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November 19, 2012 2:33:29 AM

Hello,
I'm new to PC gaming and I don't have a big budget, 500 to maybe 550, so here is the best I could come up with and the only thing I'm worried about is bottle-necking and the gpu and cpu fitting on the motherboard. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ohLx and here is the cheapest rig I could come up with http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ohVm

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November 19, 2012 2:46:50 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ohLx

nothing will bottle neck with this build

and every thing should fit and work just fine. you could get a 500w psu might save you a few bucks
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November 19, 2012 2:52:53 AM

I like choobert's build. You might be able to save some money by getting a 550w psu.
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November 19, 2012 2:54:06 AM

How about this, gives you some room for a CPU cooler if you like.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($56.40 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Athena Power CA-GSB01DA (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $487.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-18 23:53 EST-0500)
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November 19, 2012 2:54:20 AM

lt_dan_zsu said:
I like choobert's build. You might be able to save some money by getting a 550w psu.

its his build i just relinked it too show which one i was talking about.
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November 19, 2012 3:00:17 AM

Obviously the build with the 7850 is a much stronger gamer ., and definitely worth the extra $50 IMO

The problem component in both builds is the power supply . Its not 80+ compliant , and wont be making stable current .

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W $40 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


would be a good alternative , and is a little cheaper
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November 19, 2012 4:05:14 AM

Wow, thanks guys this is actually the first rig I've put together by myself. I'm leaning towards the 7850 rig, since I'm a college student I should be able to get a discount off of windows and which cpu cooler would you guys recommend? Edit I couldn't find that psu on pcpartpicker, I know I can add it to my new egg cart, but I prefer pc part picker because it shows me which site or store has the product at a cheaper price.
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November 19, 2012 9:56:42 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Obviously the build with the 7850 is a much stronger gamer ., and definitely worth the extra $50 IMO

The problem component in both builds is the power supply . Its not 80+ compliant , and wont be making stable current .

CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W $40 after rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


would be a good alternative , and is a little cheaper

CX series isn't the most reliable. I'd get the Antec High Current Gamer 620W since it only costs a little more.
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November 19, 2012 9:31:56 PM

Sakkura said:
CX series isn't the most reliable. I'd get the Antec High Current Gamer 620W since it only costs a little more.



I would actually like to cut as much cost as possible, if I can find a 620w psu I'll go for it, but I'm trying to keep this rig as cheap as possible. And if you could link me a psu that would help a lot. I hope I'm not coming off as a douche.
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November 19, 2012 9:58:18 PM

Megs_hat said:
I would actually like to cut as much cost as possible, if I can find a 620w psu I'll go for it, but I'm trying to keep this rig as cheap as possible. And if you could link me a psu that would help a lot. I hope I'm not coming off as a douche.

The Antec HCG was on sale pretty cheap, but the offer expired. I can't really find any other really good deals around, so the CX500 may be the best option on a limited budget.
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November 23, 2012 9:00:14 AM

Hey guys so I've changed the PSU and this is the rig I have now, is there anything you guys would change, looking to get this on cyber Monday. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/oiAY also the estimated wattage came out to 344w idk if that matters, or maybe I can get a cheaper psu.
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November 23, 2012 9:13:58 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $479.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 06:13 EST-0500)

It's more expensive than the usual one since you don't want a CX430v2 PSU but it's pretty much has a better CPU and a bigger 2tb HDD and a 650w PSU!

This is better :) . Don't get CoolerMaster Extreme PSUs. They suck.

CoolerMaster is one of those manufacturers that you want to avoid in the PSU scene.
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November 25, 2012 7:52:02 AM

cutebeans said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-F5HEB ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $479.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-23 06:13 EST-0500)

It's more expensive than the usual one since you don't want a CX430v2 PSU but it's pretty much has a better CPU and a bigger 2tb HDD and a 650w PSU!

This is better :) . Don't get CoolerMaster Extreme PSUs. They suck.

CoolerMaster is one of those manufacturers that you want to avoid in the PSU scene.


wow I think I'm going to go with this one, even though the price shot up, i really like that build.
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November 26, 2012 12:43:37 AM

Best answer selected by Megs_hat.
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