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December 3, 2012 3:14:42 AM

Hi guys,
I am gonna build a gaming rig for me and my brother in this new year eve.But my budget is a nominal cut of 600$.I want to build the chassis and its inner parts only.Basically we are not hardcore gamers type (playing every new game at max details and high resolution) but would like to play all the new games at least at medium details @ 1360*768 or lower maybe.The games we prefer to play (for your convenience) are -

Farcry series (the upcoming 3 too :)  )
COD series
Assasin's Creed series
Crysis series (the 3rd sequel too)
Metro 2033
Prototype (1+2)
Max payne 3
Valve's games (Black mesa/global oops/...)

This or this types what we would like to play.And we are not interested in overclocking or stuffs like unlocking cores.

Now, The only component I have been able to select this far is Intel i5 2500K 3.3 Ghz CPU which I think best matches my budget. Please suggest me the other parts especially the GPU. I am confused between GTX 650 Ti and HD 7850.
And one more thing.... I have a Samsung Writemaster DVD-RW (PATA). cAN I use this in the new chassis to save some money which i can invest on PSU/HDD ?

Please help.Thanks in advance.

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December 3, 2012 3:37:09 AM

A PATA drive will probably not work with today's motherboards.

Now, if you are going to overclock, the processor you chose would be a solid choice (rather the 3570K) but with overclocking comes a price. You're probably going to be spending $50+ to get overclocking ability with the price of the motherboard and aftermarket CPU cooler.

I would stick with an i5-3470. Its the performance of the i5 without the overclocking, which you probably wont need.

Then you wouldnt have to invest in a new CPU cooler and motherboard.

As for the graphics card, the 7850 is far superior to the 650Ti.

Do you have Windows already?

Here's a rough build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ 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 ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $575.56
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 00:36 EST-0500)

If you need Windows, we need to reduce the budget a bit.
December 3, 2012 3:53:34 AM

^ Which would make your budget even smaller, resulting in a lesser performing system
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December 3, 2012 4:06:52 AM

Here you go:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $590.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 01:05 EST-0500)

OR:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($22.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $630.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-03 01:07 EST-0500)
December 3, 2012 5:30:14 AM

Well thanks for the info. And I WON'T NEED OVERCLOCKING....niether now or the near future .Perfomance is the last word for me (In my budget though... :D  ) And would a 450w be enough for the 7850 ?

December 3, 2012 5:37:39 AM

WELL which would be the best for gaming combined with 7770 or 7850 Hd ? The FX6300 6 core/i5 2500k/i5 3470. Many a people has told me that intel is better via the perfomance per cycle factor but look at the 6 core with a clock speed of 3.6 Ghz. I mean it should be huge.Just getting a hinge as I am using intel since have used computers. But that price...its marvellous. I know very less about computers so can anyone post a comparision between the fx6300 and the i5 in terms of fps in different dx11/10.1/10 games . It would be of great help.

Thanks in advance.
December 3, 2012 5:57:09 AM

Hey g-unit, do you know of any articles benching the FX6300? I've been waiting for the Tom's one, but I havent seen it.
December 5, 2012 7:33:49 AM

Well I guess I got no answers for a long time now... :fou:  Alright ! I went through a few reviews in tom's as well as others which clearly stated to stay out of the hd 7770.Its not the best bang for the buck of a economical gamer.Suggestion is to either go up to 7850 or go down to 6850 for best price-pergomance ratio.I do not have much reviews about the Ghz edition thoughbut the few reviews that I
December 5, 2012 7:34:04 AM

Well I guess I got no answers for a long time now... :fou:  Alright ! I went through a few reviews in tom's as well as others which clearly stated to stay out of the hd 7770.Its not the best bang for the buck of a economical gamer.Suggestion is to either go up to 7850 or go down to 6850 for best price-pergomance ratio.I do not have much reviews about the Ghz edition thoughbut the few reviews that I found was not that good either. One more thing... many reviews asked to choose a i5 over the 6 core FX6300 as according to them, each core does not perform well enough compared to i5. But yes' the price is one big factor and now I plan to overclock too but in the future , not now.
December 5, 2012 7:34:05 AM

The things I decided final are--
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 ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($179.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.64 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)

Cpu and mobo are undecided as I MAy need to overclock later.

December 5, 2012 7:43:23 AM

Im not sure about the fx6300 for gaming tbh. id go with a x4 965 be stock it will game fine and its nice pricetag would allow you to have a cpu cooler to oc and fit a 7850 or even a 7870 when the sales hit. I just ordered a x4 965 build and it came in shipped taxes in under 600$can might ne a bit different for US.
December 5, 2012 6:10:58 PM

heavymetal2000 said:
Im not sure about the fx6300 for gaming tbh. id go with a x4 965 be stock it will game fine and its nice pricetag would allow you to have a cpu cooler to oc and fit a 7850 or even a 7870 when the sales hit. I just ordered a x4 965 build and it came in shipped taxes in under 600$can might ne a bit different for US.


Some areas FX-6300 is better, other areas 965 is better, you be the judge: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/699?vs=102
December 5, 2012 6:15:59 PM

I would go with the FX6300, its pretty darn good for gaming. Much better than its bulldozer cousins.
December 5, 2012 6:51:25 PM

Not saying the FX6300 isnt good im an AMD guy through and through but the 965 comes in asa very capable budget cpu for gaming @ about 40$ less then the FX6300 thats all. 40 saved there means 40$ more for a GPU.
December 5, 2012 8:08:52 PM

heavymetal2000 said:
Not saying the FX6300 isnt good im an AMD guy through and through but the 965 comes in asa very capable budget cpu for gaming @ about 40$ less then the FX6300 thats all. 40 saved there means 40$ more for a GPU.


Can't really argue here - games rely far more on the GPU so it helps to get a good one.
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