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First PC build/budget gaming desktop PC build. What do you think??

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August 12, 2012 10:02:45 PM

Hey everyone!

So, I spent a bit of time this afternoon looking at more computer parts, researching them, and what I’m basically trying to do is I’m trying to build the cheapest possible desktop computer that can still run games (like TESV: Skyrim, Battlefield 3, NFS The Run, Crysis, Crysis 2, etc.) at medium/high settings at minimum 30FPS. I don’t want to spent a lot of money on my first PC build (nor do I have a lot to spend), so I’m trying to cut costs wherever I can, and I believe (from watching videos, reading forums, etc.) that I’ve put together a pretty nice $556 desktop that I think will play most games at medium/high settings while maintaining a solid 30FPS, but what do all of you think?

Here is an updated list of the parts I ended up choosing:

Motherboard: ASUS M4A88T-M, mATX, RAID, VGA, DVI, HDMI, AM3 Motherboard - $89.99

Processor: AMD Phemon II X4 965 Black Edition CPU @ 3.4GHz (fan and heatsink included) - $109.99

Graphics Card: XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 PCI-e 2.1 x16 , HDMI, DX11 - $96.99 (before $15.00 rebate)

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR3 1333MHz - $22.99

Storage Space/Hard Drive Space: Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5”, SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM - $79.97

Power Supply: Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 500-Watt - $89.99

Optical Drive: LG Internal 24X DVD Writer - $17.97

Chassis: Already have a chassis.

The screenshot is of the parts I chose, the price of each part, and the total price, including taxes and shipping.

What do you think?

Link to my Tumblr post: http://tmblr.co/Z4rqhxRGuVou

August 12, 2012 10:04:25 PM

I don't want to spend any more than $556, so if there are parts that exist that are better than the parts I chose and are cheaper, by all means, let me know. I live in Canada, so if you're listing parts, please list them at their CAD price point. Thanks.
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August 13, 2012 12:03:56 AM

Why in the world you buy a 2009 CPU???? that CPU was great when it was released but now its just trash, get this:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($66.79 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $555.23
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August 13, 2012 12:11:07 AM

The last build is indeed much, much, MUCH more powerful for gaming than the first one.
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August 13, 2012 12:14:55 AM

firedice said:
The last build is indeed much, much, MUCH more powerful for gaming than the first one.


Thanks! :lol: 
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August 13, 2012 12:26:53 AM

Aqua Indeed gave a very good build for the price, but i dont they have microcenter in canada so you might need to settle for a i3.
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August 13, 2012 12:38:59 AM

Krazeee said:
Aqua Indeed gave a very good build for the price, but i dont they have microcenter in canada so you might need to settle for a i3.


oh sh!t... i didnt know he lived in canada, everything is more expensive there :s

here is best i could do:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.00 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($119.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.39 @ NCIX)
Total: $610.62

i know you didnt want to spend more than 556$ but the exta 54.62$ are waaay more than worth it.
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August 13, 2012 6:02:24 PM

aqualipt said:
oh sh!t... i didnt know he lived in canada, everything is more expensive there :s

here is best i could do:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($204.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Canada Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($60.00 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($119.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Cooler Master CM690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.88 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($69.39 @ NCIX)
Total: $610.62

i know you didnt want to spend more than 556$ but the exta 54.62$ are waaay more than worth it.


Actually, if I take out the cost of the case (because I don't need one right now,) then that brings the total cost down to about $565 which is still a really good price.

I might swap out the PSU for another one (of a better brand) just because I'm picky about that, but other than that, this build seems to be a lot better than my build, that's for sure.

Now, this this build include shipping and sales tax? I would still have to account for that, which may or may not be a lot...

I know that the price of my build included tax and shipping, so... I'll have to see how much your build costs with shipping and tax included.

By the way, what's wrong with the AMD Phemon II X4 965 BE? It's a $110 quad-core processor with extreme overclocking capabilities that, while it may not perform at the same level as an i5 or i7, still (from what I researched) performs quite well for what it's priced at. Is it really that bad of a processor for just $110?
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August 13, 2012 8:17:30 PM

firinmylazerman said:
Actually, if I take out the cost of the case (because I don't need one right now,) then that brings the total cost down to about $565 which is still a really good price.

I might swap out the PSU for another one (of a better brand) just because I'm picky about that, but other than that, this build seems to be a lot better than my build, that's for sure.

Now, this this build include shipping and sales tax? I would still have to account for that, which may or may not be a lot...

I know that the price of my build included tax and shipping, so... I'll have to see how much your build costs with shipping and tax included.

By the way, what's wrong with the AMD Phemon II X4 965 BE? It's a $110 quad-core processor with extreme overclocking capabilities that, while it may not perform at the same level as an i5 or i7, still (from what I researched) performs quite well for what it's priced at. Is it really that bad of a processor for just $110?


*Switching the PSU for a better brand?? PC Power & Cooling and Seasonic are top manufacturers in PSUs, they both ROCK!! and no ofense but....your budget doesnt allow you to be picky :??: 

*Those prices include everything.

*The Phenom CPU is really not very good, AMD flagship, The FX-8150 (Octocore @3.6Ghz) performs worse than the Intel G850 (Dual core @ 2.9) in games.
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August 14, 2012 6:40:03 PM

aqualipt said:
*Switching the PSU for a better brand?? PC Power & Cooling and Seasonic are top manufacturers in PSUs, they both ROCK!! and no ofense but....your budget doesnt allow you to be picky :??: 

*Those prices include everything.

*The Phenom CPU is really not very good, AMD flagship, The FX-8150 (Octocore @3.6Ghz) performs worse than the Intel G850 (Dual core @ 2.9) in games.


Yeah, I can't believe how poorly the AMD FX series processors perform in comparison to everything else that's out there. It's really quite sad actually, because you look at how jacked these AMD FX processors are or appear to be (eg. the FX-8150 octo-core @ 3.6GHz, the FX-4170 quad-core @ 4.2GHz, and the FX-6200 hexa-core @ 3.8GHz) and you would think (with the numbers alone) that these processors would perform at the same level, if not better than anything Intel has come out with, but... they just don't even compare, and I just think that's really sad...
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August 15, 2012 1:13:45 AM

firinmylazerman said:
Yeah, I can't believe how poorly the AMD FX series processors perform in comparison to everything else that's out there. It's really quite sad actually, because you look at how jacked these AMD FX processors are or appear to be (eg. the FX-8150 octo-core @ 3.6GHz, the FX-4170 quad-core @ 4.2GHz, and the FX-6200 hexa-core @ 3.8GHz) and you would think (with the numbers alone) that these processors would perform at the same level, if not better than anything Intel has come out with, but... they just don't even compare, and I just think that's really sad...


You are right i mean.... i wish AMD could come up with something that outperforms Haswell by at least a 20% margin with a ~30-45% smaller price tag, that will make AMD the ONLY choice among gamers and OEM manufacturers, but that's no gonna happen...

btw, if that's it pick a best answer to close this thread
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