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Is this sub $400 build OK

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December 8, 2012 3:41:30 PM

My mom is only letting me build a sub 400 build, so I want to make it upgradeable in the future.
So is this build future proof and compatible?

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer

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December 8, 2012 5:16:17 PM

Looks OK to me, a better GPU would be nice though. I'd consider saving money on the HDD to get the HD 6770 or HD 7750 or something.
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December 8, 2012 6:27:08 PM

this is probly a better $400 build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($50.60 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $390.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-08 15:26 EST-0500)
December 8, 2012 6:34:19 PM

I heard that AMD cpus are not really upgradeable compared to the Intel Ivybridge and Sandy Bridge
December 8, 2012 7:37:01 PM

Not true at all, Intel change sockets far more regularly than AMD. For the FM2 socket in particular, AMD are commited to it for another generation after Trinity.

It depends how much you want to upgrade really. FM2 is never going to be good for a high end gaming system but it is excellent for low end and viable for mid range. That A10 should be able to handle something like a HD 7850 if you ever plan to upgrade to something like that.
December 9, 2012 1:10:23 AM

the A10's built in 7660 plus the 6670 should roughly match a 6770 in gaming. With overclocking, you can push close to a 7770. The A10 itself sticks pretty close to an ivy bridge i3
December 9, 2012 1:21:12 AM

Hmmm.. Let me see what I can put together for 400. Maybe I'll get lucky and make a better one somehow? :D 
December 9, 2012 1:40:14 AM
I realize I went like 17 dollars over, but you could save up 17 bucks extra and it would really be worth it. I built this trying to focus on having a phenom ii x4 and a hd 7770.
December 9, 2012 2:09:58 AM
35 over budget but really worth it
A8 5600k over a10 5800k since you won't be using crossfire (also using a 7770 so no issue with crossfire not scaling)
A8 5600k over performs the IIx4 and is only 200mhz slower than the a10 (OC the differenece)
750GB WD for same price as 500GB seagate
Its worth it to save the extra money up and grab this rather than settling for something weaker.
Swaps out the 7770 for the 7770 to stay in budget
This performs about the same as a10+6670 but no issues with scaling corssfire.
December 9, 2012 10:46:49 AM

They are all going to be decent gaming PC's to be honest.

My personal choice would be to go for something similar to your original one with a smaller HDD and see if you can add the HD 7750.
December 9, 2012 11:31:04 AM

cpu- intel pentium g620 2.6Ghz 1155 65w
MOBO- Biostar h61mgc micro atx
RAM- crucial ballistix 4gb (2x2gb) ddr3 1333
PSU- corsair builder series cx430 430W 80 plus bronze active pfc
Optical- samsung sata dvd-rom drive
GPU- msi r7770
HDD- wd blue 500GB
case- gigabyte case

TOTAL: 420.93 with tax and shipping to my zip.
December 9, 2012 2:03:05 PM

That looks good, if $420 is too much then the HD 7750 is still good. HD 7770 is a lot better if you can afford it though.