get stronger results (more performance at less cost and less power) by using a CPU not an APU. It's hard to argue with an intel i3 build based on benchmarks, but it you want AMD look into one of the CPUs on the last page of this article. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-5.html

    2) HD7750. Great card, I recommend it often for people with low power OEM power supply. But the $126 price is horrible. Get it on newegg for $20 less.

    3) Balance of CPU and GPU is not right for a $600 gaming desktop. You need more VIDEO. Think HD6850 or better. Save money on the CPU/MB. Think $90 Pentium G850 + $80 H61 MB = $170 saving $30 (newegg price vs. your post) toward build with $140 HD6850. A $125 i3-2120 would add another $35 over the G850. (Aside here is a gaming system balanced even more strongly to video = http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-pc-do-it-yourself-geforce-gtx-560,3216.html wwith cheap case. Don't get a cheap case. Do use the excellent $40 antec PSU from thss build).


    Yeah, I chose the ASUS AMD Radeon HD 7750 mainly because it's a card that's not only extremely power efficient, but can also deliver great results (for a card that runs right off the motherboard.) I was originally going to go with an MSI GT 630 4GB GDDR3 graphics card, but found out very quickly that (even with the 4GB of VRAM) it's only about half as powerful as the Radeon HD 7750, and the Radeon HD 7750 was only about $20 more. Everyone says the HD 6850 is the best budget graphics card to buy, so I will think about that and possibly consider it.

    Is the Pentium G850 more powerful of a CPU than an mobile Core 2 Duo P8700? I would prefer a quad-core CPU over a dual-core, even if it's a couple hundred MHz slower, just because I know that I'll want to do processor-heavy tasks later on. What do you mean by "more VIDEO?" I'm trying to build a desktop that can handle games at medium to high settings, while also being able to do processor-heavy tasks (for near future) so that's why I went with an AMD A8-3850 APU. However, if there is a better quad-core CPU/APU for less, I'll consider swapping out the A8-3850.

    ***Now, I have a question: Can I run the integrated Radeon HD 6550D (from the A8-3850 APU) and the Radeon HD 7750 together in CrossFire, or is that not possible?***
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $701.51
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 12:04 EDT-0400)

    The total is actually $689.26 after shipping when you:
    Use this CPU/Mobo Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.985411
    Use this promo code for the case (15% off) - RWCP1507
    Use this promo code for the PSU (15% off) - EMCNCHN24

    This is definitely worth the $23.60 over your build and will perform miles and miles ahead of it too.

    If you go to a cheaper case like - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112
    and only 4GB of ram, you can bring the total down to under what your build is. But I would still recommend spending the extra 20 bucks for double the ram and a better case.
  4. lycros said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.00 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $701.51
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 12:04 EDT-0400)

    The total is actually $689.26 after shipping when you:
    Use this CPU/Mobo Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.985411
    Use this promo code for the case (15% off) - RWCP1507
    Use this promo code for the PSU (15% off) - EMCNCHN24

    This is definitely worth the $23.60 over your build and will perform miles and miles ahead of it too.


    Interesting. I like how you went with an ASRock motherboard, and I also like how this build includes an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU. I don't like the case very much, but it's also $23 less than the one I picked out. The VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB graphics card is definitely better than the 7750 when it comes to performance (especially with the extra 1GB of VRAM.) Don't know about looks or branding, but... anyway. I'm also a bit picky when it comes to brands and which ones I'll go for, but that's just me. It's an interesting build. I should have added that I live in Canada, and since all of the prices are in USD, I don't know if the price of your build is going to be $689 in Canada.
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $715.64
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 12:43 EDT-0400)

    a little bit more, but similar.

    What exactly are you going to be using this rig for?
  6. amd apu work with hd66xx or lower depending on the apu,
    fx4100's are pretty cheap,mobo's too,they arent impressive but adequate, who knows? maybe piledriver won't suck and u'd be ready
  7. lycros said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $715.64
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 12:43 EDT-0400)

    a little bit more, but similar.

    What exactly are you going to be using this rig for?


    Really nice build. Drop the CPU to i3 to save $80 maybe. Drop the video to 6870 to save another bunch if needed. If you can afford it this is a really nice build. Case is great, power supply is high end quality. Should high end game for years.
  8. Yeah, I should have said in more detail what I'm planning on using this custom PC for. I want to build the cheapest possible desktop PC that can still play games on medium to high settings, plus be able to handle more processor-heavy tasks like rendering and editing and such. I'm a little picky when it comes to brands, which is why my current custom build consists of parts that are made by... higher quality/more expensive/more well known brands, for lack of better term.

    Here is a list of games I plan on playing on my custom build PC.
    Need For Speed: The Run
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    GTA IV
    Assassin's Creed I, II, Brotherhood, Revelations (and III when it comes out)
    Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Modern Warfare 3
    Crysis, and Crysis 2
    Burnout Paradise
    and so on...

    I will obviously be wanting to play more than just these games, but these are the ones I'll probably play the most, for now.

    ***SO... do you guys think my custom build will be able to run all of these games on medium to high settings, while still being playable? (Playable for me is at least 25FPS)***
  9. lycros said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.92 @ TigerDirect Canada)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Total: $715.64
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 12:43 EDT-0400)

    a little bit more, but similar.

    What exactly are you going to be using this rig for?


    I just posted what I plan on using this custom PC for. It should be one of the most recent posts.
  10. tsnor said:
    Really nice build. Drop the CPU to i3 to save $80 maybe. Drop the video to 6870 to save another bunch if needed. If you can afford it this is a really nice build. Case is great, power supply is high end quality. Should high end game for years.


    I will admit the the Intel Core i3-2100 is a beast of a processor, but it's a dual-core, and although it can act and simulate like a quad-core, it's still not a true quad-core, which is why I went with the AMD quad-core A8-3850. It's really cheap, fast, and it's a true quad-core. I will upgrade is necessary, but the A8-3850 seems to be more than capable of doing what I want to do as it stands right now. Like I said though, if there's a better quad-core processor out there that's just as cheap, let me know!
  11. Anonymous said:

    Here is a list of games I plan on playing on my custom build PC.
    Need For Speed: The Run
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    GTA IV
    Assassin's Creed I, II, Brotherhood, Revelations (and III when it comes out)
    Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Modern Warfare 3
    Crysis, and Crysis 2
    Burnout Paradise
    and so on...

    I will obviously be wanting to play more than just these games, but these are the ones I'll probably play the most, for now.

    ***SO... do you guys think my custom build will be able to run all of these games on medium to high settings, while still being playable? (Playable for me is at least 25FPS)***


    honestly, no. not with a Llano. the only thing about the Llano is the igpu and if you are getting a discrete card you either go for an intel build or if you are a die hard AMD fan; go with a phenom II x 4 or FX-81xx cpu.
    take a read of this article that is rather relevant and pretty much proves my point about adding a graphics card:
    Build It: Picking Parts For Your Kid's Entry-Level Gaming PC

    Quote:
    I will admit the the Intel Core i3-2100 is a beast of a processor, but it's a dual-core, and although it can act and simulate like a quad-core, it's still not a true quad-core, which is why I went with the AMD quad-core A8-3850. It's really cheap, fast, and it's a true quad-core. I will upgrade is necessary, but the A8-3850 seems to be more than capable of doing what I want to do as it stands right now. Like I said though, if there's a better quad-core processor out there that's just as cheap, let me know!


    also . stay away from the FM1 socket! there is no upgrade path for that AMD is dropping it like a bad habit. if you are looking for any sort of substantial upgrade then go with either a AM3+ or 1155 socket. also when editing and rendering; what software are you using? is this a hobby or is it a professional project?
    if it is just to upload gameplay videos to youtube, that is not exactly a huge burden for even an i3-2100. especially when you can offload the transcoding to quicksync or the rendering unto a nVidia cards cuda cores.

    if you would be so kind enough to give me a few minutes, i might be able to come up with a build of each platform that would suffice.

    EDIT:
    quad core build . .but a little lacking for the GPU (7770) a PSU that can handle this build and a bit of upgrading.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.13 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $607.95
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:05 EDT-0400)

    dual core build with a better GPU . .you can easily upgrade to a ivy i5 K series with a cpu cooler later.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.69 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.13 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $646.65
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:02 EDT-0400)
  12. Anonymous said:
    honestly, no. not with a Llano. the only thing about the Llano is the igpu and if you are getting a discrete card you either go for an intel build or if you are a die hard AMD fan; go with a phenom II x 4 or FX-81xx cpu.
    take a read of this article that is rather relevant and pretty much proves my point about adding a graphics card:
    Build It: Picking Parts For Your Kid's Entry-Level Gaming PC

    Quote:
    I will admit the the Intel Core i3-2100 is a beast of a processor, but it's a dual-core, and although it can act and simulate like a quad-core, it's still not a true quad-core, which is why I went with the AMD quad-core A8-3850. It's really cheap, fast, and it's a true quad-core. I will upgrade is necessary, but the A8-3850 seems to be more than capable of doing what I want to do as it stands right now. Like I said though, if there's a better quad-core processor out there that's just as cheap, let me know!


    also . stay away from the FM1 socket! there is no upgrade path for that AMD is dropping it like a bad habit. if you are looking for any sort of substantial upgrade then go with either a AM3+ or 1155 socket. also when editing and rendering; what software are you using? is this a hobby or is it a professional project?
    if it is just to upload gameplay videos to youtube, that is not exactly a huge burden for even an i3-2100. especially when you can offload the transcoding to quicksync or the rendering unto a nVidia cards cuda cores.

    if you would be so kind enough to give me a few minutes, i might be able to come up with a build of each platform that would suffice.

    EDIT:
    quad core build . .but a little lacking for the GPU (7770) a PSU thast can handle this build and a bit of upgrading.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($109.99 @ Memory Express)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.13 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $595.95
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 16:52 EDT-0400)


    dual core build with a better GPU . .you can easily upgrade to a ivy i5 K series with a cpu cooler later.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.69 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($219.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.13 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $634.65
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 16:58 EDT-0400)


    I like the $595 custom build. The RAM isn't quite as fast, I don't like the case as much, and the motherboard and graphics card aren't of the ASUS brand, but I'm fine with Gigabyte, and the graphics card you chose is definitely better for sure. The power supply is also nice as well.
  13. Anonymous said:
    I like the $595 custom build. The RAM isn't quite as fast, I don't like the case as much, and the motherboard and graphics card aren't of the ASUS brand, but I'm fine with Gigabyte, and the graphics card you chose is definitely better for sure. The power supply is also nice as well.

    i made a few changes . .mostly the PSU. but either will work; some folks think you need a 1K watt psu to run a graphics card . .insane.
  14. Anonymous said:
    i made a few changes . .mostly the PSU. but either will work; some folks think you need a 1K watt psu to run a graphics card . .insane.


    Well, my first custom build (not the one I posted here, but the one before it) had a 700W power supply, and I was only running an AMD A6-3670K Black Edition APU and a Galaxy GeForce GT 610 1GB (with basically all of the rest of the build the same as my current one) and... yeah, that was overkill, and it would've been a pretty crappy gaming desktop PC. Having a 1000W power supply is good if you're wanting to power two or more higher end graphics cards and a powerful CPU (like a high-end i5 or any i7) but yeah, I think for my build I can get away with a 500W.
  15. an AMD platform . .a few bucks over but i think this will satisfy the performance requirements you want.
    (and sorry when working on this tight of budget, i really don't pay attention to brands except for what to stay away from and yes picking a case is not my forte)
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.79 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.36 @ NCIX)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.13 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $663.11
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:17 EDT-0400)
  16. Anonymous said:
    an AMD platform . .a few bucks over but i think this will satisfy the performance requirements you want.
    (and sorry when working on this tight of budget, i really don't pay attention to brands except for what to stay away from and yes picking a case is not my forte)
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.79 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.36 @ NCIX)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.13 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $663.11
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:17 EDT-0400)


    I like this build a lot. Everyone talks about the Radeon HD 6850 as being one of the best graphics cards for budget gaming, so I imagine the 6870 should perform even better, and I've heard many good things about the AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU.
  17. Anonymous said:
    Well, my first custom build (not the one I posted here, but the one before it) had a 700W power supply, and I was only running an AMD A6-3670K Black Edition APU and a Galaxy GeForce GT 610 1GB (with basically all of the rest of the build the same as my current one) and... yeah, that was overkill, and it would've been a pretty crappy gaming desktop PC. Having a 1000W power supply is good if you're wanting to power two or more higher end graphics cards and a powerful CPU (like a high-end i5 or any i7) but yeah, I think for my build I can get away with a 500W.


    it is surprising how much less power the latest generation of graphics cards need; about half the amount of the previous. you can crossfire a pair of 7850s and use a little less power than a single GTX 570 (240 watts).

    btw, i threw up a AMD build. i have to warn you; being an intel fanboy i may have made a boo boo but, i think ihave it covered. just needed to check that it takes 1.65 voltage RAM instead of the 1.5 volts for an intel rig.
  18. Anonymous said:
    it is surprising how much less power the latest generation of graphics cards need; about half the amount of the previous. you can crossfire a pair of 7850s and use a little less power than a single GTX 570 (240 watts).

    btw, i threw up a AMD build. i have to warn you; being an intel fanboy i may have made a boo boo but, i think ihave it covered. just needed to check that it takes 1.65 voltage RAM instead of the 1.5 volts for an intel rig.


    Yeah, I saw the AMD build. I'm actually thinking of going with an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU, instead of the A8-3850. No need for APU graphics when I have a dedicated graphics card. It's definitely faster than the A8-3850 as well, and it's also really cheap.
  19. Anonymous said:
    Yeah, I saw the AMD build. I'm actually thinking of going with an AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU, instead of the A8-3850. No need for APU graphics when I have a dedicated graphics card. It's definitely faster than the A8-3850 as well, and it's also really cheap.

    going with an AM3+ socket will get you piledriver if it turns out to be as much of an improvement over bulldozer as anticipated. then you will have a worthwhile upgrade path for sure.

    and you can overclock the PII to get near the performance of a sandy quad core. now some games an itel does better like in skyrim and i think GTA4 but for most others it doesn't matter about the cpu as much than the graphics card.
  20. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.79 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: Asus M5A99X EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($113.72 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($52.21 @ DirectCanada)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.14 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $688.82
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:57 EDT-0400)

    I'm not sure how these sites are going to tax you or not, but all items have free shipping.
  21. Anonymous said:
    an AMD platform . .a few bucks over but i think this will satisfy the performance requirements you want.
    (and sorry when working on this tight of budget, i really don't pay attention to brands except for what to stay away from and yes picking a case is not my forte)
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.79 @ DirectCanada)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990XA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($109.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.36 @ NCIX)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($61.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.13 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $663.11
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-21 17:17 EDT-0400)


    Sorry to hijack this thread, but specifically thinking of GTA4 and BF3, how comfortably will the build above run them? In terms of graphics, will I get the same visuals as the PC3 version?
    If not, can some other point me in the direction of a parts list in the same budget region?

    Thanks in advance!
  22. bd528 said:
    Sorry to hijack this thread, but specifically thinking of GTA4 and BF3, how comfortably will the build above run them? In terms of graphics, will I get the same visuals as the PC3 version?
    If not, can some other point me in the direction of a parts list in the same budget region?

    Thanks in advance!


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