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Is this barebones kit good for a budget build?

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December 16, 2012 2:10:09 AM

Here you go bud.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ 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: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($164.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHAS324-98 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $518.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 23:09 EST-0500)
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December 16, 2012 2:13:16 AM

It all depends on what you want to play and at what resolution. This setup with a 7770 will play all moden games but at a medium resolution. I didn't look too far into it but it looks like you need to buy a HD, DVD and a few other things. Do you have the OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers already?
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December 16, 2012 2:15:12 AM

yes except for os
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December 16, 2012 2:22:51 AM

speedstur said:
yes except for os


Add about $99 for the OS (windows 7 64 bit OEM) and the build that bigcyco1 posted is great. If you want to save because of the os the 7770 is not a bad option.
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December 16, 2012 2:27:48 AM

what about windows 8? Although I only plan to use this pc for around a 2 year lifespan would windows 8 be worth it?
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December 16, 2012 2:37:42 AM

speedstur said:
what about windows 8? Although I only plan to use this pc for around a 2 year lifespan would windows 8 be worth it?


Windows 7 has proven it's self to be very good. As of now there are mixed reviews of windows 8. I always stick with what is proven vs what is new. When vista came out I waited and then decided to not upgrade from xp because it was a failure in my opinion. To me windows 7 is still your best bet.
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December 16, 2012 2:42:16 AM

Best i could do on that budget.

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card ($111.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $552.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-15 23:41 EST-0500)
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December 16, 2012 2:44:46 AM

bcarlo25 said:
Windows 7 has proven it's self to be very good. As of now there are mixed reviews of windows 8. I always stick with what is proven vs what is new. When vista came out I waited and then decided to not upgrade from xp because it was a failure in my opinion. To me windows 7 is still your best bet.


So you haven't used it, are going by what others say without your own opinion, yet you don't recommend it. At least if you used it, you could have a point to stand on, but not liking it because some website or youtube told you not to, you can't really say much.

8 is the future, it's going to get more support, it's fast, stable, fast, I haven't blue screened once or rebooted even in weeks, it's fast, and all the nice little features like the new task manager, explorer, copy graph, etc are nice little addon's.

Buy start8 for like $4 to get a good start menu and have it boot to the desktop and you never have to see the tile interface nor use it if you don't want to.

I'd go with 8, I've been using it since the public beta's started coming out and with start 8, it looks just like 7.
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December 16, 2012 3:03:41 AM

Well with Windows 8.Everybody has their own taste some like it.Some love it,some do not care for it. while others hate it.To each his/her own.
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December 16, 2012 3:12:27 AM

getochkn said:
So you haven't used it, are going by what others say without your own opinion, yet you don't recommend it. At least if you used it, you could have a point to stand on, but not liking it because some website or youtube told you not to, you can't really say much.

8 is the future, it's going to get more support, it's fast, stable, fast, I haven't blue screened once or rebooted even in weeks, it's fast, and all the nice little features like the new task manager, explorer, copy graph, etc are nice little addon's.

Buy start8 for like $4 to get a good start menu and have it boot to the desktop and you never have to see the tile interface nor use it if you don't want to.

I'd go with 8, I've been using it since the public beta's started coming out and with start 8, it looks just like 7.



I guess you either work for Microsoft or you have issues. I never said it was bad and I'm not jumping on any bandwagon for windows 7. I was just posting my opinion. I never jump to a new os because it's new. I'll wait for a few months and have people like yourself spend the money and figure out if it's worth an upgrade. You take the chance and I'll spend my cash later on if it is such a big improvement like you believe. So what you are saying is that I should have jumped on Vista because it was new even though it had major issues?
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December 16, 2012 3:13:58 AM

bigcyco1 said:
Well with Windows 8.Everybody has their own taste some like it.Some love it,some do not care for it. while others hate it.To each his/her own.



I agree with you 100%.
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December 16, 2012 5:58:58 AM

Until Windows 8 is 18 months old or even until it reaches a Service Pack milestone Most people are not going to recommend it to strangers.
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December 16, 2012 8:27:42 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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