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November 21, 2012 2:34:54 PM

I'm looking around at building a PC at a budget price, and the price on this seems really great for what's in it.. but I'm also not an expert in this stuff. Is there anything I'm missing when looking at this, is it a decent build for the price? I understand it doesn't come with a video card. I'm probably going to put an XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB in it. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
Compared to: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ntcE

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November 22, 2012 6:15:58 PM

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November 22, 2012 7:19:00 PM

Bumping is illegal in the forums.

And the second build is much more solid. Generally in the Tigerdirect barebones kits, they do not use very reliable power supplies, and the Athlon is much slower than the Phenom.
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November 22, 2012 8:13:59 PM

My apologies. I saw it on another thread, and assumed it to be legal. Shows how far assumptions can go. I had a similar thought on the barebones kit after looking at it.. just wasn't too sure if it would be worth the drop in price.
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November 22, 2012 8:26:15 PM

Its alright, I didn't know either, next thing I know, my thread is closed. You learn from your mistakes or people telling you about your mistakes I guess.

I like your second build overall.
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November 22, 2012 8:36:14 PM

Deemo13 said:
Its alright, I didn't know either, next thing I know, my thread is closed. You learn from your mistakes or people telling you about your mistakes I guess.

I like your second build overall.


That's definitely true. I greatly appreciate the help.

I personally liked the second build a lot as well.. but price is a rather large issue for me at the moment, being a poor college kid. If the difference is pretty big in the overall performance, I'll probably go with the more expensive one. I'd like to go with the cheaper one but I don't want to sacrifice too much performance.
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November 22, 2012 8:56:17 PM

Lol I know how it is being a poor college kid. That's why my computer right now is staying as it is for the next 2 years.

If you want to save a bit of cash and not sacrifice performance at all, then go for a Pentium G860. It performs better than the 955 in most games.
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November 22, 2012 9:51:26 PM

Speaking of poor college kid.. I'm trying to play games on a 5 year-old laptop with a built in Radeon X2000 video card.. other than that it's alright, but the video card drags it down enough I can't really play anything decent on settings other than the lowest possible.

I'm not very experienced in the Computer Hardware department if you haven't been able to tell.. I switched to the Pentium G860 on my PC Part Picker build, and it (quite helpfully) let me know the motherboard won't work with it. I think I could have probably figured that out on my own.. but the part I don't really know much about is what motherboard should I now put into it? I currently have a MSI 760GM-P21 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard.
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November 22, 2012 10:07:59 PM

Well, the upgrade I did saves you a whole $12. It would save more, but I put a certain motherboard so you can upgrade the processor later if you so desire.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Microcenter)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($158.98 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $485.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-22 19:07 EST-0500)

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November 22, 2012 10:34:46 PM

Well, thanks. I'm probably going to end up sticking with this build, as I think $485 should be within my budget.. and hopefully Black Friday will bring some price drops with it. Thanks a lot for the help!
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November 23, 2012 4:12:21 AM

Black Friday and Cyber Monday should definitely help.
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November 23, 2012 1:48:13 PM

Best answer selected by chain220.
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November 23, 2012 6:39:30 PM

Deemo13 said:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday should definitely help.

I'm sure hoping so. PC Part Picker says there's a minor issue with the motherboard and case;

ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard has an onboard USB 3.0 header, but the NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case does not have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

Should I be worried about this or would a different case be a better idea?
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November 24, 2012 8:48:35 PM

Its not really a big deal. Its just saying that your motherboard can support USB 3.0, but the case does not.
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