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August 21, 2012 8:07:50 PM

Trying to get an honest opinion about these builds! Looking for decent school/gaming machine!
1st build: ALL PARTS SEPARATE I HAVE TO BUILD IT

Spoiler

Intel Celeron G530
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819116409
$50

AsRock H61M-DGS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157315
$45

G.SKILL Value Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231421
$21

Athena Power Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811192289
$20

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] &Tpk=cx430
$45

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827151244
$17

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136769
$70

That's $268 total, and with Windows its $368.

Windows 7 OEM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116986
$100

Sapphire HD6670 GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102958
$90

total $458.


2nd Build: PREBUILT

Spoiler

NZXT Gamma Gaming Case

AMD A-Series A6-3670K Accelerated Processor with Motherboard

2 x 2GB = 4GB DDR3-1333 Gaming Grade Memory Module

500GB 7200RPM Hard Disk Drive

NVIDIA GT 520 1GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 Video Card

24X DVD+/-RW DL Optical Drive

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-Bit Edition

total $524.99


I've never built my own computer, and I'm fairly new to all these parts and pieces, And I'd like some insight.

Please and thanks!

Cheers, Richard
August 21, 2012 9:42:19 PM

The onboard graphics beat the 520 (What I've heard) lol

For about $20 more you can get a Pentium G620
August 21, 2012 9:52:47 PM

^ You're correct

Here are some Pro's and Con's to each of the builds

PREBUILT -

Pro's -
-Don't have to build yourself
-Decent hardware with a builders warranty most likely

Con's-
-Not the best hardware
-Limited upgrade paths (ties in with warranty)
-may require more money to upgrade than to just build yourself

DIY COMPUTER -

Pro's-
-HIGHLY customizable
-It will most likely cost less
-You still get individual parts warranty
-Much more fun to gather and pick parts yourself
-You can almost guarantee the parts you pick will be of high quality

Con's-
-You will have to build yourself
-No builder warranty, you'll have to diagnose your PC and fix it yourself

Putting all that aside, the DIY rig you have listed will perform significantly better than the Pre-built. I would recommend an HD7750 instead of the 6xxx card, however.
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August 21, 2012 9:53:48 PM

guerrero said:
The onboard graphics beat the 520 (What I've heard) lol

For about $20 more you can get a Pentium G620


Onboard video isn't going to do anything for gaming unless all you play is web based games and Facebook crap like Farmville. :lol: 

The HD 4000 on the 3570K and 3770K is the only onboard video Intel has done that's worth anything.

If you want to play any sort of real games you'll need a good GPU. On a $500 budget you can definitely do way better:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($42.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $548.45
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-21 17:55 EDT-0400)
August 21, 2012 9:55:42 PM

mocchan said:
^ You're correct

Here are some Pro's and Con's to each of the builds

PREBUILT -

Pro's -
-Don't have to build yourself
-Decent hardware with a builders warranty most likely

Con's-
-Not the best hardware
-Limited upgrade paths (ties in with warranty)
-may require more money to upgrade than to just build yourself

DIY COMPUTER -

Pro's-
-HIGHLY customizable
-It will most likely cost less
-You still get individual parts warranty
-Much more fun to gather and pick parts yourself
-You can almost guarantee the parts you pick will be of high quality

Con's-
-You will have to build yourself
-No builder warranty, you'll have to diagnose your PC and fix it yourself

Putting all that aside, the DIY rig you have listed will perform significantly better than the Pre-built. I would recommend an HD7750 instead of the 6xxx card, however.


What do you think of this build?

1x GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3 AM3+ AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ...
1x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 ...
1x Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower ...
1x COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US ...
1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA ...
1x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
1x Linkworld Electronic LLC FAN-9 90mm Case Fan - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Radeon HD 7750:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

edit: added working links :p 

August 21, 2012 9:57:52 PM

akros said:
What do you think of this build?

1x GIGABYTE GA-880GM-USB3 AM3+ AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ...
1x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 ...
1x Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower ...
1x COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS500-PCARD3-US ...
1x Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA ...
1x LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
1x Linkworld Electronic LLC FAN-9 90mm Case Fan - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.983101

Radeon HD 7750:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102969


That extra fan is junk, Cooler Master is horrendously unreliable when it comes to power supplies, and the 880 will not work well with a Phenom II 965. You need 970 or 990FX in order to use that CPU. The Radeon 7750 is a good choice in the $100 GPU department.
August 21, 2012 10:02:15 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That extra fan is junk, Cooler Master is horrendously unreliable when it comes to power supplies, and the 880 will not work well with a Phenom II 965. You need 970 or 990FX in order to use that CPU. The Radeon 7750 is a good choice in the $100 GPU department.


So basically it will be a very unstable computer if i build it?
August 21, 2012 10:04:07 PM

akros said:
So basically it will be a very unstable computer if i build it?


I've had AMD builds fry on me because I used the wrong motherboard with the wrong CPU. It's very confusing because some chipsets have different CPU voltages than what is required for modern CPUs. You can update the BIOS on those motherboards to make it compatible with the new CPUs but you need an existing one for that. It's confusing I know - that's why I recommend Intel so you don't have to go through this BS when setting up a new system.
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