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300-500 amd gaming build help

I am looking to build an amd gaming computer with a quad core processor and i want to be sure it will last me a year or two "with some upgrades though" i would like to get a decent graphics card but i'm not sure which ones will work and run games like bf3 on medium-high
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  1. With BF3 it is all about the GPU. The CPU can be a bit skipped out on. In that case this build is for you. As for the being over budget, unless you want something that can only play on low settings and have no-upgradeability, then you really can't get too much cheaper than this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 ATX AM3 Motherboard ($104.46 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.50 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $745.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 22:18 EST-0500)
  2. Just gaming? No rendering and stuff like that?
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n0IT
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n0IT/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/n0IT/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $504.41
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 22:36 EST-0500)
  4. mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157334
    cpu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280
    ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461
    case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009
    power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

    the reason for going with a cpu with integrated graphics is because it acts like 2 graphics cards and increases graphics performance, so you can get a lower power graphics card and still get descent graphics. these pcaprtspicker people get annoying, they are about price not quality of components and features and just let a website pick for them
  5. Poltregeist said:
    With BF3 it is all about the GPU. The CPU can be a bit skipped out on. In that case this build is for you. As for the being over budget, unless you want something that can only play on low settings and have no-upgradeability, then you really can't get too much cheaper than this.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 ATX AM3 Motherboard ($104.46 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($193.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: Antec Three Hundred Two ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.50 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($70.17 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Total: $745.05
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-08 22:18 EST-0500)


    I bet this will be the best build posted (probably because its $250 over budget)

    OS If you need one Ubuntu free

    Barebones kit 350 B4 rebates and ship $280 after rebates B4 ship
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=7381342&sku=B69-0638

    GPU 7850 180 b4 rebates 160 after rebates and shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150617

    Total 440 after rebates. I do not necesarily trust the power supply so there is money in the build to get around it.
    This is 52 after rebates putting the total to 492. or without rebates 582.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
  6. @querrero that looks like a really decent build and a good price to. i won't be doing rendering that i know of because i honestly am not sure what that is yet. at the least i may do some photoshopping and i will be using it through college for computer science.

    My favorite part here is how all of you picked the graphics card i was hoping to get :).

    @jackspeed i already use linux on one of my laptops i can't say i don't like it but i will probably use if until i can get windows 7. "i'm sick of having to put the code in to make the fan come on" i'm not actually sure what games linux can handle as i don't have a computer that will handle anything past league with everything on low

    thank you for the help :)
  7. Best answer
    You could actually get more performance out of 500 dollars. You don't need a Seasonic power supply at this price point. An XFX 550W Pro is a Seasonic manufactured PSU, which retains the same build quality, while offering more wattage for a lower price point. 430W will NOT run a 7850.

    You'll want to get a newer AM3+ motherboard for overclocking, and a 970 chipset will serve you well. Asrock motherboards are just as nice as ASUS motherboards, I believe ASUS used to own Asrock?

    The Source 210 is the best case under $30, and is almost on par with the Antec 302, and 30 dollars cheaper.

    You can use this saved money on a better graphics card.

    This build will offer FAR higher frame rates (10-ish) and performance in BF3 than the listed builds above, thanks to its 7870 GHz edition. It's also cheaper than the first build listed.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $596.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 11:45 EST-0500)
  8. sonicers said:
    You could actually get more performance out of 500 dollars. You don't need a Seasonic power supply at this price point. An XFX 550W Pro is a Seasonic manufactured PSU, which retains the same build quality, while offering more wattage for a lower price point. 430W will NOT run a 7850.

    You'll want to get a newer AM3+ motherboard for overclocking, and a 970 chipset will serve you well. Asrock motherboards are just as nice as ASUS motherboards, I believe ASUS used to own Asrock?

    The Source 210 is the best case under $30, and is almost on par with the Antec 302, and 30 dollars cheaper.

    You can use this saved money on a better graphics card.

    This build will offer FAR higher frame rates (10-ish) and performance in BF3 than the listed builds above, thanks to its 7870 GHz edition. It's also cheaper than the first build listed.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $596.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 11:45 EST-0500)


    +1 That will give you over 30FPS in BF3 ultra. As for that Phenom, will most likely limit him in some other games. A i3-2120 will most likely serve him better for $20 more.
  9. Poltregeist said:
    +1 That will give you over 30FPS in BF3 ultra. As for that Phenom, will most likely limit him in some other games. A i3-2120 will most likely serve him better for $20 more.


    A GTX 550ti can get 30 fps on ultra. A GTX 560ti can get 60+ fps on ultra. A 7870 will likely get 70+.

    Understood, however he requested an AMD build. (refer to title) The Phenom doesn't bottleneck any current graphics cards, with the exception of the ultra high end cards. The Phenom will be enough, seeing as he wants to stick with AMD.
  10. sonicers said:
    You could actually get more performance out of 500 dollars. You don't need a Seasonic power supply at this price point. An XFX 550W Pro is a Seasonic manufactured PSU, which retains the same build quality, while offering more wattage for a lower price point. 430W will NOT run a 7850.

    You'll want to get a newer AM3+ motherboard for overclocking, and a 970 chipset will serve you well. Asrock motherboards are just as nice as ASUS motherboards, I believe ASUS used to own Asrock?

    The Source 210 is the best case under $30, and is almost on par with the Antec 302, and 30 dollars cheaper.

    You can use this saved money on a better graphics card.

    This build will offer FAR higher frame rates (10-ish) and performance in BF3 than the listed builds above, thanks to its 7870 GHz edition. It's also cheaper than the first build listed.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($222.21 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $596.13
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 11:45 EST-0500)



    Why wont a 430w run a 7850?
  11. It possibly will, but with an overclock and everything at full load, the power supply won't have enough wattage. Typically for a single card setup and a high end graphics card, (like the 7870) the rule of thumb is at least 500W, and for 2 cards, the rule of thumb is 750W.
  12. guerrero said:
    Why wont a 430w run a 7850?


    Most $150+ GPUs today require a 500W or higher PSU, even if the whole build does not exceed 400W.
  13. @sonicers i really like this build the graphics card is great and everything looks nice. I will probably take off the dvd drive and hard drive as i have some at home. with that extra bit of cash can you refer to me a different case that is decent and a little flashy too?
  14. lol yes the top one i like :) i could add a blue fan into it and have some fun.
  15. Best answer selected by mydragon15.
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