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Which cpu should I get to get the best pc for my budget?

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January 10, 2013 8:36:45 PM

Basically I have a $800 budget total (including monitor, etc) for my first pc build. I have created 3 parts lists with 3 different cpus and basically the quality of all the parts is determined by which one I choose.

So far my 3 choices are (low to high end):

AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE 3.4 GHz
Radeon HD 7770 GHz
GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
Western Digital WD Green WD10EZRX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
$665 before shipping and monitor


Intel core i3 3220 3.3 GHz
ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Radeon HD 7850 2 gb
CORSAIR CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9
TOSHIBA DT01ACA100 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
ASUS Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A7T/BLK/B/GEN - OEM
$690 before shipping and monitor

Intel core i5 3570k 3.4 GHz
Radeon HD 7850 1 gb
ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10
Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model SH-118AB
$785 before shipping and monitor

I have my heart set on the NZXT Guardian 921 w/ blue leds, which is $70 on amazon.
I haven't picked a monitor, keyboard or mouse, but I'm aiming for $100 for the monitor and I will probably use a random keyboard and mouse until I get the cash for a gaming rig. I like Newegg but amazon is cool if it has better deals.

I would be using this for mainly gaming such as Planetside 2, LOL, Blacklight Retribution, TF2, and others.

I would really appreciate some advice about which cpu-based build is best for me, as well as any suggestions regarding any component.

Thank you everyone =)


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January 10, 2013 9:00:52 PM

This is what I would do. I took the X4 package and I substituted the FX-6300, which is the best cpu under $150. I also took off the raidmax and substituted the corsair.

That should come in around $700, give you very good performance and reliability, and future upgrade potential. I really like that motherboard. I would stick with that one.

Basically its your mid-grade package with better components.



AMD FX-6300

Radeon HD 7770 GHz

GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Western Digital WD Green WD10EZRX 1TB IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
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January 10, 2013 9:08:17 PM

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January 10, 2013 9:09:19 PM

Thanks I will take your advice. Also would you recommend a different gpu? I'm not too sure about the 128 bit interface.
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January 10, 2013 10:37:57 PM

u can grab a 5770 on ebay for $60, then wait for the 8850 to release, they will be $200, prolly $215-220 for a dual fan, which is a really good deal for something that COULD (not will) match the 7950
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January 11, 2013 12:18:48 AM

Norlag said:
Thanks I will take your advice. Also would you recommend a different gpu? I'm not too sure about the 128 bit interface.


Just depends on how much you want to spend on it. You can do better, but it will likely cost more.
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