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$500 budget build suggestions.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next 2 weeks.

Budget Range: Around $500-$550. Preferably on the lower end.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, a lot of multi-tasking.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com. I don't mind other websites.

Location: Highland, California, united states

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)

Overclocking: Maybe?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024

Additional Comments: I'd like it to look nice and run quietly if possible. I'd like front facing USB ports. 3.0 would be great.

Thanks.
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  1. Hows this?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($67.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($171.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $524.45
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-15 23:02 EST-0500)
  2. if your dead set on an intel cpu id say the above build is your best bet.
  3. heavymetal2000 said:
    if your dead set on an intel cpu id say the above build is your best bet.


    It doesn't have to be intel. I wouldn't mind seeing what AMD can offer me for my budget.

    Does look good though.
  4. sin25 said:
    It doesn't have to be intel. I wouldn't mind seeing what AMD can offer me for my budget.

    Does look good though.

    if you add another $70 to the build you could get a core i5 instead. if you wan't I can knock up a quick amd build.
  5. An amd build would just allow you to go with more cores gor a slight increase in price. You can get a similar priced board and the amd fx 6300 cpu @ 129.99 and still remain pretty much in budget.

    Whether or not it will be better then the intel build is a constant debate so its totally up to you. Personaly im an amd guy so it was an easy choice for me.
  6. Actually will you be playing bf3 multipplayer ? if so the FX will be a far better choice.
  7. milkshakez7z said:
    if you add another $70 to the build you could get a core i5 instead. if you wan't I can knock up a quick amd build.



    Sure, I'd like that to see that amd build. Thanks milkshakez.
  8. If you live near a microcenter, they've got 2500k's going for $100 today.
  9. Best answer
    sin25 said:
    Sure, I'd like that to see that amd build. Thanks milkshakez.

    Here you go ^_^
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($50.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($172.15 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $520.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 23:49 EST-0500)
  10. Best answer selected by sin25.
  11. milkshakez7z said:
    Here you go ^_^
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI 760GM-P23 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($50.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card ($172.15 @ NCIX US)
    Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $520.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 23:49 EST-0500)



    hm
  12. sin25 said:
    hm

    thanks for selecting me for best answer ^_^ , I recommend the 7850 over the 560ti if you can find one for the same price aswell! Also that AMD cpu is unlocked so its overclockable so in a bit of time you should grab a good cpu cooler and OC it for extra speed ^_^
  13. Depending on your usage, you may need an after market cpu cooler.
  14. Nice choice on the build really like that fx6300 cpu
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