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October 23, 2012 12:36:24 AM

Hey i'm building a new budget gaming PC that is under $500 this is what i have so far. I want to check if everything is compatible and that the graphics card is good or if i should upgrade to a newer card.

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASUS M5A78L-M LX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also need a case. Thanks in advance guys.

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October 23, 2012 3:57:23 AM

I did borrow this build from another thread but it will preform way better then what you have listed. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l97f. this is a little over your budget but i would recommend it. If the price is too high you can downgrade the gpu to 1gb vram although I would not recommend it because games are begging to use 2gb of vram. (correct me if im wrong)
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October 23, 2012 4:03:12 AM

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l98A
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l98A/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l98A/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($87.86 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $501.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

untouchable


From what I'm aware, no apus crossfire with the 6770.

Op: Best be going with i3/ pentium with 7850/7870
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October 23, 2012 4:05:23 AM

lchrisk said:
From what I'm aware, no apus crossfire with the 6770.

Op: Best be going with i3/ pentium with 7850/7870


The A10-5800K can only Hybrid CF with the 6670 and 6570 I believe.

But I'd disagree with the i3/pentium. On the low end the A10-5800K is pretty competitive, specially at the price point. Even if you don't take advantage of the APU standpoint, the 5800K has more threads, it's overall gaming performance is pretty close to the i3 (though really lacks in some spots), but also it can overclock.
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October 23, 2012 4:15:23 AM

tiny voices said:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l95k

A very solid system for $496 before rebates.

+1 to this. Good build.

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thanks for catching that lol! meant to put the 6670 was thinking that seemed expensive when i looked that the final tally quickly

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l9bu
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l9bu/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/l9bu/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card ($59.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $493.72
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

that is pretty beast

+1 to this as well. It's great, but it relies heavily on rebates.
If TS doesn't mind the rebates, this build is the way to go.
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October 23, 2012 4:29:13 AM

I wouldn't X Fire with Trinity, use the APU or get a different CPU and dedicated GPU.

+1 for tiny voices
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October 23, 2012 9:57:01 PM

^ Well OP directly states "under $500". Before rebates the build is $75 more.
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October 23, 2012 10:41:04 PM

Thanks for all the help. After some thought, Tiny Voices build seems better. If i changed the PSU to the corsair CX430 would it make a difference?
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October 24, 2012 2:24:37 AM

I just put this build together for another $500 budget thread, seems it would do the trick here as well.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.94 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $493.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


Note that the RAM is not missing, you get 8GB free with the motherboard thanks to a promotion Newegg is running right now.
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October 24, 2012 2:34:43 AM

^good build, but the motherboard could be swapped with a B75 or H77 since the CPU isn't unlocked anyway.
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October 24, 2012 2:41:08 AM

But having the Z77 chipset opens up the possibility for an i5-2500K / 3570K later without swapping mobo's

I wouldn't call Trinity / 6670 X Fire "monster". The i3 / 7770 is a stronger setup all around. Plus with the FM2 mobo the OP is screwed as far as upgrading goes.
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October 24, 2012 2:46:10 AM

True, but by the time he would need an upgrade, Haswell would already be out.
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October 24, 2012 2:48:47 AM

Touche, good point.

Haswell's still 3-8 months out and looks very good, like a perfectly grilled steak.

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October 24, 2012 3:46:42 AM

The motherboard had to be the Z77 in order to benefit from the free RAM promo, so it came out about the same price when you take that into consideration. In that case, might as well go with the better board for no extra cost.

Unfortunately the free RAM promotion just ended, so my build is no longer valid. :/ 

You would have to take Excella's suggestion and swap the board now to stay under budget, something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($116.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z11 ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.94 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $475.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

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October 24, 2012 3:58:48 AM

Second revision, looks like they actually just changed the lineup of motherboards that the free RAM promo applies to. After reviewing the list, there's a relatively inexpensive H77 on there now. So if you do a little rearranging, you could actually get a 7850 in the build by going only $6 over budget. Take a look:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H77MU3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($85.86 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $506.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Alternately you could stay with the 7770 and add a tiny SSD instead, but I do not recommend doing so. The SSD can be added later on, when you can afford to get something useful like a 120GB+. This build will be killer for gaming and not require you to overclock.
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October 27, 2012 3:48:49 AM

Sorry about the late reply but i've been busy with school recently and i just got some time. This is what I have so far, I changed a couple part from jrgongs build and got it down to 416 after rebate. Is there much of a difference between ddr3 and ddr5?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ly1Z
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October 27, 2012 5:27:43 AM

Don't go with Trinity & 6670. You're seriously wasting your money. Have you even looked over any benchmarks involving Trinity Crossfire?

Here, take a LOOK. An i3-3225 & 6670 (one generation older than the 7770) trounce ALL OVER the Trinity Crossfire in all but one benchmark.

It's your money, we don't want you to make the wrong decision. If you want to stick AMD get you a Phenom II 965 BE or FX-4300 Piledriver and pair it with an 7770

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Readers who consider themselves proper gamers would still be best-advised at spending at least an APU-matching £100 on a mid-range graphics card, because a Radeon HD 7850 or GeForce GTX 660 assuredly knock the spots off anything a well-matched Dual Graphics configuration can offer.
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October 27, 2012 5:55:04 AM

oraclebomb said:
Sorry about the late reply but i've been busy with school recently and i just got some time. This is what I have so far, I changed a couple part from jrgongs build and got it down to 416 after rebate. Is there much of a difference between ddr3 and ddr5?

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ly1Z



The second revision / latest build I proposed still beats the pants off of what you have there.
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October 27, 2012 4:23:46 PM

ckholt83 said:
The second revision / latest build I proposed still beats the pants off of what you have there.


The build you posted is a bit out of my range and the case usb isn't compatible with the mobo. So this is what i have now.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lAGU
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October 27, 2012 5:35:53 PM

if you can pay 615$ (if you're not on a tight budget)
i can give you a build that can probably run any game at high settings
CPU Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $119.99

CPU Cooler SilenX EFZ-120HA5 86.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $32.99

Motherboard ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $89.99

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99

Storage Hitachi 320GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $58.84

Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card $199.99

Case Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99

Power Supply Antec Basiq Plus 550W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply $55.99

Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.99



Total: $669.71

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October 27, 2012 5:41:45 PM

oraclebomb said:
The build you posted is a bit out of my range and the case usb isn't compatible with the mobo. So this is what i have now.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lAGU


It appears that your build is missing an optical drive & RAM. Don't know if that was intentional or not. I filled in the blanks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL Pristine 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $465.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 27, 2012 9:27:45 PM

oraclebomb said:
The build you posted is a bit out of my range and the case usb isn't compatible with the mobo. So this is what i have now.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/lAGU


The compatibility filter is just telling you the Z9 doesn't have front panel USB3.0 ports to hook up to the header on the motherboard. You'd still have the USB2.0 ports on the front, and if you have any USB3.0 devices you can just hook them up to the ports on the back. The only devices that really benefit from USB3.0 speeds are external drives anyway, most people never take advantage of it.

The Antec One is a good case too, either would be fine.
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October 29, 2012 9:22:17 PM

Best answer selected by oraclebomb.
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