Budget Build $525

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $525

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing, Web

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: CPU, GPU, Mobo, and PSU

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg only. Sorry bad experience with others.

Location: Oklahoma

Parts Preferences: I would like to stick with Nvidia for their Physx but if there is too good of an ATI build then I will shoot for it.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: If it is prefered

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I have already purchased the RAM, Case, Optical Drive, and an HDD. They are all brand new, I just need help with the rest. My case is a mid size tower. GPU length must be within 11 inches, no longer. I would like to play new games on high/max at 1080p.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Crap laptop and console is outdated.
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  1. i3-3220

    GTX 660

    Motherboard: Cheapest board from a good brand with the ports you need

    PSU: 500w+ from Corsair, Seasonic or Antec.
  2. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ogZt
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ogZt/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ogZt/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $509.50
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  3. without os :

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oh23
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oh23/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oh23/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($229.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $489.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  4. Alright guys this is what I have picked out so far, I was just seeing if there was anything better.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition($89.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    GPU:PNY GTX 560 TI 1gb ($169.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133381
    PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 ($69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ ($89.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
    OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total = $519.95 Before shipping. If anyone can beat that please tell me. I did research on the i3 3220 and the 965BE has it beat on most benchmarks.
  5. Dingleberg said:
    Alright guys this is what I have picked out so far, I was just seeing if there was anything better.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition($89.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
    GPU:PNY GTX 560 TI 1gb ($169.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133381
    PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 ($69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028
    MOBO:GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ ($89.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519
    OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total = $519.95 Before shipping. If anyone can beat that please tell me. I did research on the i3 3220 and the 965BE has it beat on most benchmarks.

    Up that to an amd FX 6300 an it will be a pretty sweet gaming rig.
  6. Don't bother with an AMD system. Get one of the i3 builds, way better for games.
  7. NV88 said:
    Don't bother with an AMD system. Get one of the i3 builds, way better for games.

    don't bother with an intel system. get one of the phenom or fx builds, way better for games.
  8. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ohLx

    check out that build, i pulled it out of another thread a guy with around the same budget
  9. choobert said:
    don't bother with an intel system. get one of the phenom or fx builds, way better for games.


    Oh really? Why don't you go check every single benchmark ever made on the internet that says you are 100% wrong? Single threaded performance for AMD is crap. OP, don't bother with AMD.

    Go one, here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/page-353396_28_150.html#t2692725
  10. NV88 said:
    Oh really? Why don't you go check every single benchmark ever made on the internet that says you are 100% wrong? Single threaded performance for AMD is crap. OP, don't bother with AMD.

    Go one, here:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/page-353396_28_150.html#t2692725



    oh really? http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/699?vs=677
  11. choobert said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ohLx

    check out that build, i pulled it out of another thread a guy with around the same budget

    That build has unneccesary items, it is taking away from what I need. I have a case, RAM, op drive, and hdd. Build could be better for what I need.
  12. Guys I can see the point for both AMD and Intel, here is my opinion. I would like some sort of oc-able cpu. The 3220 is not oc-able while my 965 is. I will be doing oc-ing btw. Also the 6300 is a decent cpu but as performance goes up, so does the price. It is $50 more than the 965BE which is still at par with the 3220, especially for the price. I like AMD for low budgets as they give you a nice bang for your buck. Also I don't know exactly why but I just wouldn't feel proud of myself to be saying I have an i3. That part is strictly my opinion, it is my mindset but don't try to tell me I should be without giving up some nice info on the i3. If I had a bigger budget then I would go for an i5 for sure but I couldn't do that without downgrading my gpu. Really though I appreciate you guys with helping me on this but I am still just not sure about it.
  13. Dingleberg said:
    Guys I can see the point for both AMD and Intel, here is my opinion. I would like some sort of oc-able cpu. The 3220 is not oc-able while my 965 is. I will be doing oc-ing btw. Also the 6300 is a decent cpu but as performance goes up, so does the price. It is $50 more than the 965BE which is still at par with the 3220, especially for the price. I like AMD for low budgets as they give you a nice bang for your buck. Also I don't know exactly why but I just wouldn't feel proud of myself to be saying I have an i3. That part is strictly my opinion, it is my mindset but don't try to tell me I should be without giving up some nice info on the i3. If I had a bigger budget then I would go for an i5 for sure but I couldn't do that without downgrading my gpu. Really though I appreciate you guys with helping me on this but I am still just not sure about it.


    Intel offers unmatched single threaded performance, and if you overclock that 63 the power consumption will balloon. It isn't worth it.
  14. NV88 said:
    Intel offers unmatched single threaded performance, and if you overclock that 63 the power consumption will balloon. It isn't worth it.

    Yeah I see what you mean. I was looking at the 3220 and realised that it is a dual core. If it competes that well against the 965 then it must be pretty good eh? Im gonna get it instead.
  15. Alright guys this is what I am at now. Tell me what you think.

    CPU:Intel Core i3-3220 ($129.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116775

    GPU:GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133381

    Mobo:ASRock B75 PRO3 ($74.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314

    PSU:CORSAIR Builder Series CX600($69.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139028

    OS:Window 7 Home Premium ($99.99)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total = $544.95
    I went over just a little but it was worth it. What do you guys think?
  16. I'd up the budget to a 7870 or a 660, the 560 simply isn't worth it anymore.
  17. milkshakez7z said:


    You're comparing a $100 CPU to a $140 CPU...

    Yes, I'm pretty sure the latter might win, no?
  18. Here's what I'd suggest, you'd get better performance from this build than any of the builds listed above.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Other: ECS B75H2-M3(1.0) Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99)
    Other: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99)
    Total: $553.95
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 21:42 EST-0500)

    You can't overclock an i3. If you wanted to overclock, you could go for the 6-Core Phenom II X6 for only $89.99

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.29 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Biostar TA970XE ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($53.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Other: Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz Six Core Socket AM3 Boxed Processor ($89.99)
    Total: $515.24
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-19 21:47 EST-0500)

    The 7870 is the Radeon equivalent of the GTX 660ti, but you won't have PhysX.
  19. sonicers said:
    You're comparing a $100 CPU to a $140 CPU...

    Yes, I'm pretty sure the latter might win, no?



    Sorry mate I didn't realise the price had dropped so considerably!
  20. if you want to do some oc'ing then you will completely have to forego intel.
    the 965 be offers most bang for the buck and is a true quad core cpu.
    as for the video card get the 7870 ghz edition. its the best mid to hi end card that will perfectly complement your 965 be.
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