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$500 budget gaming PC

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October 4, 2012 8:16:31 PM

Going to build my friend a new gaming PC and could use some advice on an AMD based system. Would it be better to go with a Phenom or FX based system? I'm looking at getting a 7770 or a 7850 (if budget allows).

This budget only applies to the PC. He doesn't need an OS, monitor, or inputs.

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October 4, 2012 8:35:16 PM

You have 3 options:
#1: Phenom ii x4
#2: i3 2120
#3: Pileriver (if ti's ever released)

As for the gpu, i would go with a 6850.
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October 4, 2012 8:59:34 PM

I might try to convince him to wait until Piledriver is out before we start ordering parts. On the 6850 vs. 7770 vs. 7850: is it simply a matter of price to performance ratio?
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October 4, 2012 9:00:58 PM

you could also use the piledriver-derived Trinity parts. an A10-5800K is fairly competitive with an i3-3220
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October 11, 2012 12:18:27 AM

Best answer selected by Mune87.
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October 11, 2012 4:11:54 AM

AMD build: (7850 included in budget)
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jZnv

Best you will get for the budget in an AMD build. An Intel build will be slightly better in respect to gaming only.

The mobo here is am3+ so you will be able to upgrade to piledriver if it ever comes out.
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